On the importance of dreaming

Nusta Blossoming

Seven years ago, a Q’ero Shaman came to Olympia from the high Andes of Southern Peru to connect the energy lines of the North and South. They offered a weekend workshop for the purpose of sharing certain teachings and transmissions that would reawaken the seven Nusta’s or Goddesses of South America within the participants here in the North. I knew about the workshop because it was happening at the wellness center where I worked. At the time I did not have the money to go, so I didn’t really think much about it. 

But I had a dream a few days before the workshop started that a group of unfamiliar Peruvian people came to my door. They were peeking in my windows and wandering around my yard. I was afraid to let them inside but they continued to knock on my door. I tried to hide inside my house and told them to go away. They yelled through the door that they knew I had some stones of theirs but I didn’t know what they were talking about or where the stones were.

Calmly, they proceeded to dismantle my house piece by piece while I frantically looked around and tried to figure out if I had them. I discovered to my surprise that I did have the stones they were looking for. They were hidden under my bed. 

When I woke up I was so confused but I knew the dream was important. It was so vivid that I couldn’t let it go. I asked for a friends advice while we sat outside in my backyard in the sun, and she suggested I find someone to help me interpret the dream.  I knew that I was just as capable as anyone of this so I decided to go into a meditative state and re-enter the dream right then and there. No one taught me how to do this, I just did it because it seemed like the natural thing to do. 

I closed my eyes and imagined myself back inside the dream standing in my home.  I answered the door this time and asked the woman point blank why she was there and why they were dismantling my house. She told me once more that I had the stones they needed, and I was supposed to go to the workshop that was happening that weekend. I told them I didn’t have the money and they said not to worry, the money would come. 

Oddly enough, I got an unexpected check in the mail that day for almost the exact amount. Of course, I knew it was no coincidence. 

The next day, one day before it was supposed to start, I went to the woman who was hosting and organizing the workshop and asked if it wasn’t too late for me to come. She said I was welcome to join them, but there was one prerequisite that everyone was required to do beforehand. I had to find seven stones and bring them with me!

Apparently, the Q’ero had brought some special stones with them. Each of the seven Nusta’s or Goddesses we were working with, were represented by a stone that was gathered from a sacred mountain in the Andes. Each stone (and Goddess) represented one of the seven energy centers in the body. We were supposed to gather our own stones and link the energy of their location with ours and continue to work with them on our own for 56 days thereafter so that the energy of the Nusta’s would blossom within us.

At the time, I did not know whether my participation meant anything or not. I didn’t really know if it would change me, or if I had the capacity to help bring this change forth in the world. But within a couple of years, something had indeed started to blossom and miracle has followed miracle ever since.

This was, in fact, a dream initiation that reawakened my fascination with dreaming which I had always had since I was a child. If I had ignored this dream, I never would have gone to the workshop. I began to wonder how else my dreams were communicating with me.

When I finally started paying more attention to my dreams they began interacting with my daily life in a deeper way.  Once this doorway between the worlds opened up for me, my creativity burst forth and I started painting visions that came in both waking and night dreams before I even knew where they were coming from. I started writing from my dreams. I received songs, dances, and poetry from my dreams. I found these connections exploding all around and within me. I wanted to learn more about the creative unconscious so I studied hypnotherapy, tarot, and became an Active Dream Teacher. 

I started participating in the collective dreaming of the world in a more empowered way.

I have to say that my life has become a thousand times more interesting and profound on a daily basis because of this reawakening to the potency dreams bring. I have grown immensely and healed and blossomed in ways I never thought possible. 

Through paying attention to my night dreams, making space for conscious dream journey work, and taking time out of my days to honor the visitations, inspirations, symbols, images, and emotions that come up, I have not only become an active participant in the running dialogue that comes to me through my dreams, but I have become engaged in the dreaming of my waking life in a more direct way. I have been guided impeccably.

According to wisdom I have received directly from my dreams, I know that it is vitally important that we all start paying attention to our dreams. Because we all have the capacity to dream in magical, meaningful, powerful ways.
This is not a rare skill reserved only for a special few. For as long as people have been on the planet, they have been dreaming and in many societies throughout time and across the globe, communities have dreamed together and heeded the wisdom and warnings that come from dreams. It is only in modern society that this practice has been forgotten, and people have been cut off from remembering and honoring this inherent ability. Our world has suffered greatly from this lack of inner guidance for too long, but dreaming is making a comeback. 

Over the past seven years, I have witnessed a profound spiritual awakening taking place. I have felt it within myself as much as I have felt it on a global level. Simultaneously, the powers that have been reliant on our forgetfulness have risen as well. There can be no light without darkness, but at times it feels to me like we are racing towards a finish line. There has never been a better time to be alive. But if we want to make a shift then we will have to remember how to listen to our dreams. 

“But how do you make sense of your dreams? What do you do if your dreams are jibberish,” you might ask.

To that I would say, it is good to let go of always trying to make sense of things.  It is possible to get meaning from our dreams without needing to know what they mean! 

Because dreams are multi dimensional, we need to approach them in creative ways. We must be willing to listen with more than our mind. We must learn to listen with our body, listen with our soul. 

Trying to make dreams fit into our logical realm is like trying to stuff the universe into a small box that we can label and set on the shelf. 
Neat and tidy? Not so much.

But it is possible to meet your dreams halfway between the conscious and subconscious realms. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have dreamt things that seemed odd and nonsensical, or meaningless and trivial, only to be utterly blown away by the powerful realizations and transformations they contained.  I have harvested incredible wisdom and guidance this way. This is a practice, but it is one we are all capable of.

By cultivating curiosity and a willingness to pay attention, we can be informed by our dreams. We can create a better world this way. We can even dream ourselves awake. 

Amanda Lux
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