i dream of mantas

For as long as I can remember, I have been a dreamer. Memorable messages. Symbolism. Visits from ancestors with words of wisdom. The whole nine. I'm grateful for this gift because it has given me insight to my own processes at times that I have been blind to them.

High-stress and packed schedules during the last few years, however, have meant that I have only been able to remember snippets of dreams at best upon waking up. I asked if the dreams would return to me and felt comfort in knowing that they will.

Last night I had a dream of a beautiful sea creature. I was familiar with her yet remembered her incorrectly. While I assumed she was a Sting Ray, the voice in my dream whispered "Manta". I'd heard of Manta Rays before, long ago, though not familiar enough to distinguish characteristics in my dream. Because of the detail, there was a significance I needed to look into more.

I am on a journey. One that has taken me 33 years to get this far and I'm still working. Mantas represent a smooth journey and symbolize that I will be able to manage the highs and lows of life without too much stress or strife. Along this journey, secrets from deep within are expected to rise to the surface but the manta reminds me that I can lean on the things I know to be right, trust that. Beyond this, they represent a letting go of fear. Honoring that fear is the obstacle along my path and unnecessary if I am trusting.

As I step unapologetically into 2018, I sense great change and transition coming. The Manta brought me comfort and wisdom to lean on as I approach the shedding or dying phase of this growth cycle. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I know that it is ok to move towards it with confidence and grace. Now that I mention it, there is a lot to be learned just from watching this being move in her own life. Carefully and gracefully maneuvering beyond obstacles in her way. What we see as majestic is just her natural way of navigating life. How can I harness this for my next phase of life?

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