Recently I have run into a street market close to where I live. While I was walking around, browsing, I have met with an elderly First Nations lady who was selling dreamcatchers that she made. Our chat was very heartwarming and informative.
I have bought an Abalone shell to burn my sage smudge stick in and also a lovely dreamcatcher. My dear husband immediately hung it on our bedroom ceiling, right on top of our bed, in front of the window.
I am not sure if it is a coincidence or it has a real effect, but since then, I have been having very intense, vivid dreams, not in a negative way though. It feels like I am having more dreams than I used to, or remember the details of my dream better when I wake up. This might be totally psychosomatic but still, it’s surprising and triggered my interest in learning a little bit more about dreamcatchers.
I’ve found out that the Native North American dreamcatchers that are very popular among American and Canadian First Nations people come originally from Ojibway Chippewa tribe. They were made as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares at the beginning.
According to the legend, the dreamcatcher will catch one’s dreams in the night. The bad dreams will get caught in the dreamcatcher’s webbing and disappear with the morning sun. Meanwhile, the good dreams will find their way to the center of the dreamcatcher and float down the feather.
The dreamcatcher is therefore considered a filter allowing only good, pleasant dreams to get through. Dreamcatchers are also believed to bless those who are sleeping with good luck and harmony.
The trick is to get an authentic dreamcatcher created by a Native artisan and not a mass-produced, commercially distributed one. I am happy to meet with that elderly lady and to have the opportunity of getting a handmade dreamcatcher from her.
There is a wide amount of illuminating, healing and useful knowledge around us. Also, there are amazing tools provided for us, right in front of us, if we are ready to see and take them. We just need to keep our eyes open and our perspective as broad as possible. Sometimes we find the information, sometimes the information comes and finds us.
Additionally, I want to share something that this very knowledgeable elderly First Nations lady told me during our quick chat. She said that the eagle feather that’s used to move the smoke around while burning sage (smudging) not be bought commercially. Either to be a gift or to be found in nature. A goose feather found in nature can also be used instead of an eagle feather. Until then, you can use your hand to distribute the smoke, but do not buy a feather.
So now, I am waiting for the universe to bring me an eagle or goose feather. I don’t doubt that during one of our walks with my husband, I will run into one soon.