IIKDS University of Traditional Sciences

Exploring the World of Dreams as a Traditionalist

by Chief Amachi Apetor Buaru

Do you recall having conversations with relatives in your dreams?

Or a repeating dream you’ve had for years that now seems to be shedding light on the path your life has taken?

Many people only understand life in terms of their waking state of mind. They have limited awareness of the fact that the dream world is their personal connection to another dimension of existence. Since the beginning of recorded history, dreams have been a fascinating subject, with multitude of written works seeking to demystify the world of dreams.

To understand dreams from a traditional perspective, I want to explain that the waking consciousness many people see everyday is only half of the existence known to the Tindanna. As a Tindanna (landlord or land priest of the spirits), I experience two levels of reality, one in waking life and one within a world of dreams. It is often incomprehensible for many people to envision that they have the capacity to exercise tremendous spiritual powers and influence on the physical world, including people places and things, from within their dreams.

Knowledge of this dimension of reality has been cultivated by traditional practitioners for thousands of years. As a traditional practitioner, dreams are another dimension of existence in which we are awake in spirit and soul; a place in which we can navigate freely, accompanied by our personal gods and protectors. As traditionalists, we understand that in the dream world, we can gain wisdom, healing, guidance and assistance from spirits, ancestors and the gods of our ancestors in nature. More importantly, we can consciously enter the dream world to perform all types of spiritual activities and have the ability to recall these actions, transferring them into our waking world.

 

Is the dream world simply an altered state of consciousness or is it real?

To the Tindanna, the dream world is much like the physical world. However, it is inhabited by the Wunonam (gods of our ancestors in nature). It is in this world that we can meet the Wunonam. And, with the aid of the Wunonam, we can re-enter the physical world through the eyes of a hawk or an eagle, fly from place to place, observing the activities of people, places and things in the physical world. And as causal, natural phenomena we can also emerge from the dream world to exert influence on the physical world, including healing and protecting our families and communities. If someone was to enter the bedroom of a Tindanna at night, our bodies may appear to be asleep in bed, however, we are not there at all. Instead, we are traveling as Dream Warriors with the Wunonam in the world of dreams.

I want to conclude by saying that many people have greatly underestimated the power of dreams and the dream world. As a student of indigenous science, it is important to know and experience the dream world as a powerful state of existence that if used effectively, can provide opportunities for growth, fulfillment and healing.

 

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January 30, 2015

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