In contemporary American culture, we often use the term “nature” to encapsulate a realm that doesn’t necessarily include humans, so it can be easy to forget that we are “nature”, and that just like snakes, chickens, and trees, we must undergo periods of shedding and rest to make way for germination and new growth.
As a gardener, aspiring ecologist, and plant lover I can't get enough information on native ecology to satisfy my curiosity. I'm grateful to have a number of local educational resources that work to provide and abundance of information to all age groups. If you're in the area, I hope you'll take advantage of the resources available at Bowman's Tower Wildflower Preserve in Buckscounty Pennsylvania.
The process of gathering objects for a space dedicated to dream meditation is not only a fun way to recalibrate our sense of equilibrium, but it also offers us the opportunity to reflect on how we engage with symbols in the waking realm before we descend into the hieroglyphic land of dream. If we practice working with symbols in our physical reality, we will be all the more prepared to harvest the potent imagery we find during the moonlit voyages of our minds. Below is a framework for how you can craft and interact with your dream altar, based on my own ritual!