Dirt: the Movie features an exceptional woman ( one of many) who became an environmental advocate in her native lands. Wangari Maathi won the Nobel Peace prize in 2004 for her many efforts to improve the conditions in her country, Kenya. In 1977, she began the Green Belt Movement which helped woman plant trees to provide wood for cooking, fodder for livestock, material for fencing, protect watersheds and stabilize the soil improving agriculture. She has helped and encouraged the plantings of millions of trees.
She tells the story of a Hummingbird in the movie, inspiring and rich with the flavor of Africa that goes something like this:
Fire broke out in the forest, raging and burning. The animals rushed to the river’s edge and watched as their forest burned not feeling they could do anything about this devastation. A Hummingbird could not stand this and decided to do something. It went to the water’s edge and picked up a drop of water and rushed to the fire and dropped it on the fire to help put it out. She went back and forth and back and forth much to the others surprise. The elephants and other questioned her, how could this possibly help? How could she make a difference? The Hummingbird replied: I am doing the best I can”.
Each of us has our dreams. Do you ever get discouraged? I know sometimes I do. I see the problems with land use, mono crop agriculture, the rm pesticides cause on soil and bees and wonder how long will it take us to wake up and reclaim a relationship to this earth? to this soil we walk on every day? When I hear about folks like Wangari Maathi who made a difference one step at a time in the face of adversity I am reminded to simply do the best I can.
What does the hummingbird mean to you? This little bird delights us with her flying ability and how she stores food in early fall. These birds seem to migrate south based on shortening daylight. The hummingbird finds its primary nutrition in insects. They especially love baby spiders. Nectar gives them instant energy for their high metabolic needs but the fat, oils, minerals for their overall needs come from insects they find while flying or in the flowers they seek for their nectar.. And contrary to local lore, they do not suck nectar through a “straw” but grab the sweet droplet of energy with a tongue.
In my dream work with animal totems I found that the hummingbird is associated with air (intelligence, higher thought, the ability to see the bigger picture.) They seem to be constantly in motion, rapid wing beats which represents persistence and a feeling on endlessness or infinity. Many cultures in the Americas believed the hummingbird represents rebirth.
I would like to suggest that we spend a few moments today contemplating this marvelous, tiny creature. Spring is here in New England and soon these delightful birds will be back.
Persistence, knowing I am enough, and knowing I am doing enough in this moment are great personal, daily reminders. One more question: do you dream of hummingbirds? Let me know.
Enjoy this wonderful day. Judith
(Open book with magical green tree and rays of light on wooden deck)
Dreaming with the Muse
Do you have a story aching to be born?
Where in your life do you need more insight?
Do you have a tune playing inside that needs a
What pictures do you paint from the gifts of the
Judith Dreyer, MS offers an introductory class 5 part series, on what it means to dream with our Muse. We have a rich inner landscape that often goes untapped. Dreams provide us with guidance. Whether storytellers, actors, writers, artists or someone looking to tap into their own creativity for answers on life’s journey, this program is for you! We’ll explore techniques for remembering our nighttime dreams, our inspirations and capturing guidance that brings us into our deep Self using the Lightening Dream technique. Please bring your journals, something for an altar.
Note:Those of you interested but feel you don’t dream are also invited. We are all creative and the muse touches us through practice and imagination.This is a five part class with dates as follows:
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I am pleased to announce a new workshop titled: Creating Our New Story that I am developing and presenting with Bruce Winkle in Leesburg, VA.
We are in a new time, a new vibrational pattern of viewing and living on this planet. Tremendous changes have occurred and we can make a difference.
We invite you to join us as we take a journey towards creating our new story We offer specific meditation work and understandings that are relevant to all of us as we listen more deeply to the call of our passion. What is our heart telling us? What stories can we create filled with respect, integrity and hope for the good of this world no matter where we work and live. What dreams do we want to manifest? How can we work together creating a more stable community where we feel honored again?
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
To register: (703) 771- 7755 or via email: bruce@elementsofhealingLLC.com
Tuition: $79.00/person Please bring lunch; tea and snack will be provided.
Location: Elements of Healing, 116 Edwards Ferry Rd, Unit M, Leesburg, VA 20176
If you would like more information please leave your name and contact information and send to the above.
I am excited to be creating and sharing at this time. Its as if we have a palette of possibilities before us unlike any time in the last millennium. I hope you will join us.
Have a great day. Judith
From American Indian Healing Arts”
“Sometimes the older men would tell fortunes. They would clear a patch of ground of all weeds, grass, and trach and make it smooth. One man would sit at each of the four directions. The man at the west would draw a circle in the earth with his cane and the four would study the surface of the earth inside the circle to predict the future. Maybe a bug would walk across part of the circle. It all had meaning.” (Willie Lena)
I spent the summer solstice in a quiet way. The new moon darkened the medicine trails. I was content to be with the forest listening to the evening bird sounds as night quietly rolled in. I had a surprise though when I returned to my cabin after the days activities and supper. I found quite a large spider on the floor of my room.
Oh my, since no one was around I had to deal with this myself! And for those of you who know me know this would be no easy or enjoyable task. I decided to have a “talk ” with my visitor. While I appreciate the wonderful work spiders do for us and how important they are in bug management as well as food for some wildlife I knew I had to move the spider outside.
I found a jar and placed the jar upside down to trap it. Slowly I worked the jar across the floor and out onto the deck. Then I released it over the side and hoped it was okay. Based on research for type of spider the wolf spider is the closest resemblance to what I saw.
Since this occurred on the night of the solstice I felt I needed to revisit the energy and meaning of spider. I have had spider dreams some scary, some filled with meaning and gifts. Because of these dreams I have worked on my fear.
The Dream Questions are: How did I feel when I saw the spider? Nervous, OH NO! I have to deal with this myself..there’s no one to help me! How am I going to get this spider outside?
I had to face my fear here. Moving and trapping this size spider was a personal accomplishment. I also felt this spider was very aware of me… I meant it no harm. What also grabbed my attention is that when I woke up at 4:30 am and stepped outside onto the deck my lantern caught the shimmering strands of a huge web over my stairs. I felt the spider in some way was alright. When I awakened at 7am to pack and head home I noticed the web was gone.
When I got home I picked up one of my favorite books, Animal Speak , by Ted Andrews. It is a comprehensive guide to animal symbology that I have found helpful with my dream studies. Spider’s shape is much like a figure 8. It reminds me to maintain a balance because everything I do weaves the future. Spider is also connected to the feminine creative energies. Spider is the guardian of alphabets. It is thought that the first true alphabet was found within the web. Spider is considered the teacher of language and the magic of writing. Since I am focused on various types of writing I felt spider came to be a totem of sorts for this time in my life.
I also remembered that spider is often connected to creation stories among indigenous peoples. One story, “How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun”, is one such tale where grandmother spider wove a pouch to hold and capture the sun so everyone could have light. So many of us care about the planet and each of us. We envision a new earth of beauty and respect. We’re holding the light in some measure however small to “see” creative solutions to our pressing problems.
So I ask you today to observe spider in your garden, by the back door, maybe even in the corner of a room high in the ceiling out of everyone’s way. What does spider mean to you? That is an important question. Initially for me it is was fear.. .Hollywood certainly reinforces that to us. But spider is an important creature and plays a tremendous role in our garden community. Her web is an amazing architectural feat that she traverses with acobatic agility. Can she be of help to you in discovering a solution? I hope so.
As the elders remind us “it all has meaning.”
Enjoy your day. Judith
- Do you have a story aching to be born?
- Where in your life do you need more insight?
- Do you have a tune playing inside that needs a voice?
- What pictures do you paint from the gifts of the night?
Join Judith Dreyer, MS at the Windmore Foundation for the Arts for a 4 part series on dreaming with our Muse. We have a rich inner landscape that often goes untapped. Dreams provide us with guidance. Whether storytellers, actors, writers, artists or someone looking to tap into their own creativity for answers on life’s journey, this program is for you! We’ll explore techniques for remembering our nighttime dreams, our inspirations and capturing guidance that brings us deep into our Self with many playful and delightful exercises. Please bring your journals, dreams and sense of humor. Tea will be provided.
Where: Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Inc, Culpeper, VA
When: Wednesdays: 4/25, 5/2,5/16,5/23/2012
Contact: email@example.com or 540-547-4333
Contact: judithdreyer.com for more class info on her blog At the Garden’s Gate.
Judith Dreyer, MS, BSN, RN, Dream Navigator, Adjunct Lecturer, Workshop Designer and Presenter, Master Gardener, Writer, Artist. Member: Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
Hummingbird: I had the opportunity to watch ruby- throat ed hummingbirds when visiting a friend of mine a couple of summers ago. Hummingbird feeders attracted at least 6 pair and they were a delight to watch. Fearless and aggressive they would feed here and then visit the flowers nearby zooming almost not caring if one was in the way. Hummingbirds do stop for a moment or two and would often perch on the rhododendron bushes below the windows while eyeing the red sweet liquid above. When early fall came they packed up their bags and headed south. I have read reports that they travel great distances up to 2500 miles to their winter destinations.
Symbolically the hummingbird has many characteristics and traits.
The wings beat in a figure 8 type pattern, which is a symbol for infinity. They are skillful fliers able to fly forwards, backwards, sideways and hover with amazing control. I have also read that they never walk. They have long tongues and beaks to extract nectar from flowers and help in the pollination of flowers.
The females give birth to 2 eggs and that number is significant. It is said to be the number of the feminine a reminder to give a voice to the feminine within. Hummingbirds to me represent joy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, joy is the emotion of the heart, Joy is an emotion that when out of balance can be manic or depressed.
Charming acrobats, endurance athletes, tiny colorful fliers that enchant us. Which of their many charms has flown into your dreams today?