Dream Awareness network - Releasing  Positive Energies for Change & Growth
My Blog

Symbols of Coincidence & A Tiger in the Zoo

A Tiger in the Zoo
By John W. Robinson
Dream Work & Personal Growth Facilitator - Enchanted Spirits, in Dunedin, FL
Recently I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful party. Although a diverse group of people, they all did have a lot in common. Each was exploring their world and their own consciousness in a way that was outside of “the officially accepted dogma”. You might say each had a different world view.
The energy level seemed high as the evening progressed so I decided to ask the host if I could share a game I had learned with the group. The host was gracious to accept my offer. The game was called “The Coincidence Card Game” as I learned it from Robert Moss, Dream Work Educator & author of many excellent books. In the spirit of the ancient Greek Dream Temples, I called it “The Oracle ofEnchanted Spirits card game.”
The game went like this: Each of the players was given a 3x5 index card on which they were asked to write anything – really, I mean anything. Whatever popped into their mind that moment and keep it to themselves. I collected the cards with the writing turned down and shuffled them. On another card   I asked each player to write down a question or make a statement that they would like to receive guidance on when they visited the Oracle of Enchanted Spirits. Next, each player chosen at random picked a card from the Oracles deck and shared the thought that had been written down originally by an anonymous player. The anonymous response becomes the answer from the Oracle to the player seeking guidance.
It really was a fun and enlightening game. The purpose and outcome of the game is an experiential learning exercise dealing with synchronicities and coincidences.
When I started a study of dreams about 30 years ago, I also was involved in a study of synchronicity, coincidence and creative visualization/imagination. As I recorded my dreams in a dream journal, I was making notes on seemingly unrelated events resulting in a meaningful coincidence in my life. The experience, like my awareness of dream messages, had moved beyond amusement to the point that these events became grounded in my expectations. I became a believer in the concepts of the Collective Unconscious and Synchronicity as developed and written about in many books by the great Therapist and Psychologist, Carl Jung.  
 In the Oracle Card Game, I think the collective unconscious wisdom of the players became the collective unconscious as described by Jung. Many of the "answers" from the Oracle of the game were "right on". To me, dreams, coincidence and the imagination go hand-in-hand as written about by Robert Moss, in  The Three Only Things.
As an illustration, I will share the experience of one of the game players at the party. There were 17 players on this evening. You can play the game with any number of players. I will call this player with a female energy, Rachael (a pseudo-name).
Before drawing a card from the Oracles deck, Rachael shared with the group the question she was asking for guidance on – “I desire guidanceon what direction to take”. Obviously, there were some probable directions held in mind by Rachael which were not shared with the group. The card she picked from the Oracle’s deck stated simply: …..“A Tiger in the Zoo.”….
Now this may not seem very enlightening, but without passing judgment, let’s take a closer look at what happened considering what you may have learned about dream messages, imagination and meaningful coincidence, or synchronicity.
If I use a dream analysis method of Fritz Perls, considered the “Father of Gestalt Psychology” and consider the episode a dream segment, I have a dream segment in which I project my dreaming self as a Tiger in the Zoo. And, as a Tiger, if I look out from behind the bars I see a zoo full of “human spectators who appear to be trapped behind bars.” - A different twist of the imagination indeed. As a Tiger, I might even carry on a conversation with myself directed toward the humans behind the bars as Perls would suggest.
“Why do you humans trap yourself behind the bars of rigid dogma and unimaginative thinking, not realizing the power of your consciousness and your subconscious mind? Why do you stare at me like I am the one trapped?  As a species, when left alone my kind knows how to survive the way “All That Is” intended.”….. -  Something to think about?
Or, if I look at the Tiger as an archetypal symbol I get another take on the event. The idea of archetypes became meaningful to me as I studied the works of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. But, I will draw again on the writing of Robert Moss, in his terrific book Conscious Dreaming, pp. 52-53, to gain insights into the Tiger as an archetypal symbol from other cultures that does often appear in dreams.  As Moss writes,
……” Among the indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia, the tiger or clouded leopard is frequently the animal guardian and soul companion of the most powerful shamans. Such shamans are believed to be able to shape-shift into tiger form not only to fight enemies but also to heal and to test and initiate shamans-to-be…”
…..” The Senoi, a forest people of the Malay Peninsula, also believe that the tiger is the shaman’s most powerful spirit helper. The Senoi are said to teach their children that nightmare adversaries are hostile spirits (mara) that become spirit helpers (gunik) when they are confronted and overcome. When a dreamer develops the courage to confront and accept a tiger that challenges them in dreams, he becomes a shaman…..”
So, for Rachael, if there was an answer in the Oracles message, and if the event was a meaningful coincidence arising out of the collective unconscious of the players, maybe thinking about it this way will lead to other insights and direction. Maybe even in the direction of a shaman. Maybe the Tiger is Rachael's spirit animal helper that will revel itself to her in a dream.
As I suggested to Rachael and the others playing the game, "also take your guidance question (the idea you desire to receive guidance on) to your inner self before you fall asleep tonight and record what you remember from your dreams when you wake up in the morning. Give yourself the suggestion that your own  subconscious mind will bring you back a message from the dream world, the unknown reality where the fulfillment of physical world dreams begin. Be on the lookout for symbols and synchronicities that may appear in the days or weeks that follow. Know that night time dreams can help you fulfill your life dreams and desire".
If you work with groups in any venue, I have found the coincidence card game can be a great "ice breaker" along with being insightful regarding the coincidences our desires attract from the unknown reality. Our thoughts, beliefs and emotions become magnets attracting what we desire. This process commonly takes place in our dreams.
September 17, 2011

28 Comments to Symbols of Coincidence & A Tiger in the Zoo:

Comments RSS
Rachael on Monday, September 19, 2011 8:53 PM
Good evening John from Rachael at the party. I had never thought about the idea that the tiger might perceive the humans as behind bars....interesting twist. What did come to be was, I was the tiger pacing back and forth behind the bars. I was a threatening power, one that held to be restrained. But if I just laid down, my power would be more gentle. And guess what, the bars to the cage just disappeared into the mist... releasing the tiger (me) from the restraints. Allowing me to wander freely without harm to anyone including myself. Just let things be... you don't have to try so hard, your dreams will come to be.
Reply to comment
Anonymous on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:11 PM
I enjoyed the interaction between everyone on how we related the answers to the questions. Most of the answers were "spot on" and did not need to be deciphered. It was a great exercise in how to open up to your higher self. Thanks for opening that door John.

Rachael on Monday, September 19, 2011 9:03 PM
Yet another interesting side note.... My partner got the "Be the Voice" message from the collective group....Well, on the way to work Sunday morning, on a bus stop message board, on Union St. , was a picture of a tiger with the words "Be the Voice" written over it. Coincidence, I doubt it.
Reply to comment

hp touchsmart 620-1110 cto slot dvd drive on Thursday, December 27, 2012 11:24 PM
Thank you for another fantastic blog. Where else could I get this kind of information written in such an incite full way? I have a project that I am just now working on, and i am sure this will help me a lot..and I have been looking for such information since from few days....Thanks!!!!!
Reply to comment

guilin li river cruise on Friday, May 17, 2013 12:20 PM
Fantastic site. A lot of useful information here. I sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your effort!
Reply to comment

Helen Campanha on Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:22 PM
I just read this blog, and it is amazing how we interpret the symbols or words, that at first appear unrelated to anything that is happening in our lives, but if we learn to pay attention to the symbols...then it all makes sense. I just had an interesting dream last night (as John proposed that I record my dreams): I was in a kitchen with other people (did not see their faces)and there were snakes (real big ones) slithering on the floor. The floor was packed with snakes, and I was trying to walk between them to get out of the kitchen. Then a red snake lifted its head at me. I then picked it up and started choking it. When the snake opened its mouth and stuck its tongue out gasping for air, I realized I was killing it, and then I let it go, throwing it across the floor. She snake at first gasped for air, but it survived. I then woke up. I was irritated all day.
Reply to comment

Online wigs on Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:19 PM
I am really happy with your stuff provide. I like to bookmark it and i hope in future you w ill keep update us
Reply to comment

Lipozene on Friday, April 4, 2014 10:00 AM
I honestly think you would have fully sold me on the idea had you been able to back up your premis with a substantial bit more solid facts.
Reply to comment

Hydroxcut Reviews on Friday, April 11, 2014 2:32 AM
It’s amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often.
Reply to comment

SlimQuick Reviews on Sunday, April 27, 2014 3:04 AM
Amazing article. I am so impressed. Could never think of such a thing is possible with it...I think you have a great knowledge especially while dealings with such subjects.
Reply to comment

Diet Pills on Friday, June 6, 2014 1:02 AM
Instantly amazed with all the useful information that is on it. Great post, just what i was looking for and i am looking forward to reading your other posts soon!
Reply to comment

best diet pills that work on Saturday, June 14, 2014 2:55 PM
I am going to subscribe, so I can learn more. I can't wait to receive updates through e-mail.
Reply to comment

Lipozene on Monday, July 7, 2014 12:26 PM
I harmonize with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your approaching updates
Reply to comment

Eileen V. Shifflett on Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:14 AM
It was certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.What a great idea!
Reply to comment

Random Name on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:55 AM
amateurs have no a clue?
Reply to comment

Lipozene on Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:49 AM
I believe that you recognize how to construct people pay attention to what you have to pronounce, particularly with a concern that’s so vital. I am pleased to suggest this blog.
Reply to comment

Weight Loss on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:23 AM
Instantly amazed with all the useful information that is on it. Great post, just what i was looking for and i am looking forward to reading your other posts soon!
Reply to comment

Phentermine on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:54 AM
Like your writing! Still you can do some things to improve it.
Reply to comment

Lipozene Glucomannan on Friday, September 19, 2014 1:46 PM
I absolutely enjoyed every single small little bit of it. I’ve you bookmarked your internet site to look at out the new stuff you post.
Reply to comment

Rodrick Berkshire on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:26 PM
guides on the internet ?
Reply to comment

Barrie Galinoo on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:01 AM
A couple words and phrases having tiles?
Reply to comment

Lasandra Summers on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:04 PM
Finishing impartial or perhaps professional?
Reply to comment

Valencia Pestronk on Friday, November 13, 2015 9:53 AM
with good looking qualities?
Reply to comment

anglersmarinanj.com on Monday, May 30, 2016 8:26 AM
I honestly think you would have fully sold me on the idea had you been able to back up your premis with a substantial bit more solid facts.
Reply to comment

gmod free on Saturday, June 4, 2016 4:52 AM
Thank you for every one of your work on this web site. My daughter takes pleasure in making time for investigation and it's obvious why.
Reply to comment

Daniel Cunneen on Friday, September 1, 2017 7:20 PM
Reply to comment

petterson on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:21 AM
You have made some good points about blogging and I am sure that the post will be useful for people who are going to start blogging. Take a look at essay writing service UK and get more updates.
Reply to comment

Vivid Richard on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:59 AM
this is very interesting to read.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint