To dream of a gorilla is to see clearly into your own emotions, instincts, primal desires, and needs. Gorillas are very quirky and original animals, they possess incredible wit, humor, and innovation.
They’re also intelligent and creative! Let’s explore this dream symbolism further.
Animal Instincts: Primal Nature
A monkey dream symbolizes our primal nature and sexual urges. Monkeys (gorillas included) are one of the most instinctive, primal, and emotionally-driven animals. They are ruled by basic desires for survival and have immense passion and life force.
Gorillas and monkeys alike have a dual side; they can show us our primitive impulses and susceptibility to hostility and aggression, and insight into our sexual energy.
Look out for the clues in the dream to tell you the deeper meaning. You will need to pay attention to the mood, vibe, sounds, colors, overall dream tone, feelings, and impressions experienced.
Was there a sense of dominance and force or intimidation? Or were the monkeys observed acting harmoniously, as a conscious unity with teamwork and cooperation skills?
Ask yourself these questions, and reflect on the dream scenario. Use all of your senses to discover what the dream message was. Remember that monkeys are extremely logical, intelligent, and intuitive!
You should tune into the energetic symbolism of the monkey to interpret your dream. Both true love and business partnerships and connections can be enhanced by transforming primal urges and instincts into higher pathways.
This is not about suppression- the monkey spirit does not ask you to suppress your “inner animal,” it asks you to channel and ascend, evolving higher and channeling your sexual energies into spiritual, creative, and intellectual pursuits.
Monkey dream where you were the gorilla
If you dreamed that you were the gorilla, acting, speaking, and engaging with other monkeys as a gorilla, then this is very insightful. You are being shown how you behave, shouldn’t be behaving, or should be behaving.
Keep in mind that monkeys can be playful, loving, and affectionate or aggressive, violent, and quick to anger. Similar to humans, you are presented with a choice at every moment.
You can either choose to react with anger and explosive emotions, becoming a bully or tyrant in your life and the lives of others; or you can choose to stay centered and balanced.
If you choose the latter, you are developing mindfulness and inner serenity. Harmony, abundance, loving relationships, kindness, generosity, and intuition all arise from this space. This is the message of you being a gorilla in a dream.
Bad luck comes to those who can’t control their emotions, further lashing out at others because we’ve failed to come to terms with our wild nature.
Everyone has an inner wildness and primality, but how we express and control it is the key to victory in life.
Being a monkey in your dream is guidance on how to tame your inner beast, control your emotions and primal driving forces, and interact with others in a harmonious and mutually respectful way.
Monkey dream where you observed the gorilla(s)
If you were an onlooker in the dream observing gorillas (or monkeys), your subconscious mind is showing you the type of behavior you might need to learn or unlearn. Also, heal from and transcend.
Waking life is a complete reflection of the dream states, and of your psyche. Evaluate the type of scenes and imagery you saw. If your subconscious mind pointed you towards an angry gorilla, this suggests you might be holding onto some unexpressed anger in waking life.
You might need to explore your anger problems or reflect on how you repress or hold back your anger, either to appease others or avoid conflict.
The enraged or aggressive gorillas may have a light shining on them, which signifies that anger can be healthy. It’s how you direct your anger, for example in a conscious, constructive, and helpful way.
In fact, the gorilla dream meaning teaches that righteous anger can lead to passion and aligning with your purpose. It may equally stimulate change within, so you can be ambitious, driven, and ‘take no prisoners.’
Not all anger or frustration is explosive, in other words, and this is the meaning of the gorilla. Apes are very primal as we’ve explored, but being so passionate is symbolic of fiery and electric energy.
Well, fire can either create sparks of joy, creativity, and inspiration, or it can put out the fire. Learn from the behaviors and impressions of the primates in the dream.
Creativity, Originality, & Innovation
A key symbolism and dream meaning of the monkey is creativity, originality, and innovation. Apes are very intelligent. They’re perceptive, wise, and highly observational- they’re incredibly witty and clever.
Yet they’re also playful, fun-loving, and somewhat mischievous. The spiritual meaning of a monkey is creative innovation; you likely possess artistic and imaginative gifts, or should be accessing these!
Also, you’re inventive, original, philosophical, and an excellent problem-solver. Monkeys are known for their ingenuity and ability to attract good luck and fortune, This is at least what they symbolize in many cultures.
You may find a new acquaintance or meet colorful and interesting people through integrating the above qualities. Self-expression is important when seeing a monkey or gorilla in a dream.
Chimpanzees further enhance the playful and innovative aspect of this dream message. Seeing chimpanzees signifies using these gifts to advance professionally and personally.
Gorilla ages and sizes
Wise, discerning, and observant, the monkey represents sage-like wisdom. But there are different meanings associated with the ages and sizes shown in dreams.
A baby gorilla is a positive omen for getting in tune with your inner child. The actual message all depends on the context of the dream. If the baby gorilla is being harmed, you need to address how someone or something is hurting your inner child.
Protect your innocence. You need to shield yourself from harm, psychic attack, or the negativity of others. If there is a group of baby gorillas (young gorillas included) in distress or similar, this is a warning sign that there are children in your life that need protection.
If you’re prone to precognitive dreaming and have psychic gifts, you may be picking up on something collective, a collective theme. Dreams allow us to see the collective consciousness energy field and universal psyche too.
So be mindful of the feelings and subtle psychic impressions you get.
A giant gorilla could suggest that something big is taking over your life now. Alternatively, you need to call on your spirit guides for guidance and protection or stand strong in your truth. Be brave.
Act, speak, and lead with courage, and know that you have the inner strength and fearlessness to tackle any challenge. Giant gorillas present themselves in dreams to show you how much strength you possess.
You have the determination, courage, and physical stamina to overcome anything… But if someone is trying to attack a big gorilla you may need to watch out for false friends in waking life. Be extra mindful of any haters, manipulators, or pretenders.
If you are attacking or standing your ground against a giant monkey/gorilla who is appearing aggressive? This is guidance that there is a major block in your way, a block that may be a person or an event, entity, organization, or upcoming experience.
Finally, dreaming of a large monkey or an orangutan may be symbolic of Ganesha, the Hindu monkey god of new beginnings. Ganesha is a spiritual deity who shields and brings protection, also assisting you in overcoming obstacles.
Gorilla in a zoo
If you see a cage or any other confinement in a zoo, you should take note of the physical limitations and restrictions in your life. This dream symbol is all about feeling trapped.
You seek liberation and are currently undergoing a life cycle or stage where people, places, or things are trying to suppress you. You need to take back your power. You must reclaim your independence and sovereignty!
A wild gorilla loose in a zoo signifies that you are trying to break free. Maybe you have broken free of something, and broken out of your cage physically or your mental, emotional, or spiritual prison.
Awkwardness, rigidity, and stagnation in your life will all be overcome. Any relationship or contract that has kept you bound and enslaved will soon be released. And, if this fresh start is not yet in motion, you need to put the steps in to make it happen.
Loosen the chains that bind you… This dream scenario symbolizes that your mind is a powerful tool- you are the master of your destiny; you hold all the power.
Remember that reality is an illusion, as physical matter is essentially formless. All matter arises from emptiness, from empty space. We often put ourselves into our own “prisons” or “cages” due to illusions or fear.
Are you ready to transcend fear in your life?
Gorilla in a jungle
A wild gorilla liberated and free represents your deepest yearnings for freedom. Monkeys are social creatures, yet they are equally self-autonomous. Dreaming of a gorilla in a jungle signifies a strong desire for self-expression.
In real life (the waking world) consider how you can embark on a new adventure, travel, and gain cultural and educational opportunities. As a symbol of our wild and primal nature, a gorilla in a jungle implies that your inner child and truest self needs expression.
You must be more imaginatively and artistically expressive, while equally maintaining kindred spirit connections- the people you can jam around a fire with, dance under the moonlight until all hours, and travel to festivals or community gatherings with!
This is also a positive dream omen of getting out in nature more. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, and swap a night at the pub for a monthly camping trip with your partner or friends.
If you’re successful and a professional, this dream steers you towards introducing business partners and colleagues to “hang out” with you. Get them involved and invite them to join in on your fun.
If the gorilla in a jungle is being held down, hunted, or trapped, you must be mindful of what in daily life is suppressing your ability to have fun. A strong desire for liberation is the main meaning.
A White Gorilla: A Biblical Message
To dream of a white gorilla portrays the need to combine the above qualities with purity and innocence. White is a symbol for purity, innocence, faith, and devotion- alignment with the Great Spirit too.
This dream may have a biblical meaning and message or, at the very least, a spiritual one. You are asked to start a spiritual path, go on a spiritual pilgrimage, or begin a new spiritual practice.
The spiritual guidance is to merge and integrate your animalistic traits, like physical instincts, libido, sexual desires, and survival mechanisms, with a higher consciousness.
Align with the divine and the spiritual life force without suppressing or rejecting your primal self. Seek to transcend out-of-control and aggressive lower instincts and urges into more conscious self-expression.
It’s not about denying or rejecting, but about transcending and channeling your libido and life force into higher pursuits. The white monkey is the perfect manifestation of the lower self and higher self harmonization.
Warning signs: Gossip, manipulation, and trickery!
The bad omen or sign is deceit, hypocrisy, betrayal, and manipulation. You need to watch out for some major trickery and deception in your life.
You may be dealing with a real life manipulator, either consciously or unconsciously, or perhaps even the characteristics of a narcissist, psychopath, or sociopath.
In a lifetime we encounter numerous people, from all sorts of backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic upbringings. The negative meaning of a monkey dream is that you’ve let some conning, thieving, or very deceptive characters into your energy field.
It is advised that you ground yourself and re-find your center. Establish your sense of inner calmness, serenity, and mental clarity, because it’s from silence and clarity where intuition expands.
You must have a strong intuitive and psychic mind to discern, and to ascertain who is honest. Honesty, transparency, and authenticity are very important to people with the monkey spirit. Not everyone lives with integrity, grace, and humility.
A gorilla or monkey dream teaches you a lot about your truest self. The monkey is respected in many traditions and cultures, and as a Spirit Animal (also known as Power Animal) it symbolizes intelligence, wit, creativity, innovation, originality, and physical instincts.
You can therefore seek to embody these attributes for self-development and to make the most out of the imagery and symbolism shown to you in your dreams.
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