I met a lovely girl at a blogging event. She happened to be a fellow blogger who I had connected with online and I had known her through her wonderful writing. At the blogging event, she ensured that she looked me up and for some reason I felt I had known her for a long time and that wasn’t the first time I was meeting her. Not only was she a warm and friendly person; but she touched my heart when she gave me her exquisite hand-made Dreamcatcher cards saying, “This is for you Archana because you inspire me and I very happy to meet you in person.” Ofcourse I was flattered. However, it wasn’t just about the feeling of adulation that overwhelmed me. It was her sweet gesture that instantly created a beautiful bond. When someone gifts something that they have made by their own hands, it means a lot. And that moment meant a lot for me. I carry those cards in my handbag ever since.My tryst with #Dreamcatchers - what are they and their rituals #meditation #Spirituality Click To Tweet
My first brush with Dreamcatchers
My first tête-à-tête with the world of Dreamcatchers was at Niagara Falls. I was browsing through the souvenir store and I found this beautiful sterling silver pendant and earrings with little pink beads. I didn’t know much about the concept then and it looked more like a spider’s web done intricately. All I knew was that it was some art form related to the Native Americans. However, it appealed to my ‘jewellery’ senses and I decided to buy the set. That must have been over a decade ago and I think I have worn it only once ever since. It still adorns my jewellery drawer though and I am happy to own it even now. But it’s only after Zainab (yes she’s the cute little girl) gave me those cards that I decided to find out more about these pretty spider’s web looking charming elements.
The history of Dreamcatchers
As per the Native America lore, the traditional Dreamcatcher (Ojibwe: asabikeshiinh, the inanimate form of the word for ‘spider‘) was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. They believed that the night air is filled with good and bad dreams. The Dreamcatcher was hung over or near the bed, swinging freely in the air; so that it could catch dreams as they flew by. The positive and good dreams would know how to pass and would slip through the hole in the center of the Dreamcatcher, and glide down the feathers to the person sleeping below. The negative and bad dreams not knowing the way would get caught up and entangled in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them. That’s how they would perish with the first light of the day. Fascinating, isn’t it?
Another element of the Native American Dreamcatcher relates to the tradition of the hoop. Some Native Americans of North America held the hoop in the highest esteem, because it symbolized strength and unity. Many symbols started around the hoop, and one of these symbols is the Dreamcatcher.
Apparently there are many rituals around celebrating a Dreamcatcher. Rituals have great meaning and can put your mind and thoughts into action. Your Dreamcatcher can become one with your feelings and perform the way you want it to. Once you have decided where to hang your Dreamcatcher, it is time to perform the ceremony that will enable it to work properly in your home or living space. Sage – an aromatic plant with grayish-green leaves has to be lit for the ceremony. It is believed that its smoke cleanses the house. As the smoke of sage spreads around the house, you are supposed to offer a prayer for your Dreamcatcher and how you wish for it to bless your home. That’s also how you become one with it and allow yourself to visualize what the Dreamcatcher is going to protect. The ceremony ends by thanking your Dreamcatcher, thus also creating the positive feeling that it is ready to bless you and your home. You may choose your own method to celebrate your Dreamcatcher but you have to make sure you are one with it to enable it to work for you.
Traditionally Dreamcatchers were made using a hoop of willow, and decorating it with findings, bits and pieces of everyday life, (feathers, arrow heads, beads, etc.,). For the modern day Dreamcatchers let’s look up the Facebook page of Chimerical Creativity – Zainab’s Dreamcatcher creating venture and own these little beauties if they appeal to us.
Happy Dreamcatching folks! 🙂
P.S. For more information on Dreamcatchers, do read up Wiki