The following is a snippet of a dream that I originally failed to recall upon awakening Monday Sept. 5, 2011, but only remembered later that morning
after an encounter with a crow on the way to work. I rarely share dreams with more than one person (my wife) given I believe they are tools for
solving personal issues, though given certain symbolism present in this one (and related synchronicities that followed) I thought I would put this out
there to see if it resonates with anyone else.
This particular scene of a much larger dreamscape (which I cannot coherently recall) took place in something like a cage, I suppose more specifically
an animal shelter (the environment seemed to be fashioned out of my memories of the shelter where we got our dog a few years ago). In this particular
cell were two beautifully coloured birds resembling Rainbow Lorikeets, a type of bird widely
known here in Australia. The birds in the dream had green backs with blue, yellow, red, orange, and a tiny bit of purple on their sides and
underneath. Having anthropomorphized them from the beginning, I could tell they belonged together and had some meaningful relationship as if they were
a couple. I got a sense of a great love binding them. Here's an example of the birds i saw in the dream:
While they were in this cage, they communicated and played briefly, and then I noticed the door was open. I wasn’t sure if they were in there by
choice or were just unaware that they could leave anytime. I then assumed there were more doors beyond that location that kept them enclosed.
Immediately another much larger bird flew in through the cage door straight at the two in the corner. It was quite large and jet black, and it
appeared to be shiny and slightly wet, as if its wings were coated with grease. I could feel the cold wind as it shot past me flapping its wings and
watched as it landed on both birds. A struggle ensued, and the huge black bird (I wasn’t sure if it was a crow, raven, or something else) covered
the two rainbow birds and attempted to smother them as they writhed beneath its shifting wings.
I remember it was horrifying in the dream, as I felt part of the scene, perhaps as though I was a third rainbow bird watching my brethren being
murdered before me. My emotions were going unchecked as the scene played out. The black bird shifted its weight and pressed its wings to get a better
grip, matching the thumping and wriggling of the little birds’ efforts to escape. I was there, but in no position to make any real difference, like
I was locked in my own cell and could only observe.
In a matter of seconds in ‘dreamtime’ one of the little birds managed to break free from beneath the right wing of the bird (the black bird was
facing away from me towards the wall), and it hobbled out of the way with its wings splayed, belly to the floor. The other continued to fight only to
be quickly overcome. The black bird turned, tucked its beak in towards its prey, and shook its head to get a hold of the little one and managed to
grab it between its body and right wing. It then picked up the bird, gathered a bit of momentum, and took off back out the cage door in a big flapping
This all took place in like I said a matter of seconds in dreamtime, and when I remember it now as I write, I see only certain frames – as though it
was a movie shot at 2 frames per second. The last few frames are of the remaining bird watching in horror as the other is taken, and the complete
torrential sadness that followed – the helplessness of being overwhelmed by an inescapable evil, and the uncertainty of the wellbeing of the
companion. The emotion and perceived involvement was more than enough to fill any ‘dream-gaps’ – as they flew away I experienced both the terror
of the captured bird, and the shock and horror (and soon, the resulting sorrow) of the remaining bird that witnessed the other’s abduction. I also
felt my own reactions to the scene, but there was nothing felt regarding the black bird. It was like a mechanism carrying out orders; no emotion, no
hunger, no satisfaction, guilt, stress, joy - nothing. It was as if it was a dark abyss manifested to carry out a natural process.
So, that is all remember of that dream, and as stated in the opening paragraph I did not remember this when I woke up. I did not recall it until about
two hours later while driving to work. I noticed ahead of me a crow flying low and in the same direction as me, and this scene came back to me as an
unlocked memory. I knew immediately I had just dreamt it.
I felt there was an important message embedded in it, whether it be solely for me or perhaps others as well. I then wondered exactly what kind of bird
the large black one was. I thought that if it was a message or meaningfully symbolic, knowing the type of bird would be crucial. Given its size and
appearance, I’ve found that the proper description of a Raven matches most
closely to what I saw in the dream. The wingspan was between 1.5 and 2 meters, an estimation which is based on my ‘visual’ comparison of the bird
and Rainbow Lorikeets.
My initial feeling of what was being shown in the dream was a metaphor representing a choice between darkness and light; the two birds represented two
possible versions of the same entity with two different outcomes, though I'm not sure which is better - being taken away or left alone in a cage.
There's obviously more to it, and I would love to know your take on this dream and if it resonates with anyone at all. I've since had a look into the
symbolism a bit and found the following links:
Also, I would like to add that later that night after work (Monday Sept. 5) I was listening to 181.Fm Hairband 80's (eighties heavy metal) on Tune In,
and a song came on that resonated with what I was thinking regarding the dream. It was called 'Rainbow in the Dark' by Dio. I was thinking about how
the birds were rainbows smothered by some dark force, and then I heard the following:
I cry for magic - I feel it dancing in the light
But it was cold - I lost my hold
To the shadows of the night
There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark.
I've since had a few synchronistic 'run-ins' with big black birds each day where I find them perched in my path while out walking - synchronistic in
that I will be pondering the dream or some aspect of it and then right in front of me there will be sitting a crow or magpie, and there it will remain
as I walk past - only about a 2 meters away from me. Street signs, fences, low branches, etc, there they are, one at a time (not groups). I don't feel
menaced, just like there's a little 'nod' between us.
Anyway, it's either personal, or a message is being conveyed by the cosmos...I'm interested in hearing your thoughts.
Most curious. I'm on my way to class right now so I can't comment in full, but will later. What's interesting is - at work last night (I work
overnights) I saw a newspaper article in one of the papers lying around titled "Rainbows In The Dark". I didn't read it but I'm going to pick up
the paper just to see what its about. What are the odds of seeing the very same expression twice in one day? Probably nothing, but it sparked my
Your dream seems very vivid and disturbing to me. As I read your explaination of your dream I could clearly visualize it playing out in my mind. Even
thinking of this violent scene I have a sense of symbolism and meaning within.
Thanks, glad to share though I usually prefer to brighten other people's days in some way. Anyway I thought there was a relevant message embedded in
there somewhere that might resonate - perhaps one containing hope whether it be for humanity or at least for one person that reads it.
Thank you for sharing your dream. I share your belief that dreams are primarily aids to our own personal journey. I have found the most wisdom
within my personal dreams by first carefully examining the emotional experiences. Many times in my dreams I can feel an emotion with much more
clarity than the mixture that we usually live our waking times in. I have found great success when contemplating the energetic roots of the strongest
emotions. If they are in the lower energy categories of anger, fear, etc., I look at the symbolism of the elements in the dream and consider how I
may be bringing this lower energy to areas of my life these symbols represent. In interpreting the symbolism, I always look at both archetypes and
personal symbolism to find what resonates. And I believe that these are opportunities to recognize where we can bring a higher energy to the
represented circumstances in our personal journey.
As an example of the contemplative/interpretive process I use, I will try my best to apply it to your dream - but remember, you are by far the one in
the best position to do this. I may make assumptions which are not valid within your experience. In your specific dream then, I recommend looking at
the fear (and the other strongest emotions you felt) - and compare to them to what the birds seemed to represent. In my estimation by your
description (and beautiful picture) , the beautiful bird pairing would represent spiritual freedom (male and female = whole). I thought it was
particularly telling that you mentioned the birds had always had the ability to fly, they just didn't know it. That sounds like Wisdom to me. I
would interpret the crow-type bird as representing destruction in some form. So based on my process, I would guess that the dream was pointing that
you might be experiencing the approaching confluence of a potential spiritual rebirth (as in theorized in Timewave, for example) and the increasingly
chaotic world that surrounds us with some elements of fear. Another dream interpretation tip that I find very helpful is to also focus on the
observation of clear details in the dream. For example, I thought it was particularly telling that you mentioned the birds had always had the ability
to fly away, they just didn’t know it. Considering my hypothetical interpretation - That sounds like Wisdom.
I will also add that I use the same process when the emotions are from higher energy (peace, joy, etc.) - and see those as experiences as showing me
how I am or can benefit from bringing these higher emotions to the areas pointed to in the dream. As a side note, I have had a number of very
memorable dreams in the basic format of metamorphasis coming out of seeming destruction. I would bet that many on ATS are too. Good luck and good
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As soon as I read this dream I was reminded of something.
Firstly, I see the two birds as representative of two souls enclosed in the material world represented as the cage. The colours of the birds reflect
the colours of the chakras. The souls are free, the open door is the door to other levels of existence, but as the souls are incarnated in the
physical they are focussed on their life within that environment.
In flies the Raven and after much struggle takes one of the birds. This bit reminded me right away of a line from the Bible, and I can't remember
exactly how it goes and I can't find it right now, but it was the warning about the future time when two men would be working in a field, one would
be left and one would be taken away - I'm inclined to think that ties in with all the prophecies of upcoming 'Earth changes' and a future where the
population is much reduced.
Thank you very much for your take on the dream - I am indeed facing a 'confluence of spiritual rebirth' as you put it (all signs point to 'yes' as
the magic 8-ball says). In fact I already have a few times in my life, however each major step in my personal progression involves a personal
kind of destruction and subsequent re-creation of self - a dissolving and reforming of my awareness and point of view. The last time this happened was
Jan-Feb of this year, the time before that was mid-2007, and the previous was mid-2001...so you see these steps are increasing magnitude and becoming
more frequent in my own life, and it's difficult to say when this process will reach some kind of culmination. But yes, I agree, it does mirror the
concept of McKenna's Timewave, and I to some degree recognized that fact early on and took on that idea as a tool to communicate and aid my own
journey through this weird and wonderful life.
Regarding this dream in particular, I see it as a representation of either the approaching culmination of my spiritual journey, or at least the last
major step before such a time...as if all possibility of personal life paths have been reduced from an infinite choice down to two very simple ones -
light or dark, this way or that. This choice is being presented to me very clearly in my daily experience, the nature of my frequent synchronicities,
and even the songs I hear when I turn on the radio.
Recently I've experienced a reversion into old habits, and twice in 48 hours I turned on the radio only to hear
We've Gotta Get Out of This Place - by The Animals, along with a whole slew of similarly themed
songs, phrases, etc. This process of paying attention to radio synchronicities holds particular significance in my personal life - the last time I
went through one of these 'awakenings' I was inspired to create this video: Introducing the
Bandwidth Oracle which is all about paying attention and literally 'tuning in' to gain insight and actually consciously manifest your own
Just now I went to a random word generator to see what popped up
and the word 'Deviation' popped up (I just went there to get this link to post, and the word was 'stream'). Additionally check this out - just
today these videos appeared in my youtube feed which were either favorited or liked by people I have subscribed to or friended:
Yes, that's just today - I have never had any videos of the sort appear in my feed, then I have these within hours of one another...
I could go on and on with these synchronicities I've experienced tying into this dream - here's one last instance. Just this past weekend I was
walking in a multi-level department store here in Sydney, and I noticed a huge banner hanging down between the escalators, and there was one of the
birds from my dream - check out the image from the poster: www.sydneytowereye.com.au...
Again thank you for replying with your excellent interpretation. One thing I haven't really touched upon is the global relevance this dream may have
(if in fact it refers to an approaching confluence in humanity's future), I'm reminded of what Dolores Cannon says regarding the 'new Earth:'
I completely agree with you about how “synchronicities” can speak volumes to us about our lessons and growth when we open our eyes to them - and I
believe the more we are aware of them, the more gifts they can offer us. I especially enjoy the music synchronicity!
I found your timeline on your spiritual journey interesting - I have also experienced major path steps in an exponentially increasing frequency and
depth - some of which appear similar in timing to those you mentioned. My own awareness has benefited greatly from contemplations of these cycles,
their origin and patterns, so it appears we share an interest there.
In your last paragraph you mention the potential global relevance of these (and other) things. I believe that as these experiences become more and
more guiding and relevant to each of us as spiritual beings, their relevance to the global whole expands by Universal law, also in a rapidly expanding
fractal fashion. We are indeed the global whole, in many ways. However, I have not yet watched the video yet - in fact Dolores Cannon has not been
on my radar at all. I appreciate the opportunity to check it out.
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