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Dreams Part IV
Helping the Dream

To wrap up the series on dreams I thought I would share some of ways to making divination through dreams more powerful and provide the clearest results.  Often times my most creative inspirations and thoughts come to me during the “twilight” stage. (no, not the vampire movie)  You know when you’re feeling yourself drift off to sleep, but technically you are still awake.  This is the time when crazy solutions seem reasonable and the worries of the day dance softly to the back of your mind.  I often meditate for story ideas, answers to questions or signs on which direction I should take.  When I am in between dreaming and alertness is the time that I often receive the answers to my specific queries. There are many ways to help yourself achieve these answers, most of them are fairly simple.  One of the most common ways is to use lavender.
Lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means to wash. This plant most likely earned this name because it was frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit.  This theory is also very true when it comes to purifying your dreams.  When using lavender in dream divination the dreams tend to be crisper and easier to interpret.  If you’re not big on spell bags or intricate details, you can simply sprinkle some lavender essential oil onto a tissue or handkerchief and tuck it between your pillow case and your pillow or burn a lavender scented candle, being sure to extinguish it before you drift off to sleep.  If you are looking to really pull the benefits from the lavender for divination purposes, here are some wonderfully wicked ideas.

Lavender Sleep Spell: Use a charm bag (preferably purple, but any color that fits you will do).  Add the following dried plants: lavender, white sage, mugwort and chamomile.  Add the following gemstones: blood stone, rose quartz, tiger’s eye.  Tie up with a long purple ribbon (again, color choice is yours).  Lie down where you sleep, placing the charm bag on your stomach area while repeating the following chant: “The purity of light – Guide the way to prophetic sleep – Hence may I be known – For the knowledge that I keep. When the timing feels right, move the charm bag to beneath your pillow, or in the pillow case and sleep with it for three nights; by the third night, the answer you are looking for will come to you in your dreams.  This is another example of why it is good to keep a journal nearby your sleeping space, you don’t want your answer to slip away from you.

Lavender Pulse Oil: By mixing five drops of lavender with 20ml of carrier oil (such as almond) you can make a wonderful pulse oil that will help you to relax and drift off to slumber, thus giving you the answers you are seeking.  The lavender will continue to work as you sleep by relieving the stress from your mind and allowing you to focus on the question.

Lavender Sleepy Tea: With a tea infuser, or in a saucepan combine 1 tsp fresh or 1/2 tsp dried lavender, 2 tbsp drint mint (peppermint works nicely), 1 cup boiling water.  Pour the water over the lavender/mint mixture and steep for 3-5 minutes.  As you sip at the tea focus on what your divination topic is that night.  Imagine the tea releasing its magical elements as you swallow it.  Feel it working its way through your body, to each of your limbs, and finally swirling up to your mind.  Feel the tea release the answers you are searching for.  It is even said that if you leave a few of the lavender/mint blend leafs in the bottom of the cup that the answer will come in the form of a design.

Again, lavender is only one of many, many herbs that can be used to induce dream divination.  If you find that another works better for you, it can be easily substituted for any of the recipes above.  Do what works for you, your dreams are yours to explore!