One of my young clients — Matthew — recently handcrafted a dreamcatcher for me, thoughtfully adorning it with crystal beads and a feather.
According to Native American lore, our nighttime dreams are sent by sacred spirits as messages. The openings in the web-like pattern allow good dreams to reach us, while the strands of the web trap bad dreams, only to disappear with the first light of dawn.
The materials used to make dreamcatchers have a special meaning:
- Scattered beads throughout the web represent good dreams caught throughout the night.
- Essential for life, a feather represents breath or air.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” — Chief Seattle
What was the last dream you caught?
A beautiful dream catcher. I used them for many years. I tried to keep some of old ways of the Ojibwa. It was a very nice gift.
JohnCoyote – Thank you for the gift of your reflection today.
My daughter makes gorgeous dream catchers. The last dream that I caught—am still catching—is being me just as I am. 😉
OneHotMess – “Being me just as I am.” WONDERFUL!
Laurie … thank you for the detailed description on the dream catcher. I’ve always thought they are beautiful. Just this morning my alarm both interrupted a dream and prevented me from “catching it.” I have on occassion found dreams to be quite instructive.
My sister had a remarkable dream when she was trying to make a decision earlier in her life to continue on a path she was on or go on … she saw herself in a dream (which she remembered) on a bus … looking down she saw somone she respected holding a sign “On – tari – o.” Her name is Terri … the message “go on Terri.” The message resonated with her … and “on” she went.
Audrey – Ohhhhhh, I love the remembrance you shared here today, thank you!
What a lovely dream catcher, Laurie. You know I have never made one, but that wold be an excellenct creative exercise for me, wouldn’t it?
Kathy M. – Crafting dreamcatchers would be an exquisite way for you to express your creativity!
Laurie, when I have dreams that I can remember, very seldom do I get any meaning message from them. I know I dream and quite vividly at times, of people and places I’ve never met or seen, but they seem to evaporate with the daylight. Maybe I should make a Dreamcatcher and see what I can catch.
Sandi – I suspect that with your artistic ability, crafting a dreamcatcher would be somewhat along the lines of creating the gorgeous wreaths and floral arrangements that you already put your hands to. I think it’s an exceptional idea!
In my children’s elementary school every new year the wisdom woman would come to help the children make dream catchers. My children thought they made them feel safe at night. That felt good as a parent.
I feel as though I am between dreams in a limbo right now. It worried me for a time now I am trusting it.
Thank you for sharing your gift with us
Patricia – I love the idea of a wise woman or wisdom woman going to children’s elementary schools. That is so cool! I didn’t even know that type of event took place. Thank you.
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Laurie, I have a few dream catchers that people have given me, but I have not crafted my own. You have inspired me to create my own which means something to me. I could use some positive inspiration from my dreams.
Karen – I’m so glad you’re creatively inspired!
Unfortunately I was living someone’s else’s dreams and am just starting to get mine back…..
More dreaming awake and asleep than EVER before……floating like a feather…
I love dream catchers! I sometimes dream of things that in a couple of months happen. It can be little things like a five second moment and I know that I dreamed about it before. To me it is kind of saying that I am going in the right path & that my journey in life is on the right track ^^ but that’s just me 🙂
Any lucky Penny – what you’ve described is a precognitive dream; that’s so neat!
For years we had several dream catchers in this house, Laurie. I think I caught a dream of wondrous blogging. A wonderful opportunity to share, to meet people like yourself, and to create. I give thanks for dreams coming true. Hugs & blessings!
Kathy – I’m so glad that you caught the dream of blogging, and that we met back in the day on Zaads (aka Gaia).
I can’t recall the last dream I caught.
I catch dreams most nights, and even sometimes during the day, and most of them I let go again.
The dream that is taking more and more of my waking hours is a dream of a world where everyone lives in abundance and security, with the freedom to do whatever they responsibly choose, constrained only by the needs of the natural world, and other people.
It is a dream of a world where everyone is aware (as Chief Seattle said) that we are all connected to everyone and everything else, at many different levels, and we are also each individual and unique and potentially infinitely creative.
It is a world that is open and with infinite potential, and it is a finite world, with real limits in respect of any given technology.
There is ample in existence to give everyone a great life, and this is a real world, with real limits, and it cannot sustain people polluting and destroying and unthinkingly pursuing economic ends – it requires care and consideration (as we all do).
I like the feeling of the dream catcher – it’s legend (if that’s the right term) and I have thought one hanging in my window(s) would be wonderful. I suspect the cats would agree. I think I caught my biggest dream about 13 years ago, when we moved here to our quiet and beautiful place under the sun, which we share with birds and squirrels and other critters. In a neighborhood we share with friends. For me, there can be no greater dream.
I too have a dreamcather hanging in my bedroom window. A oo-worker made it. I bought it as a gift for my mom. When she passed I claimed.
The last dream I caught?
It was synopsis for a novel. I carefully recorded, thinking it was gold. Unfortunately with the (later) morning light, I saw it for what it was. Some times even my muse can have an off day. : )
Leanne – That’s the cool things about the morning light, sometimes it brings a shift in perspective and we move along smartly 🙂
CultFit – I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Hi, Laurie — beautiful dreamcatcher! The words of Chief Seattle are so profoundly true. We are all molecules rising and falling, connected to each other, always interacting. Our sciences confirm this over and over and over. There is no “space” between anything – no true “emptiness” — the universe is entirely full and in constant touch with itself.
I caught a dream many, many moons ago. It was to become fully alive and I am still living it.
Barbara K. – “…it was to become fully alive and I’m still living it.”
“I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid…….”
Ah Laurie, the dream still lives on, and it will be given new life in theatres on Christmas Day!
Ha! I couldn’t resist that! I do like the Dreamcatcher idea and may have to join ranks. Seems I only dream these days when my sleep time is cut down.
Sam – yes, Yes, YES I love it! We want to see this film, but will have to wait until the day after Christmas as we’re hosting the holiday at our house this year.
Congratulations! I nominated you for the Tell me About Yourself Award! Stay@it!
The Blazing Trail – Well goodness, gracious! Thank you 🙂
Most welcome Laurie! Best Regards.
What a thoughtful gift the dreamcatcher your client made for you is. Your post made me think of a song I learned in Girl Scout camp one summer:
There’s a web like a spider’s web
Made of silver light and shadows
Spun by the moon in my room last night
It’s a web made to catch a dream
Hold it tight ’til I awaken
As if to tell me my dream is all right
Barbara R. – Oh, I love it! Thank you for sharing it here 🙂
Laurie, thank you for stopping and liking today’s post. Your photograph and explanation of the dream catcher are incredible. We have several, including one made by a parent of a former student, in the house. They add to the decor and receive comments when people come by. I look forward to following what looks like an amazing blog and conversation you have happening here.
Ivon – I’m glad you enjoyed this post, thank you for letting me know. I just started following your blog as well 🙂
Thank you Luarie
Wow I had never seen a dream catcher! Thanks & regards
Dilip – I’m glad you stopped by and got to read about something you weren’t familiar with. I hope you’ll come back for another visit soon.
I had one over my bed for the longest time.
Arthursdaychild – I’m glad for your visit, thank you for leaving a comment.
The dream catcher is beautiful! My children made several when they were younger.
Sheryl – Dreamcatchers make wonderful projects for everyone, the designs getting more intricate with age and experience.
When I was on a trip to Grand Canon this autumn, I also bought dream catcher made by native Americans. I was sleeping like a baby ever since.
DateMeNow – What a wonderful trip that must have been to see the Grand Canyon in the autumn. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
I made Dream Catchers with my kids years ago. I just love them! There is much spirituality in Native American traditions and teachings. I have learned a whole new layer of spirtuality from reading about it and since I am part Cherokee, it’s a nice “fit”.
Much love to you for the holiday season upon us, and always,
SuZen – Your oh-so-right about the phenomenal Native American traditions and teachings!
Dream catcher? That’s quite symbolic. It could be helpful with paying attention or taking note of dreams. Interesting concept.
Teeceecounsel – I agree. It’s multi-purpose in any way the user applies their intention.
Amazing Concept! I am just falling in love with catching dreams in an artful way. 🙂
BeingEternal – “…in an artful way.” Oh, that sounds absolutely perfect!
Beautiful dream catcher, Laurie! We have one of those, too, and I just love the combination of artistry and mythology.
Dana – I’m glad this post resonated with you, thank you for letting me know 🙂