I received this dream from a life-long friend.
I’m traversing a path. Sometimes it’s indoors. Sometimes it’s outdoors. It’s not familiar, but I don’t feel uneasy about that. What’s unsettling is that it is populated with wild cats – tigers, cougars, etc. – miniature in size, but not cubs. I’m on some sort of rolling cart and riding with me are 2 of these cats, one of which is gnawing on my right arm, but not breaking the skin. My feeling is to continue on, but I’m trying to remain very still. When I wake up I’m not upset – just stuck be the fact that I’ve had this same dream twice.
The best way to approach a dream like this is to go symbol by symbol, and go straight to universal meaning of the stories that the symbols are telling us.
You start on a path. A path in a dream is essentially your private journey in life. More specifically, it is the journey of your life that is outside of the consideration of the people who join you on your path (family, etc.). You say that sometimes it’s indoors and other times out, which means that this is the path of your life in both your interior, personal experiences as well as your social experiences. But because you are alone in the dream, we are looking at your private journey.
You tell us in your description that you are not feeling uneasy, even though you are facing the unknown. This gives us a bit of info. It tells us that a change is afoot (which we also know because the dream recurs). It also lets us know that it manageable enough to leave you feeling relatively at ease.
Animals connect to instincts. Often, they appear in a dream to remind us of the instinctual nature that we have access to. The dream may be telling you to tap into this energy as an asset. On the other hand, it could be your unconscious indicating for you to not over compensate and cause destructive behavior. The sensations of the dream and the process of ruminating over it will bring the insight you seek.
In this dream specifically, this energy is trying to get your attention with a gnawing gesture. Have you ever noticed the word gnawing related to a thought – something gnawing on your mind? Things to tend to “gnaw on us” till eventually, we are forced to take action. Whatever it is, it has not broken the skin and perhaps has no intention of harming you, but something wants your attention.
The realm of unconditional love is well expressed by dogs and cats. We have brought them into our world to respond to us with complete and utter love. Dogs represent the masculine principle and the realm of the feminine is ruled by cats. The Divine Feminine relates to the power of creativity, receptivity, and the ability to nurture and bring new expression into the world.
These cats are mature, yet small in size. So these are not instincts that are new to you. In fact, these are cats that might look like cubs, but are no longer young. Something to ask yourself is could this dream also connect to managing your waking-life role as a mother?
The arm that’s being gnawed on is the right, which is the masculine side. You are aware that you are not in danger and you recognize that stillness is your best posture (stillness is the feminine principle). Whatever associations you make with this dream as it relates to your current life, ask yourself where might you be tempted to take action, and then don’t. Here is the fortune cookie version: “You are stepping into more power. This is part of who you are: Value stillness over action.”