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It’s been weeks since I’ve had a good night sleep. Nightmares have been haunting me throughout the night so it was time to take unconventional methods. I have a dream catcher in my bedroom in hopes to keep the nightmares away from me.

Possessing a sense of inner peace and balance is essential to deal with the stresses and strains of modern life.

It’s welcome that mental wellbeing is being taken increasingly seriously after years of often being swept under the carpet.

Banishing Bad Dreams with a Dream Catcher

Amid all the talk of mindfulness, meditation, and other routes to spiritual calm, one vital element is often overlooked. The importance of refreshing, revitalizing sleep cannot be stressed enough.

It’s true that busy lives leave many people feeling that they’re lacking in sleep, but just as important as the number of hours of rest is their quality.

A poor night’s sleep leaves you foggy and exhausted. A night spent tossing and turning while being plagued by frightening dreams can be worse than no sleep at all.

If this sounds familiar in your life, then maybe it’s time to look at a Native American tradition for a solution.

Dream Catcher Meaning

Dream catchers are ornamental hoops or circles made out of natural materials and traditionally hung over a child’s bed.

They are thought to have been first used by the Ojibwe people before spreading out among wider Native American nations and are now a common spiritual symbol throughout many parts of society.

The purpose of a dream catcher is to help ensure a restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep. Warding off bad dreams while encouraging good ones is an ancient belief of the Native American culture.

How Do Dream Catchers Work?

Dream catchers are usually fashioned to loosely resemble a spider’s web. They consist of a circular hoop filled with a mesh of threads or twine. It’s decorative strands of beads or feathers hanging below.

They are said to work in one of two ways. The most common explanation is that the strings and bands that form the web trap the bad dreams in the air. The good ones to float down onto the child.

When the first rays of the rising sunshine onto the dream catcher, the nightmares are melted harmlessly away.

A second explanation is that as dreams float through the room during the night. The bad dreams pass through the web and drift out safely into the darkness.

While the lucid dreams are plucked from the air and held in the dream catcher, before sliding down the trailing threads and into the child’s bed.

Whichever interpretation you favor, dream catchers have taken on a wider significance today.

Symbolizing a blessing of good luck for sleepers of all ages, as well as helping to ensure a tranquil and soothing night.

Harnessing Positive Energies

Is there any scientific basis behind dream catchers? Probably not, but as with all things spiritual, science doesn’t always have the last word. Whether or not you take the explanation of how a dream catcher works at face value.

There is no denying that the history of humankind is full of similar objects and traditions. Intended to attract good luck and positive energy, while deflecting or distracting malign influences.

Dream catchers can be looked at as another manifestation of the same underlying principle.

Few people would object to having more positive energies in their lives, no matter what the legends or traditions behind how they’re brought about.

And that’s not to mention the fact that well-made dream catchers are evocatively beautiful objects to have in your home.

Dream Interpretation: Dig Deeper Into Your Dreams

Although dreams, are a natural part of sleep if you find that you’re having more sleepless nights than you might consider using a dream catcher. If this doesn’t seem to be helping, then it may be a sign of something deeper.

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