LAURA ARENA

I made a giant dream catcher and a dream box and asked attendees to write down there dreams on sheets of paper and slide them into the box without writing their name. I discussed with the children the story behind the dream catcher and the importance of recognizing and verbalizing their dreams in sleeping and waking life.

The dream catcher is Native American in origin to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting the positive through. Positive dreams enter through the center and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams get caught up in the web and expire the the first rays of sun struck them.

I reimagine the dream catcher doing the same in waking life. Collecting your good intentions through the center and redirecting them to be acted upon by the individual.

Dreams in sleeping and waking life are integral parts of our greatness as humans. Giving us the capacity to connect within ourselves and to the outside world in ways that we can only imagine.

Our dreams are our inner compasses that direct us if we listen and speak of them out loud.

The origin of the dream catcher can be found with the Lakota. An old Lakota spiritual leader had a vision about the cycles of life through the conversation with a spider. How we begin our lives as infants, childhood then adulthood. We go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.

Each time there is many forces in life, some good and some bad. These forces can steer you in the wrong or right direction. These forces can help or can interfere with the harmony of nature.

“The web is perfect circle with a hole in the center,” the spider told the spiritual leader. “Use the web to help your people to reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the great spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass. This web will hold the destiny of the future.”

This dream catcher and dream box are part of a SACRED SPACE RITUAL that was part of a workshop for preteens from East Iceland.

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