Let us linger briefly, as we make our gratitude journey through the prayer beads, in order to hearken to the spell of lovely Autumn.
For we are now moving into the Deep Waters of the Samhain season. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Moon is waxing into its bright magical fullness while the darkness of night descends earlier each day, and lingers longer into the morning. The final harvest is upon us, in this year that we have traveled together, planting and nurturing our dreams.
Autumn is the time of the Guardian and Giver of Dreams. So as we celebrate the Autumn’s final harvest, let us also collect our dreams, which are our seeds for the future. Weaving spells of dream and intention is very powerful in this most sacred time. What dreams have you cherished and tended this year? What dreams now come to you in the lengthening night?
Dreams are a nightly occurrence, whether you remember them or not. Many people dismiss them as mere side effects of electrochemical stimulation of the sleeping brain, not important and certainly not “real.”
Yet according to scholars and psychoanalysts like Carl Jung, dreams are a deep reservoir of ancient wisdom, holding pools of symbolism and interconnection that Jung called the Collective Unconscious.
According to Jungian researchers, as well as a growing body of other evidence, the age-old practice of dream interpretation for divination may well be valid. According to psychologist Dr. Ron Masa, “There are future references in every dream because dreams come from the eternal side of the psyche.
“Where dreams originate, unity and oneness supersede all distinctions between self and other, and what we perceive as the past, the present and the future co-exist in an eternal Now. We all visit and directly experience this reality that the mystics write about in every dream we have, and we do so every night of our lives!”
As healers, intuitives and seekers, we understand the importance of symbolism and are very aware of the nonverbal truths that run like underground rivers beneath the apparent day to day world we are conscious of.
As author Karri Alrich so eloquently notes, “Dreams are fragile gifts, abiding in the realms of our subconscious mind, rich with insight and authority, resonant with a wiser, deeper perspective than our waking ego consciousness can muster. To ignore dreams or diminish their importance in our lives is to literally cut ourselves off from one of the most fertile resources we all possess.”
So as we celebrate our Autumn harvests, let us be sure to give thanks for our dreams. And as always, you are warmly invited to share your thoughts and experiences, as we traverse this intimate, most magical time together.