*Becoming human is about more than just one’s own material existence from birth to death. As we have seen, it’s also about lineage. It’s about accessing resources in seen and unseen realms. Dominant global culture makes it easier for many of us to have good access to the visible world. What we have most trouble with is accessing unseen realms. Even those of us who have an easier time listening into the invisible realms still have to contend with the prevalent bias toward the visible material world.
It is as real as this waking world that we tend to center and privilege in our daily lives (because we are pressured to in order to survive and thrive). From my understanding, a Nahua person would consider the sleeping story equal and complimentary to the waking story of their individual life, as well as collective life. Some of us have the true privilege of having our understanding of the dream world accepted and welcomed. This is becoming more and more rare as the western culture continues its domination of the globe. This is partly why I am here saying all this. To act as a bridge between becoming and remembering, to lay myself down as a conduit for recovery of trauma medicine, of ancestral support, or dream-craft… and of somatic wisdom (that’s tomorrow’s topic)
The sleeping dream, as separate from the waking dream, is called Temictli in Nahuatl…. This is the unconscious dream and is in contrast with Temixoch, the blossoming warrior way of dreaming that interfaces, unfolds, blossoms one realm into the other. Not as a gimmick, or an occult spectacle, but as a way of life (and death). For as the sleeping dream relates to the waking dream, so do the death realms relate to the living realms.
The day dream and the night dream, the myths of light and the stories of dark, need each other. They don’t collapse into each other, but balance each other. In reclaiming / recovering the lived experience of blossoming warrior dream-craft, we (you, one) begin to build the capacity to understand living and dying. We can only understand living if we understand dying, too. When we understand dying, as being as important as living, when we understand that death and life blossom into each other, we come to know reality in its wholeness.
and if they can work together,within us, we might live differently. The way we live now would just seem ridiculous. It’s like trying to hunt for something with your eyes instead of your hands when the lights are out. We need the dream in order to see. We need death, we need ancestors, in order to live in a good way.
So in Myth Mending we might work a dream that you had last night or last week as we might work an experience from today and wonder how it might restore the night dream. The day dream and the night dream are equal. For a while, we may even have to attend extra to the night dream because it’s been so neglected. We may need to amplify it, so that it can get big enough to give and receive from our waking lives. And as we do this, we have visions.
your breath, the coming of day and night, the tides, the beating hearts and changing of seasons etc. There needs to be a rhythm between day dreaming and night dreaming so that neither is privileged, neither is more real — and when that happens, it’s generative. Rhythm generates solutions. Myths are mended and the story of the world can unfold in a good way — between individuals, families, communities, between tribes and nations, across borders and boundaries.
No amount of conflict mediation is going to be sustainable until our rhythms are restored in day and night dreaming, in living and dying, in trauma and healing, in all the polarities of existence.