Dream: I stand face to face with a huge grizzly, him in his primal desire and me in my fight or flight fear. This time when bear comes to me in my dream I do not run, do not hide. This time something miraculous happens. The seed of my desire chooses to step into the egg, the womb of the bear where I will rest into the gestation process. Here I open to the wisdom of the planet and my heart. Within the womb I am held in the juices of remembering weaving, my becoming until I emerge.
The egg in all its wonder and mystery is a primal symbol of the seeding and incubation of all creation. It is a vessel that provides sanctuary for the potentiality of life. Whether an oval hard shell, the thick translucent embryonic sac or the deep dark grit of the soil the egg is the threshold experience of the developing seed into the possible. The miraculous role of the egg is twofold. Not only is it a sanctuary for incubation but the egg also transforms into a living body of bird, shark, reptile depending upon the species. In humans the egg is the cell that when fertilized by the sperm evidentially becomes the child. The fertilized human egg sits in the embryonic sac that serves as the growing sanctuary.
The egg and the seed although different have similarities both developing from the union of male and female sex cells, and both act as structures that protect and supply nutrients to a developing embryo. Eggs and seeds are also both considered to be adaptations to a life on land. They both enclose the embryo in an environment that prevents dehydration, while still allowing gases to flow in and out. It is a brilliant concept that the seed and egg can be expressed as the vessel and the creation.
Within all eggs there are the tensions of the dark and light, the substance of nourishment and growth, the threads that link to the mother, and the elements that create an environment of holding. There is an alchemical process of growth that feeds the process of non-being into beinghood. This time known as the incubation period allows for the creative juices to merge adapting to each other as they become realized. The egg holds all the life force necessary for transformation to occur and there is much labor involved in this becoming. It is the eternal resurrection of life. The very essence of what is the sanctuary transforms into the living being.
The motif of the cosmic egg and its process is apparent in the creation myths of many cultures. Cultures such as the Mayan, Egyptians, Greeks, and Hindu speak to the egg as the container for creation in some form. In Tahitian myth the creator deity lives inside the cosmic shell. Traces of the expression of the sacred egg can still be found in celebrations such as Easter in Christianity and Ostara in Celtic traditions.
As a universal concept the egg is portrayed as a mythological expression of the creation of life which is hatch into the full expression of the primordial being coming from the waters of the earth. The egg is a sacred image representing the archetypal experience of the birth of the world and cosmos. It is the preferred image of fertility and the womb of the mother Goddess. The bird is often described through mythological stories as the carrier of this process.
How does the image and concept of the egg manifest itself in the experience of the human condition? In every moment of creation, the potentiality of the seed and the egg comes to life. Through the cycle of conception, fertilization, gestation, incubation, birth and dying we move from moment to moment. What becomes the egg is the idea, the insight, the depth of a feeling that is held in healing, or the process of physical trials all of which are held in gestation, nurtured, and nourished, labored until they are ready to be manifested into a book, a new job, healing a trauma and running a road race. The egg becomes the place we hold all of this and more to allow our creative energy to simmer. At the same time the holding place is the seed of our desire come to life within. How does that inform human experience of creation as we are becoming who we are and how we navigate the world? The whole season/cycle of life – how does the egg reflect on our experience of who we are and our process? How does that affect who we are and how we operate in the world? Is growth constant?
How does the egg and its role reflect in the dream?
The dream reflects the energies of the egg both as the idea of the dream and through the dream stories. All dreams are a container or cauldron where the energetic experience of the dream unfolds. Within the unconscious the weaving occurs, a gestation of energies of thought, feeling, and experiences that meld into a story that will emerge into the sleeping experience of the dreamer. This process can be likened to the gestation within an egg. Seeing the dream as the egg of what is possible. It incubates the energy of wisdom until it is ready to be known.
We can also discover the metaphor and mythology of the egg in the story of the dream. How the image and its attributes are mirrored within the narrative of the dream. When an egg is present in a dream there is much to work. We can also work elements of a dream that represent the concept of the egg too. What aspects of the dream are the place of holding offering sanctuary for the gestation of energies or elements that need to be nurtured so they may grow? Is there an aspect of the dream that is ready to break free to be fully manifested? What in the dream shows places of pregnancy and gestation? How the dream can mirror to us the places we are holding and the places we struggle to break free?
How does the being within know it is time to break free? How have we learned through our experiences in life to emerge, stay hidden, break free, hold the space of gestation. How may we stay in the place of sanctuary even though we are ready to emerge? What keeps us in this place? To emerge takes struggle, to give birth is not always easy and requires effort. Are there times when we also emerge to quickly before we are ready? Do we recognize the feeling of being in the cosmic egg, the link to the mother, the nurturing waters of life? Or have we forgotten because we have never had the experience in waking life? Our dream narrative can guide us to this understanding.
Practice: Take a dream
Ask these questions:
What is trying to be manifested in the dream?
What containers are holding and supporting that manifestation? What elements within the container nourish and support the evolution of the desire? What elements might not be supporting this?
What feelings, associations to waking life memories arise? Could be past, present or future.
How does the dream show me how I am holding my desire?
How will I know when it is time to break free and manifest?
What am I releasing in the breaking of the shell?
How am I the egg, the shell, the nourishing fluid inside, the desire growing and the link to the mother?