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Dream Catchers

By on February 19, 2017 in Dreams

Dream Catchers

By: Ginny Marston

A dream catcher is a sacred Native American object made of a ring of red willow, or other similarly common and pliable bark, held together by a web of sinew or fiber, connecting to the ring in seven or eight places. At the base of the dream catcher, there are several feathers.

Although the origin of the dream catcher is unclear due to European contact, colonization, and forced relocation, it is theorized that they originated among the Ojibwe tribe of Native Americans. But, as disparate groups of Native American tribes came together in the 1960s and 1970s (known as the Pan-Indian Movement), the tradition spread.

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams, both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher and the bad dreams do not and get tangled in the web. The feathers are so soft that the good dreams flow down so gently that the sleeper does not even know that they are dreaming. The dream catcher gives only good dreams and protection to the sleeping one.

The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting the positive dreams through. The positive dreams would simply slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.

For some Native Americans, dream catchers have a broader meaning than just the legends. They believe the dream catchers are totems that represent good energy and help neutralize bad energy, whether you are awake or asleep.

In my opinion, dream catchers are not only beautiful but also fascinating, and I have always had one in my bedroom since I was a child.

I now keep one in each bedroom, each its own piece of art.

Do you have dream catchers in your home or bedroom?

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mommaAbout the Author: Hello, my name is Ginny. I am originally from Long Island, NY but now live in beautiful Florida. I am a Registered Nurse, a healer by nature. Having worked in trauma, I have been with those at the time of passing as well as given comfort to their families. As a child and teen I exhibited special gifts but they faded as my life journey went to raising a family and having a career. It wasn’t until my Grandmother, and then Father, passed that I yearned to be able to see and speak to them to ensure they were at peace and to tell them the things that I wished I had when they were here on Earth. On October 10, 2016, I tragically lost my youngest daughter, Christina. This led me to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ with my grief, pain, and the empty place in my heart only Christina could fill. The note that I laid with her was “You will never be alone as at the time of your death a piece of my heart died with you.” Many of my spiritual friends began to reach out to me, I began to look for signs she was still here with us, and channeled my energy to go back in time to renew my gifts so that I could not only speak with Christina, as I had with my other passed love ones, but to also learn more about her new journey. Christina’s and my journey are just beginning and I hope to share not only my journey with her but how you too can connect with your loved one. Follow us on Facebook!

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