There are a number of possibile interpretations of this dream, depending on your own experience and traditions. It is fair to say that most Americans and Europeans would only be familiar with the kola nut in its use in flavoring carbonated soft drinks. So in that context, the dream only suggests going to the original source of flavor and caffeine. It could refer to your need to find the original source of some information or to discover the underlying cause of your situation.
In West African tradition, the kola nut is chewed directly rather than used to flavor drinks. It can be used by individuals, by groups in a social setting or in traditional rituals, much as Europeans and Americans use coffee or alcohol. So in that context, eating the kola nut could suggest a need for energy and strength (from the caffeine) or a need to connect with family and cultural traditions.
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The interpretation of this can depend on the context of the dream and so it’s worth considering not just who the voice might be but how you felt about it.
Spend some time when you wake up to focus your attention on the voice and ask the questions:
* Is the voice male or female?
* Do I recognise it at all?
* How did I feel when I heard the voice, e.g. scared or comforted?
You may find the first two questions more difficult to answer than the third, and don’t worry if this is the case. Determining how you felt about your dream is just as important and can give clues as to how you’re experiencing life at that time.
If the voice sounds familiar (even if you cant see them) it may be that someone in your waking life has been trying to get your attention but, for whatever reason, you’ve not been taking any notice. Perhaps there are things in your life at the time which have distracted you away from giving your time to people who matter most.
If the voice was demanding or scared you, it may be that something is getting on top of you and you’re worried you’re going to get into trouble over recent events.
Perhaps the voice was calming and reassuring, almost angelic. If this is true (and depending upon your beliefs) it could be worth considering that the voice was a dream messenger introducing themselves to you. People who are beginning to explore a spiritual path may consider meeting their “guardian” or guide through their dreams. In fact some cultures still believe today that dreams are communications from a more divine authority. Its important to emphasise that dreams of this nature will always leave you feeling refreshed and energised, never sad or distressed. If you woke up hearing your name, you can always ask, before you next go to sleep – and if you feel ready – if you can meet them again.
From a different perspective, if you wake up as soon as your name is called it is also possible that your brain is alerting you to an immediate problem which needs your attention in an awake state. You may be getting too hot and so waking you up is the best way of cooling you down.
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