When you see seals in your dream you might find this marine creature amusing, entertaining, and a whole lot of fun. This is what makes interpreting the meaning of a dream about seals so difficult.
We automatically have a positive association with this type of marine animal that we all too easily dismiss our dreams as just a pleasant night time memory.
But there’s a lot more going on when it comes to the dream meaning of seals.
It really pays to pick apart the different dream symbols that your subconscious is sending you when you see these marine animals in your dreams.
The general meaning of dreams about seals
When you see seals in your dream, your subconscious is manifesting as a mental state where you are feeling engaged.
People are telling you what you want to hear, you seem to be doing activities that you feel are meaningful and are worth doing.
On the surface, it seems like everything fits and makes sense.
This is precisely the time when you need to be suspicious, because other people might be setting up a situation where you end up being deceived, or led on.
Now keep in mind that they may not have intended for you to be deceived.
In fact, they might not even have you in mind.
A lot of the time people end up being fooled, because they bought into somebody else’s fantasy and self delusion.
The real person that they’re trying to deceive is themselves.
They’re operating under the idea that if they lie about their lives so consistently that other people believe it, that somehow their lies will become reality.
This is one of the most toxic forms of self delusion.
Unfortunately, there’s a tremendous amount of people who get dragged into this, they are collateral damage.
You may be engaged in this type of coping mechanism, but you best believe that it actually has a negative impact on the people around you, even people you care about deeply.
If you have been dreaming of seals, there’s this dynamic happening in your life.
Either you’re the one who’s caught up in self delusional lies or you’re the one who believes somebody you trust.
All along you had this picture of this person in reality, they’re completely different.
You feel let down.
You feel lied to.
And it easily becomes an emotionally traumatizing experience.
What does it mean to dream about feeding seals?
When you watch footage from places like SeaWorld, you can’t help but fall in love with the baby seals clapping their fences and carrying on as they make all sorts of sounds begging for fish.
You will definitely become emotionally engaged and this is what makes this type of scene so amusing.
The meaning of feeding seals in your dreams indicates a form of codependency.
There are certain people in your life that you treasure, they do something for you that make life worth living.
Maybe they’re the only ones who encourage you while everybody else says “you can go to hell”.
Maybe they’re the only ones who you think truly understand you, while everybody else couldn’t care less.
You start becoming dependent on them for emotional support and in many cases, you go out of your way to physically, financially and spiritually support them.
But in reality, they understand your addiction.
They understand your sense of inadequacy.
And while they might not intend to, they’re actually exploiting it in practice, because instead of pushing you to confront your issues, and truly become mature, they encourage your worst instincts.
They tell you, “It’s okay” when they should be calling you out.
They say “Yes” when they should have been telling you “No” all along.
And just like with most things involving this type of codependency, it all comes to a sad ending.
There will be a moment of truth and it’s not going to be pretty because all the consequences that you should have dealt with early on have been stored up, kind of like dirt being swept under the rug.
It has to go somewhere and before you know it, that small bulge in your carpet starts getting bigger and bigger.
Just like an 800-pound elephant in the middle of a room eventually becomes so uncomfortable people feel that they have no other option, but to call it out.
And by then it’s too little too late.
Beware of dreams involving feeding seals.
People are feeding you all sorts of lies or people are feeding into your insecurities and you’re doing the same to them at a different level in different forms.
This is a very toxic set of interpersonal relationships, and nobody is getting ahead.
Everybody is keeping each other down.
Because we are enabling and encouraging each other’s comforting lies that we tell ourselves.
What does it mean to see an adult seal breaking free?
If you see yourself in a zoo somewhere, and the seal that you’re observing manages to find an opening and if it is some sort of seaside or marine sanctuary heading out into the open ocean, this is a very positive dream.
This indicates that there’s a part of you that is finally tired of lying to yourself.
There’s a part of you that is tired of making all sorts of compromises when you know that you know the truth about certain personal issues.
You’re tired of walking on eggshells, feeding other people’s delusions so they can in turn feed yours.
You have decided to put a stop to it because you know that it’s not doing you any favors.
You also understand that this is precisely the kind of thing that you need to do so those other people in your life could move on and grow up.
Of course, people don’t like this.
People would like to see their emotional house of cards come crumbling down because somebody doesn’t want to play along anymore.
What do you think they will do?
They will oppose you.
They will call you a liar.
They will call you all sorts of names.
They will try to blackmail you emotionally.
But when you see an adult seal breaking free and heading out in the open ocean, this is your subconscious signaling to you that it is all worth it.
Because at the end of the day, people who will try to make you feel miserable for standing on the truth and pursuing it in all areas of your life were not your friends and allies to begin with.
They were just using you just as you use them.
But now that you have moved on, it hurts and pains them to stay in their emotional prison so they will try to make an example out of you.
Don’t fall for that game.
Keep heading out to that open ocean that represents emotional freedom.
What does it mean to dream of a seal while you are pregnant?
This is a very interesting dream.
Because if you see yourself pregnant in your dream (assuming you’re a woman), your subconscious is trying to communicate that you are aware of toxic habits that you may have when it comes to confronting tough emotional issues in your life.
We all have experienced trauma at some point in our lives.
Trauma comes in many different forms.
It could be a bad breakup, it could be a really lousy time at a particular job, it can take the form of abusive parents, whether physically, emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually.
There are many different sources of trauma that come in many different shapes and forms.
But what you best believe is that there will always be some form of trauma.
And when we cope with this, we come up with our own way.
We come up with a “solution” that makes sense as far as our present circumstances go or our resources.
When you see yourself pregnant in your dream, your subconscious is trying to tell you that whatever coping mechanism you’ve come up with when dealing with trauma is going to cause a chain reaction.
You may be surprised about the fallout of your coping mechanism.
This is where it gets weird.
Because a lot of people automatically think that if you’re telling comforting lies about yourself, or you’re trying to reposition your life based on half truths, or you’re playing fast and loose with the issue of personal authenticity, that nothing good could come out of it.
The truth is more complicated than that.
Because sometimes, when you try to break this chain of lies, you end up lying even more.
I hope that makes sense.
And it turns out that this chain of untruth that you unleash might actually lead to some sort of catharsis that may finally give you freedom.
Cathartic experiences are almost always jarring, intense, and let’s be honest, uncomfortable.
As the old saying goes “The truth may set you free”.
But this doesn’t mean that the process will be quick, easy and painless.
Oftentimes, the truth will first hurt and anger us before those invisible prison walls come crumbling down around us.
You’re pregnant because of the consequences of your coping mechanisms with past trauma.
Beware of the seed that you are cultivating within you.
Depending on the circumstances, it can be worse.
The medicine can be worse than the disease.
What does it mean to dream of taming and training a seal?
If you see yourself throwing fish at a seal, trying to get it to do tricks or entertainment, this indicates that you are finally taking steps to analyze through self auditing, what is probably true, and what is flat out false in your life.
We tell ourselves all sorts of stories.
These stories or internal narratives are what makes our identities.
And it’s really interesting when somebody finds out through genetic testing like 23andMe that they’re not actually related to their parents and how that piece of information changes their whole narrative, seemingly overnight.
When you do self auditing, whether part of some formal structure or completely on your own, you have to ask yourself, “What if certain things that I assume are true about myself are completely false?”, “How would these affect my identity?”, “What kind of identity would I like to assume?”, “What kind of things need to be true for my new identity to come out?”.
Do you see how this works?
Because you never remain the same person.
Whether you like it or not, and whether you recognize it or not, your changing circumstances through time changes you.
Because your conception of who you are, what you can and cannot do, where you can and cannot go, who you cannot be, all these change.
While you are not a prisoner of your genetic makeup, you are not set in stone either.
The external world can and does change you.
Be ready for it.
Take control over that process.
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Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.