Did you know that dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them. Native Americans and of course others, truly believe that dream catchers have the power to catch all of your dreams. They trap the bad ones in the web, and only let the good dreams pass through the hole in the middle.
How the Dream Catcher is made
Traditional dream catchers are made using a hoop of willow and decorating it with bits and pieces of everyday life (feathers, arrow heads, beads, shells, etc). Of course modern dream catchers are similar; yet slightly different. They are more decorated and fancier looking as you could say.
History of the Dream Catcher
There the two tribes namely Lakota and Ojibwe used to make these according to their philosophies. These tribes sang songs while weaving the dreamcatcher in order to protect the one the dreamcatcher was being made for.
Ojibwe Dream catcher
The Ojibwe tribe believes “The dreamcatcher will filter out all the bad bawedjigewin (dreams) & allow only good thoughts to enter into our minds when we are just abinooji(kids).” These were considered to be magical webs made out of willow hoops and sinew or plant cordage. It was traditional to put a feather in the centre of the dreamcatcher. It means breath or air and is essential for life. A baby watching the air playing with the feather on her cradle board was entertained while also being given a lesson on the importance of good air. These dream catchers did not last long.
Lakota Dream catcher
The Lakota tribe believes the web when spun depicts about the cycles of life and how we begin our lives as infants. We then move on to childhood and in to adulthood. Finally, we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, thus completing the cycle.
Iktomi their spiritual leader said, “In each time of life there are many forces – some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they will hurt you and steer you in the wrong direction.”
The dreamcatcher are said to work only when they are hung around. If you start having illusions or a disturbed sleep it is said to leave it flat on a table for few days. When you’re ready again to handle all the energies the web brings to you, hang it back again.
There is no scientific evidence of dream catchers to work. I am quoting Charles Haanel as he said in his book “The master key system” which has been rewritten as “The Secret” : “Mind is creative, and conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant mental attitude. The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends upon our method of thinking. This is true because we must “be” before we can “do,” and we can “do” only to the extent which we “are,” and what we “are” depends upon what we “think.””
So if you think your dreamcatcher will retain and remind you of all your positive dreams, it certainly will!
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