In late July I had a dream where I’m looking at some small, black, shiny carvings, and know somehow that they’re made of obsidian. This makes sense, since I’m on a campus and can see signs with a logo and a capital O for the school, and realize that I’m in Obsidian University. I wake up intrigued, wondering what I can learn from obsidian, so I look up its properties. I learn that obsidian is grounding, healing, protects you from psychic attacks and removes negativity. It can help you connect with the spirit world, and manifest your purpose in the world. It has been used by shamans to heal ancestral and past life issues. It is said to help rid the body of bacterial and viral infections in the body, which I have been wrestling with for some time now. All of this feels powerful for my life right now.
Several days after the dream, this happens: I get an invitation from someone who attends my dream groups, for a ceremony with a South American shaman using an obsidian mirror and shamanic work to “integrate our shadow and light sides and heal our ways.” So yes, I sign up!
Then, yesterday, this happens: I’m in my favorite used book store, and find a book on lucid dreaming. I’m not sure if I should buy it, since I already found the luciddreaming book I had come in looking for, when I notice a single line, hand-written on the last page of the book, “waves of rolling obsidian, cast against a backdrop of purple brilliance” So yes, I buy the book, knowing that there is important learning inside for me!
I am a psychotherapist, writer, artist, and dream teacher in Boulder, CO.