For many of us, an ongoing question running through our minds is what is our soul, and where does it go when we dream? And while we may have been struggling for ages with this question, the Native Americans may have had the answer the whole time.
For you see, Native Americans hold both the soul and the dream as sacred concepts, so much so that young indigenous children are taught about both from the get-go. First, to grasp these concepts, we must understand how the soul is regarded to the Native Americans.
- Ego-Soul- Embodied by breath.
- Body-Soul- Our soul which moves our waking body.
- Free-Soul- Which leaves our body during dreams, trances, and out of body experiences to explore the other realms.
And it only gets more interesting from there, as Native Americans also believe in a dream world, in which we can go to during these particular states of being. For them, we don’t dream in the typically regarded manner, in which we shut off our waking mind and enter our sleeping mind. No, Native Americans believe dreams are far more important than that.
Instead, they believe that we go to the Dream World or another world that exists just the same as our physical world. In this Dream World, we can explore different avenues of experiences for learning.
Furthermore, Native Americans don’t believe that our mind creates our dreams. Chippewa Elder John Thunderbird explains it by saying,
“Your soul dreams those dreams; not your body, not your mind. Those dreams come true.” Continuing, he explains, “The soul travels all over the world when you dream.”
However, things don’t end there, either, when it comes to the Natives views on dreaming. To them, life itself is just one big dream, and during our dreams, we can experience this impermanent world as it truly is. To Natives, there is no difference in the importance of the dreaming world and the waking world, as both hold useful experiences for us to learn from.
What a beautiful view on the dream world! What do you think?