Dream: (11.27) I go into a larger sized room, I am holding a stack of blank white paper to my belly. I am being led by a man. He brings me in and I stay on one side of a narrow furniture while he goes to the other side near to the sleeping bear. The bear is flat on its back, with just its head propped against a small tree. The bear is for me (and he would give it to me on a leash,) but, he says, “the bear has just fallen asleep. Ideally the bear should be in dreams for two hours but, I recommend waiting at least 30minutes before waking him up.” I had been sitting calmly and I am not interested in waking up a bear. I wouldn’t have imagined doing so. Bear needs to be in dreams not interrupted while fulfilling one of its most important roles. However, since there will be this wait, I think for a moment and say, “Actually I’ll take the tree. It’s what I really want.” The man jumps up and starts dancing like a leprechaun. He is laughing at me. “You wanted the tree and you asked for the bear instead?” I had wanted the tree, apparently, but didn’t think that I could get the tree so, I asked for the bear…which I also seemed a stretch but, I thought it more likely. The man was laughing at my poor intention setting. I feel calm in spite of all this.
Wake: The tree in the dream seemed remarkably young. I thought it might be a dogwood. After I am awake for a while “jamaican dogwood” keeps going through my mind. I was really surprised about this decision that I made against the bear, pleased that my wishes were being fulfilled (yeah!) and appreciative of the man’s sense of humor…because it did seem like poor intention setting from someone who really tries to set intention clearly. I worked through this dream with my dream partner. Initially I was a little concerned about two things. One: why i would pick the tree and not the bear (I really want the bear and I hardly know anything about this tree). Two: poor intention setting…is there an area (areas?) of my life where I am settling for less? Here is a man who is delivering me my desires (slightly unexpected, though I try to faith in the universe providing) and I am not clear on asking for what I truly want. Upon further reflection the bear seems a bit dingy…also, I don’t understand the leash. The bear seems like it would be too tame, too worn out, and too on command. The leash is not particularly strong. In some ways I wonder if the tree is sprouting from the bears head. I initially saw it as a (very small) entrance to the underworld). Perhaps something that actually is coming out of the bears dreams. The bear seems like it needs rest. The bear is sleeping like people in my family. We all need more rest right now. All a bit dingey. The tree is young, like I said, and bare, except for one whitish flower on the left side (as I face it). We talked about the nature and appearance of the “leprechaun” man…he is caucasian, and wearing loose clothing in neutral colors. He doesn’t particularly remind me of anyone. He seems neutral (not menacing at all). My dream buddy mentioned that leprechaun’s are gaurdians of treasure. This seems appropriate, given these very special gifts he seemed ready share. I feel fortunate that he is offering me these things…it doesn’t seem like it will be a problem to have the tree. At first I thought I might have been hasty not choosing the bear, but I feel better after thinking about the bear’s condition more. It might not have been in the best interest of the either of us.
I don’t really see Jamaican Dogwood in my herb books. I associate Pacific Dogwood with extreme paranoia (and that’s about it! a little more knowledge would be nice I think).
I am doing some “normal” activities and I hear someone singing, rather loudly, in the background: “You want to party with the Jamaicans” repeatedly.
Wake: Okay, I look up the Jamaican dogwood, internet style…not my preferred way of doing things, but still useful in some instances. It appears that Jamaican dogwood is useful for a variety of ailmentsI have had in the past: migraines, endometriosis, nerve pain in general and skin ailments of any kind. I am currently having a skin ailment, so I obtained some JD and am using as a wash, but also drinking it, in case this dream refers to a deeper, systemic imbalance. I am quite interested to see how this will go. Plus, just remembering the catchy “you want to party with the jamaicans” cracks me up a little. That’s good for me too. Apparently it is a very helpful herb (for some issues that often aren’t easily fixed) but, it’s toxic. So, I’ll just have to watch out for odd neurological and gastrointestinal symptoms. One can only assume it’ll be worth it. (Um, and hopefully, there’ll be none of that weird stuff.)
**If you don’t have time to read all those articles, hot tip: hops, valerian and j.d. can mean insomnia relief.