“In this long dark, logic and plain sight are useless. You navigate by the diffuse and reflective attention of the moon and stars. Bringing a deep, penetrating silence to the knowing that lives in your bones, stirs in your womb and emanates from your dreams, you recognize that you are no longer who you used to be and not yet still who you will become. You are both, you are neither, you are perfectly between things. Even if distantly and dimly at first, abilities you never had during the day are coming alive. Where you used to seek leadership outside yourself, now yours is the deciding voice. Fear is becoming your strange ally, as you learn to honour and cradle its soft underbelly. Instinct and the mystical pull of your feeling leads the way. You can sense the density of objects around you, hear the songs of stones and know things are coming even before they’ve left.” Toko-Pa
Walking with the Dream
Our dreams are a direct connection with our soul, those unconscious desires, unspoken needs, lurking fears, that we somehow manage to keep at bay during the day. They are a reflection of that deepest, wildest part of ourselves that speaks to us in symbol and riddle, image and emotion. Many of us may have dreams that we struggle to interpret or assign meaning to, some of us can’t seem to remember them. Today’s practice is two part.
First, we must find a dream to work with. Perhaps you remember a dream from last night, or a potent dream that came in the past. If you do not remember your dreams, now would be a good time to begin a practice to engage your dreammaker, by keeping a dream journal, taking an herbal dream elixir, or incubating a dream message.
Find a dream image or character you would like to work with. One that moved you deeply or one that perhaps seemed perplexing.
We are going to take that dream nugget for a walk in nature. Find a place to walk among the wild things (again a park or greenbelt is fine here as long as there are wild things to engage), and speak directly to this dream image or player. Ask questions of it, converse with it, be curious about it.
What is your purpose? What are you needing right now? What are you feeling? What do you want to tell me? What part of myself are you a part of? More questions will arise as you speak with this image. You may discover something important and poignant about this dream image, the most important piece here is not that you interpret a specific meaning, but that you engage with this image emotionally – let the dream image work on you. Notice which aspects of nature, which wild beings stick out to you in wanderings, notice anything you thought or felt in relation to that wild being as you were walking the dream. Allow the LAND to inform your dream musings.
Write down in a journal any answers or insights you’ve had into the dream, and any ways that the land reflected to you feelings, thoughts or insights. Share your image and reflections our FB group or on Instagram and tag #sacredwildweek!
I hope you are enjoying these practices and connections, and if you are, would like to invite you to participate and share your experience either with me personally (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in our group!
I’m also offering a year long mentorship in the ways of Wild Soul | Sacred Life, and if deepening relationship with yourself and your purpose and reconnecting with the wildness of the Earth is calling you, please join me!!