Carl Jung wrote, "Whenever the snake symbolism appears in dreams, then, it is always representative of the lower motor centers of the brain and of the spinal cord, and our fear of snakes denotes that we are not fully in tune with our instinctive lower centers; they still contain a threat to us."

The message in Jung's insight is that of fear and potential. When we're afraid, there's room for healing and growth. Snakes appearing in dreams inevitably frightens folks. I've never had a patient in depth psychotherapy who has welcomed a snake in a dream. Typically, fear hits or repulsion sets in. Once we have a chance to look at the dream, get a sense of what the snake is about, the patient is able to see what  they couldn't see before, begin to face the fear that the snake symbolizes.

Without a doubt, after a certain level of stability and healing, continued growth is what is most feared. One individual stated, "If I go deeper, then who knows what might come of my life. If I just stop here and stay put, then maybe I've got it all under control. I won't let myself dream anymore." That night in a dream, the snake came. It wrapped itself around him and he cried out, awakened in a cold sweat. Life spoke and told him that he must pay heed.

As the snake wraps itself around the caduceus of the physician, so the snake wrapped itself around this gentleman. Opposing the forces of the deep unconscious is senseless. It will come and take its toll. We are threatened with becoming lifeless, the life squeezed out of us; or, if we listen to the message within the fear and the dream, we activate potential for life to wrap itself around us, to contain and metabolize anxieties, and nestle us in wisdom.

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Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on September 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

Holly...wonderful question...meaningful situations often speak to us as deeply as dreams...they are waking dreams!...there's a message in it for you...perhaps it will speak to you in a flash of intuition...when you least expect!

Comment by Holly Esch on September 22, 2014 at 12:40pm
I've never dreamed of snakes, and I think it's because I keep lizards as non human companions (a.k.a., pets) . I've shared my life with lizards since third grade, and my current pair, Salvador and Gala, are living in my hallway closet. I gave them a tree but they preferred my bookshelf, and after I gave away two truckloads of junk from the hallway closet, they decided to move right in (I intended to use the space myself, but it's difficult to negotiate with a knight anole). Yesterday I found Gala in the sleeve of an old sweater. Salvador enjoys naps on the rack. When I come home I reach inside and part the clothes gently, looking for a tail or listening for that telltale hiss that says "Human, this is our domain, not yours."

This is my waking life, but if it were a dream, I wonder what it would mean?
Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on September 22, 2014 at 9:36am

Helena...beautiful comment...snakes bring so much for us as we are able to be open and experience the wonder and fright associated with the listen and allow it to speak to us...thank you for sharing!

Comment by HELENA jOSHEE on September 22, 2014 at 7:42am

 Have a fear of snakes, but when actually confronted the thought arises  that it is beautiful. Once in pouring rain, the flashlight happened to fall on a cobra, it looked up, flared hood, and we gazed at each other, I think, I had no thought of fear or death, two others were with me, no one moved or spoke, and then it swiftly turned away and slid into the night. No one commented, but I was left with a sense of its beauty.  And fear of snakes in theory.

Yet, a dream a long time ago, I saw a leafless tree, snakes draped over various branches, may be a half dozen or so, And the snakes utterly flaccid.  It didn't even seem strange in the dream. I thought it had phallic resonances, was puzzled, life went on. Just sharing this, as the image crops up sometimes when I make too big a to-do over  snakes. They are a sort of common occurence in this region.  I am a new member and not sure if this sort of  comment is in order.

Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on August 19, 2014 at 1:14pm

Randy..wonderful comment...the snake is such a multifaceted symbol in the unconscious, one replete with various shades of archetypal meaning and pertinence! 

Comment by Randy Westfall on August 19, 2014 at 11:55am

I like your comments, Paul. I've been bitten by snakes in dreams, and I've experienced them doing other things which I was just observing. When it was a symbolic activity, it was very pertinent to my conscious attitude; a message from the unconscious.

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