Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dream Pillows

By DJ Conway

Every ordinary person dreams when they sleep. Scientists have
discovered that if we do not dream, because of the use of drugs or
sleep-deprivation for example, we can become disoriented, distracted,
and even nearly schizophrenic during our waking time. Dreaming appears
to be essential to a healthy mind.

Dreams are the subconscious mind's way of communicating with the
conscious mind. As the subconscious mind uses svmbols instead of words
to communicate, dreams are generally symbolic of something. The
subconscious mind uses metaphors, sometimes in the wildest possible
way, to get our attention.

If the subconscious mind feels that we cannot emotionally endure being
shown troubling parts of a problem, it will often symbolically present
part of the action but delete the toughest parts. When we accept the
first actions we are shown in dreams, then the dream will later expand
to include the rest.

Dreams can provide answers. By thinking about a certain thing you want
solved just before you go to sleep, you program your subconscious mind
to send up solutions.

The images and actions in dreams are tailored to each individual by
her/his own subconscious mind. That is why so few dream books are any
help at all. By recording your dreams, you will begin to see a pattern
in the symbolic images and form your own interpretations. However,
there are a few symbols which appear to be universal in
interpretation. For example, mud and manure represent money or prosperity.

Making dream pillows for specific purposes is an excellent way to make
your subconscious mind work with you on problem-solving, prophecy,
etc. Dream pillows will also help when you are troubled by nightmares.

Traditionally, certain herbs and oils are used for specific purposes.
The following lists of herbs and oils will help you decide which you
want in your personal dream pillow. DO NOT ingest herbs and oils!


* BERGAMOT: (not the mint kind!) soothes the nerves, gives
relaxing sleep.

* HYACINTH: stops nightmares.

* JASMINE: helps increase psychic dreams, lifts depression, quiets
the nerves; is calming.

* LAVENDER: relaxing deep sleep.

* LILAC: recalling past lives.

* MIMOSA: prophetic dreams; getting to the truth; making decisions.


* ANGELICA : prophetic dreams and visions.

* ANISE: use just a little to repel nightmares.

* BAY LAUREL: inspiration; repels negativity.

* CEDAR: helps to repel bad dreams.

* CLOVES: use just a tiny amount because of the strong odor.
Retrieving buried memories.

* HOPS: restful sleep and healing.

* MARJORAM: relieves depression.

* MUGWORT: visions and prophetic dreams.

* MULLEIN: repels bad dreams.

* ROSEMARY: use just a little as it is very strongly scented.
Avoid nightmares and headaches.

* ST. JOHNS WORT: banishes spirits.

* VALERIAN: deep rest. Some cats love this herb as much as catnip
so keep it out of their reach!

The supplies you will need to create a dream pillow are: a piece of
plain or muslin cloth; a piece of fancy cloth or of a material you can
decorate; your choice of herbs and oils; an eye-dropper; wooden or
glass bowl; wooden spoon. It is never good to mix herbs and oils with
or in anything metal!

Before beginning the dream pillow, decide what you will be using it
for: to repel bad dreams, strengthen your prophetic abilities, rest
and healing, etc. Choose your herbs and oils according to the pillow's

To make a dream pillow, cut out two pieces of muslin or plain cloth to
hold the herbs. These pieces of muslin should each be 12" by 8". With
the wrong sides of the material (if there are any) together, stitch
down the 8 inch side to the depth of 3/4"; stitch the same depth
across one 12" end and across the other 8" side. Three sides of the
fabric should be sew. Turn this little bag inside out so the seams are
now on the inside. This is the "inner pillow" in which you will put
your herbal mixture.

Using fancier material, or a cloth you can paint or embroider, cut two
more pieces of material 12 inches by 8 inches. Stitch them the same as
the "inner pillow" except sew only to a depth of 3/8 inch. As wi0th
the inner pillow, turn it so the seams are on the inside. If you wish
embroider it in any design or decorate it with fabric paints. If you
plan to make this cover removable for washing, turn down a small hem
on the open end and attach small Velcro disks or snaps to keep it closed.

In a large wooden or glass bowl, mix together the herbs you have
chosen with a wooden spoon. This is done gently, rather Iike tossing a
salad. With the eye-dropper, add the chosen oils to the herbs. Use no
more than a total of 5-6 drops at a time until you reach a strength to
your taste. Remember, what smells nice standing over the bowl may well
be too strong when you sleep on the pillow, so use restraint.

Fill your "inner pillow" with the herbal mixture. Don't pack it full
or it will be uncomfortable to sleep on. Leave it a little flat. Turn
in a little of the open end so the raw edges are inside, then sew this
end shut. Slide this inside your decorated cover, attach the
fasteners, and you are ready for sweet dreams.

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