I dreamt of a gate last night. It was my current aluminum fence in my backyard that I saw but not the actual gate that is there. Well, actually, it was there in the right spot and closed as it should be. But in the middle of one long side of the fence there was a white plastic gate, child size, and it was swinging open. I do normally pay attention to symbols in my dreams, but I don't always make a theme out of them! However, before I fell asleep last night, I had asked my guides to let me dream about what my yoga class theme should be for this morning, so here we are.
A gate symbolizes many things. According to dreammoods.com,
" To see or pass through a gate in your dream suggests that you are walking through a new phase of life. It also represents new opportunities and possibilities, especially if the gate is opened or swinging.
To see a closed gate in your dream signifies your inability to overcome current difficulties. If you are unable to open the gate, then it indicates that your hard work will be seen as unsatisfactory. It may also mean that you are not ready or not prepared to move on to the next step.
To dream that you are climbing to the top of a gate suggests that you are trying to gain an upper hand on some situation. You want to know what is ahead for you before you commit to something. If you climb over the gate, then it means that you are looking for a shortcut in life. It may also refer to your impatience."
I also see a gate as a filter. Closed, it stops people from coming in and open, it allows access to you. Are you filtering out people? Are you filtering out the right people? Are you filtering out the people that feed off of your energy and deplete you?
The gate I saw in my dream was cheap plastic and much smaller than the rest of the fence. Someone could easily step over it. Make sure, especially with the holidays very nearby, that you solidify your gate to those people who should not have such clear access to you. Energy vampires are people who make you feel emotionally exhausted. They don't necessarily mean to be draining, they just are. You still smile and imagine showering them with love and light, but you protect yourself by closing the gate.
Make sure the gate is open to those energies that are loving and positive. “The fence that makes good neighbors needs a gate to make good friends”. I would use this analogy if you are one to head out into the shopping crowds as well. A ton of people means a ton of positive and negative energy.
This idea of a filter might also be necessary as far as the throat chakra is concerned. Sometimes it is better to put up a shield and offer love than it is to let someone know exactly what you think, if you know what I mean. Can you filter your words before they come streaming out?
I love the TV show Jr Master Chef, because the kids version is so different from the adult version. The adults do not filter their thoughts or spoken words and say a lot of mean envious things. The kids do not seem to filter their words and thoughts either and they say the most beautifully encouraging things to each other. They always congratulate someone for their win and they always lift someone when they are down. The adults do not do this.
I had another thought about this open swinging gate filter; could it offer some type of self reflection? Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote, “The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.”
Are you open to seeing you for who you really are? Is your self-image a true representation or is it illusory?
It pays to be present to your dream state as well as your wakened state:
“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” J.R.R. Tolkien