People often tell me that they have trouble remembering their dreams. In response, I frequently offer them a quote from Jungian analyst Marion Woodman: "A dream is like a deer at the edge of the forest: If it’s welcomed, it will come out. If you feed it, it will develop a relationship with you. But if you don’t care about it, it will disappear." In fact, I probably repeat that quote in random conversations a few times every month.
So, I took notice when I recently saw a real-life "deer at the edge of the forest" (see image below). I was playing golf at Kiawah Island over Memorial Day weekend. I did not notice the deer until I was right upon him or her. Amazingly, the deer did not flinch and continued grazing as my golf cart whizzed by along the cart path. As a practitioner of "dream yoga" (life is a dream), I take animal reflections quite seriously as messages, especially when there is synchronicity involved (in this case, the synchronicity of representing a phrase that I commonly use). This deer's message for me? I think it is something like this: "I do represent dreams. I'm not running from you because you have cultivated a relationship with me. Not only am I a deer at the edge of a forest, but I'm also a deer at the edge of a fairway. I'm easily accessible to you. Just keep your eyes open as you drive along your path."