The Native Americans paid a lot of attention to dreaming, it’s always been an integral part of their tradition and spiritual practice. Since the early ages they taught children how to remember their dreams so that they can be interpreted later and provide guidance in life.
One of the eternal questions we all ask ourselves is where does the soul go when we dream? Does it come with us into the dream world or stays behind in our body while our mind roams through the dreamland?
In order to answer these questions we must first understand that the Native Americans believe we have more than one soul, three of them to be exact. The first is the ego-soul, which is embodied in the breath, the second is the body-soul, which gives the body energy and life force during the waking state and then we have the free-soul and this is the soul that leaves the body during dreams and trances. This means that according to their belief, one part of our soul, the free-soul, explores the dream realm alongside the brain, while the other two aspects remain attached to the body.
The Dream World
The Dream World is equally important as the physical world to the Native Americans. They believe that our mind and body don’t dream anything. Here’s how Chippewa elder John Thunderbird explains this phenomenon:
“Your soul dreams those dreams; not your body, not your mind. Those dreams come true. The soul travels all over the world when you dream.”
According to them, part of our soul disconnects from our body and goes into the dream realm where it can communicate with other souls, humans and animals alike. To them, the dream world is just as real as the physical world and should be regarded as such.
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It is by experiencing the realness of the dream world that we appreciate the dream-ness of the real world. The Native Americans see life as one big dream and it is through dreaming that we remember how impermanent this world really is. They believe that there’s no difference in importance between the dream world and waking life.
They even believed that what happens in the dream world can have consequences in the waking life, so if someone got injured in their dreams they would receive treatment when thy wake up. We all have spirit guides which communicate with us through our dreams, we just need to know how to interpret the signs. Naïve Americans have the practice to talk to their Elders when they wake up from a dream journey and tell them about their dreams so that they can help interpret them. In this way they can understand what their spirit guides are trying to say and understand their message.
Just as we seek professional help when we come across a problem in real life, Native Americans seek expert help with the things they encounter in the dream world.
Looking at dreams in a new light
After every dream we have, even the most profound ones, we never look back and think about them. We eat our breakfast and go about our day, not thinking twice about our dream journey. Unlike us, for the Native Americans everything that happens in the dream world is just as important as waking life. Moreover, they even believe that dreams are more important sometimes because it’s when a part of your soul receives spiritual guidance, gains insights into the future, and connects with its Spirit guide.
The dream world is so much more than just a place where we go when we dream. It’s an astral plane where our souls travel every night for self-exploration and growth. Dreams are no joke, and should not to be taken lightly. It’s the only place where our spirit guides can communicate with us and receive directions for the future.
Back to the initial question, where do our souls go when we dream? As we already said, a part of our soul goes to the dream world to receive guidance from our spirit guides while the other two parts remain in our body. This means that you shouldn’t take your dreams so lightly and you should pay attention to them more. Try to interpret them and understand what they mean if you want to have a happier and fulfilled life. They may also provide answers to questions you’ve long been asking yourself.