Did you know that the Native Americans’ core beliefs about dreams are just one of the many reasons, why their culture is revered all over the world?
Dream work is an essential part of Native American tribal culture.
Native Americans beliefs about dreams are that they 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 tribes, 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 the 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 the Buddhist concept of Maya.
They emphasize that everything is impermanent and we are all just living a dream.
5) What happens in the dream world has consequences.
According to Native American tribe Huron, a person has two souls:
- One of them animates the physical body and the other one extends beyond physical activities.
- In sleep, this soul travels and communicates with other souls and guides. When this soul returns to the body it communicates its experiences and learning through a dream.
According to Huron people, it is necessary to learn from these dream adventures to unify these two souls and make the person whole again.
6) We have spirit guides and we can contact them through our dreams.
Many people on their spiritual journey do a lot of soul work during their sleep. It is during sleep that their soul travels to meet spirit guides and seeks soul lessons and guidance.
Most of the insights and learnings come in the form of lucid dreaming.
Therefore in the Native American culture, dreamwork is highly revered. People are encouraged to remember their dreams and seek help from Shamans to interpret the meaning of their dreams to progress on their spiritual journey.
7) Dreams could be an important clue to heal soul loss.
According to Shamanic cultures, our soul can leave the body during times of stress or trauma, this process is referred to as soul loss.
According to Native American tribe Shoshone, soul loss is a common cause of illness.
Soul retrieval is a powerful Shamanic healing technique.
Shamans also engage in dream work with people to understand where the lost soul can be found; alternatively, Shaman or a medicine person would go into a trance state and search for the lost soul.
The lost soul would be then restored to the body and the person would heal and get this lost vitality and exuberance back.
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