When Your Heart Yearns For More

~ An Ant Analogy ~

“Four things are small on the earth, yet they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people without strength, yet they prepare their food in the summer”1

I am no stranger to intuitive dreams but last night (March 21, 2017) was no exception. I won’t go into every detail but basically, I was running from something only to trip and fall into a live ant bed. Actually, it was my right hand/arm that broke my fall.

Later I woke up in a hospital bed unable to open my eyes due to an allergic reaction with the majority of swelling in my face and upper arms. The dream concludes by taking me through various phases of the recovery process. In the end, what I was running from was only a “mirage” – a symbol of fear and doubt that hampered my efforts, causing me to lose sight of my dreams and goals. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

While I was in the hospital, all I could “feel” was on an emotional level. One would think that I’d be in extreme physical pain but I wasn’t. Actually, I don’t remember feeling the ants crawling or biting me. Yet one of the things I was emotionally upset over was having disturbed their home in such a disruptive manner.  I wanted them to know how sorry I was. Aside from that, I found myself nursing a extremely major broken heart and I couldn’t figure out why my pain ran so deep.


“Doubt and fear are your only obstacles to reaching out and touching your goals.”2

Ants in General…

In a 1993 Stanford press release entitled Collective Intelligence: Ants and Brains’ Neurons, Deborah Gordon, Stanford University assistant professor of biological sciences, states that “An individual ant is not very bright, but ants in a colony, operating as a collective, do remarkable things.” She goes on to explain how ants have no job descriptions, yet they don’t hesitate to switch tasks without incident to accomplish the needs of the whole. Lesser known is that most of the work in a colony is only performed by a some number of ants. In other words, there is a such thing as a LAZY ANT. 

In my case, I have found myself caught up in an excessive workload on my job at no fault of my own. As a result, I set professional boundaries for myself and instead of doing the majority of the toiling, I realized that I needed to allow room for the real responsible parties to move into position. Although I’m still patiently waiting on that process to play itself out, I came to realize the similarities between this dream and my job. Although there are a number of meanings for ants in a dream, in this case, they symbolized unhappiness in one’s waking life.


Ants in a Dream…

One website confirms this by stating: “To see ants in your dreams signify your general dissatisfaction in your daily life. You are feeling neglected and insignificant.”3 Well yep that sounds about right!?! Another site makes a home run by saying: “Ants showing up in your dream may be telling you that you would benefit from some changes in your business or career path.”4 Well, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!!  Then as only the Universe can confirm, while I was out and about tonight brainstorming what I’d say in this post, I stopped at a store and my receipt totaled $4.81. As I often do, I reached from my cell phone to look up its meaning and guess what it said:

Angel number 481 encourages you to spend time evaluating your present job/career and decide how healthy it is for you. Other than ‘money’ how does your work nourish and support you, and how do you feel about it. Be honest with yourself. Is it time for a change?5


Lessons Learned

Instead of standing in my power and facing that “thing” that was chasing me, I ran in the opposite direction only to regain my footing through a lot of pain and suffering. [bctt tweet=”Too often we settle for lives that are far from our purpose.” username=”drjaketha”] We can become too consumed with “trying to make it” that we put our hopes and dreams on the back burner, while giving a front row seat to our fears and doubts. Per my dream, ending up in that hospital bed and having to go through a long recovery period forced me to face my fears and doubts head-on.

Through my shamanistic studies, its been emphasized reiterated that: “Only when you can look fully at yourself in both darkness and light, can you understand that your fears cannot harm you unless you allow them to by giving away your power…. Fear and doubt rob you of your power, and prevent you from continuing toward success in any area of your life. But fear and doubt cannot take your power away – they can only feed on it and grow [it] if you give it to them freely.”6

Just as I continue to ask myself, I’ll also ask you: From a “career” versus your life’s direction kind of perspective:

  1. What are you running from?
  2. What are you carrying that you shouldn’t be?
  3. Are the people around you helping or harming your efforts? Who can you reach out to for help/assistance?
  4. What do you really want your day-to-day life to really “look” or “feel” like?
  5. Starting today, in what ways can you achieve your goals toward the life that you truly desire?

Making the time to truly explore the answers to these questions will surely set you on the path to manifesting the life of your dreams.

1 Proverbs 30:24-25
2 http://www.ecoutetoncorps.com/en/resources/metaphysical-definitions-20-illnessesdiseasesdisorders/
3 http://www.spirit-animals.com/ant/
4 http://totemwisdom.com/anttotem.html
5 http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.com/2011/09/angel-number-481.html
6 http://spiritlightreiki.com/ ~ Magickal Shaman Lightworker Program by Linda Colibert ©2008


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