For the purposes of understanding my relationship with my Dreams, I share how it came to be that I receive these Dreams/Visions. While praying one day at Bear Butte, South Dakota in the late 90’s, I asked the Creator to communicate with me in Dreams. I asked that if the Creator needed me to know something, do something or help someone, to clearly and specifically make this known to me in my Dreams. To this day, I receive ‘REAL DREAMS’ (that is what the Elders called them)…dreams where you see, sense, taste and feel in the dream. As it was told to me, we were never to dismiss those dreams for they came with a message from the Creator. It has been as I asked from that time on.
In a Dream that came to me this morning…I was sharing what I had learned from the Dakota/Lakota spiritual ways. At first, I was sharing with just a few people but then more and more came. It has always been that when I would speak on spiritual values, I would go into this kind of ‘Zone’. Time would stop and it felt as if my true Spirit stepped forward and spoke. One of the ladies, sitting in the back of the room, was staring HARD at me. Listening and watching every word I said. I recognized the look because I had used it on ‘Plastic’ medicine men when they traveled thru.
Suddenly, right as I started to share about “Tióšpaye”, this woman yells out across everyone into the next room “Constanza! Come in here! This is verrrry close!” Everyone stopped and looked at her. But she ignored them and continued to stare hard at me. I started to say to her “that was very disrespectful”, when I hear this Voice tell me ‘don’t’. I just returned her stare, quietly…directly gazing into her eyes. After a few moments, I stood up, looked around at everyone and quietly left. I woke up with this sense that I not only needed to Respect myself…but that I needed to demonstrate, and call attention to (in a quiet way) when others Disrespected me. I had this sense that we all need to do this…not just with words, but with actions…demonstrate our Self-Respect. And that there will always be “Young Ones”…either out of thoughtlessness or being mean-spirited… who will be disrespectful.
I am grateful for this teaching from Creator and I ask for help in always remembering it. Haho!