I dream of Orca
The other night an orca swam into my dreams.
I dreamt I was strolling by the ocean, close to the pier when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted an orca swimming close to shore. My heart began to race as I began running wildly to meet him. I could see it’s black and white markings which was both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
You won’t believe what happened next.
I whipped out… [dun dun dun] my cell phone – to take pictures.
You can’t imagine how annoyed I was at myself when I awoke. I realized that part of my dream was seen through the lens of my cell phone.
I could have looked directly at the orca in my dream but instead, I was obsessed with capturing its likeness on my device, in my dream.
I love animal symbolism and appreciated orca swimming into my dream. This was actually the second time in the past year an orca swam into my dreams.
What struck me the most about this dream however wasn’t the orca itself but rather the use of my cell phone in the dream.
I had to ask myself what did the cell phone represent.
My feeling is that the camera on my cell phone allowed me to feel more removed from the grand moment that was right in front of me.
Instead of taking it in fully, I used my camera as an excuse to create distance between myself and the majestic moment and filtered the experience through a lens.
Thus, I was reminded to
· Seize the moment
· Allow what presents itself, even if it feels scary
· Resist the urge to dilute the present moment
Let’s end with Maya Angelou
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Have you ever wondered why orcas are black and white? Apparently, the blend of the two contrasting colors camouflage them and make them appear smaller by breaking up their body in the ocean. Hmmmm.