Organic Ingredients: buckwheat hulls, mugwort, hops, and lavender
Length: approximately 9.5 inches
Width: approximately 5 inches
"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes," --Carl Jung.
This pillow is stuffed with several herbs associated with dreaming, and buckwheat hulls as extra stuffing. The cloth has been washed and ironed before being filled. I believe that this pillow should last for a few years. All the contents can be composted when you're ready to replace your pillow.
I am a co-creator and fellow knowledge seeker. I don’t carry a degree in therapy or herbalology, but I have thirty years experience with herbs, dream work, and magic, mostly on a solitary path in Western Tradition witchcraft. Frankly, we’re all dreamers--we all have been dreaming nightly since birth, or before.
There are many books on dreams, and I recommend you finding what's best for you. There are lots of great statistics--such as most dreams last 5 to 20 minutes, and we dream between 3 to 6 times a night--and some wild dream lore, such as pick some heliotrope in August and slip it under your pillow along with a wolf’s tooth, and you’ll dream of whoever has stolen something from you!
Dreams are mysteries, full of symbol and metaphor, and ripe with imagery. They can be non-sensible, scary, erotic, and trippy. Doctors are intrigued by them. Sigmund Freud (Austrian psychiatrist, 1856-1939) believed dreams mask hidden desires. Carl Jung (Swiss psychiatrist, 1857-1961) believed dreams were symbolic of the unconscious, and with careful analysis, positive results happen. In Memories, Dreams, Reflections, he wrote: “To me dreams are a part of nature which harbors no intention to deceive, but expresses something as best it can, just as a plant grows or an animal seeks its food as best it can.”
BENEFITS OF DREAMING
Research shows that dreams can improve our memories, and rejuvenate us. Even a short sleeping break is not to be underestimated. Apparently musician Amadeus Mozart, inventor Thomas Edison, and writer Charles Dickens slept on average five hours, but cat napped plenty.
Dreams also connect us to a higher consciousness. In the Vedas, the sacred texts of the Hindus, when you sleep you can connect with the divine because the jivi (ego) meld with the Supreme Consciousness. Tibetan adepts practice lucid dreaming as a method to develop psychic ability and astral projection. The ancient Greeks believed dreams were oracular. African cultures have traditionally thought of dreams as an intersection between “the living, the dead, and the divine.” Australia Aboriginal philosophy is called Dreaming, or Tjukurrpa, is timeless and based on universal connections between human, ancestor, animal, plant, and earth.
CREATING SPACE FOR DREAMS
- Visualize your bed and bedroom as surrounded by protective light.
- Drink a tea with herbs associated with dreaming.
- Set an intention to remember your dream.
- Sleep with your dream pillow near. Smell it before you sleep.
- Place a dream journal by your bed. Use it in the morning.