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Dream Zone: ‘I was trying to care for a small bird/grasshopper creature’

I was trying to care for a small bird/grasshopper creature by feeding it. It hopped on my finger, and I was worried it would get out and get killed because it was so delicate. What does this mean? —Alli, 52, Portland, OR

Lauri: Just as you are caring for this creature in your dream, what are you currently caring for or nurturing in waking life? Is there a project you are working on that requires you to “feed” it with creative ideas? The delicate nature of the creature in your dream may be connected to the frailty of this project or idea. Is it something that could very easily end, fall apart or fall through if you aren’t careful? The bird part of the creature may mean it is connected to some sort of sense of freedom you desire OR something that you hope will take off and soar. The grasshopper aspect of the creature may be your concern that you are jumping into something a little too quickly. Let me know what you think.

Alli replies: The project must be my web comic I’ve been working on for a year and a half. The frailty plays into my fear of not having a good idea for the next installment. I was worried about that yesterday and today and I always think, “Well, that’s it; This is all going to fall apart!” And your bird/grasshopper assessment is right on. I both hope this project will set me free and will take/hop off. Thank you! That was perfect.

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