My daughter came home from working late to find my nine-year-old grandson hiding in the bathroom, crouched in a corner, crying. He’d had a nightmare. “Mommy, I dreamt that we were going on vacation; we all got on different planes—me, you, daddy and my brother—and when we got there we couldn’t find each other.” My oldest daughter has two boys, nine and ten years-old, and she is recently divorced. The breakup has left the boys devastated, but the youngest is really affected and often has nightmares.
“Legend of the Dreamcatcher”
(From St. Josephs Indian School, Chamberlain, SD)
Native Americans of the Great Plains believe the air is filled with both good and bad dreams.
According to legend, the good dreams pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The bad dreams are trapped in the web, where they perish in the light of dawn.
Historically, dream catchers were hung in the tipi or lodge and on a baby’s cradle board.
My daughter has hung a Dreamcatcher at the doorway of the boys’ bedroom, and has lovingly explained what Native Americans believe it will do for them, keeping them safe in their sleeping dreams. Many weeks have passed now and my grandson has not complained about bad dreams. Much of this, we believe, is the power of suggestion that his bad dreams are being filtered and sent off into the void.
My daughter’s little one is sleeping soundly these days, and she, in-turn, sleeps much better too. Not to mention that I, mother/grandmother will now worry less, knowing everyone is the better for it.
Happy Dreaming To All!
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