"There is no Passion to be found PLAYING SMALL, in settling for a LIFE that is less than the one you are capable of Living.....
Red Solar Dragon, Nelson Mandala

Saturday, January 24, 2015


My friends are always saying why do I like to stay in the bed when there are so much to get done.  It is pretty obvious to me that they don't understand the importance of dreaming.  The is a custom of the Native American people and maybe many more indigenous people participate in this practice.  In times gone by, when we had original land that Native people lived on there were Dreaming lodges.  The elders in the community would come together and dream.  In these dreams would come prophecy and direction for the tribe.  When you dream, your spirit is open and receptive to the Universe.  It is so much more easy for the spirits to contact you and imbue you with thoughts, ideas and prophecy.  It was their way of life.  I have notice that I dream a lot as well. And, I am getting some important information about my life.  It is a practice that I am implementing in my life because I want to bring back the old ancient custom and ways to my life and I grow more in my understanding of who I am and what I came here to do.  So lets just look at some of the customs of a few Native American communities to get a better understand of what they do and why.

At Dreamhawk.com they write that in considering the beliefs of the Native American peoples, there is not a single belief system. Each tribe developed their own relationship with their inner life as it connected with and contributed to their external environment and needs. In looking at the fairly pure statements of traditional Native Americans in such books as Black Elk Speaks,  it is fairly obvious however that dreams were generally considered as a form of reality or information to be highly regarded. Black Elk became a revered medicine man of his tribe through the initiatory process of their dreams and their revelation. The dreams revealed rituals to be performed by the tribe which aided in healing social tensions. But these deeply perceptive social or psychological insights into the Black Elks  people which arose dreams, are only one of many facets the Native American peoples found in their dream life. And of course Black Elk is only one of the men and women of the Native American people who were visionaries.

The Pueblo Indians

In the USA, the Pueblo Indians,  explains that their religion rests upon the belief that through their frequent ritual, they help the sun to rise each day. Without their tribal attention to the sun, they are sure the sun will no longer rise. This is permeated by the idea that special acts or a special kind of action can influence God – for example through certain rites or by prayer, or by a morality pleasing to the divinity.  Through their beliefs the Pueblo Indians as a group of people, have an intense peace and satisfaction with their life. This deep peace and inner happiness is shared by more communities then one might think.  The comparison of many tribes, highlight something that arose from the Native Americans beliefs and use of dreams for guidance and spiritual sustenance. Namely how a belief system,  acts as a psychic immune system against the ‘germs’ of despair, inferiority and meaninglessness.

This pride and sense of belonging that was often a marked feature of such tribal peoples prior to the coming of the white races, illustrates one of the main functions of the dreaming process – the psychological compensation or self-regulatory process – and how it acts on the personality if it is deeply accepted. Because the native peoples of America had such trust in the products of their unconscious in dreams and visions, the compensatory images presented were of great benefit, and fulfilled their task of keeping the balance in the individualized identity. Unfortunately the rational attitudes of the invading nationalities, questioning the power of the dream and vision as they did, offered nothing to take the place of the dream. At least, nothing that produced such an obvious sense of pride and tribal and personal identity.

Dream and Visions

Native Americans entered their visions with some understanding of what to expect and how to deal with the experience. Our own cultural attitudes frequently put us at odds with our own unconscious processes and visionary upsurge. Many people who are confronted by the opening of the unconscious and the events that follow, believe they are going mad, or that they will be overpowered by forces that are antagonistic to them, and will sweep them to their doom. Neither do many people, trained in modern Western ideals of behavior, know how to exist in the land of vision, Just as few desert people know how to swim, and would feel fear if dropped into deep water, so the person who falls into an altered state of consciousness from the world of modern materialistic thinking, may feel great fear instead of pleasure and the ability to ’swim’ in it. Even the many people who ‘interpret’ their dreams, have seldom moved beyond the level of thinking, and know nothing through experience of the deep waters of the unconscious. 
Like other primordial cultures, dreams were seen by the Native Americans as having certain marked features that could be gained from them. There could be an initiatory dream such as we have already considered. There could also be dreams telling where to hunt; dreams showing a new ritual giving some sort of power such as warding off illness, or finding a new relationship with everyday life, or attracting a lover; dreams could show the use of a herb for medicine; dreams might be caused by some sort of evil within ones body, or an external evil such as someone wishing you harm or an evil spirit; there could be a shared dream with another person; the dream might be a revelation from someone who was dead and now in the spirit world, or a dream,  could be a map supporting and guiding the dreamer throughout their whole life. Dreams were often considered to be bad or good. If a dream were considered bad something had to be done about it, such as a cleansing or healing ritual.
As an example of an Indians attitudes to dreams, this statement of White Hair, a medicine man, is interesting. “Every dream that takes place is certain to happen. Whenever the evil spirits influence it, it is certain to happen. Whenever we dream a bad dream we get a medicine man to perform sing and say prayers which will banish the spirit.”

Dreams have also suggested  use of a herbal root for medicine, show how many herbal treatments, not only among the Native American and tribal people throughout the world but modern people who participate in the practice of dreaming.  I, myself have come forth with information on healing from dreams, things that I needed to do or not do and information about the future from my dreams.  I love dreaming and the more I participate in it the better I become. In fact, many tribes attributed the origins of many of their cultural artifacts, their religion, the use of fire, to a specific dream experienced by a past tribal member.  I have even gotten design for my jewelry designs or my pottery or clothing designs from my dreams.

Dream doorway to wider awareness

The inner centre, the Self, or the guiding spirit of a person “is realized in an exceptionally pure, unspoilt form by the Naskapi Indians, who still exist in the forests of the Labrador peninsula. These simple people are hunters who live in isolated family groups, so far from one another that they have not been able to evolve tribal customs or collective religious beliefs and ceremonies. In his lifelong solitude the Naskapi hunter has to rely on his own inner voices and unconscious revelations; he has no religious teachers who tell him what he should believe, no rituals, festivals or customs to help him along. In his basic view of life the soul of man is simply an ‘Inner companion’ whom, he calls ‘My Friend’ or ‘Mista peo’, meaning ‘Great Man’. Mista peo dwells I the heart and is immortal. In the moment of death, or just before, he leaves the individual, and later reincarnates himself in another being.
Those Naskapi who pay attention to their dreams and who try to find their meaning and test their truth can enter into a greater connection with the Great Man. He favors such people and sends them more and better dreams. Thus the major obligation of an individual Naskapi is to follow the instructions given by his dreams, and then to give permanent form to their contents in art. Lies and dishonesty drive the Great Man away from one’s inner realm, whereas generosity and love of his neighbors and of animals attract him and give him life. Dreams give the Naskapi complete ability to find his way in life, not only in the inner world but also in the outer world of nature. They help him to foretell the weather and give him invaluable guidance in his hunting, upon which his life depends…… Just as the Naskapi have noticed that a person who is receptive to the Great Man gets better and more helpful dreams, we could add that the inborn Great Man becomes more real within the receptive person than in those who neglect him. Such a person also becomes a more complete Divine being.”

So I will never grow tired of my bed and dreaming.  As I get older and move into another stage of my life, dreaming is becoming much more important to me.  I find that my internal life is becoming much more important to me.  I am on a mission to develop my Divine self or should I say bring my Divine self into the light from my subconscious.

In Lak'esh, (I am another yourself)  Peace, Love and Powerful Dreaming........

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