Dreams of the Ancients
Dreams…What are they? What do they mean? Where do they come from?
Multi-disciplined artist and designer, Agnieszka Tarnawska, uncovers and solves the mysteries of dreams and imagination through her work. Inspired by the abundance and beauty of Mother Earth herself, she can never run out of new and innovative ways to merge the past with the future, the old with the new, and the organic with the created.
Above we have incredible quote about Agnieszka the creator of the new Atom DreamCatcher regarding the magic of ancient dreams. One can’t help but see her expression of sacred geometry and wonder what it could mean. Dreams are an integral part of what we need to survive yet modern science is still at a loss to show exactly how they work. They can make us happy and sad and even leave us more terrified then we have ever felt before. Sweet dreams and nightmares make up only two of the many different kinds of dreams a person can have. Lucid dreams offer a glimpse of the power and potential the dream state has if it can be mastered by the Initiate. But just how long has this ancient tradition of manipulating dreams being going on. Next we will examine around world for any clues left that could give us the answers we seek.
Some of the earliest accounts we have of ancient dreams are from the records of kings and the nobles who paid close attention to them for hidden meanings. Also we have the Sumerian era stories like the Epic of Gilgamesh who slept upon a sacred mountain made of special rock in order to have a chance of speaking directly with God. Then the tragic story of The Dyatlov Pass incident where hikers camped upon a cursed mountain. Maybe it was when they reached the dream state they were opened to demonic possession. Causing nine hikers to perish in the cold in very unusual looking circumstances. Back then they believed that a part of your soul actually leaves the body and interacts with people from your dreams. Good dreams would be sent from the Great Spirit or God and the bad dreams would come from the Demon of destruction or the devil. This is part of the reason the Ojibwe people in America first developed the dream catcher tailsman.
“The Ojibwe people have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear.” –Frances Densmore
Magi also believed that dreams could contain incredible omens and prophecies.In Ancient Egypt dreams considered important were recorded onto papyrus. People able to recall vivid dreams were moved up in status and revered as blessed individuals. Their beliefs included methods of incubating special dreams to occur such as sleeping in different locations or on ley lines. It was believed that one could gain special guidance , powers or even healing during the dream state. Rumor has it that when Napoleon tried to sleep inside the Great Pyramid of Egypt he had terrible nightmares and ran outside.
Biblical scholars believe that Saint Augustine’s ancestors included Latin’s, and the Phoenicians. Much of his work was heavily influenced by his dreams. Many early communications with God from the Bible include story of Joseph being called to interpret dreams for the Pharaohs and Jacobs’s ladder.
“their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel ” – Ezekiel
Dreams drastically altered human history !
• In 1845, Howe invented the sewing machine based on a dream
• Mary Shelly was inspired to write the story of Frankenstien in a dream
• In 1965, Paul McCartney got entire melody for the hit acoustic song Yesterday in a dream
• Niels Bohr, had a inspirational dream that led to his discovery of the structure of the atom.
• Einstein said he discovered relativity in a dream and not his job at patent office
• Banting discovered Diabetes treatments in a dream
• Mathematical genius Ramanujan claimed his inspiration from dreams
• Kekulé dreamed structure of the Benzene molecule which advanced chemistry
• Loewi discovered acetylcholine ( neurotransmitter that promotes dreaming) in a dream
One could argue that you can achieve much more enlightenment in dreams then could ever hope to find a church or a lodge.
Now Adept Initiates can see that this Ancient Dream ritual could be the key to unlocking the next step in our spiritual evolution. We can see the proof that new generations of dream seekers are surfacing on the world stage. Much more on this subject will be coming soon. For now consider the possibility to communicate directly with the Great Spirit or God in our astral bodies. Almost to daunting task for any mere mortals to try and fulfill . But if you did succeed in this ritual and had the chance to ask the creator of the entire universe one question what would it be ? If he granted you one spiritual power would ask to become a great healer with all the knowledge of plants and nature ? Or would you ask for the gift of sight into the future so you could warn of pending disaster ? Or maybe just ask for a hint on a way to help kick start the new era of world peace and prosperity at a time when it needs it most.
Written by : Leland Judsyn
Atom DreamCatcher by : AGA AZRA