We all want to spend more time in that liminal space between sleep and awake. Yesterday in the hours before dawn the gateway to a magical blue world opened to me in that space, and then the blue dream manifested in the physical world in the form of a painting gifted to me of which I had no prior knowledge.
The follow-up was swift and fascinating. On the second day of my workshop in Prague, I asked people t come together in groups of three and four and share dreams by our Lightning Dreamwork process, in which we take turns to play storyteller and guide.
In my dream-sharing group, the first report, from a young Czech woman, was a thriller.
She felt a strong wind and started running with it, reveling in her speed. As she ran faster and faster, like the wind, she realized that her body had changed. She was now in the body of a very lean canine, something like a greyhound, except even taster, taller, thinner. She was seized by a happy sense of wild freedom. She wondered if she was becoming a wolf. Yet her bodily form, in the dream, still felt very light.
She came to new landscapes, to cities and beaches, to places with many humans. Now her form became human again. But she kept the eyes, the eyes of the wind-runner. When I asked some questions, she clarified that her dog was indeed one that tracks through sight.
I shared my own report from the place between sleep and awake. We were all delighted by the convergence. We agreed that the message, for both of us, might be to remember to use the speed and sight of an ancient and primal ally. The Czech dreamer felt that, as she rehearse for any shift in life, or simply wants to see things at a distance in space and time, she can use those eyes and fleet feet to where she needs to go, beyond the perception of the ordinary body.
In our little group of four, another dreamer shared a night adventure that flowed from the intention, “Show me what I need to know.” In the high moment of the dream, she met a “calm mermaid”. We were struck with the freshness of the phrase. We had never heard a mermaid described as “calm”>
The calm fish-woman had counsel for the dreamer: Relax. Breathe. Give Up Your Will to Stop. When we talked over the last bit, the dreamer told us she had a tendency to give up before finishing things in life. She agreed that the calm mermaid might be a deeper self, rising to give her exactly the advice she needed in response to her intention for the night.
In the way of synchronicity, the fourth member of our group, who played guide for the mermaid dreamer, had had a big experience of her own with a mermaid in a journey with the drum in our session the previous evening. She found wild fish-woman in a place of pain and anger, and recognized a part of herself that had separated because of a life trauma, and had not yet moved out of rage and grief. She found a way, in her journey, not only to recognize but reclaim that energy.
Though the wild fish-woman was very different from the “calm” mermaid, we recognized a common theme: the discovery, in a sleep dream and a hyper-awake shaman dream, of a previously unrecognized aspect of the self, now rising from another element – from the depths – with the potential to bring wholeness or wisdom.
Grow a family, where people tend deeply to each other’s dreams – dreams of the night, and dreams of life of active dreamers – and share by a process that is mutually empowering and you will notice the magic of converging dreams. In my workshops, we often find ourselves dreaming together, in interactive group shamanic journeys. These journeys are often opened by the sharing of an individual dream that can become a portal for everyone, as we take off, powered by the energy of the drum/
The convergence may come in entirely spontaneous ways, entirely unexpected until we awaken to how people with shared interests and soul connections may be joined in adventures beyond the physical plane. Sometimes we feel blessed by an oneiric logic of manifestation, as with my experience of the blue dream the previous morning, which I saw take form on the physical plane.
The last dream shared in our smaller group in Prague yesterday was a dream of cut flowers, of trying to get the arrangement right and clip the stalks to exactly the right length. It was shared by the woman who met the wilder fish-lady. As we discussed the dream, she said that she felt it had some connection with a grandmother who might be approaching death.
The symbolism of cut flowers became very deep. It was reinforced, for me, by a phrase I had read on the first page of a fantasy novel * I had opened for the first time on a plane on my way to Prague: “the sound of cut flowers”. You might not be surprised to read, “the silence of cut flowers”. “The sound of cut flowers”brought for me, the sense of the great pressure of a force building up behind the scenes, something that was getting ready to manifest.
The dreamer of the cut flowers said she would carry that phrase with her, to orient her as she now sought to play soul friend for her grandmother.