I’ve been re-reading Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (thanks to some dream inspiration). We’ve been ping ponging synchronicities off of each other, and page after page lights up my past, present, and future with a wisdom that howls from deep within.
Having never actually heard her voice, and curious about what she sounds like as a cantadora, I decided to listen to some of her interviews and that’s when I heard her say, in five little words:
“The soul is the drummer…”
I might’ve actually heard drums beat when she said that, like background music after an important cinematic one-liner. Her speech and language were rich, and the poetry lover in me kept coming back to this phenomenal analogy of our soul, indeed, being the drummer. To grow ever more in sync with our souls, it is not only encouraged but required to listen for the drums, and more importantly, to feel their reverberations so deeply that our hairs stand up, that our jaws drop with routine and ritual awe.
Our heart, mind, and body–that’s the drum.
Our soul–that’s the drummer. That’s our highest, wisest, most evolved part of ourselves, communicating from the deepest, most sacred of places.
OUR DREAMS help bring forth the rhythm and music from this sacred space. They are a threshold for connections and reconnections and re-reconnections with our sacred selves who long to manifest in this infinitely chaotic but magical world.
NATURAL DREAMWORK IS SOULWORK. What takes us out of alignment with our soul? Our conditionings, our reactions, projections, judgments, ignorance–our humanity. But it is also the best of our humanity that can bring us back into alignment, and Natural Dreamwork is one infinitely powerful way to do so. When we bring a dream back to life in our sessions, we bring our sacred encounters back to life. Whether it’s a dream where I’m given a trail of sacred feathers to follow, or one where I reject someone’s help and miss the sacred altogether because of my own projection, it is these encounters of all types which shed light and love on the aspects of our lives that either connect or remove us from our soul, the drummer.
And we all lose track of the drums at different points–getting too far ahead or too far behind, taking a right when we should’ve taken a left. We casually dismiss or flat out refuse to invest in understanding the language of our soul.
BUT MEANWHILE, the drummer keeps drumming–mercifully, incessantly–waiting for us to stop, listen, feel; waiting for us to live and thrive, grass roots style–SOULWORK. Dreamwork requires a depth of listening that the everyday hum of life rarely does. It requires pulling over on the side of the road, walking to the nearest tree or fence line, and holding two fingers on your own pulse. It requires all the attention and silence and sensitivity and receptivity you can manage. It requires a stethoscope and the courage to keep it pressed to your wild spirit for as long as you can.
Natural Dreamwork has taught me how each and every dream can be traced back to the drummer in my soul. Each and every dream allows us to hear our own drum beats, the music our own soul plays for us every single night. Our soul is always seeking alignment with our conscious selves, and whatever parts of us are out of alignment can have a tough melody to hear. But nothing compares to living in alignment. Nothing compares to the feeling of stepping in stride with the beat we hear and feel and know. Natural Dreamwork has a way of bringing dreams to life, and in doing so, it brings the sacred in the dreamer to life too.
Ali Meyer is a passionate Natural Dreamwork practitioner. She is a former English teacher of 14 years, a traveler at home and abroad, philosophy minor, Reiki student, and has been working towards her master’s in literature/creative writing. She is a student in Conscious Feminine Leadership Training at Women Writing for a Change in Bloomington, IN, and is currently writing a book inspired by her years of teaching. You can contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about her work on the About Us page.
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