What is the meaning of hummingbirds in my dreams? This question was presented by two readers within a day’s span as comments on two postings here at HummingbirdShaman.com. Many ask that question, “what is the meaning of my dream”, and I’d like to share with you both my spiritual observations and understandings as well as the questions that arose in response to the question about hummingbirds in dreams.
Understanding Our Dreams
Dreams can be incredibly challenging to understand. There are many types of dreams. Some dreams can be an overflow from a busy life, a way to process and complete the complexity of the day. Other dreams can be a type of venting, used to release and unwind, a form of self healing. Dreams can be very symbolic, not something to take at face value but a representation for a belief or idea, something that is typically not visual but conceptual.
“Dreams” can also be a way of carrying into our day-to-day consciousness an astral experience or even a snippet from a past life. I’ve personally experienced times when I’ve worked on releasing a deeply rooted belief and it’s stronghold on my future and found myself bringing up a past-life experience through a dream. These types of dreams showed me that the belief in this life began in a former life, and spun into this life with a twist to give it a different perspective and another opportunity to heal something that did not fully release the first time around. Is it karma? Yes, but this is a view on karma that is not focused on being punished or payback for something done “unto others”. Karma often begins within ourselves with a conflict between what we feel is right and an event where we had to make a choice outside our values.
Is there a specific concept that can be drawn from hummingbirds in dreams? Dream interpretation takes a scientific, intellectual approach toward finding hidden meanings. In the case of the hummingbird we can look at the qualities of the hummingbird: it’s unique wing design and movement make the hummingbird captivating and special to many individuals. Size makes a difference, too, as well as time, and many hummingbird encounters are “fast and furious”, with the hummingbird coming and going in a flash.
It’s not just the hummingbird that makes a mark in our dreams, for there are many other details that are usually wrapped up in the story presented in a dream.
Where do dreams come from?
What is the source of the dream, is it our soul or spirit speaking out in a way that gets our attention? Or are dreams the fragments of the day being processed by the brain? From a scientific perspective I must share that I have no formal training in dream interpretation, what I share is my training and observations on the spiritual aspect, seen through the soul or higher self perspective.
The meaning of dreams can run deep. When we turn toward our introspective self we can take some very black and white ideas and mix them into a great big “gray area”, the place where we ask that question, “What does this mean to me?” This inner quest to understand and know our own truths is jam-packed with life: emotion and experiences, and a lifetime’s accumulative value that give a very personal, unique story.
What are dreams meant to do for us? Are dreams messages from the spirit world? Are they communications from ourselves that have to be in an attention-getting form to make us pay attention? Or could dreams be an expression of who we are behind our thoughts and actions? To this we could say “All the above”, and mean it in so many ways.
Answers to the questions about Hummingbirds in Dreams
Two readers asked similar questions about two very different hummingbird dreams:
In the dream of the two hummingbirds outside the window, and the conversation within the dream, there’s some soul-searching going on about the boundaries in your life, your responsibilities and just how far your “circle” extends. You’re in the midst of conflict between choices to be made and your core values, and this is a common cause of conflict for any of us, when the choices of today do not uphold what we have been taught or what we value. You may want to schedule a session to bring into consciousness the conflict so you can shift your perspective and make clearer choices that uphold your values.
In the case of the blue hummingbird: we have a strong unconscious defense system that is intended to keep us safe and whole. Uncovering hidden thoughts and beliefs that hold any perception of “less than” or weakness of any kind can make us feel very vulnerable and exposed. Dreams are at times the only way we let ourselves peak into our own fears and feelings. It takes a big step to face our fears, but then how much time and energy does it take to keep hiding from ourselves? Glad to hear you are working toward releasing your depression.
Thank you both for asking your questions! Responses on the Hummingbird Shaman website are kept within the bounds of the threads of life that we commonly share. This gives benefit to all the readers while protecting your privacy. For a more in-depth personalized perspective I’d recommend scheduling a session to uncover the connections between core values, beliefs, life choices, and even past life experiences that are affecting you now.
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