The Joy Of Living From Essence

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.

Sweet dreaming,

Amy

First Ever Women’s Dream Temple Retreat ~ You’re invited

By Amy Brucker

I’m excited to announce the first Dream Temple Retreat—for Women:

Dreaming the Sacred into Life

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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!

Click here to learn more

sweet dreaming,

Amy

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.

Aliens are just “Soul-Less” Ancient Human Beings

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Aliens are just “Soul-Less” ancient Human Beings with only a Mental (astral) Body left. This has given them extremely powerful Telepathy (mind control) and live on the dream planes of Earth right near us every single day. Combine this with the Military agenda of the Demon Humans (dark humans living with demonic souls), and you have the real Matrix 

The movie “Children of the Corn” came out in 1984, my son was born in ’83 and my daughter in ’85, and by the time my daughter was two years old (the year of the Harmonic Convergence, the first of four (until 2026); she told me there were aliens in our basement, I had never spoken those words to my kids when they were little. I said ok, let’s go see if we can find them and I carried her down the stairs with…

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~ Releasing Resistance ~

By Amy Brucker

The other night, at 2:00 am (wide awake due to a late night coffee Popsicle — duh — and the full moon), I suddenly realized why my soul felt tethered in place.

It was the kind of epiphany that deserves an audible “ping” and the face-palm exclamation of, “Whoa! Why didn’t I know this before?!”

You see, my inner voice kept saying, “free me.”

And I wanted to feel free. Truly, unequivocally free.

I wanted to hop in the car and drive away without an agenda.

I wanted to wake up to the wild and untamed wilderness. To the sound of sunflowers dancing in the breeze..

Yet I felt tethered in place. I couldn’t move.

Dealing with a Tethered Soul

Have you ever felt this way? Tethered down despite feeling completely aligned with your purpose? As though you could not move forward no matter how hard you tried?

Well, this tethered feeling came with a heavy, thick-as-concrete sensation, which was not altogether unfamiliar. You might call it a block, but it was so much more than that.

I felt it in my energy body, in my physical body, and I didn’t like it. Nor could I shake it. Every time I tried to “let it go” I’d feel good for five seconds then the weight would return. With the weight came a feeling of heaviness, depression almost, and an unexpected sense of loss.

Then out of no where, I had the epiphany. *ping*

I realized the tethered sensation was the simple result of resistance. I was resisting many things.

I was mired down in “shoulds.” I “should” make a lot more money. I “should” do this marketing plan. I “should” have gotten that person to understand me. I “should not” have to explain myself. Other people “should” accept me for who I am.

Once I realized I was in resistance, that the better choice was to drop the “shoulds” and slip into trust, I was able to let go. Something released in me. I felt an expulsion, as though I’d exhaled a long held breath. My body became lighter and the sensation of freedom filled the vacancy in my being.

Resistance is a Tricky Beast

Until I had this experience, I thought resistance always looked a certain way, sort of cowardly, like a person lacking the ability to jump when the next step is uncertain, but this experience made me realize resistance is a shapeshifter. It can look like fear, anger, depression, or a big fat should.

Resistance shows up in many ways. It’s sneaky and powerful and it can wreak havoc on your life when it gains control and you don’t realize it’s really just resistance.

The key to freeing your soul is to understand how the many faces of resistance show up in your life, and then to release whatever it is you are resisting.

Home Grown Soul Medicine to Release Resistance

Flower essences are perfect for supporting you if you’re working through resistance. As energy medicine, they work on the emotional and energy bodies to help you process difficult emotions.

The other day I made a Zinnia flower essence and it’s especially good for helping people lighten up, which is a needed quality for people in resistance. Here’s the blend I made:

Remedy to Release Resistance

Zinnia to enhance lightness and childlike enthusiasm.

Willow to activate forgiveness, acceptance, and be in the flow of life.

Poison Oak to help you feel safe while being emotionally open and vulnerable.

Trusting the Divine

It’s much easier to release resistance when you trust in a higher power. Whether that’s your higher self, Source, or a support system, releasing resistance is about surrendering to the present moment and making a clear decision about how to move forward in a way that feeds your soul. Even if the clarity is just to release resistance.

Sweet dreaming,

Amy

Animal Spirit and Medicine: Animal Spirits

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Animal Spirits work with us in many capacities and on a variety of levels. As Totems, they reflect aspects of our personalities teaching us to know ourselves better and understand our interrelationships. Power Animals are much the same; they are the dominant Totem and merge in a sacred spiritual manner with our inner spirit. Guides are not always animals but they can be; these creatures guide us through spiritual realms and to our teachers showing the way to enlightenment. Some Animal Spirits act as messengers coming once or twice in a lifetime while others are frequent visitors. All these capacities reflect their abilities to impart a wide variety of messages on many different levels. All Animal Spirits are our teachers in one way or another. They can act as protectors giving us warnings, or defending us in other ways. While they teach us about ourselves and our lives, their highest…

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Why Women Feel More Depleted Than Ever ~ Amy Brucker

By Amy Brucker

Did I mention I’m studying herbal medicine? I LOVE it!!!

Every night, after I’ve finished my dinner, I cannot wait to learn more about herbs. I even made my own Dandelion Grapefruit Bitter to aid in digestion. (And had fun creating the labels!)

This month I’m learning about the importance of a solid foundation. You see, the trick to growing successful herbs is the soil. Without a rich, fertile foundation, herbs can’t grow, and if they can’t grow, they can’t do any of their magic.

Why Women Need to Pay Close Attention to This Process

Your foundation in life is everything.

When you have the right foundation for your life you feel engaged with your purpose, joyfully inspired, and a certain lightness of being. Things flow more freely and you grow your ideas with relative ease.

When nutrients are missing, though, things don’t work out so well. You might feel depleted, crabby, irritable, or argumentative, or perhaps you go within and feel even more isolated.

And growing your purpose?

With a deficit the process is difficult, full of obstacles, and frustrating. You push important, soul-centered ideas aside and wait for that illusive “perfect time” to dive in, but of course, it never comes.

So what’s going on with your foundation?

I ask because I’ve noticed a lot of women walking around feeling totally depleted on many levels. They look happy and well-adjusted, like they’re enjoying everything about life, but secretly they’re feeling devoid of the important nutrients they need to feel whole in mind, body, and soul.

Like being nurtured, which includes being cared for, appreciated, heard, seen, and recognized.

The reason for this depletion is partly because we live in a crazy, fast-paced world that has created a me-centered, isolated existence, a direct result of people feeling too depleted to care for anyone but themselves.

In fact, I’ve been reading lately that “spiritual women” are becoming too me-centered and that they need to focus on other people by doing things like volunteering and helping those less fortunate

But volunteering to help other people, no matter how altruistic, is not the solution. It’s just more depletion.

Because the ironic twist is that women are either biologically or socially conditioned to be nurturers who give endlessly, and so, despite their own exhaustion, they give and give and give. The problem is they don’t get enough back in return.

This may seem like circular logic, but I see it happening every day.

What women get in return for their efforts is a paycheck, food on their table, and maybe a hug from their family or friends.

But those things can only sustain a woman for so long. Women need to be nurtured in mind, body, and soul. They need to feel a heartfelt connection to community, to feel loved, to feel seen, to feel heard. And that doesn’t always happen in our me-centered, isolated culture.

Let Life and Spirit Move through You More Often

I once read a story about women from an African tribe who gathered once a week to make pottery. They came together in the morning and sang all day. They sang tribal songs, ancestral songs. They enjoyed one another’s company, laughed, and had fun. An hour before their work day was over, they made the pottery. Their entire day was filled with joyful celebration, of building connection, of being seen, and feeling supported.

They were nurtured on many levels.

Creating a Sacred Foundation

Imagine what your life would be like if you sang and danced more often with women who were close to you, either literally or metaphorically, and spent fewer hours doing your work. You might feel like nothing would get done, but I suspect something else would happen.

I bet you’d feel so refreshed and rejuvenated that you’d get done exactly what you needed to get done in order to do a good job doing what you do.

Your idea of what needs to get done might shift.

You might realize you don’t need to be trolling Facebook for hours in search of something interesting.

You might find you don’t need to keep the house quite as clean as you thought you did.

And you might find that your foundation is so fertile and rich that your soulful desires grow smoothly and with joy.

It may sound impossible.

It may sound idealistic.

But let me tell you a little secret …

This is how I’ve been living my life for the past year and guess what? It works.

I haven’t perfected the art yet, but I feel in love with life every day.

My purpose is blossoming in ways I never would have imagined, with less work and more fun.

And although there are still some areas that seem slow in coming to fruition, I have a deeper understanding of why (because I need to continually tend to my foundation so it will support my new endeavors) and I have more patience than I used to.

Your Sacred Foundation

Take a moment to reflect on your foundation.

What’s working well?

What’s missing?

What can you do to create a sacred foundation that supports you and nourishes you so you feel deeply inspired and full of life?

sweet dreams,

Amy

Amy Brucker ~ Dream Your Desires Into Being

Oops … Forgot The Baby ~ Amy Brucker

baby-picture-whaemI’ve noticed a women-centric trend in dreamland: babies.

Forgetting you have a baby.

Forgetting to feed the baby.

Unintentionally harming the baby.

Being handed a baby.

Losing the baby.

Leaving the baby behind.

It’s a trend that speaks volumes to the number one problem I’ve noticed most women share: self-care.

The lack of self-care with women is so bad we’d call it a pandemic if it were a physical illness instead of a mental one.

But how exactly is “self-care” part of a “baby dream”, and how might these dreams help you navigate this tricky terrain if you’re one of the many women having this experience?

Good questions!

What is Your Dream Baby?

If you shared a baby dream with me, I’d immediately consider how the baby might be an aspect of your purpose, or something you want to do or be or experience in life.

You might say the dream out loud, substituting “baby” with “purpose” or “project” or “vision”, and see if the concept fits. For instance, imagine this is the original dream:

I dreamed I’m walking down my hallway when I hear a baby crying. I run into the room and realize I totally forgot I have a baby and it’s starving, near death. I feel horrible, but am grateful the baby didn’t die and I can now take care of it. It’s not too late.

It’s a simple dream packed with meaning, and you can re-read it like this to explore the message:

I dreamed I’m walking down my hallway when I hear my purpose crying. I run into the room and realize I totally forgot I have a purpose and it’s starving, near death. I feel horrible, but am grateful the purpose didn’t die and I can now take care of it. It’s not too late.

The baby might also represent any of the following aspects of life that feel new and vulnerable, or were left in their beginning stage:

  • project
  • calling
  • desire/vision
  • self-care
  • health
  • money
  • anything new in life
  • anything left in a new/beginning stage (e.g. an unwritten book)
  • anything that you feel responsible for
  • a new thought/idea/way of being
  • a desire for a real-life baby
  • a vulnerable part of you

In other words, the dream baby could be many things, and determining the meaning may require exploration to see what fits best. (The baby can also represent many things at once.)

Whatever the dream baby represents, it’s worth investigating your relationship to it and what you need to do to create health and wellness in that area.

Finding Next Steps in the Dream

Your dreams give you clues about the current emotional, physical, and mental state that may be unconscious to your waking mind, but may be impacting your wellbeing. In other words, you may not realize you have a problem, yet it’s a problem you need to solve in order to move toward health and wholeness.

Women are super adaptable beings who are biologically programmed to succeed, which means we can fool ourselves into thinking we’re okay, even when we know something’s amiss. This means we can go through life thinking we’re fine when instead we’re silently suffering and oblivious.

But our dreams don’t lie to us. They reveal the truth about our thoughts, feelings, fears, and gifts. Knowing how to read dreams can help you bring what’s not working into alignment in a way that feels joyful.

So what can you look for in a dream to help you find those best, next steps? Look for the “before” and “after.” Most dreams have two parts, the “before” that illuminates the problem, and the “after” that offers a solution.

Using our dream example from above, the “before” is as follows:

I’m walking down my hallway when I hear a baby (e.g. purpose) crying.

The “before” explains the waking life situation that is problematic. A young, vulnerable part of my life is trying to get my attention and it’s essential that I pay attention.

The dream then reveals the simple next steps:

I run into the room and realize I forgot I have a baby (e.g. purpose) and it’s starving, near death. I feel horrible, but am relieved the baby (e.g. purpose) didn’t die and I can now take care of it. It’s not too late.

The before is simply saying, “Hey, you have a purpose that’s being ignored. The more you ignore it the louder (more problematic) it’s going to get.

The after is saying, “Go back to your initial idea or the thing that’s in an infancy stage and feed it. Notice you feel horrible. This is a sign the baby (e.g. purpose) is important to you and that you don’t really want to neglect it. Be grateful the baby (e.g. purpose) is still alive and that you are now able to feed it and bring it to life.”

Taking it a step further, “feed it” might be “write in your book” or “tend to your relationship.”

It’s equally important that you transition out of “feeling horrible” into “grateful” so you don’t stay mired in disempowerment and regret, which is something many women do once they realize they’ve wasted a lot of time by putting the purpose, project or thing on hold.

The dream is saying, “It’s not too late” There is hope.

Create Your Own Dream Medicine Remedy

If you’re having dreams about forgetting to feed or care for a baby, it might be useful to take flower essences geared toward nurturing your creativity and purpose. Here’s what I recommend:

Pomegranate helps balance the creative female energies, both inner and outer.

Quince helps establish balance with the soul’s need to express both power and love; to integrate nurturing feelings within a role which also requires authority and responsibility.

I also recommend working with someone who can help you integrate your purpose, or whatever the baby represents, into your life.

Baby dreams encourage the dreamer to take action, to remember what you’re here for, and to trust the process.

That’s good advice to follow.

Sweet dreams,

Amy

Amy Brucker ~ Dream Your Desires Into Being

 

Working with Fire Medicine (to Fuel Your Purpose) – Amy Brucker

 

 

I once dreamed a volcano was erupting and lava was pouring down the side of the mountain. Afraid, I ran toward the sea to find safety, but quickly realized there was no escape.

I had to choose between death by fire and death by water. Some choice. I woke up feeling trapped and indecisive.

When I told my shaman teacher my dream, she said, “For you, death by fire.”

But death by fire seemed like a scary path and I didn’t really know what that meant.

I suspected it meant leaping into the unknown and engaging my purpose with a firey passion while living from my most authentic self in a bigger way than I’d ever done before.

I didn’t know how to do that or what it would look like, so I didn’t really choose.

Instead I slipped into a “death by water” life that was a slow and lingering transformation.

That dream happened ten years ago, and although I eventually made it through the transformation, I regret, at least a little, not consciously choosing death by fire. I suspect I would be much further along on my path if I had.

What is Fire Medicine​

The sun rising in the eastern sky is a fireball that promises new beginnings. It transforms night into day by radiating light. That’s fire medicine.​

In my dream priestessing work, fire is the medicine of springtime, and with it comes the flames of creative visioning and transformation. ​

Fire medicine is potent stuff. ​It ignites your creative spark, fueling the passion you need to manifest your desires.

Yet like all medicine, too much can become toxic, and unless you know how to work with fire medicine, you can quickly go from feeling “on fire” to burning out.

So how do you develop your own fire medicine in healthy ways so you can tend the flame of your heart’s desire? That’s what this post is all about.

Understanding Fire Medicine in Your Life

Imagine a campfire. Too much fire and you burn down the entire forest. Not enough fire and you feel lifeless and cold. Just the right amount and you have warmth that can feed you and keep you cozy.

The same is true with fire medicine as it relates to your passion. (Your passion is just one expression of fire medicine.)

“Just Right” Fire…

When you’re like Goldilocks and you’ve discovered the “just right” amounts of fire you feel engaged, enthusiastic, and healthfully committed to your purpose. You have the Divine force you need to maintain momentum and burn through any fear you encounter. Nothing can get in your way, but you’re open-minded enough to explore your options to find the best path for your purpose.

Not Enough Fire…

If you’re feeling lifeless and disconnected from things that interest you, you probably don’t have enough fire in your life to feel enthusiastic. If this is happening, it’s useful to figure out what’s holding back the heat.

Too much water or emotion can drown out passion. Empaths who feel the emotion of the world may be too heavily doused in water for their fire medicine to work properly, leaving them unmotivated or uninspired.

Too much air or mental energy can cause you to “outthink” your passion. People who overthink things or who are too fact oriented may miss opportunities to leap because they are weighing the pros and cons to a fault. (Facts are not the problem. Attachment to them is.)

Too much earth or physical weight can keep you rigid and inflexible. People who are too grounded can become set in their ways, causing them to miss opportunities for growth because they are too comfortable where they are (and likely too afraid to grow). Inertia can set in making movement toward soul growth feel like a hassle.

Too Much Fire…

When you have too much fire, though, you create different kinds of problems.

When you become so passionate about something or someone that you become obsessed you can miss out on other areas of life. It’s like when people fall in love for the first time and they’re all over one another, never doing anything without the other person, and forgetting that there’s a whole world around them. This is a sign of too much fire. If it only lasts a little while it’s fun, but if it lasts too long it can cloud your judgement. If it continues it can lead to obsession and then it becomes unhealthy for you and possibly those around you.

Proselytizing is another sign of too much fire. Believing that your way is the best way, no matter what, denies the unique expression and potential of other people’s authentic connection with their soul path.

People who think everyone should eat a certain diet (e.g. be vegan, paleo, carnivore) and who preach about it in a way that tries to guilt people or convert them to their way of being is an unhealthy form of proselytizing that denies the greater truth that there is no one right way, and this is an expression of too much fire. A person can be enthusiastic, which means “in God” without proselytizing.

Rage is a a form of passion that is rooted in extreme and unrelenting anger. It has the characteristics of an uncontrolled forest fire. Anger is healthy, but rage, left unhealed, can turn everything around it into ash. It destroys health and relationships, and leaves the raging person feeling more disconnected to their purpose (and others) than connected.

How to Work with Fire Medicine When you Don’t have Enough

One of the biggest reasons people lose touch with their fire is that they get caught up in “shoulds” instead of “soul.”

What are you saying “no” to in your life? Are you saying “no” to something because you feel it would cost too much time, money, or resources? Or that if you said “yes” it would cost you a relationship?

Whenever you say “no” to something you long to say “yes” to, you diminish your fire medicine and you start to feel disconnected from your purpose.

The longer you do this, the more likely you are to forget what it was you wanted to say yes to, making it much more difficult to remember what you felt passionate about in the first place.

If this is you, the best place to start is with your dreams. Ask your dreams to help remind you what it is you love and to show you what’s getting in the way.

How to Work with Fire Medicine When you Have Too Much

There is a fine line between “just right” and “proselytizing” or “obsession.”

When you are “just right” you see that what you love is good medicine for you because it empowers you. From this place sharing is magnetic and loving, not just for you, but for the people who are receiving your sharing.

The second you start to believe and/or tell people that your way is the best and only way for everyone, you’ve crossed the line. When you start to “guilt trip” others because they aren’t doing what you think they should be doing you’ve crossed the line. At this point, your fire medicine might get out of control and the object or subject of your recipient may become engulfed in the flames of judgment, causing them to burn and turn into ash. It’s not pretty.

It’s easy to do this when you’re super passionate about something. I’ve done it myself many times, so if you’ve done this you’re not alone. There are at least two of us!

But here’s the thing: it’s only a problem if you stay rooted in that mindset, continue to badger the person on the receiving end, and stop paying attention to the negative consequences of your words and actions.

The key to rebalancing and stepping back into “good medicine” is to take a deep breath and to remind yourself that there is no one right way. That is an illusion fed to you by your ego.

Your “truth” is not necessarily Universal Truth and right for someone else. We each have our own unique relationship with our body, mind, soul, and Spirit, and you can trust that each person’s path is right for them, even if you disagree.

Prescriptions for Beautiful Fire Medicine

When I work with my clients I help address and heal core ancestral wounds that are interfering with balanced fire medicine. Together we usually find a point in the lineage during which a drama or trauma occurred to shift a healthy balance into a “wound” that perpetuates and grows as it’s passed down through the lineage.

As we work together I listen to the words they use as well as the feelings they experience and from these I create a “remedy” or “prescription” that might include dreamwork, flower essences, herbal teas, essential oils, or journal writing, all of which are intended to help them move through their “wound” so they can create permanent transformation.

Here are a few examples of what I might “prescribe” if there is a fire medicine imbalance. (Keep in mind that remedies and prescriptions are tailored to each individual. What’s right for one person is not necessarily right for another.)

Dreamwork

Dream incubation is one of my favorite ways to find direction and you can read about it here.

Flower Essence

Not enough fire: 

Tansy is for people who are suppressing their purpose due to indecision or lethargy.

Too much fire: 

Vervain is for people who experience intense enthusiasm and are trying to convert others to their belief system. This flower essence helps instill moderation.

What’s your relationship with fire medicine?

Are you feeling balanced?

Or do you need to realign?

Whatever your situation, spend some time this month feeling grateful for the fire in your life. Greet the sun in the morning. Stand in the warm rays for five minutes. Let the fire fill you with visions and help you transform them into reality.

sweet dreams,

Amy

About the Author: Amy Brucker

I help strong, successful women walk in two worlds at once–spiritual and earthly– so they can lead from their soul, live their magic out loud, and create lasting transformation for themselves and their clients. Want to see if we’re a good fit to work together? Set up a FREE Soulful Self Recalibration Session and we’ll find out! Discovery Session.

Source: Working with Fire Medicine (to Fuel Your Purpose) – Amy

Herbs For Awesome Dreaming ~ Amy Brucker

By Amy Brucker

Did you know the ancient Iroquois (American Indians) took dreams very seriously?

They believed that dreams carried the secret desires of the soul and that these wishes needed to be manifested in order for the soul to remain healthy. Illness was a sign of a dissatisfied soul.

“[The] soul makes [our] desires known by means of dreams, which are its language. Accordingly, when these desires are accomplished, it is satisfied; but, on the contrary, if [the soul] be not granted what it desires, it becomes angry, and not only does [it] not give its body the good and the happiness that it wished to procure for it, but often it also revolts against the body, causing various diseases, and even death.“1

As an ardent dreamer, I have to agree. Dreams are potent messages from the soul that reveal our purpose and path to health and wholeness. Ignore the messages and you risk upsetting your soul. And that’s a recipe for tough times. (Ask me how I know…)

So what do you do if you don’t remember your dreams?

In Iroquois history, dreamless sleep was a symptom of soul loss, and if Western dream recall is any indication of our soulfulness, we’re in trouble. I’ve discovered most Westerners don’t remember their dreams for a variety of reasons:

Lack of sleep.

Too much alcohol.

Vitamin deficiency.

Lack of interest.

All of these contribute to dreamless nights.

But everyone dreams. The real problem is recall. So if you don’t remember your dreams, and you want to, what can you do?

Drink Green.

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B vitamins are widely proven to increase dream recall. I tested this theory by drinking green smoothies and Nettle infusions, and within 2 or 3 days my dream recall improved significantly.

In case you aren’t privy to the wonders of Nettle, let me share with you:

Nettle leaf is a pokey, thorny, ouchy plant that is full of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins. It is a great source of calcium, protein, and other much needed nutrients.

Once every three morings (I don’t do this every day), I put 1 oz of dried nettle leaf into a 32 oz mason jar, then pour boiling hot water halfway, stir with a wooden chopstick (so I don’t break the glass), ensuring the plant material is submerged. Then I add more hot water until the jar is full and cover it with a plastic lid so the nutrients don’t escape with the steam. (I don’t use metal because metal lids seal to the jar and become nearly impossible to get off!)

I let this steep for four hours. Yes, four hours.

When the steeping is done, I pour the infusion through a strainer and back into a jar. (The leftover plant matter can be composted.)

I don’t chug this concoction, but sip it throughout the day or evening.

The first time I drank it, it tasted like grass. After a few infusions, though, the taste grew on me.

Nettle infusions may be safe to drink daily, but I drink mine once every 3 days so I don’t overdo it.

You can buy Nettle Leaf in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Drink Green “Dream” Smoothies

I’ve had the same success with Green Smoothies. Here’s my favorite recipe:

2 cups of spinach

5 strawberries (for flavor)

1 banana (for potassium)

1/2 cup of cool mint tea (any tea or juice will do, even coconut milk)

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Sleep and Take Dream Notes

You won’t remember your dreams if you’re not sleeping. So start with good sleep.

Then remember, dreams are like friends. The more you engage, honor, and celebrate them, the more loyal they become. Keep a dream journal and at the very least, record a dream title and the date every morning so you know what you dreamed and when. You can always fill in the dream details later. This practice alone can help some people remember their dreams more faithfully.

Keep dreaming,

Amy

Amy Brucker

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Resource and fascinating read for anyone interested in dreamwork:

1 The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: volume 33, 191-195

Wołogór the Dreamer and the Ancient Spirit of Ox Mountain – Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Wołogór, Mountain Spirit’s helper
(via Lamus Dworski)

Legends about the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze is shared in Polish, Czech and German folk legends, where he is usually called Liczyrzepa, Krakonoš or Rübezahl respectively. In the Polish legends apart from the popular name of Liczyrzepa, also names of Duch Gór (Mountain Spirit), Karkonosz, Rzepiór or Rzepolicz are used in various Silesian regions.

Wołogór has a task of guarding the small region near Wołowa Góra (which according to local tales was named after him), and reporting the situation to the Mountain Spirit. Wołogór is depicted with an ox head, and carries a decorative staff that gives him magical powers. He makes sure that everything works in order and the people living nearby stay safe and respect the local nature. Sometimes he can help the locals or show a way to lost tourists.

Local stories tell about occasions where he helped the inhabitants to hide from bandits raiding the villages by covering an entrance to a cave with his magic, or when he used his staff to melt snow and make safe passages through the woods during harsh winters. He was appearing only in the locals’ dreams to let them know who gave them a helping hand.

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One local legend says that Wołogór fell in love with a girl named Maria and started seducing her in her dreams. However, she already had a man she loved and was always rejecting Wołogór’s advances in the dreams. He didn’t want to give her up and one night decided to appear in her home in person.

He came burning so much with love, that a spark fell out of his heart and it set Maria’s house on fire. Everyone thankfully survived, and Wołogór understood his great mistake. He helped to rebuild the house and decided not to intervene human lives. Maria got married to her beloved man and had lots of kids.

Years were passing by and the surroundings of the mountain were changing. The village Wołogór was always protecting started declining when people began moving to bigger cities for a better lifestyle, and Wołogór’s staff was slowly loosing its powers. Eventually, he understood it’s time for him to go and there’s no one left for him to take care of.

He went up a spring called Malina towards waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they will be in need. (end)

The Karkonosze Mountains by Rajmund67

Phoenix of Elder Mountain – What I find the most interesting about this entire legend is that Wołogór is a Dreamer, who experiences Love and has a Magical Staff. These are three really great symbols of the sacred masculine and in some ways, the legends show the transformation from the sacred masculine of love, into the struggle of unrequited love in a changing time of cultures around the world (from shamanic cultures into pagan and then into the patriarch).

The symbol of Wołogór’s staff is etched into a stone near the Ponura Cascade near the waterfall. This area is made of natural forms and cascades of rocks covered with diverse mountain vegetation. This is where the start of one of the ravine branches of Malina. The image on the stone looks like a maiden with the symbol of a bird upon her head with wings on her body, which is in the shape of a dress (which some Slavic symbols have this similarity).

Wołogór

Cultural symbolism of a Maiden with Ox legend are also found in “Ox Heard Boy & Weaver Girl” which are ancient legends of the Chinese, based on the symbolism of the Magpie Bridge and Ursa Major (but in modern times, its their Valentines love story). Its also symbolically similar in symbolism to the Cretan myths of the Minos Bull and the Maidens which dance upon him:

The story in Crete is that Minos competed with his brothers to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon, the Sea God, to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of support (the Cretan Bull). He was to kill the bull to show honor to the deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos’s wife, fall deeply in love with the Bull.

budnikach staffPasiphaë had craftsman Daedalus make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. The offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a mythical oxen; Minos, after getting advice from the Seers and Oracle at Delphi, had Daedalus construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.

I find these remarkably similar in the the language of symbolisms, except that the Slavic tradition includes the folklore of the “Dreamer” which is so wonderful. The legend it says that he leaves because the times have changed (shamanism to paganism to patriarchy) as well. Just as Ox Heard Boy and Weaver girl are separated and can only unite at a certain time of the natural year which is the 7th day of the 7th month. The festival has been celebrated since the Han Dynasty (206 BCE).

“Wołogór went up a spring called Malina towards waterfalls, and there he pushed his staff and his right foot against a huge boulder leaving the shapes in the stone. He was never seen in the dreams again, but locals believe he might return when they are in need.”

Links to old shamanic ways can be found in legends and folklore (what Slavic people call paganism), Wołogór most likely has much earlier beginnings as an ancient oxen (bull) which had roamed free in the mountains and probably goes back to the same times of the Cretans. As a folk legend Wołogór is a good spirit, and one of helpers of the Mountain Spirits and that puts him fully into the shamanic category.

The other Ox Polish pagan folk tradition includes Kolęda; Old Polish Kolenda and Kolędowanie (caroling) at the Winter Solstice (Christmas for the Catholics). Ukraine and Poland both both have strong caroling rituals associated with animals, the (goat, associated with pagans) and the ox (associated with shamanism). They walk around the week of Christmas visiting homes with someone dressed as one of these two animals and carrying elaborate  Christmas Stars. (See article on Elder called the “Midnight Sun”, the Koliada Star). 

During the magical period of the winter solstice time in Poland (now called christmas) pagan rituals were to foretell fertility for the coming year, and people would dress as animals, in particular the spirit of the Ox called the Turoń. Two more kolędowanie festivals emerged from this — Szopki and Herody. Where a boy would wear a wooden Ox head, complete with movable jaws, horns, and a sheepskin covering. In pagan terms, Turoń is an older tradition that the pagan Dionysus Goat who appeared in cultures, but that cult had arrived very late in the Slavic lands, making Ox still seen in modern rituals. The older oxen had greater meaning from a more archaic time of indigenous rituals than the newer goat symbolism.

Turoń, typically has two boys “walk” the Ox on a leash from door to door and upon entering a home, the Turoń would begin dancing and acting festive in the hopes of bringing on a fertile year. Just like the Russians walk the bear in ritual.

Legends like the Mountain Spirit of Karkonosze help us reclaim we have forgotten when we fell asleep from what religion had forbidden during the changing of cultural rituals. Now we can return them without persecution, maybe harsh judgment, but times are changing for the better.

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Sources: Lamus Dworski http://lamus-dworski.tumblr.com and her sources: budniki.pl, karpacz.pl, karawanier.pl; Images from: https://www.facebook.com/Budnikipl; https://crazypolishguy.com; http://www.nocowanie.pl/powitanie-slonca-w-budnikach_1.html,

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