Monday, January 17, 2011

Acid Rain Dream

I'm walking down rain-soaked streets and see all of the cars and streetlights being covered with plastic covers by men in haz-mat suits. I wonder what is going on. Something tells me it is to protect them from the chemicals that will be raining down from the sky that can melt or damage everything. I go inside and its kind of an art gallery or hotel and the same people are covering the lights and artwork with special protective coverings. I'm looking around and noticing spots they missed and wondering why they would go to all of that trouble and then not even do it thoroughly.

I had this dream last night and then my husband comes home today to tell me that National Geographic is coming to the nuclear site where he works to do some filming. I decide to do an internet search to see what interest they have there and found an old article: Nuclear Power, Risking a Comeback from 1996. In this economic impact study Economic Benefits of Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, nuclear power is touted for being cleaner and emitting less greenhouse gases than its fossil fuel counterparts: "Nuclear power is one of the cleanest conventional means of producing electricity. Grand Gulf operations avoid significant greenhouse gas emissions that otherwise would be generated if the same amount of electricity were produced by fossil fuels. In 2004, Grand Gulf avoided the emission of 48,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, 16,000 tons of nitrous oxide and 9.4 million tons of carbon dioxide. Sulfur dioxide can produce acid rain, and nitrous oxide is a precursor to ground-level ozone." The interesting thing here, too, is that Grand Gulf is the plant my husband will be most-likely heading to next. Hmmm...I guess my dreams are telling me to start paying attention to this!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wolf: The Power Animal of Today's Meditation

I have been reading the book "Conscious Dreaming" by Robert Moss for a while now (I read a little here and there when I have time so it's taking a long time to get through it). Mr. Moss often talks about using Shamanic Drumming to get into the dreamscape and even for "waking dreams". I decided to try this out today and found a nice YouTube video called Shamanic Journey Meditation to talk me through. It was difficult since I was in the middle of my day with Isaac (my three-year-old) on my lap listening with me and Liliana (my 8-month-old) next to me playing, but I thought I'd just listen to see what would happen anyway. The voice of the woman instructs you on a visualization to help you ask a question and to find your guide or "power animal". I was frequently interrupted to answer questions from my son and to acknowledge my daughter so I figured that was going to prevent me from seeing anyone or anything, but at the end I was able to get a quick glimpse of my "spiritual helper". I quickly visualized the outline of a wolf's face!

My inquiry was how I could get my mind in order and to see what I needed to focus on and how to deal with our current financial difficulties (too much week not enough money). I decided to look up the "wolf power animal" (as I have no prior knowledge whatsoever of "power animals" and what the "wolf" would symbolize and was given this description (kinda eerie!):

Read about your "power animal" or "spirit guide" here.

The wolf has been much misunderstood and maligned in history and is not the vicious intruder of western fairy tales.  The wolf is a shy, yet very sociable creature with strong rules of behavior.  Fear of the wolf is perhaps born when its eerie howl raises the hackles on our neck and in our souls.   Maybe we do not fear the wolf at all, but only the wild nature within ourselves.  To American Indians, the wolf is said to be "teacher" medicine. We study wolfs ways of hunting and their social structure.  The wolf is associated with the Dog Star, Sirus and some cultures belief humans came from this distant star.  Wolf populations are threatened in the lower 48 states, but abundant in Alaska and Canada.  Wolf has much to teach us, if only we will listen. 
  • Wolves live in a communal structure like humans. The Alpha male and female lead a strict social order.   Next in the order are Beta wolves who do not breed and serve as nursemaids for pups of the pack.  The Omega wolf is at the bottom rung and is the 'scapegoat' in situations when the pack is being attacked.  Often the Omega wolf is forced not to eat when food is scarce.  If wolf has entered the forest of your mind, it may be to teach you that all things in nature have order amid chaos and to accept your duties in life, whether they be leadership roles or otherwise, with humility and strength.
  • The wolf spirit teaches us to have balance between your personal needs and those of the family and community.  Wolves are absolutely committed and loyal to the pack and find their place within the group.  If wolf exhibits these traits, it may mean that you must examine your function within the community and loyalty.  It may also be a sign to bring better balance to the varied interests of self, family and community.
  • The hunting techniques of wolves served as an example for many tribes who copied them.  Members of the pack form 'tag teams' who take turns chasing prey to exhaust the prey before themselves. Packs are known to have run over thirty miles a day in pursuit.  Cooperation in achieving a common goal is the message conveyed here.
  • Wolves have developed many ways to communicate by body language and vocally.  Facial expressions, tail and ear movements, body posture, teeth bearing, eye squinting and scratching are part of their vocabulary.  Vocally, a wide variety of growls, yelps, whines and howls make up a sophisticated system of communication.  Wolf language helps the pack to identify and locate its members, establish territorial boundaries, give instruction, request assistance, sound warnings, teach the young, and generally to bring cohesion and unity to the pack.  If a wolf or wolves have entered your physic, you are fortunate to have an animal spirit to knows the importance of communication and one that will find many ways to make their messages know to you.  This ability to communicate may be a sign to hone your own speaking skills to effectively relate your feelings and ideas in a good way - to pray, sing and dance in praise of the blessings of the Creator.
  • When a lone wolf is seen the wild it symbolizes freedom.  When seen in a pack it represents community. If wolf appears to you alone or in a pack it is asking you to acquire the same within your own life.  
  • The primal and piercing howl of the wolf sometimes is marking their territory boundaries.  If you hear a wolf howl it might be telling you to stand your ground and defend your boundaries.
  • Wolves have great stamina and strength. They do not fight needlessly and often avoid fighting whenever possible.  Wolf teaches to know who you are and to develop strength and confidence.
  • Wolf is associated with the lunar influences and energies that rule psychic perception.  They teach us to respect our emotions and face the darkness within.   
  • The wolf is ritualistic.  It knows the importance of regular lunar howling ceremonies and daily social rituals designed to communicate needs and express feelings.  The message of your wolf spirit may be to honor the forces of spirituality and connect with the life forces of Mother Earth.

How to Apply Wolves Teachings to Your Life
 What is changing in your life at present? Notice your resistance to it and then chose to embrace it. You may want to use affirmations for this such as "I embrace change as a natural process of my life".
 What illusions are you clinging too? Are you seeing the world through clouded vision. Is your view influenced by past experiences or expectations? Let it go so that you are able to see clearly with the vision of wolf.
 Are you being called to share what you have learned with others? This could be through a traditional role as a teacher or as a leader in your field of expertise. It could be that you have much to share with your children. However you feel called to expres your teacher within Wolf is their to guide you. 
 Seek solitude. Set aside an hour where your family and friends know not to disturb you. Sometimes it is easier to relax outside of your home environment if this is possible go for a walk in the woods. This time will allow you to connect with the teacher within.
 Look for lessons where ever you are. You may find it in the smallest feeling of irritation towards someone or by asking more questions. Situations to learn from are being presented to you so stay alert.

Wolf is a carnivore and lives in many areas such as, thickets, holes, and caves , called dens. Gray wolves, also known as Timber Wolves can be found in Northern Europe, Canada, Alaska and Russia. This wolf can also be found in the Northern United States.  The diet of wolves consists of vulnerable animals, such as, weak, sick, young or old prey. Depending on wolfs location its prey is white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, hare and other small mammals. Wolf requires at least 5 lbs of meat a day to survive. However wolf does not eat everyday. There are plenty of lean times before a feast of plenty. Wolf is an intelligent social animal with extremely keen senses. Its ability to survive depends on the total cooperation of the pack. 
Wolf’s behavior is established upon a hierarchical structure. There is a definite order of rank. The leader of the pack is called the Alpha male and his mate is called the Alpha female.  Each wolf knows it place and responsibilities. Wolf has a complex method of communicating which involves body language and vocal skills . If you have a problem in expressing your thoughts, needs or ideas to others, take time to study wolf. Wolf’s message will teach you how to enhance your verbal communication skills with the appropriate body language.

Wolf’s medicine will help you gain your objectives through cooperative endeavors. Wolf’s message is the power to teach and share information. If Wolf has entered your life it is time to share knowledge by teaching, writing, and lecturing. Now is not the time to push ahead on your own. If you are experiencing family problems or conflict at work, try meeting with the whole "pack" to resolve difficulties.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

Water Dreams

Dreams of traveling down waterways/waterslides with groups of people. In my dreams (I had this one again last night and have had similar ones before) it is a form of travel. It isn't on a boat or any other type of flotation device. It's more like canals and slides of rushing water. Instead of roads and cars, people float on these, but I never remember anyone being wet???

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Legend of the Dreamcatcher

I made my very first dreamcatcher today for my baby girl, Liliana!

The dream net has been made

For many generations
Where spirit dreams have played.

Hung above the cradle board,

Or in the lodge up high,

The dream net catches bad dreams,

While good dreams slip on by.

Bad dreams become entangled

Among the sinew thread.

Good dreams slip through the center hole,

While you dream upon your bed.

This is an ancient legend,

Since dreams will never cease, 

Hang this dream net above your bed, 

Dream on, and be at peace.

(Author Unknown)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Dreams and Animal Rescue

I just woke up from a dream of furry penguins coming to Louisiana as strays in container trucks. I was at a construction site and the little things were waddling around and getting burned by fire. They were DYING and I was mortified. I was looking around for someone to do something and couldn't believe they'd just walk into the fire...didn't they know they'd die??? Upon waking, I felt that somehow the dream had to do with my animal rescue aspirations and looking around for someone else to do something just isn't what I'm supposed to be doing.
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