A big part of Native philosophy was understanding that life itself was just one big Dream, and it is through dreaming that we remember how impermanent this world really is. In the minds of Native Americans, there is no difference in terms of importance between the dream world and waking life. In fact, if someone got bit by an animal or was sick in the dream world, they would be treated for it back in waking life by a Medicine Man.
Our Spiritual Mentors (spirit guides, guardian angels, etc.) communicate with us through dream symbolism. Dreaming is a time of receiving spiritual and psychic transmission. When you wake up from a dream journey as a Native American, it would be time to go approach and Elder and tell them about your dreams. They would then interpret them, tell you what Spirit is trying to show you, and then would leave you with words of advice to take with you.
Similar to how we go to therapists and teachers for problems we experience in waking life, Natives would approach experts and therapists for what they were experiencing in their dreams. They were not dismissed as being random activities of the subconscious mind, or meaningless neurchemical firings. Some say that life is a schoolhouse for the soul. The Natives believed this as well, but they also believe we visit a second schoolhouse for our soul each night as we enter into the dream world.
Looking at dreams in a new light
Contrary to our modern world where profound dreams are usually followed up by a bowl of cereal and CNN, dreams in the Native American culture were just as important as anything in waking life. In fact, sometimes dreams were even looked at as more important. This is because you were travelling there with a part of your soul for the purpose of receiving spiritual guidance, gaining insights into the future, and connecting with Spirit.
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