Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Think Tank Thursday #110 Dream Catcher

 I loved your book poems!   I added more wonderful finds,  to my wish list. I was a bit late reading them all, but I did finish!  One poem that stood out to me was Salem Lorot's.   He based his poem on the book Think Big by Ben Carson.  Another poem with insight was by Rhonda Palmer. They both so captured the beauty of the written word and the value of books!  If you get a chance go visit their extraordinary contributions :D

I remember the first time, I bought a dream catcher. My son was little, we were living in Alaska. He was having nightmares. I remember one day at the Navy Exchange there was a Native American Arts n' Crafts show.  We both were fascinated and I remember hearing about the dream catcher legend. I decided to buy him one. I told him, we couldn't get the large ones. We needed a small one, for now. The huge ones, were gorgeous, but very expensive.  I told him how this would help.  We talked to the craftsman and he told us how spiders and nature inspired the legend.  I love the magic, of this Native American art form.


History of Dream Catchers  *found here

"Long ago when the word was sound, an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and searcher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language. As he spoke, Iktomi the spider picked up the elder's willow hoop which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings on it, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life, how we begin our lives as infants, move on through childhood and on to adulthood. Finally we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.
But, Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, in each time of life there are many forces, some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they'll steer you in the wrong direction and may hurt you. So these forces can help, or can interfere with the harmony of Nature. While the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web.
When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the elder the web and said, The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the great spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass.
The elder passed on his vision onto the people and now many Indian people have a dreamcatcher above their bed to sift their dreams and visions. The good will pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The evil in their dreams are captured in the web, where they perish in the light of the morning sun.  It is said the dream catcher holds the destiny of the future." *DreamCatcher. org


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 "Who looks outside, dreams: who looks inside,  awakes." -Carl Jung


 “Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud.” -Grey Livingston


“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” -Marsha Norman




Yes, we are going to play with the idea of dreams and catching nightmares.  Our prompt this week is #110  DREAM CATCHER


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  1. A new concept to me: an actual object called a dream catcher. Thanks for acquainting me with this.[ I shall now have to start weaving one :-) ]

  2. Aprille-Go to and look there are some amazing ones, with flowers and feathers. I know I want to make one, too :D There are also tutorials online, so you can see how they do it! It is a beautiful art form :D

  3. I love the beautiful dreamcatchers. I had one that I lost in a move. Then I read the Stephen King book, wasn't interested in seeing any for a while. I wish he'd never touched this symbol. (I wish Hitler had never taken the wind symbol.) Symbols are delicate, though the circle will always be strong. The strength of the circle is wonderful if it is one I am in. Hmm. Thinking and thinking still.

  4. I SO LOVE this prompt, Ellie. LOVE. IT!!! will be back.

  5. What a great prompt, and I had a sonnet I wrote about these, so had to stop by and link up after visiting Mary...

  6. this is a great prompt! please everyone give me feedback on the poem that came out of it, "Webs." I'd appreciate it!

  7. Ella, I did the dream first and now the catcher in a follow-up. Hope that is OK.
    such a lovely prompt.

  8. Poems and dreams and poems about dreams ... what could be lovelier? What a wonderful way to weave dream-catchers ...

  9. I played with the idea of dreams and nightmares ~ Thanks for the wonderful prompt ~

  10. That's a really great prompt Ella, lovely pictures and loved the story behind the dream catchers too. Chloe has one in her room :)

  11. I am so excited to read your poems! I wrote one, but want to write another one! I have to go to a football game, but I will return and catch up~ I am looking forward to your visions!!! :D

  12. Thanks Ella for the prompt...such a beautiful one.

  13. Beautiful prompt and photos. Mine is up.

  14. Loved this prompt. Didn't go with nightmares--although that passed through my mind--most people don't want to know how many nights I spent waking up shaking because I dreamt about walking into class and having the teacher hand out tests that I hadn't studied for...;-)

  15. fabulous prompt! sorry i'm so late! i'll be back to read others asap.


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