Dreams & Shamanic Journey

Preparing for this Course

 

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Clear off your bedside, place only a few items if you need them there to support your dream practice;  a journal, pen, glass of water, totem item.

Dream Journaling– keep your journal by your bed, set your intention as you fall asleep to remember your dreams in the morning and write them down. Give every dream a title, write what happened, how you felt and what your action plan is or how this relates to your waking-life. Dreams with lots of feelings are ripe for re-entry and gold-mining, (especially the uncomfortable ones!).

Bring to class

A Journal for Journeywork (can be the same as you use for dream work, although I like to keep mine separate at this time)

3 dreams you want to explore

Optional items

  • Water
  • Wear layers
  • Yoga Mat
  • Snacks if needed
  • Oracle cards if you feel called to bring them

Our Guides: Owl & Your Council 

We’ll be invoking Owl as gatekeeper for guidance and entry into dream work. If you have a personal guide you would rather work with, please do draw them in. I envision us being held in the feathery, downy yet strong wings of Grandmother Owl to hold the space for us, initiate us and ferry us through the gateway of dreaming – the liminal space from light to dark where we can explore the subconscious or moving our spirits to other realms if this is the work for us.

 

The Soul is speaking to us through Dreams, what is it saying?

What is your Intention for this course?

Some possibilities are 

  • Healing & soul recovery
  • Instructions from your Higher self or Spirit for your daily life
  • Insight about your needs
  • Meeting up with others in dreamtime
  • Exploring lands and experiences with lucid dreaming
  • And more.. get creative…

Journey Intention For This Week

Meet with your gatekeeper of dreamwork to be initiated and meet your council.

Introduce yourself full name and where you’re from, state your intention – Asking for an initiation into dreamwork. You might need to set something down before you can proceed. Examples of your initiation might be something like a kiss on the forehead offering clarity or passing through a door.

Once initiated, ask to meet your council for this dreamwork. Who are they? How are they going to council you? What are their roles? What else do you need to know about this work at this time? Do you need to put anything down or pick anything up before coming back?

Homework

Write your Dreams before you get out of bed in this format:

  • Title
  • What happened
  • How it felt / notable emotions
  • Could any part of this be in your waking life?
  • What do you want to know about this dream / How will you honor this dream?

Notice which foot you put on the ground first each morning. 

Bring

  • Oracle Cards / Animal Totem Cards
  • Florida Water or Sage for Smudging
  • Dried or Fresh Cedar

Cedar Dream Ceremony

Cedar is said to help induce dreaming. Use a little fire-safe bowl (often a large shell can be used) and a little loose cedar or cedar stick each night, burn a little before bed each night and move the bowl clockwise 4 times. Clockwise (sunwise energy) promotes good life energy. Moving a bowl 4 times clockwise honors the 4 stages of life, the 4 directions, the 4 elements that promote a healthy life. Bring the goodness of all things things into your dreams tonight and bless yourself (pass your hand over the smoke after 4 circles and bring the smoke to your body, heart and mind or over your head to clear the day). 

This Week’s Journey: Re-enter a Dream or Journey

Introduce yourself full name and where you’re from, state your intention – Meet with your gatekeeper to take you to your council. You might need to set something down before you can proceed.

Ask your council to advise you on which dream or journey to re-enter and why. Ask at least two of your council members to join you or an appropriate guide or power animal.

Go through the Cedar tree to re-enter the dream. Do your work, shift the dream, receive healing, do healing work on the dream (aspect of you), learn what you need to know. What are your guides telling you to do?

Do you need to put anything down or pick anything up before coming back?

Homework 

  • Continue to Journal your dreams
  • Practice re-entry again one time this week.
  • Notice your first and final thought of the day.
Pick a place to travel, a place that brings you great joy, comfort, nurturing, healing, connectedness, centeredness, groundedness, etc. Connect to the feeling state of that place, practice that. It can be a physical place, movie, story, room, memory. Pick ONE place and set your intention to visit that place every night this week. Before dreaming and during dreaming. What is that attracts you to this place? What are the feelings you get from this place?

Journal Prompts

Where did you decide to go for last week’s assignment?

if you have to describe this place in one word what does it represent to you?

What is it’s resonance? Examples: 

MAGIC

PEACE

SOLACE

HEALING

COMFORT

SAFE

SACRED

CONNECTED

What was your first and last thought of the day?

What do you want them to be?

What will you commit to them being for the next week?

What have you gained, worked through in this course so far?

What one thing so far has come up for you that you could work with for a whole year?

We have practiced Dream-reentry, dream journaling, intention setting and connecting with resonance, working with plants and more which prompt speaks to you the most?

Journey Intention

Re-visiting the place you connected with each night this week. Visit the gatekeeper, visit your council, ask for your intention tonight or to be shown what you need.

When you arrive in the space you have been visiting, introduce yourself and where you’re from, look for objects or beings to visit with. What are they offering you?  What are you offering them? What ways can you grow this resonance in your day to day life?

Dream Altar 

Place objects on your altar that represent our gate keeper, your council (or the few council members who are guiding you the most), place an object to hold space for your intention continuing through this course.

Optional objects; that which you need to set down, that which you need to pick up.

Feeding the altar; your energy, with your breath or simply sitting with your altar (visiting) each night for 5 minutes (some might call this meditation) focusing on your intention. Place a vase of fresh flowers on your altar, a dedicated candle, use incense or sage to light each night briefly. You can instead use an oil diffuser. Scents – Mugwort or Cedar are great options, Lavender is good too for relaxing and calming. A bell or a sound, a hum from your own voice, something that makes a pleasant noise, maybe a music box.

Journey Intention is to visit with your council and ask for advice, if there are things you need to continue to set down or pick up, if there are offerings you can make for this process. Ask for clarity if you’re not sure, and keep it simple. Any other questions or advice you might need from them for the rest of this process.

 

 

 

Building Your Relationships & Personal Symbology

The type of dreamwork we are embarking on is all about exploring relationships – what is your relationship to each and every aspect of your dream? To the water, to the car, the fact that you are traveling or still, to the people, to the land, to the animals, to the events that occurred?

If you are exploring in the realm of “everything in my dream is a part of me:”

When your partner shows up in a dream, what part of you is that?

When your animals show up in a dream, what part of you is that?

When you are in a weird landscape, how do you relate to the environment?

When you encounter something frightening, what do you do about it in the dream?

When you are confronted in a dream, what do you do about it? What do you want to do about it?

If you are exploring in the realm of “everything in my dream is a message from Spirit:”

What are the messages conveyed by the different elements of the dream?

Are there realms and spirits I am connected to that I need and want to get to know better?

Are there visitors I want to invite to meet me in dreamtime to have conversations, adventure or learn from?

Journeywork & Re-entry into Dreams

Going back to explore a part of the dream – a person, animal, element, event. Ask questions, confront the aspects of your dream that seem confusing. What do you have to teach me? What are you trying to show me? What do I need to know on a deeper level?

  • Interview people or aspects
  • Change outcomes or events
  • Show up as a healer in your own dream for youself
  • Bring your Guides and Totems with you, engage your personal power

Journaling

Taking the time to write through some of the more perplexing aspects of the dream, mine for gold; insights and lessons.

Use this format:

Give every dream a title, write what happened, how you felt and what your action plan is or how this relates to your waking-life. Dreams with lots of feelings are ripe for re-entry and gold-mining, (especially the uncomfortable ones!).

Drawing in Guides & Helpers

Upon waking up from a bad dream in the middle of the night, I ended up asking my Angels to come be there and heal this aspect of me – why is this aspect of me presenting? The answer was, it is an ancestral shadow issue, not my own but something I can confront and heal. If you are lucid, you can ask your guides to join you, in this case, I had time to lay there consciously and re-enter the dream to ask my guides to be there then let it play out in a healing way rather than feeling stuck in the horror of the dream.

More Coming.