Dreams are significant to Native American cultures as they open new worlds beyond a normal comprehension of reality. Once dream realms are opened, dreamwalkers work within them to heal, teach, and unite with elderhearts. The ways in which dreamwalkers enter these worlds are very fascinating.
Shamanism is practiced all over the globe, not just within Native American culture. But for tribal people, the Shaman is a healer with unmatched capability. They use their special powers to combine natural and supernatural forces of the earth to protect their people.
To understand the collective unconscious, modern-day practitioners of Shaman ritual walk through dreams using vision quest, drumming, and chanting. The Shaman is able to pass in between the present and future to connect a chain of events.
A key component of the vision quest healers embark on to explore dreams is meditation. The healer traditionally finds a place in the wilderness to begin this journey, isolating themselves from distraction, and planting themselves in a 10-foot circle marking the beginning of their quest.
Meditation brings the individual to the present moment, stopping all wandering thought and focusing on the actual vision awakening them. In certain Native American cultures, the vision quest may include a fasting ritual in which the individual must go days without food or water.
After the quest is concluded, the seeker finds evidence in a rock, feather, or some other natural relic significant to their vision. This experience is deeply personal, while at the same time taking the individual out of the physical body.