Advent Calender Day 22: Pregnant!
Welcome to the twentysecond day of the Dream Well advent calender! Today I am writing about a concept that can be delighting, concerning or downright bewildering when it appears on dreams – when we dream of ourselves or someone else being pregnant.
To dream of being pregnant can be a bit of a shock to the system – but remember that most dreams we have work on symbolic levels. Yes, some women do dream of being pregnant and then go on to discover that they are actually expecting. But for many others, dreaming of being pregnant has nothing to do with actually having a baby.
In a dream pregnancy can symbolise the concepts of potential and expectation. In particular, we can dream of being pregnant when we are growing and nurturing a new creative project, such as writing a book, producing a piece of music, or even building our own home. Being pregnant in a dream may also occur when we are considering embarking on a new life direction, such as taking up a course of study, changing careers or yes, even starting a family.
Pregnancy is one stage of the creative process, that starts with conception – the origination of the idea, then comes the pregnancy, the growing and evolving stage, finally culminating in birth – the bringing forth of the idea, or releasing the final project into the world.
In a dream then, pregnancy can be a sign of turning inwards, or connecting to our own divine creative powers. Pregnancy dreams can encourage us to recognise the sacred feminine in our lives, to focus on the qualities of being receptive, intuitive, nurturing and attentive, but they can also be a sign of becoming expansive, of growing into power and feeling a sense of celebration and fullness in life.
To be pregnant in a dream, whether male of female, can be a symbol of as yet unrealised potential. We use the phrase “pregnant pause” to indicate a moment when so much is indicated, implied or hinted at… yet not stated. In a dream, this can refer to a secret we are nurturing, an unexpressed wish or a desire to pursue a way of life that we have not yet achieved in the “real world.”
Dreams of pregnancy can also encourage us to consider the role of motherhood, and how we are mothered, and how we mother those around us. This is relevant regardless of gender. How to we support and nurture growth and development in those around us? How do we receive support and honour our own beginings? To dream of someone being pregnant can can ask us to connect with Mother Earth, the source of all that sustains our existence.
Being pregnant in a dream may startle us as we do not expect to be expecting, but this may be a very necessary shake-up to remind us of what we are capable of and to re-examine our potential. To dream of being pregnant can ask us to consider what we are carrying inside us that is precious and to reconnect with our own divine creative natures.
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Are you pregnant now and having interesting, vivid or disturbing dreams? If you would be interested in sharing your dreams while pregnant, please check out my page into Research on Dreams while Pregnant.
Thanks for the beautiful art work to Albena