• Sophia Brody, M.A.

Talons On My Back: How Dream Recall Clues Us In

Ever feel like you’ve got something digging into a weight on your back? Well apparently, this feeling is something I am waking up to...literally.

Last night I had a dream that I was helping investigate the whereabouts of a missing child. Mind you, I went to bed reading about soul retreival (inner child integration) and I had just watched a similar storyline from the newest season of the show ”The OA” (which is so good and a lil creepy!-on Netflix).

So for $100,000 I was going to fly overseas and track down this kid! I went to a fancy hotel where they were auctioning boys (What!??). I caught a lead and discretely followed him out. Once outside, in a haste to keep myself hidden, I dropped facedown, flat onto the asphalt.

As I remained super quiet and still, I noticed all different species of birds flying in around me. I realized they were coming in towards me-gracefully flying down and landing right in front of my face. Parrots, lovebirds, sparrows, hawks! (Again, I gotta mention my current waking life that is seeping into this dream. I am in the process of completing the design of a Transpersonal Life Course where I‘m currently teaching elemental healing via air element thru birds).

In the dream, I was trying to figure out why these birds were landing around me...was there a bird trainer luring them towards my body? No... and apparently no one outside seemed to notice. It was just me and these birds.

Suddenly I felt talons on my back...the lighteness of a bird, but heavy like a larger bird...a hawk! My mind went straight to anxiety...imagining what this bird might look like, the size and sharpness of its beak, it’s power and strength over me in this vulberable position. And the dream ends here...with the talons totally grabbing my attention.

Pause here... for an instant clue into how this dream is reflecting some light into my life, I’ve already displayed a message of wisdom through that last paragraph of the recall: ON MY BACK (carrying a load/pressure), LIGHT BUT HEAVY (gentle yet powerful), MY MIND WENT STRAIGHT TO ANXIETY (my impulsive response to burdonsome situations), IMAGINING ITS POWER AND STRENGTH OVER ME IN THIS VULNERABLE POSITION (giving my power away!).

So here’s another waking life example that influenced this dream and is why these dream descriptions resonate: I went to bed the night before completely at my wits-end with my 4 year old son who had a gnarly meltdown from over exhaustion.

I went to bed angry at the sweet boy. This boy who in my experience is this gentle soul with a huge amount of strength and power and who’s cry for help is beyond loud and demanding. Someone who‘s own anger will trigger my anxiety in how to hold space for him let alone myself!!

This dream can go in so many directions! Looking at my own feelings of powerlessness in my quest to retrieve parts of self that have been lost or of self that have lost or stolen aspects of my own son who also represents my vulnerability and fear. So here’s what I did to help me explore the deeper wisdom that I was left hanging to explore and perhaps these tips can help you in your own dream interpretation:

Tips for Dream Recall:


There is a pattern here...which is one of the modes of dream recall we can pay attention to for interpretation. The pattern is showing aspects of the dream story matching up to my waking life story. And somewhere along the line, I find myself being surrounded by the element of air...these birds who come to grab my attention and bring me a message.