Dream work is an essential part of Native America’s tribal culture.
Native Americans believe that dreams are an extension of reality, an opportunity to travel to other realms and communicate with ancestors and spirit guides.
They teach their children from a very young age to remember their dreams so that they use them for spiritual guidance and healing.
Native Americans tribes have shaman or medicine men that can help to heal the soul through dream work by inducing altered dream states through shamanic drums, breath work, and Ayahuasca.
Following are the 7 Core Native American beliefs about dreams:
1) We have three souls
These tribes believe that human beings have three souls, each with a distinct purpose.
The first soul is called the Ego soul that is embodied in the breath of an individual, the second one is called the body soul and its main purpose is to give energy and provide life force or prana to the body during waking state.
The third soul is the free soul that is free to leave the body and travel to other realms during coma state, trance state, and dream state.
2) The dream world is as real as the physical world
According to the Native American tribe, in dreams, we experience the shamanic world. They believe that everything is alive and connected to everything else. We can travel to different realms and even talk to animals, spirit guides and our ancestors when we astral travel in our dreams.
They believe that it is not our bodies or minds that dream but our soul that dreams and undergoes the entire experience.
“Your soul dreams those dreams; not your body, not your mind. Those dreams come true. The soul travels all over the world when you dream.”- Chippewa elder John Thunderbird
3) Our souls can communicate and astral travel
Astral Travel is a technique by which the soul can leave the body for a temporary period of time and travel to the astral plane for learning and soul growth.
The soul can communicate with other souls, animals or other entities to receive soul guidance.
Astral travel can be done both during conscious waking state and unconscious dream state.
Astral travel during a sleep state
Many people have done astral travel during their sleep without even realizing it. It is undertaken by the soul itself to progress rapidly on its spiritual evolution journey.
Astral travel during waking up state
If you are interested in consciously training your soul to go on an astral travel journey, you can do so by using shamanic tools like shamanic drumming, breath work, and Ayahuasca.
4) Life is one big dream
Native Americans believe that life is one big dream similar to Hinduism and Buddhist concept of Maya.
They emphasize that everything is impermanent and we are all just living a dream.