‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for March 4th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

There are very few days when we have control of our time. No matter what our schedules may be, there is always a change taking place that keeps something from happening when it is supposed to happen. And when the day is ended and our schedules have no been met, then it begins to drag on our spirits.

Soon we become so wound up in the problems of the moment that the delights of our souls drift away and become a part of the mist of “someday”. Someday I will get to do what I want to do. Someday when this necessary work is finished – and is it possible that the things we believe to be so necessary are really robbers of our lives? Do we spend too much time with the menial tasks and allow our creativity – the ability to bring newness into our lives – to dry up and become nonexistent?

William Blake called this within us “God.” One of the greatest poets ever to live, he believed that if we keep alive our ability to see and feel the beauty of life, our menial tasks will become easy and the way successful.

Yesterday is only a dream, tomorrow only a vision, but today – we live. If we live as we should, our yesterdays will be dreams of happiness, and our tomorrow’s will be visions of hope.

Nothing is so sad as the man who spends all his time today judging tomorrow by his experiences of yesterday. He has a vision, but his faith does not support him to pursue it. If some great stroke of good fortune should overtake him, he will be all ready to go, but he doesn’t really expect it to happen. So today he sits waiting for the world to change for him, never guessing that he is the one who must change.

No one is so misled as the woman who has such a busy schedule that she hasn’t time to listen to her children. She expects to take the time to play with them – someday. But it is today that the bridges must be built from the soul to the body to the spirit. It isn’t something built from a quick kiss or a smart smack in the right place, but from daily communion and understanding.

Today is the very life of life when the best things are nearest – breath in our nostrils, light in our eyes, flowers at our feet, duties at our hand, and the path of God before us.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 4

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 4

“My father told me that Hopi earth does contain my roots and I am, indeed, from that land. Because my roots are there, I will find them.”

–Wendy Rose, HOPI/MIWOK

Everything that comes from the earth will return to the earth. We should be able to realize the connectedness to the earth. We should be able to feel toward Her just like She is our real Mother. We can easily feel this connectedness if we can answer these three questions: why am I?, who am I?, and where am I going? If we cannot answer these questions, then perhaps we need to talk to the Elders. Go to the Elders and ask, “Grandfather, why am I?; Grandmother, who am I?; Oh Great One, where am I supposed to go?” The Elders will help us with these three questions.

Grandfather, help me to stay centered today.

March 4 – Daily Feast

March 4 – Daily Feast

Few things that count in life are taken by great strides. Little by little, step by step, we inch forward. Great progress in a short time is so often short-lived and gives us the wrong idea of how things work. We build a consciousness, use good judgment, di gu go at nv in Cherokee, to move slowly and with awareness. But as we build, it is important to override the negatives that try to lodge in what we are doing. Our thinking is like a garden that needs to be cultivated. And our talking is even more important. The two go I tsu la, hand in hand, and what happens is a direct result of what we have dwelled on for many seasons. But it is in our power to make corrections and edge out trouble – little by little, but very surely.

~ Certain small ways and observances sometimes have connection with large and more profound ideas. ~

STANDING BEAR

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for March 4th – The more you give

The more you give

Nothing is more fulfilling than giving something meaningful to life. Every  day provides you with the opportunity to do that.

When all is said and done, what really matters is how much you have chosen to  matter. What really matters is the positive difference you have made for those  with whom you share this life.

Instead of looking to impress, look to improve. Instead of grabbing for all  you can get, discover how much more you can create, and give.

You simply cannot become meaningfully rich by taking. True richness comes  from expressing your true nature, which is to make a difference.

The more you give, the better life gets, for you and everyone else. There is  enormous value within you, and by genuinely giving of yourself you gain greater  and greater benefit from that value.

The reason it feels so good to make a difference is because that’s what you  long to do. Go ahead and allow yourself to satisfy that longing in as many ways  as you can imagine.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Daily OM for March 4th – Rhythmic Rest

Rhythmic Rest
Natural Cycles of Sleep

by Madisyn Taylor

Our bodies are naturally encoded to respond to light and dark and sleeping with the rhythms of Mother Nature.

The human body evolved to fall asleep soon after the descent of night’s curtain and to wake with the appearance of the dawn. Sleep cycles were governed by patterns of light and darkness for thousands of years, meaning that for much of history, humanity has enjoyed nine of more hours of sleep each night. Our bodies are naturally encoded to respond to light and dark and sleeping with the rhythms of Mother Nature. In the present, artificial light has changed the way we schedule our day-to-day lives, and most of us slumber for less than seven hours at a stretch. It is possible, however, to come back to natural sleeping cycles by making a few small changes. When our bodies and minds are attuned to the world’s natural rhythms, we feel calmer, more centered, and more energetic while awake. Sleep is more satisfying because we afford ourselves more than enough time for restoration and rejuvenation.

Our reliance on indoor lighting further compounds our disassociation from the natural cycles of light and darkness that would otherwise preside over our sleep. You can mimic the passage of the day by changing the quality of the light. Sleeping without heavy drapery or shades is best so you can wake up with the sun. If sleeping by a window without a curtain is not an option, a dawn simulator lamp imitates the sun by growing steadily brighter with the coming of the height of morning.

You will likely discover that changing your sleep patterns to be in sync with the daily cycle of light and darkness is easy and that you feel more alive when your sleeping and waking rhythms are in alignment to those of the earth. Nature’s own phases will be your guide to wellness, granting you more waking hours in the summertime when you will benefit greatly from spending time outside and ensuring you get plenty of sleep in the winter when you likely need it most.

Daily OM

Focused Dreaming

Focused Dreaming

Using Dreams to Answer Your Deepest Questions

By , About.com

Once in a while each of us has our own pressing question, from “What is the meaning of life?” to “How can I solve that problem at work?” What many people don’t realize is that we may already have answers to those questions buried deep in our subconscious mind, and we can often access those answers through our dreams and dream analysis.

Step-by-Step Dream Tips

1. Set an intention At bedtime, after you’ve closed your eyes and before you go to sleep, “program” yourself to dream an answer to a particular question. Say to yourself, “I intend to dream answer about _____,” and insert your topic of choice. This can be a specific question like “What can I do to make exercise more fun?” or a general area like “What do I need to be aware of, health-wise?”
2. Concentrate on the question. With eyes still closed, think about the question for about 30 seconds – what information you’d need to answer the question, what kind of answer would be most helpful, what the most challenging aspects are.
3. Visualize receiving the answer. For the next 30 seconds (eyes still closed), imagine that it is now sometime in the future after this question has already been answered. Visualize discovering the answer and how that feels, and how you then used the answer to make a decision, solve a problem, make a change in your life, etc. How do you feel now that the matter is resolved? Imagine these things in as much detail as possible, and really feel the emotion and satisfaction of having your question answered. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how it will actually turn out – just imagine things any way they come to mind. The point of this is to connect with the idea of getting the answer.
4. Clear your mind Just before going to sleep, release all thoughts about this. Clear your mind by imagining all your thoughts and concerns floating out of your head and dissolving away. Say to yourself, “I open my mind to the answer.” Then go to sleep.
5. Review your dream. When you awake after having a dream, review the dream in your mind from beginning to end before you even open your eyes. This will help you recall the feelings and nuances of the dream, and help you remember it so you can write it down – both of which will help in interpreting the dream to get your answer. Note: You might not have a dream with the answer the same night. It might come on one of the following nights, or not at all.
6. Record your dream Immediately after your mental run-through of the dream, write down a description of it from beginning to end, with as many details as you remember. Include any feelings you felt during the dream and after you woke up, symbols that seemed especially significant, and any intuitive sense you have about its meaning. (It’s okay if you have no idea of meaning at this point). This is a very important step, because dream details tend to fade as you become more awake.

Interpreting Your Dreams

If you don’t see an obvious answer in the dream, try any or all of the following tools to help interpret your dream and discover your answer:

  • Annotate your dream descriptions. Read through your dream description, and as you read it make notes of any feelings, thoughts, glimpses of images, “gut feelings” about meaning. Don’t think it through – just relax, read, and see what comes to mind. Then read it again and see if your notes give you any new clues.
  • Dialogue with your dream. Start a written dialogue with your dream, or with a prominent symbol from it. Write as yourself, then imagine that you are the dream and switch to the dream’s perspective.
    • Me: Dream, are you holding any answers I haven’t yet discovered?
    • My Dream: There’s more to me than you’ve figured out so far. Look more at the middle part of my story.
    • Me: Ah, you mean the part about the tree growing out of the pavement.
    • My Dream: Yes, think about what that symbolizes.
  • Focused Writing. With several pages of blank paper, re-read the dream and then start writing anything that comes to mind. Write every word, whether it makes sense or seems to pertain to the dream. No one will read this but you. Prompt yourself with questions like the following, and see what insights come forward:
    • If I knew the messages in this dream, what would they be?
    • The answer is already within me. Now, how is the dream symbolizing it?
    • What would I expect this dream to be telling me?
  • Use your intuition. Make up your own exercise to help get to the bottom of your dream meaning and find your answer. Imagine that your dream is a character and let it write it’s own story. Or draw a picture of the dream, showing how the details fit together. Or start looking at the smallest symbols first, then the more significant ones (sometimes the smallest ones turn out to be the most significant!). Or start at the end and work your way back to the beginning. Follow your instinct and your creative imagination.
  • Try again later. Set aside your dream and come back to it again in a few hours. Re-read it, and see if any new glimpses of meaning show up. Try some of the other techniques just described.
  • Consult an expert. If you’re still not coming up with a clear meaning for your dream, you might want to contact a dream expert to help you with the analysis process.

Keep a Dream Journal

Keep a Dream Journal

By , About.com

Many Wiccans and Pagans put stock in dream meanings — for a lot of us, it’s important to keep track of what our dreams are telling us, because it may be important. Dreams can be prophetic, in that they may tell us of things yet to come, or they can be therapeutic, a way of our subconscious acknowledging problems that have to be resolved.

One great way to get in touch with your dreams and their meanings is to keep a dream journal. By keeping a dream journal, you can help yourself remember what you dreamed about even when the dream is no longer fresh. Also, you can begin looking for patterns and themes that may recur in dreams.

To make a dream journal, you’ll simply need a blank notebook. You can use a simple composition book, or if you’d like to use a fancier, journal-style book, that’s fine too. Keep this by your bedside.

When you wake up each morning — or even in the middle of the night — jot down as much as you can remember from your dreams of the night before. Your notes don’t necessarily have to analyze the dream, merely document what took place. Things to keep in mind when you’re writing your dreams down might include:

  • Did you meet any people? Who were they, and what did they say?
  • Did you travel anyplace? Were you in a house? Did you spend any of your dream outdoors?
  • What sort of natural occurrences did you see? Was there flooding, mountains, thunder, bright sunshine?
  • Was there something in your dream that seemed out of place, as though it didn’t fit in with the other parts of the journey?
  • How did you feel during the dream? Were you afraid, content, happy?

Later, you can go back through your notes and evaluate what you dreamed. Look for patterns and symbolism — there are a number of excellent dream dictionaries out there on the market which can help you determine the meanings of the symbols in your dreams. You can then use the information gained from your dream journal as a guidance tool.

The On-line Dream Dictionary

The On-line Dream Dictionary

Symbols are the language of dreams. A symbol can invoke a feeling or an idea and often has a much more profound and deeper meaning than any one word can convey. At the same time, these symbols can leave you confused and wondering what that dream was all about.

Acquiring the ability to interpret your dreams is a powerful tool. In analyzing your dreams, you can learn about your deep secrets and hidden feelings. Remember that no one is a better expert at interpreting your dreams than yourself.  

To guide you with your dreams interpretations, we have interpreted over 5800 keywords and symbols and over 20000 different meanings in our ever expanding dream dictionary. These meanings are in no way, the final say in what YOUR dream  means, but hopefully it will inspire you to explore and offer a suggestive starting point for understanding your own dreams. There is no “one dream interpretation fits all.” 

Every detail, even the most minute element in your dream is important and must be considered when analyzing your dreams. Each symbol represents a feeling, a mood, a memory or something from your unconscious. Look closely at the characters, animals, objects, places, emotions, and even color and numbers that are depicted in your dreams. Even the most trivial symbol can be significant. This dictionary, along with your own personal experiences, memories and circumstances, will serve to guide you through a meaningful and personalized interpretation. With practice, you can gain an understanding of the cryptic messages your dreams are trying to tell you. 

 

Check out the On-line Dream Dictionary for Yourself….

Dream Moods

What Do Your Dreams Mean?

What Do Your Dreams Mean?

By , About.com

Have you ever had a dream and woke up wondering why you were thinking about floods, flying, or chickens? Well, chances are good that those things — and others — have appeared as a symbol of something else. Here are a few samples of common dream symbols and events that people experience. For a thoroughly detailed analysis of your dreams and their meanings, pick up a good dream dictionary, like The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams.

Animals: Most dream experts agree that if you dream about an animal, the meaning will vary based upon what sort of animal it is. Think about the characteristics of the animal in your dream. A cheetah, for instance, might symbolize speed and the hunt, while a dozing Labrador would mean something very different. Also consider how you interacted with the animal in your dream. Were you fighting with it? Perhaps you’re trying to fight or repress some inner part of yourself. Were you adopting it and caring for it? Maybe it represents your own need to nurture others.

Being Chased: Many people experience a feeling of being chased in dreams, and sometimes we don’t even know who or what is chasing us. Dream experts suggest that this represents a subconscious need to run away or escape from something. Are you running away from something scary or frightening? Are you being chased by people you know, or a crazed killer with a knife? Perhaps your life is a bit overwhelming right now, and you need some time away from your day to day obligations. It’s also important to make the distinction between running away from something versus running to something.

Celebrities: Sometimes people dream of celebrities. They may appear to us as a character they’ve played, as the actor or actress themselves, or as someone completely different. Have you ever woken up and thought, “Why on earth did I dream that Jennifer Aniston worked at my dry-cleaners?” Often when celebrities appear it’s because of what they represent to us. For example, if you dream of the aforementioned Jennifer Aniston, it may be because she represents friendship to you. Likewise, if your dream includes President Barack Obama, perhaps your subconscious is connecting with his role as a leader and diplomat. Consider whether celebrities in your dream might be there to give you a message, or whether they’re just appearing because you happen to find them appealing.

Death: It’s not uncommon to dream of death. What’s important in a dream analysis is the manner in which you die — did you commit suicide or die of old age? Did you dream that someone shot you, or you were in a car accident? Dreams of death typically represent our fears of the unknown, tied in with the idea that we’ve reached a transitional point in our lives. In many cultures and religions, death is connected to rebirth, so dreaming of death could mean that big changes are on the horizon for you. Sometimes we dream about the deaths of other people, particularly loved ones. While some people see this as prophetic, often it’s an indicator that we may need to work on improving our relationship with the person before it’s too late for us to do so.

Falling: Have you ever dreamed you were falling from a building? Did you ever dream about stepping of a curb and feel yourself falling into the street? What’s important to remember in dreams of falling is not so much the fall itself, but how you fell when it’s happening. Are you falling from a great height, but feeling calm and tranquil about the whole thing? That’s probably a sign that you’re pretty well adjusted and can handle adversity and obstacles. On the other hand, if you’re falling and it causes you to panic, that may indicate that you’re overwhelmed by pressure right now, and that you’re on edge and anxious.

Houses: Many dream experts say that houses represent the inner soul, and each room is a different aspect of our own experience. Some people believe that if the house is empty, it means you’re unsatisfied with your life. A full home represents abundance and a fulfilling emotional life. Again, consider how you feel as you explore the rooms in your dream – does one particular room frighten you, or make you feel relaxed and happy? If you dream that your house is under construction or in need of renovation, it could mean that you’re trying to rebuild various aspects of your life.

Pregnancy: At some point, most women will have a dream in which either they or someone close to them is pregnant. For most people, this indicates that there is something new about to develop — and not necessarily a baby. It signifies upcoming changes, plans coming to fruition and new endeavors. Occasionally, dreaming of pregnancy can represent some aspect of your life that you’re just not ready to cope with yet – especially if you don’t wish to be pregnant in real life. If you’ve been trying to conceive, it’s entirely possible that dreaming of pregnancy indicates your hopefulness.

Sex: It’s not uncommon to dream about sex, and our dream sex lives can often be pretty darned exciting. If you dream about lovemaking with your spouse or significant other, experts suggest that it’s because you have a satisfying and emotionally fulfilling relationship. If you’re dreaming about passionate sexytimes with someone else, it may be because you’re lacking what you need in your current relationship. Are you dreaming about sex with someone you’re friendly with, or a celebrity, or a co-worker? If so, figure out what that person represents to you, and what it is that you’re missing. Sex with a stranger often indicates uncertainty.

Water: For some people, water is a recurring theme in dreams. The nature of the symbolism depends on the type of water, and how you’re experiencing it. Drowning or flooding can represent a fear of being overwhelmed. Sailing on a lazy river may indicate a feeling of being content and satisfied. Being carried out to sea might signify that you feel helpless to change the things that impact your life. Water is often connected to the subconscious self, so if you dream that you’re walking on water, or safely on a boat or raft, it can show that you are in fact in control of situations in your daily life.