Saturday:) Such Are Dreams Made Of

26 May

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.

Marsha Norman

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I believe in signs. I believe in lucky pennies, lucky feathers, and butterflies that flutter by me or rest on my hand. All these signs and symbols are important and real. My perception is my reality. Maybe you believe in such things, maybe you don’t. I do.

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking through the parking lot over at the YMCA. I saw a colorful splotch of something on the ground. It looked like a dream catcher, but I didn’t pick it up. I figured someone dropped it, so I just left it there. It was still there when I left the Y an hour and a half later, so I picked it up. Maybe it was a sign for me. Yes, I believe it was.

I used to have very vivid fun dreams back in the day. I would wake up and write down the detailed and colorful stories. They were like quirky short stories with characters, plots, and convoluted twists and turns. It was always interesting to see where my nocturnal adventures would take me. But, when I was struggling through my painful divorce in 2013/14, all my dreams stopped, totally gone, not a one. My life and my world was a big ugly mess. It took several years before I started dreaming again. Most dreams were cold, dark, and scary. But, they were dreams, and I was happy to dream again.

When I found this dream catcher, I took it as a sign that now my dreams would be protected and perhaps more pleasant and peaceful. I put the dream catcher next to my bed. I’ve had a few interesting dreams, and I’m hoping to rekindle my sleeping adventures. I’ll keep you posted.

dream·catch·er

/ˈdrēmˌkaCHər,ˈdrēmˌkeCHər/

noun

noun: dream-catcher

1 a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by North American Indians.

In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher or dream catcher (Ojibwe: asabikeshiinh, the inanimate form of the word for “spider”)[1] is a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. The dreamcatcher may also include sacred items such as certain feathers or beads. Traditionally they are often hung over cradles as protection.[2] It originates in Ojibwe culture as the “spider web charm” (Ojibwe: asubakacin “net-like”, White Earth Band; bwaajige ngwaagan “dream snare”, Curve Lake Band[3]), a hoop with woven string or sinew meant to replicate a spider’s web, used as a protective charm for infants.[2]

Dreamcatchers were adopted in the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and gained popularity as a widely marketed “Native crafts items” in the 1980s.[4] (Wikipedia)

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