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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.
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.
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.
These are just a few ways of looking at winter themes in dreams. What layers of meaning have you uncovered?
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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.
By Amy Brucker
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.
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?
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“In the beginning, there was the dark purple light at the dawn of being. Spider Woman spun a line to form the east, west, north, and south. Breath entered man at the time of the yellow light. At the time of the red light, man proudly faced his creator. Spider Woman used the clay of the earth, red, yellow, white, and black, to create people. To each she attached a thread of her web which came from the doorway at the top of her head. This thread was the gift of creative wisdom. Three times she sent a great flood to destroy those who had forgotten the gift of her thread. Those who remembered floated to the new world and climbed to…
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Written By Amy Brucker
What do you see?
At first glance you might see beautiful, colorful flowers. But upon closer inspection you see little imperfections.
The petals are rough around the edges, browning. The tomato is unripened, having fallen from the vine too soon. The geranium leaves are turning white, a sign of disease.
This is my basket of misfits, the discarded blooms that withered due to hardship or age.
Still, they’re beautiful.
Seeing with New Eyes
At first glance, the lives around you may seem beautiful, colorful. Perhaps you’ve felt envious of the visible success, the ease with which the women in your life grow their ideas and bloom into something magnificent. Things may look lovely, as though they haven’t a care in the world.
But upon closer inspection, you might notice something unexpected. The “soul-mate” coach is on the verge of divorce. The wealthy “business coach” is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The happy mother is becoming an alcoholic because the stress is overwhelming.
People’s lives aren’t always as they seem. When you look more closely, you see how the beautiful dimensions of life are woven with adversity–like the warp and weft of a basket, you can’t have one without the other.
It would be easy to judge, once the deeper truth is revealed, but what if we saw it a different way?
A Person’s True Personality
I’ve heard it said that, “A person’s true nature is revealed in tough times”, as though someone’s stress induced rage is who they really are, underneath all of the day-to-day joy, but I disagree.
We are multi-faceted beings with good days and challenging days. We are a mixture of shadow and light. We snarl and sneer, laugh and dance. We are not one of these things, but all of them, and none of them.
You can’t summarize a flower’s essence based solely on what happens during a drought, when the color fades from the petals and the vine begins to wither.
The flower’s true essence can only be expressed by witnessing its entire existence: its potential, its day-to-day experience, its rooting and its blooming, its dying and its re-seeding.
The Joy of Living from Essence
When you live from your Essence you weave together the shadow and the light, creating a strong container to hold your purpose, your offering to the world.
Denying any aspect of your Essence creates a weak vessel, one that cannot hold the full power of your being.
To live from Essence, you must clear any ancestral wounds that limit your self perception, or tether you in place. Inherited beliefs, behaviors, and habits that do not serve you need to go.
When you break free from the binds that hold you back, you untether yourself and it sets you free.
You make room for the rich humus of your shadow and the brilliance of your light.
You become a stronger container that can hold the full power of your purpose.
You become a colorful bouquet of flowers that looks beautiful despite any roughness around the edges. Without apology, but wild grace.
May it be so.
By Amy Brucker
I’m excited to announce the first Dream Temple Retreat—for Women:
Dreaming the Sacred into Life
During this inspiring weekend, we’ll slip into the dreamtime with soulful women who are devoted to living from their Essence.
We’ll sit in sisterhood and
…create sacred space with altars and art.
…embody our dreams with dream sharing, dream journeying, dream theater, dream art, soul (energy) tracking, ancestral healing, plant medicine—whatever Spirit calls us to do and be.
… dance in the moonlight.
… drum by the fire.
… tell stories.
… share insights.
… give offerings.
And through it all, we’ll have fun!
This work is magical. This work is deep. This work is powerful.
Will you join me? I hope so!
P.S. Early bird registration is due this Friday. I did this so I could get a sense of how many people are interested. If you are, let me know! I would love to meet you in person. Here’s the link again.
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