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|The Alexandria Healing Centre
is selling unique dreamcatchers
Handmade - with love!
The artists Andre and Viorica are passionate about making dreamcatchers - to help you sleep better and to protect you. The bad energy will be stuck in the spider web and the good energy will slide down the feather onto you...
The colourful dreamcatchers make amazing gifts!
More background information on the origin and use of dream-catchers
Dream-catchers originate in the native americans legends and stories. The legend of the dream-catcher will vary a little in each of the tribe, with different twists that are particular to that region of the country.
All being based on the same story line, that, the dream catchers served to catch any negative energies that were in the room and only allow good thoughts enter the mind, so the dreams of those who slept there would be good ones.
It is said that the Ojibwe created what are now known as "dream catchers". Long ago in the ancient world of the Ojibwe Nation, the tribes were all located in one general area of that place known as TurtleIsland and the legend say how Asibikaashi (Spider Woman) helped bring giizis (sun) back to the people.
"Every day Grandmother (Nokomi) was watching a spider making spider web close to her bed.
After the grandson saw the spider on the web, he wanted to kill her with a rock, but the grandmother felt that the spider should not be killed by anyone. He also found very strange the idea to keep her, but the boy respected his grandmother.
The grandma was then observing the work of the spider, the spider looked at the old woman and said: "Thank you for saving my life. I'll give you a gift for that. I'll spin a web in your window. Want you to watch carefully and learn how to weave the threads, because this web will serve to capture all the bad dreams and bad energies and a small hole in the center will let the good dreams pass and come to you".
When the moon came, the spider started making the web, observed by the grandmother, who was very happy to receiving that gift. The spider kept teaching her, until the grandmother exhausted felt to sleep.
The gentle wind brought feathers that got stuck to the web and a crow passing by there also left a long feather hanging. Between the meshes of the web, the sun was smiling and the grandmother happy with such beauty decided to teach all the tribe how to make the dream catchers."
Another explanation of Lakota origin
is how nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window.
The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.
Lakota legend long ago when the world was young, an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision.
In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language that only the spiritual leaders of the Lakota could understand. As he spoke Iktomi, the spider, took the elder's willow hoop which had feathers, horse hair, beads and offerings on it and began to spin a web.
He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life...and how we begin our lives as infants and we move on to childhood, and then to adulthood. Finally, we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle. "But," Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, "in each time of life there are many forces - some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But if you listen to the bad forces, they will hurt you and steer you in the wrong direction."
He continued, "There are many forces and different directions that can help or interfere with the harmony of nature, and also with the Great Spirit and all of his wonderful teachings." All the while the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web starting from the outside and working towards the center. When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the Lakota elder the web and said...."See, the web is a perfect circle but there is a hole in the center of the circle." He said, "Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make good use of your people's ideas, dreams and visions.
If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good ideas - and the bad ones will go through the hole." The dream catcher consists of a circle, a woven web, beads and feathers.
The sacred hoop represents the circle of life "there is no beginning, there is no ending". The woven web, which represents the spider web woven to protect the sleeper. The beads that usually are 4, represent the four corners of North America were the Ojibwe nation dispersed to fulfill the prophecy. And the feathers which represent the breath of air or as I like to believe is symbolic of the release of the spirit from bondage to the earth.
CONTACT THE ARTISTS:
We sell the dreamcatchers at the Alexandria Healing Centre, West Ealing but you may also contact the artists directly or check out their website:
Andre and Viorica email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 07518233878 ,07562985332
Post on the blog http://continuaart.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/dreamcatcher-at-alexandria-healing.html
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