Dreaming of Winter, Snow & Ice ~ The Diagnosis & The Remedy

By Amy Brucker

I love how dreams are “soul medicine” that help us cultivate wellness in mind, body, and soul.

Since it’s winter where I live, I thought I’d share how dreams of ice, snow, and blizzards have their own special “diagnosis and remedies” to help you navigate your life.

Each “diagnosis and remedy” below is general, not specific to you. Your dream will tell you what you need to know. Use this as a guideline only.

Snow and Ice

Ages ago, I dreamed I was sleeping on my bed. When I woke up, I realized it was sitting on a frozen lake that was thawing! I had to walk on cracking ice to get to shore.

The dream was telling me I was “waking up” from something, only to discover I was in a precarious situation, perhaps dealing with old “frozen emotions” that were beginning to crack open.

Of course, snow and ice can be about a lot of things in dreams, but the first thing I notice when I have these dreams is that snow and ice are frozen water. In dream-land, water is often about emotion and the unconscious. Whenever I dream of snow and ice I ask myself where I might be “freezing someone or something out” due to anger or “experiencing frozen, unprocessed emotion.”

To discover the deeper meaning of your dream, read it out loud, but instead of “ice” or “snow” say “frozen emotion.” So the dream becomes, “I’m sleeping on my bed. When I wake up, I realized the bed is positioned on frozen emotions and they’re thawing. I have to walk on cracking frozen emotions to get to shore. I’m afraid I won’t make it.”

Simple but effective.

The diagnosis: there is frozen, unprocessed emotion that is problematic.

The remedy: let the ice inform you. If thawing needs to happen, navigate with care, have support to help you through it.

Blizzard

A blizzard mixes the elements of water (unconscious, emotions) and air (Spirit). Dreaming of a blizzard might be an invitation to recognize how Spirit (air element) is stirring up emotions you haven’t wanted to process (frozen water), making your life a blurry mess until you’re able to process things, which will naturally calm them down.

The diagnosis: Spirit is moving quickly, perhaps causing fear, yet it’s an invitation for you to move or shift some energy so you can connect more freely with your life and Source.

The remedy: acknowledge your situation and lean into it instead of slipping into avoidance. Get help if you need it.

Frozen Lake

There’s a stillness to a frozen lake. It’s cold, hard surface creates a pathway, so instead of walking around the lake to get to the other side, you can just cut across the middle.

But if you’ve ever lived in a cold climate, you know that frozen lakes are not necessarily safe to walk on. If the ice is thin, you’ll fall through. It needs to be a couple feet thick in order to be able to drive on it.

So just like frozen emotions not yet processed, an icy lake is precarious, giving us a sense of false safety and security. This dream theme is a reminder that you may feel like you’ve dealt with your emotions to the point where you can safely move forward, but there is a possibility that the ice will thaw and you’ll fall more deeply into the emotion than you had intended to.

The diagnosis: you may have created patterns or behaviors of avoidance that make your life path appear easier, but it is precarious and temporary. Eventually the ice will thaw.

The remedy: contemplate the frozen quality of your life. Find a source of heat–creative outlet, therapy, shamanic healing–and begin to warm up the frozen emotions so you can process them more easily.

Summary

These are just a few ways of looking at winter themes in dreams. What layers of meaning have you uncovered?

Share them here:

sweet dreaming,
Amy

Soul Medicine For The New Year

By Amy Brucker

If you could create a soul medicine kit for yourself this year, what would be in it?
What “ailments” or habitual patterns do you experience that would require soul medicine preparations in advance ?
Would you have actual medicine? Like flower essences, herbs, and essential oils? Which ones?
Would you have crystals to help you stay grounded?
Would you integrate a soul healer/mentor who you could call or connect with any time of day or night to help you through ancestral healing?
Sweet dreams,

Amy

Are You Harboring A “Failure Fugitive”?

By Amy Brucker

In December 2013, as I completed my cancer healing journey, I told my doctor I was looking forward to the new year so I could start fresh.

New Year, New Start, New Me.

His reply, “Really? The New Year is just an arbitrary ending and beginning. It doesn’t really mean anything.”

Wrong!

We need endings and beginnings in order to stay (consciously) connected to the natural cycles of life. Honoring endings helps us release the past so we can move freely into the future. Endings help us bury our burdens, process our grief, and put it to rest. It’s only then that we can regenerate and make room for the new seeds of our lives.

In ancient times, our ancestors practiced rituals and ceremonies to mark the transitions from one season to the next. They lived on the land, and without modern day conveniences like electricity, they couldn’t divorce themselves from the endings and beginnings that stirred around them.

Trees became transitional icons, slowly cycling through the seasons, a touchstone to remind them that life is full of endings and beginnings. Life, Death, Rebirth was everywhere.

Without arbitrary endings, we cling to the past, harboring our failures like fugitives. But with arbitrary endings like New Year’s Eve, we have an opportunity to consciously release our burdens. We can let go of our failings, returning them to the earth so they become fertilizer to nourish our life-soil.

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Dealing With An Annoying Relative This Holiday Season

By Amy Brucker

Is there someone you’re dreading seeing for the holidays?

Someone that sucks the life out of you? Someone that makes everything more difficult than it needs to be?

Instead of letting that person pull you into darkness, try being a healing presence instead:

Start by connecting to Source (God, Goddess, your higher self, the Universe)
Notice the person who is upsetting you (or who has upset you in the past).
See their annoying traits as defensive postures that are protecting something vulnerable.
Conjure up empathy for their situation.
See beyond their defenses.
See them as needing love and support.
Look at them with the eyes of Divine Love. (Connect with your heart and when you look at them, feel your heart shining through your eyes.)
Give them some love.
Open to Source for guidance on what needs to be said, done, or given in that moment. Don’t try to force this to happen. Just let it come to you.
Do it.

Are You Listening with Resistance or Presence?

When you listen to someone, you can listen with resistance or with an open heart.

If you listen with resistance, you might have an inner conversation that sounds like, “Dear God, when will they shut up?” If you do this, you’ll end up feeling exhausted, depleted, and ready to leave because you’re fighting against what’s happening, and that requires a lot of energy.

But if you listen with presence, with an open heart, practicing the above process, you might be surprised at what can happen. You might help that person move beyond their pain, even if just a little bit, so they can experience some light shining on their darkness.

I’m not suggesting you spend hours listening to Aunt Betty complain for hours about her ex-husband Joe, but try this process and see what happens.

If you need to, wear a talisman to help you remember. A bracelet or ring is a good option because you’ll see it whenever you look down. Before you go, charge the talisman with your intention to be present and look through the eyes of Divine Love.

Share with me what happens!

Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate,
Amy

Source: Is there an annoying relative you want to avoid this holiday season?

Here’s A SOULstice Ritual

By Amy Brucker

It’s going to be dark this week–new moon, solstice–so I created a SOULstice ritual to support your journey.

But first, a few thoughts about the darkness…

The Descent into Darkness

When all that’s familiar is stripped away, you’re left with darkness.

Some people tremble with fear when they encounter this place. Others revel in the mystery, using it as an opportunity to discover the depths of their being.

The choice is yours, but what you do here influences your entire life.

The ancient Greek myth about Persephone illustrates this struggle, but it also gives clues about the best way to move forward.

Persephone is innocence personified. One day she tends her garden, joyfully gathering posies, when out of nowhere, Hades comes to abduct her and pulls her into the underworld.

Persephone is separated from everything she knows and holds dear–the light, warmth, her mother. She slips into the darkness and loses herself. Devastated by her predicament, she goes into depression and denial.

Her life has been hijacked. It’s no longer her own. She will never be the person she was.

How many times have you been innocently enjoying your life when some drama or trauma abducted you from your blissful moment?

Bad news.

A break up.

A micro-managing boss.

This is Hades pulling you from your holy garden into the darkness, against your will, where you will be faced with the most important decision you can make.

Denial or Acceptance

Although Persephone’s Descent is an allegory that explains the transition from the warm, sunny days of summer to the bleak, dark days of winter, it’s a myth with another message.

This story is about choice.

Hades, god of the underworld, presents Persephone with a pomegranate, a deliciously ripe fruit. It’s a gesture of good will, but it also serves as food to nourish her.

Persephone looks at the fruit, but refuses to eat. Days go by, weeks. She grows weary and hungry, hoping her fast will miraculously return her to the garden of innocence.

Persephone wants to ignore her situation in hopes that it will go away. But that denial keeps her stuck in hell, where there is no life, only death.

Then one day, she cannot take the bleakness any longer. Persephone makes a decision and eats the fruit. Her bite is the acceptance of her fate. She decides to make peace with her situation. She eats the fruit, and with it, steps into her new life.

Because of her choice to nourish herself, Persephone begins to heal. Through healing, she becomes one with her Self.

It’s only through acceptance of her situation that she can move forward to create a healthy and new life.

She chooses life.

Where was your life hijacked?

At some point your life took an unexpected turn.

Maybe the evil queen ripped your heart out and locked it in a box; or your knight in shining armor ran off with another maiden; or your health was poisoned by a shiny red apple.

Perhaps this situation hijacked your life, linking your soul with suffering.

And maybe this situation has become the Story of Your Life, influencing your health and wellness, like Persephone’s abduction into the underworld influenced hers.

Expect it isn’t the whole story.

There’s a decision to be made.

How long are you going to stay in the darkness before you taste the sweet, delicious fruit that is yours for the taking?

When will you choose life?

Connecting with your Soul at Soul-stice

What is the BIG decision you need to make to return to wholeness?

Bits of you may have been quietly or abruptly pushed aside. Your spiritual gifts. Your purpose. Your peace of mind.

Something in you was abducted and only you have the power to call it back.

Is it time to make a choice? How much suffering will you endure before you feel ready?

SOULstice is the perfect time to go into the darkness–consciously–to explore what’s missing. Reflect on what you’ve lost so you can acknowledge your journey and make a choice to bring all of you back into the light.

Your SOULstice Ritual

I created this SOULstice ritual for you to help you call back the bits of your soul that are lost.

Supplies

One pomegranate (if you can’t find a pomegranate, an apple or any other fruit will do).
A candle.
Matches.

Ritual

Take a few moments to contemplate a situation in which you were abducted from your metaphoric holy garden.

What derailed you and became the Story of Your Life in a way that is not supporting you?

Imagine that part of you is in the underworld. This aspect of you holds part of your soul, and with it, part of your power.

It’s time to choose: will you let it linger in the underworld, or will you call it back?

If you’re ready to call it back, have the supplies on hand and imagine you are talking with a part of you that is in the underworld. Say this prayer out loud (or write your own). Feel free to change it so it resonates with you:

You are a part of me, but you were abducted into the darkness.
I know it was difficult to leave the life you cherished.
I know you felt ripped away from innocence.

Your journey was difficult and I honor it.
I acknowledge your pain.
I see your suffering.

Yet now it’s time to call you back into wholeness.

I call you back by eating this fruit, which carries the seeds of life to nourish me.
I eat the fruit and nourish myself.
I eat the fruit and make myself whole again.

May it be so.

Eat the pomegranate seeds.

Light the candle and say this:

As I light this candle, I call back all parts of me and honor the beauty of my soul.

Feel the parts of you returning and integrating into your being, and say,

May it be so.

When you’re ready, close the ritual by giving thanks and blowing out the candle.

Notice how you feel.

Happy Solstice and Hanukkah to those who celebrate.
Amy

What’s Blocking Your Connection To Source?

By Amy Brucker

A client of mine made a strong confession during our first session together:

My purpose is calling, I can feel it. I just can’t get to it.

Not for lack of trying, I’m definitely trying, but something isn’t working.

She wanted to make money by engaging her purpose. She wanted to have fun integrating her spiritual gifts into her work.

Yet at the core of her desires, what she really wanted was to feel deeply connected to her Soul. She wanted life to flow through her instead of getting stuck at the logjam created by the belief she’d inherited from her grandfather: “Poverty is a Virtue.”

Instead of flow she felt anxious.

She wasn’t getting any sleep. She was exhausted. She was getting older.

And the possibility of one more birthday without the deep Soul connection she desired was more than she could bear.

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What If Everything You Need Is A Mile Away?

By Amy Brucker

Louise and I lived in the same neighborhood for ten years. I walked by her house on a regular basis. We never met.

One day, Louise was walking with her dog Bodhi when an inner Voice told her to take a right turn instead of her usual left. She did, and because of this, we met on the sidewalk. Something clicked between us. We exchanged numbers. We’ve been inseparable ever since.

For as long as I’ve lived here, I haven’t met anyone in this town who’s become a friend, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve done all sorts of things to meet people, but alas, it wasn’t in the cards.

Then one day, I met Louise. Instant BFF.

Sometimes life is like that. There’s struggle for ten years and than bam! You shift something simple, take a different turn, and open yourself up to receiving exactly what you’ve been wanting. It was there the entire time, you just didn’t see it.

Everything You Need is a (Metaphoric) Mile Away

The things you need are close to you already. If there’s anything you’re pining for, that you’re truly needing, it’s right there, you just don’t see it yet.

It might be close in the physical sense, like Louise living a mile away.

But it might also be close in the energetic sense, like a lifestyle you desire.

And it’s right there, so close you could practically touch it.

The problem is, you might be looking in the wrong place, sticking to a routine that is just a touch off where you need to be. Or you’re looking with the wrong perspective.

The point is, everything you need is a mile away. All you have to do is tune in to the Voice that’s guiding you to get there.

It might take a day. It might take ten years, but when the Voice says, “turn right”, it’s important to turn right.

How Do You Know if it’s the Right Voice?

Learning how to distinguish the Voice of your Higher Self from the Voice of Fear is a process. They have a distinctly different quality, so it’s helpful to experiment on a daily basis so you can be ready when you really need to trust your inner guidance.

The Voice of Fear usually has a force to it. It’s harsher, abrupt, demanding, commanding, pushy, sneaky.

The Voice of the Higher Self is usually a gentle or firm suggestion that’s wrapped in a sense of indifference, or perhaps calmness.

It’s important to practice discerning the difference so you know which voice is speaking to you when you most need to know.

Listen

As you go about your day, no matter what you’re doing, pay attention internally for blips of images, thoughts, words, sensations. Each one might be guidance for your journey, helping you course correct so you end up going where you most need to be to fulfill one of your desires.

It might take a minute. It might take ten years. But if you listen, you’ll get there.

Think about an area in your life where you feel stagnant and frustrated. Then think about the inner guidance you’ve been ignoring. There is likely a direct correlation between the two.

Where is your inner guidance leading you? What direction has she given that you’ve dismissed?

Interesting to think about, isn’t it.

Sweet dreaming,

Amy

The Soul Medicine of Suicide and Death In Dreams

By Amy Brucker

Years ago, one of my clients was struggling with her life. She was unhappy because she couldn’t make friends or meet a loving partner to share her life with.

During one of our sessions she told me she dreamed she was going to commit suicide. In the dream, she was standing on the scaffolding of a building. She was visibly rattled, wondering what in the world it meant.

I could understand her concern, but my first response was to say,”Yay! Congratulations.”

Time for a Change

While there is always the possibility that death in dreams is a literal premonition, it’s usually about a transformation that is so complete the person going through it will be radically altered. The old self is dying, or will die, or needs to die, so the new self can be reborn.

Similarly, suicide–in waking life AND in dream life–is a call to transform, to consciously kill off the part of your life that is no longer needed so you can create your new self.

I’m not talking about killing the physical part of you. This is NOT about literal death of the physical body.

It’s about eliminating a habit or trait that is no longer needed so you can create new habits or traits that are better suited to your health and wellness.

A Sign You’re Ready (or Not) to Transform

If your soul is ready to shift it might send you a dream of death. The death of someone or something, or even yourself.

But the feelings you’re experiencing in the dream are the key to everything.

Does your dream self feel anxious about the death? Then it’s likely you’re feeling anxious about the transformation process.

Do you feel nervous? Fear? Joy? Indifferent? Blindsided? Any feeling in the dream is likely a reflection of your waking life feeling, a feeling you may or may not be aware exists. The dream is there to help you process your emotions.

So what do you do if you, a loved one, or a client is dreaming of death?

Reflect on the accompanying emotion and explore ways to address these so you can create a more fluid and fulfilling transformation.

When I work with clients, I listen to their dream and help them explore the meaning. That’s where most dreamworkers stop, but I go much deeper. I craft original soul medicine through a combination of soul constellation, flower essence remedy, and energy shifting to help my clients embody their dream and transform whatever it is they are experiencing. It’s far more effective than simple dreamwork and it creates profound shifts.

The client of mine who dreamed she committed suicide decided to move to a smaller town and build a new home. She’s much happier now, living with the love of her life.

Dreams of death and suicide are invitations to release that which no longer works so you can make room for something more aligned with your soul’s wishes. What a wonderful gift to help us delve into the healing power of soul medicine.

sweet dreams,

Amy

The Holy Power of Tiger Dreams

By Amy Brucker

Tiger-Leap-In-The-Water-Wallpaper

I was standing by a tree when flames erupted from the branches. I ran to save myself, but a tiger leapt out and chased me.

The ground held no refuge, so I did the only thing I could think of: I left my body and floated away.

The Holy Power of Tiger Dreams

Whenever I dream of Tiger, I wake up feeling blessed, even if the dream was scary. There’s something about her power, her regalness, that makes me feel like I was visited by something Holy.

In many cultures, west on the Medicine Wheel is about autumn, water, and letting go. The corresponding animal? Big Cats.

Big cats, like Tiger, are ferocious in nature. They sit in utter stillness, with patience and keen observation, before pouncing on their prey. When they do, their bloody maw snarls a victory cry. Or perhaps it’s the cry of pleasure.

Unapologetically powerful, Tiger is at once fierce and gracefully feline.

Tigers remind us of the power of radical transformation. The Death of Death. The point of no return.

When Tiger comes calling, you have an opportunity to watch and learn. She’s inviting you to patiently get ready to pounce. She blesses you with courage and perseverance. But you have to be willing to trust her presence in your life. If you don’t, you’ll get burned.

Dreaming of Tiger: A Struggle with Power

When I had this dream, it was the mid-nineties, a time when I was beginning to feel the stirrings of my connection to Spirit as well as my call to shamanism. With these callings came a sense of aloneness and lostness.

On one level, my dream indicated I was having a difficult time dealing with my personal power–my purpose, my passion, my anger–and that my tendency was to run from it and ultimately go out of body as a form of escape. My dream invited me to meet with tiger face to face and learn from her. It took me years to find the courage to make that happen.

Long before I had my dream, William Blake connected Tiger to Fire. He wrote:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Blake goes on to ask, “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” Meaning, did the same hand create the gentle, timid lamb that created the fierce, powerful tiger?

This comparison reminds me of the times in my life when I’ve wondered about the merging of my own gentle and timid nature with my fierce power. Can both be “right”? Can both be a part of the Divine?

When Tiger appears in our dreams, she may be inviting us to notice how well we’ve integrated our power into our lives. Do we run from it? Does it make us go out of body in an attempt to deny it? Do we cuddle up with it and enjoy the warmth?

Next time you have a tiger dream, pay attention to how she shows up and notice if there is a correlation with how you are showing up with your power.

Do a waking journey with her in the imaginal realm and let her guide you deeper into union with your inner tiger.

Then see what happens.

Sweet dreaming,

Amy

Making It Through The Tough Times

By Amy Brucker

When things get tough, I tend to struggle a bit before I remember it doesn’t have to be so hard—I can surrender.

Surrendering is second nature to me now, but there was a time when the thought of surrendering was terrifying. I used to feel that I had to will my way through the tough times, or lie down in defeat and let depression settle in.

But those days are long gone, and with the Wisdom of Surrender comes a sort of soul relief, an exhalation. I can breathe so much better without the struggle.

Surrender your struggle to the Universe so it can release you from your burden.

Whenever you feel bound in place, or a strong push to move forward (that isn’t working), remind yourself to surrender.

Remember that the tough times are temporary.

You can call on the Divine to hold the burden for you so you can find clarity and renewed purpose. Then wait. Clarity will waft in like a feather on the wind. It might take a day or a week, but it will come. The trick is to have patience.

When I teach this practice to my clients and students, it confuses them at first.

Are you giving up? They ask, not out loud, but I can hear it in their silence.

No, I’m not giving up.

I surrender to the Universe. To what you might call God, Goddess, the Divine, Source, Spirit.

Surrender is like asking a trusted friend to hold your bag of groceries while you fumble for your keys. You know she’ll hold them for you until you’re able to hold them again. Or maybe she’ll just carry them into the house for you, set them down, and put them away. This is the beauty of surrender. Sometimes you get your baggage back, sometimes it disappears completely, but however the saga unfolds, your needs are met.

In order to surrender, to truly surrender, it helps to trust that on some level, all is well no matter what.

That doesn’t mean things will always go your way. Or that people won’t get sick and die.

In fact, things on the earthly plane may look beyond repair.

But on some level, on the way to your purest Essence or God or Goddess or the Universe, all is well. When you connect to this place, it’s easier to let go of struggle and surrender so ultimately you can move forward.

When you surrender, you become a channel for Spirit to move through you. It’s from this centered place that you can create soulutions to challenging problems.

Surrendering is a simple and subtle, yet freeing sensation.

You know that feeling of total relaxation? Like when you get into bed after a good day, sink into the mattress and feel like you’re floating on a cloud as your conscious mind slowly slips into oblivion?

That’s what it feels like to surrender.

There is a knowing that all will be well if you can trust your true Essence.

This is a place of non-duality. There is no good or bad, but something else entirely. It’s a sort of Divine Neutrality, except it has a hint of inspiration and a dash of acceptance.

It’s a peaceful place.

Will you join me there?

Sweet dreaming,

Amy