As a bird, the crane is a messenger of the gods. It allows communion with the gods and the ability to enter into higher states of consciousness. ?ai chi, a form of spiritual discipline, is said to symbolize a fight between a crane and a snake. We are capable of gaining control or status within a situation so we can build on it to our advantage. When we dream of a building crane we are often being told of the need to raise our level of awareness in some matter. We need to make an attempt to understand the overall or universal implications of our actions.