A Puzzle of Dreams

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In 2011, I had a profound and beautiful dream. I saw an aerial view of the world. Except the earth was flat, not round. I saw the logo of national geographics, a golden rectangle, blinking over south america, before zooming in on the amazon rainforest. I got a strong sense that there was a deep meaning to this dream. I had just renounced my islamic faith and was in the midst of an identity crisis.

It would be years before I figured out what this dream represented in my life. More importantly, what it was showing me about my ancestral wounds, my spiritual inheritance from the generations before me. As I dove deep into the symbolism of my dream, a dear friend of mine, who was an expert on the comparative psychology of

language (symbols), shared with me, native american stories and a Hopi prophecy. The kids on the block called him Uncle Jerrold.

I analyzed his work, and learned that the Hopi way not only embodied much of what other civilizations revered, but also emphasized a part of creation that the others paid little attention, if at all. Nature’s healing properties and deity like characteristics. Shortly after, I moved to Arizona to study the healing arts and visit indian reservations. I was hopi’ng to find another clue to my dream… I did!

I met a physician, who also happened to be a shaman that trained with the Shipibo tribe in Peru. Bingo! I was fortunate enough to be invited to a medicinal tea ceremony, which provided the last piece of my puzzle. It came after my first encounter with the divine feminine spirit of the amazon rainforest. She showed me where my ancestral wounds originated and how to find healing.

Like myself, every human on earth is being offered the opportunity to right the wrongs of their elders. This global pandemic is a loud call from the collective unconscious, from spirit, telling us to cut the cord and heal from that which has kept us enslaved through our ancestral wounds. Wounds of injustice, oppression and greed. It’s time for us to take back our power. Time to reconnect with our indigenous roots of wisdom.

Semira Mansour

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