The Power of Symbols

July 05, 2018

Some of you know I am taking a certification course on “Dreamtending” at Pacifica College. My focus on learning how to tend dreams has got me thinking a lot lately about the Livingness of all aspects of this multi dimensional reality we are in. The language of dreams is symbols—highly potent, pregnant symbols that contain layers upon layers of story. The stories in our dreams are intricately interwoven with those of our waking hours, and being aware of this crazy tapestry makes life incredibly rich and magical. 

I am finding this focus on dreams has deepened my relationship to the work I do creating amulets. I am more awake to the stories the amulets have to tell. Whether they are archetypal, totemic, chakras or yantras, they are seeming to me as if they are ancient beings. Layered with time and meaning, they are carriers of concentrated potency, each a particular doorway into wisdom, healing and the mystery. It is by engagement with them that we discover all that lies in their form.

Recently, I was working with “tending” or relating to a dream I had, which was actually a nightmare. This nightmare brought up a lot of old trauma in me— the emotions were an intense jagged rage, and deep grief. I took my dream to the Ocean, and brought along a journal and some colored pencils to draw the dream out, to depict how it felt to me in my body. After some time, I was aware of this blackness that in the past I had withdrawn into, manifesting as a most precious black pearl in the center of my heart. A blackness that was softened, shaped by the Ocean, by time, by love. 

I had an image that came to me of a Dragon or a Phoenix inside this black pearl, as if the pearl was an incubating egg. At the same time, the Dragon / Phoenix is what guards this pearl. 

Since this image came to me, and I have turned my attention to it, it has grown in the wisdom and healing it is sharing with me. It is as if I have a new friend, a new source of support. 

I have had a tattoo of a Phoenix on my wrist for many years now, It has always had special meaning to me, but now this Phoenix on my skin brings me the reminder of so much more. 

I encourage you to discover and engage with the symbols that are showing up in your life. To listen to their stories and allow their wisdom to more deeply infuse your life with magic. If there is a symbol or a totem that you would like us to create for you at Tulku, please reach out. I’d love to hear your story and to help you create something special. 

In gratitude and wishing you blessings on your journey,

Karla

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