NHT's Writing Desk

the Dreamtime.
a shaman's workplace

anyone familiar with me knows 
that i do my medicine work in a place 
i learned as the Dreamtime --
some call this place "non-ordinary reality" or NOR,
as opposed to "ordinary reality" or OR --

access to this place is culturally informed
and can be quite detailed and complicated, 
so that while this one might jump into water and swim 
through to the other side,
another keeps it simple and wanders off to a special place -
the purpose of shaman drumming is transportation,
although the Dreamtime can be accessed without drumming

Actually the method of access is not so important
as is to understand 
that the Dreamtime,
or NOR, or 'trance,'
that these are all terms for the same place,
a place to which we all have access -
because our perception of this place is culturally informed, 
we all look different from each other -
but it's just that we all come in through different doors ...
'ever hear the story of the elephant and the blind men?  

so then where is this place i call the Dreamtime?  
well, it is that place between sleeping and waking, 
the access to which we all pass by twice a day -
we’re most ‘conscious’ of this place 
just as we are first waking from sleep or,
as we’re falling asleep,
our last conscious thoughts 
pass through this place --

some of us have learned to linger

this space between sleep and awake is a ‘portal’ of sorts –
we all instinctively know about this portal … 
it’s actually an emergency route home 
and happens quite naturally when we are most in need –
trauma, exhaustion, illness, shock, etc.

it's not a mystical place -
sleep scientists know this place by its theta brain waves –

walkers like me  learn to hover at those theta waves 
so that conscious entrance into the Dreamtime 
becomes second nature 

 as a Dreamtime worker, while most are sleeping,
i am in another 'place' -
how do i know this?

well, for one thing when Dreamtime work
requires physical exertion,
i wake up achy and sore, at first not knowing why, 
but then movement throughout the next day
will jog recall of the previous night’s activities - 

and yes, to the naysayers,
there's a very big difference
between the Dreamtime and normal sleeping/dreaming

basically, some component of Dreamtime activities
manifests in daily life
this is the commonality which runs through
global demographics of shamanism,
and it is not culturally informed ...
that something from the Dreamtime 
manifests in ordinary reality …
whether it’s knowledge brought back to heal someone,
or physical evidence of a Dreamtime ritual -

i'll use myself as an example:
when i’d been bitten by a deadly poisonous brown recluse,
at the ER i was honestly told that
they had no antidote,
that the only course of treatment was antibiotics,
even though they knew antibiotics wouldn't work -
it was all they had, i was told -
a couple years before i had lost a friend to a brown recluse bite and i knew firsthand of their deadliness -

with little help from mainstream medicine, 
i took my dilemma into the Dreamtime,
and was administered medicine by Grandmother Spider 
with a single bite to each eyelid -
and guess what?
 next morning each eyelid sported a single, centered bite …
today i have no scar anywhere telling of that story ...

here’s a more recent example of manifestation into ordinary reality 
i did Dreamtime work for a client who had commissioned gifts
for mother and daughter Wampanoags, 
grieving the loss of their 20-something son/brother - 
mum really struggled, seeking peace at seances and with spiritualists
and for her my friend chose an aromatherapy necklace/diffuser …

 for the record, i had no astrological data for this transaction

later as i packaged the gifts, 
on impulse i tucked an amethyst nugget inside the diffuser – 
intellect reasoned, amethyst is a powerful healing stone,
but i'd find out later something else was going on...

i had no recall of an exchange between son and me 
until after the order was packaged, 
then i
 began to ‘sense’ the son's presence,
and when my friend stopped by, i told her
that i thought the gemstone was from the woman’s son –

later my friend confirmed my suspicions when she reported 
that the amethyst turned out to be sister's birth stone - 
a much comforting sign to mum

now certainly, the amethyst birthstone, like the spider bites, 
could be ‘coincidence’ and the ‘memories’ fabricated –  
i will grant that to all the naysayers …

but not without adding this: 
that experience speaks otherwise to me  
because this kind of thing happens a lot  

                                                ©2015, 2017 

a medicine tip for dream journal keepers … 
when you are waking up and find yourself in that pre-movement place described above, consciously remain still even as you are waking – it is in that stillness that you will most easily recall your dreams – pre-movement allows all dreams to remain crystal clear in memory – this is because until you move, most of ‘you’ is still in the Dreamtime where your ‘dreams’ are - once you move, the shift back into the body is almost instantaneous