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Taken in the hall of minerals at the American Museum of Natural History in DC.

It has been many moons since my last post. With each moon, I have grown. As the quarters pass I fill with joy, humility, and introspection. I have come to appreciate the significance of the new moon, which offers time to envision futures, and revisit past goals.  The dark sky of the moonless night begs for peaceful sleep. Too often we envision sleeping, eating, and bathing as chores, rather than the magic of life, which keeps our bodies vital.  Most people walk around deprived of sleep, leaving them sleep walking through life, lacking the rest that is integral to bodily health, mental productivity, and emotional connectedness. In our fast-paced world it is easy to miss the profound workings of the subconscious, which nestle in our dreams. Our ancestors teach us that dreams offer insight that can help heal our world.  We have some wondering to do before we can begin to trust the intuition of dreaming again. What is the deeper meaning of insomnia? Why are dreams hard to remember? What can we discover through dream journaling? What is the social significance of lucid dreaming?

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My drive is to connect more with my core being and how I can offer peace to the world; some of this lies in my slumber. Sacred rituals and talismans of sleep have homes in many cultures, and more so now, in mine. I made this dream pillow by hand and filled it with herbs that rock one to sleep: mugwort, St. John’s wort, lavender, osha root, kava kava, passion flower, motherwort, wormwood, and valerian. The pouch is for crystals which lead us to the dream world: fluorite, quartz, amethyst, and herkimer diamond. I sense that the more I connect with the plants and stones in the pillow, the more my dreams and sleep will open to me.

I’d love to hear about other ways of encouraging regenerative sleep, especially through connection with the Earth.