by Madeline Laughs
I had the weirdest dream last night.
My husband and I were escaping from flood waters. We were crossing a dry lake bed in the nick of time because we could see the gushing river coming our way. On the other side there was a small group of people all wearing different colored jumpsuits. They were glad to see us and told us we could travel the rest of the way with them.
We gathered our packs and made sure everything we had brought was secure. Then we heard one of the guys in the other party screaming. We looked over and two of them were physically engaged in a struggle. One of the guys was biting the other guy’s bare shoulder and the guy being bitten was trying to push him off and screaming for him to stop. Everyone else was still watching us on the other shoreline, smiling.
The biter pulled away and with it took a small chunk of this guy’s flesh. There wasn’t a lot of blood or gore, but I noticed the poor guy had other marks on him that looked like bites. Then I saw that the biter was busy chewing and swallowing like he was finishing off a Slim Jim. The bitten guy seemed to take this in stride and straightened his clothing. My husband and I remained quiet, but we exchanged a look that said “let’s get the hell outta here!”
Holy crap! Was I seeing a man literally being eaten alive? One bite at a time?
I own several dream dictionarys so this morning I looked in all of them because I could recall the dream so vividly. Sometimes I lose details as I wake up, but this one hung around.
One dictionary warned me not to be tempted into anything risky, no matter how promising it looked.
Another seemed to make more sense to me:
“In a literal sense, cannibals consume people’s lives, along with their energy. This dream may then denote an aspect of your life (career, relationship, friends…) which is consistently draining your enthusiasm and vitality. To dream that you are a victim of cannibalism, signifies that you feel that you are being “eaten alive” by work, a relationship. or a situation in your waking life.”
I didn’t dream that I was being bitten, but I did witness it. And this rings true with some cases. I have watched friends and loved ones being consumed by hurtful situations and circumstances. And like in the dream I feel powerless to do anything about it.
I have watched as friends were consumed, one bite at a time. No matter what you try to do to help someone, you really are powerless to pull the biter off of them if they remain passively available to be bitten. Some people have to help themselves.
I’m no stranger to figurative cannibals and I’m sure no one else out there is either. We all have them. Cannibals have tried to bite me. If you’re dreaming about them, take heed and make some changes in your life. You have to think of your cannibals as challenges and lessons to learn from. The cannibal taking the bite out of your ass is sending you a message.
I’m learning a lesson from my husband. He’s developed a very tough hide and any cannibal trying to take a bite out of him is bound to break a few teeth. This keeps him strong and alive and ready to face the next day with love and goodness in his heart.
In the dream I watched cannibals biting each other. I’m pretty sure this is what happens in waking hours too. If you starve them, they will eventually start consuming their own kind. Now that’s an appetizing thought!
- Cannibals (usnsailor.wordpress.com)
- A history of cannibalism (telegraph.co.uk)
- Mob Morality: The Dangers of Repugnance as Moral Authority (3quarksdaily.com)
- Do animals turn to cannibalism if food sources are scarce? (greenanswers.com)