‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Bad feelings are burdens. When we get to the point of believing the whole world is sour because we don’t understand it, we have a lot of self-searching to do. Maybe we helped it to lose its sweetness. Maybe we’re the bad apple that soured the whole lot.
Our first thought should be to make amends. Sometimes we can’t, and when such is the case we need to get out of the way and let time and nature take its course.
Life is too beautiful to go on being a bitter pill that insists that everyone swallow it. As in the words of Caleb C. Colton, an English clergyman around the turn of the century, “the man who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the grief which he proposes to remove.”
We need to unburden ourselves by forgetting our problems and doing something that will put a smile on someone else’s face.
The quickest way to solve the problem of hurt feelings is to inquire if this situation is important to the whole of existence. Does this particular thing mean more than any of the other things of life? It is amazing how quickly trials fade into nothingness when faced with this question. It places before us the need to decide here and now the meaning of our whole existence.
There are not many things in our lives that we can truthfully say mean everything to us. The small things are important and very dear, but the really significant things we count on one hand – life, our loved ones, our good desires, our faith, and our nation.
One of the most magnified situations in this day is taking life too seriously. In the stress of too much mental confusion, we seem unable to laugh off so many little irritations. We let personality rule us into making each little problem the source of great anxiety and dramatically lay hold of it until it chokes us.
The worthwhile side of this life is too important to let ourselves become involved with things that mean little to us. Too much of the trouble in the world is caused from ego-building important that would never be missed in anyone’s existence.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 13
“When you remove love and try to replace it with monetary things, you’ve got nothing … Get him to understand that he has to love himself before he can love anything else.”
–John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
It is said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s the trouble, most of us do.
Great Spirit, You are love; You are spirit. Spirit and love are interconnected. I am spiritual. Let me realize what I am really made of.
January 13 – Daily Feast
If we are not happy, it is because no one has given us permission to be. The hardships and stresses of those who went before us make us wonder if we have a right to do better. Do we have permission to outlive, outdo, outwork all those who went before us? Have we given our children permission to be stronger, better, and more intelligent than we are? The Cherokees have a word for it, adahenhdi, meaning the gift. Or have we told them to adhere to their roots instead of respecting them? Have we made them caretakers, or have we set them free to be strong builders on firm foundations? Permission is hard to come by when we wait and wait for someone to tell us we have done well, that we have earned the right to be mature, respected adults. No, we give ourselves permission to grow, to live long and well, to prosper and be in good health.
~ I can tell my children that the way to get honor is to go to work and be good men and women. ~
CHIEF RUNNING BIRD
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Too much to do
Are you overwhelmed by all the things you need to do? Then stop needing to do all of them and start actually doing one of them.
The best response to being overwhelmed is not to impress yourself or others with how overwhelmed you feel. The best response is disciplined, focused action.
Don’t be stopped, or even slowed down, by the fact that you can’t imagine getting it all done. Let go of your thoughts about what’s still left to do, and give all your attention to what you are doing, right here and now.
In fact, it’s a good thing you have so much to do. So gratefully accept that blessing and get going on the first task, and then the next, and the next.
You have a continuing stream of opportunities to make a difference. Keep yourself busy transforming those opportunities, one by one, into real value.
When there’s much that must be done, pick the most important thing and get busy. Get on the path to achievement, and keep going.
— Ralph Marston
Making Life Yours
A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize the hidden potential for fulfillment in every event.
There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success, and prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they’ve been handed and make them into something great. Our individual realities are colored by perception—delight and despair come from within rather than without. Situations we regard as fortuitous please us while situations we judge inauspicious cause us no end of grief. Yet if we can look at all we have accomplished without dwelling on our perceived misfortune and make each new circumstance our own, the world as a whole becomes a brighter place. A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize and unearth the hidden potential for personal and outer world fulfillment in every event, every relationship, every duty, and every setback.
The universe is often an unpredictable and chaotic place, and the human tendency is to focus on the negative and assume the positive will care for itself. But life can be no more or no less than what you make of it. If you are working in a job you dislike, you can concentrate on the positive aspects of the position and approach your work with gusto. What can you do with this job that can turn it around so you do love it. When faced with the prospect of undertaking a task you fear, you can view it as an opportunity to discover what you are truly capable of doing. Similarly, unexpected events, when viewed as surprises, can add flavor to your existence. By choosing to love life no matter what crosses your path, you can create an atmosphere of jubilance that is wonderfully infectious. A change in perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you must be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set.
To make a conscious decision to be happy is not enough. You must learn to observe life’s complexities through the eyes of a child seeing everything for the first time. You must furthermore divest yourself of preconceived notions of what is good and what is bad so that you can appreciate the rich insights concealed in each stage of your life’s journey. And you must strive to discover the dual joys of wanting what you have. As you gradually shift your perspective, your existence will be imbued with happiness and contentment that will remain with you forever.
Meanings for Common Dreams
Common Dream Interpretations
The meaning of flying dreams has been the topic of much speculation and makes for interesting water cooler conversations. Flying dreams actually often have to do with career aspirations. Flying can symbolize ambition and attaining higher status.
Types of Flying Dreams and What They Could Mean
- Soaring High: Flying upwards indicates success or achievement. Look below you to see what is underneath you to discover what area of your life is going well. Are you flying over your home (family happiness) or over the building where you work (business successes).
- Flying in/on a Vehicle: Were you floating away in a hot air balloon, grabbing onto a kite string, sitting inside an airplane, or being carried in the arms of Superman? Any of these flying dreams indicate that your efforts are being supported by someone else. You are not alone in your endeavors.
- Losing Altitude: A need for re-evaluation of your goals. Ask yourself if you are headed in the right direction.
- Failure to get Lift-Off: A strong gravity pull could be signifying a need for grounding.
Falling dreams are often manifestations of our fears and anxieties.
Types of Falling Dreams and What They Could Mean
- Falling from the Skies:: Flying downwards from the heavens may symbolize a “fall from grace.” Has an authority figure expressed disappointment in you? Have you embarrassed yourself by recent behaviors?
- Being Pushed: Loss of empowerment. Getting fired or looked over in a promotion you were hoping for. Or, being bullied or forced into an uncomfortable situation.
- Stumbling as you Walk: Feeling as if you have lost your way in your life path. Overly anxious about finding your life purpose.
- Jumping without a Parachute: Being or feeling unsupported by others.
- Being Jerked Awake: Have you ever been awoken from a falling dream? Or felt a jerking sensation in your body that jolts you awake? One theory for this happening is that your spiritual body has returned from its astral flight and that “jolt” is the dreamer experiencing re-entry into the physical realm.
Nakedness in Dreams
Being naked in a dream could indicate feelings of emotional vulnerability or fears of exposure. A clue to the meaning of nudity in your dream is any emotion attached to it. Did you feel excited, embarrassed, surprised, carefree, or some other emotion?
Types of Nudity Dreams and What They Could Mean
- Nudity in a Public Place: Feelings of embarrassment or guilt.
- Naked in the Classroom: Feeling vulnerable among your peers.
- Being Naked Among Friends or Family: Desire to be seen or accepted as your authentic self.
- Loss or Disappearance of Clothing: Hidden truths or secrets revealed.
- Carefree Nudity in a Lucid Dream: Expression of freedom, open-mindedness, or unrestrained self-acceptance.
Dreaming of being pregnant could be prophetic, but these types of dreams typically mean you are growing spiritually, OR something creative is incubating within your being. Having a baby in your dream can represent rebirth or something new is entering your life. Because you are the one pregnant in the dream or the person birthing the new life, you will be the creator or the originator of a new idea.
Types of Pregnancy Dreams and What They Could Mean
- Conceiving a Child: Seeding a new idea, being open to start afresh, or setting new goals.
- Being Pregnant: Growing or incubating a new idea, anticipation of a change, or laying the groundwork for a new project.
- Giving Birth: Birthing a new idea, undertaking a new direction, or entering a new life stage
- Experiencing Labor Pains: Growing pains or painful life lessons.
- Experiencing False Labor: Misunderstandings or wrong timing.
- Having a Miscarriage: Unfulfilled hopes or wishes or missed opportunities.
- Aborting a Pregnancy: Squelching an idea or giving up on your dreams.
Keep a Dream Journal
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.
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.
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What Do Your Dreams Mean?
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.