The focus of our October journeying group was Dreaming with the Dead, and several dreamers shared the experience of unresolved feelings with family members who have died. Journeying with the intention of connecting, there were tender moments of holding the hand of a parent long dead, guiding a sister into the boat on the river of death, speaking of anger to allow new understanding and compassion.
A message came from a friend of mine who died this Spring in a tragic accident. I thought he may need help in moving on, since his death was so sudden, and because I had a dream 108 days after he died, in which his wounds were still open and his medicine spilled, pills scattering all over the floor as I tried to pick them up. The message from my journey was that his healing is connected with the healing of others, that we need to tend to our own wounds through creative expression and working in community, which is what he dedicated his life to when he was alive.
There were synchronicities as well. As one dreamer was sharing her journey, down from the ceiling dropped a bold jumping spider, onto the floor between us. Later, when we were drawing oracle cards, another dreamer drew the spider card, which symbolizes creativity and interconnectedness with others.
I am a psychotherapist, writer, artist, and dream teacher in Boulder, CO.