I was traveling in a car with friends, and we were to pick someone up from an arts & crafts workshop. I walked into the living room of a house, and it immediately expanded into a longhouse in the Desert. There were many people walking around, completing tasks for the general community (washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, etc.), and there were animals all through the house. They were both working and playing with the community members, and they included foxes, wolves, etc. I got the distinct impression the Coyote was there too, but as a man, and outside of my view...
I kept bumping into things, dropping things, and generally being a nuisance as I tried to figure out what was going on, where I was, and what I was supposed to do.
Finally, I saw a gorgeous woman in jeans and a white T shirt, with long silky black hair. She was battering chicken wings with spices, and then frying them. I began helping her, and we made small talk. I didn't mess anything up as I helped her prepare food, and she smiled. She asked after my diet, stating, "we don't have anything that's fully gluten free-- can you still eat carbs?" I gave a confused "yes" and we continued preparing fried chicken with hot sauces & spices. She introduced herself as Estsanatlehi, and then I woke up.
|by Robert Paterson, http://www.robpaterson.com/|
What was really interesting about this dream, was that this Goddess gave me her name (it was longer in my dream), and I actually remembered part of it! I heard her say, Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé de lsdfhsldsngksdiesbr (yep, my brain gets screwy upon waking), and spent the next hour going through my goddess books and indexes in order to find her. She is known better as Changing Woman, and I am eager to discover her lessons for my life.
Going back through the emotions I felt during my dream, I think it was helping me to assess my purpose for my Community. I have almost reached a year since I have graduated from Shamanism School, and I have been all over the place, trying to figure out how I fit in, what the Universe has in store for me, and what I want to do with myself.
Of course, it's a very Coyote place to be-- weaving in and out and sometime making a fool (i.e., bumping into stuff) and sometimes being very helpful!
But as I think about the nature of chicken wings (<-- Coyote says they make good offerings!), I think that they represent Nourishment, Healing, Joy, Family, Comfort, and Love. I think that I am supposed to keep those High Ideals (and delicious, mouthwatering taste!) as I work for the Mental Health Community, and the greater Community of Maryland. I am to seamlessly intermingle both Shamanic elements and Mental Health elements into everything I do (at my regular job, my Shamanic job, and my interactions with everyday life).
Now that may sound pretty obvious to many of you who read this blog, but as my subtitle states, sometimes I need Spiritual Two-By-Fours!
How do you weave together the Spiritual and the Mundane?