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Dream Travel: How to Ride the Rainbow Bridge

“I look to the sky and see five condors flying overhead.

At first they are shiny black silhouettes, but soon they change into a beautiful array of rainbow colors. As each bird becomes a solid hue like red, orange and purple, they also turn into kites, all the while retaining their condor shape.”

This dream is from 2007, the year I had a series of dreams about Condors and Eagles. Little did I know then that the playful images are really archetypal and shamanic.

It was the kite that threw me off. In the Western world where I live kites are toys and not to be taken too seriously.

In truth, I was slightly embarrassed by the Condor dream. Instead of feeling like a magical metamorphous had taken place, I felt like the dream was poking fun of my spiritual interests.

So imagine my surprise last week when I shared my dream with fellow Dream Team member Linda Mastrangelo and she said, “You are familiar with the Rainbow Bridge, right?”

prisma color drawing by Amy E. Brucker August 2007

I wasn’t, at least not consciously. I’d actually heard of it before but I’d forgotten all about it. Since my memory was foggy I decided to do some research. What I found made me laugh.

According to Mircea Eliade, shamans, demi-gods and supernatural beings, “…regularly visit the upper regions by climbing the rainbow or by means of a kite, to deliver the souls of the dead or to meet their spirit wives.” from “Shamanism”, page 133

Rainbows and kites. Hmmm. It seems my dream was more than a fanciful exploration of color and childlike curiosity.

Eliade goes on to say that, “these myths refer to a time when communication between heaven and earth was possible; in consequence of a certain event or a ritual fault, the communication was broken off; but heroes and medicine men are nevertheless able to reestablish it.” ibid

So who are these heroes and medicine men?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the rainbow serpent. This is the means by which the Australian medicine men ascend to the celestial realm. In their tradition this is part of a shamanic initiation. (Eliade)

But they aren’t the only ones who use the rainbow as a gateway between worlds. In Polynesian and Hawaiian mythology two hero-gods regularly visit the upper regions via rainbow or kite. (Eliade)

In Norse Mythology, the stories of my ancestors, Bilröst is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard, the world, and Asgard, the realm of the gods. (Wikipedia)

Japan, Mesopotamia, India, Tibet, and Judaism have all incorporated the rainbow colors into their version of the celestial realm. (Eliade)

Perhaps this dream is an invitation to ride the rainbow once again.

How to Travel to the Celestial Realm with Colorful Condors and Kites

The dream Colorful Condors Flying is a gentle reminder of an ancient and universal method for traveling to the celestial realm, the place where shamans and dreamers traverse in order to visit teachers and healers who live in the upper word.

You can use my dream, and any dream that inspires you, as a launching point for traveling into the upper realm (or lower realm, depending on the dream). Here’s what I do and what you can do too (feel free to imagine your own colorful condor kites!)

  • Sit or recline in a darkened room (I wear an eye covering during the day time.)
  • Play calming music or a shamanic drumming CD. Alternatively, if you have a drum or shaker you can create your own music. Sometimes I drum for myself, but lately I’ve been journeying to Sirena Squires Where Hawks Fly played with the Native American Flute. It’s delightful.
  • After getting comfortable and closing your eyes imagine you are sitting on a hill that overlooks a lush green valley. There are mountains in the distance, soft, ancient mounds covered in mist.
  • Once you feel connected to the place, imagine the condors coming to get you. They can be condor kites or bright, colorful condors. It’s up to you, or them, who will show up. Free your imagination and have fun.
  • Then let them take you on a journey. When you are done be sure to return to the point of origin and give thanks to the condors for their assistance.

Journeying for Information

Journeys are fun adventures, but they’re often more meaningful when you have a question in mind. In other words, use the journey to help you find information.  But do not ask “yes” or “no” questions. Formulating intentions like these may work best: “Show me how I can heal my cough.” Or, “Show me how to feel more connected to my work.” Or, “Show me my ancestral home.”

When I journey for information I often find verifiable facts and practical insights. I’ve even furthered genealogical research using this method.

Go ahead and give it a try. Journey with the condors and see what you find. Leave a comment below and share what transpires from this journey.

Or share what you’ve discovered from other dream journeys you’ve taken. I’d love to hear and learn.

About the Author:

Amy Brucker helps people heal their ancestral wounds so they can free their purpose, passion, and inner power. She offers a one-on-one, private healing/mentoring program Healing the Ancestral Wound. See link "Work with Me" on main menu for details.

The Eagles and the Condors: Dream messages for the community

It all began early in 2007 when I had a series of sleeping dreams about condors and eagles, 4 in total. The first dream is especially poignant because it holds a personal message as well as a global call to action. Here’s the dream:

I am a passenger in a car when I notice several condors flying overhead. They are moving to the right, but our road veers to the left. I am excited, but feel disappointed when I can no longer see them.

We park the car and get out. Suddenly, the sky is filled with what I assume are condors. They are flying toward us. I am overjoyed, but as they draw closer and start to perch in trees I realize they are not condors. I think maybe they are thunderbirds because they are so large, but then I realize they are eagles.

The eagles are an iridescent bluish black with white heads. Several feathers drop to the ground and land on the muddy earth.  I walk around collecting them. Many feathers are bent and broken. I find two huge feathers that are in perfect condition and I am elated to have them.

When exploring the possible meaning of the imagery I discovered an archetype and ancient metaphor I knew nothing about prior to having the dream. The most interesting parallel entails the 50 or so eagles resting in the trees. This image is reminiscent of mythology from the Yakut of Turukhansk (Siberia).

The eagle is…considered to be the creator of the first shaman and bears the name of the Supreme Being, or Ai Toyan, the Creator of Light. Ai Toyan’s children are represented as bird-spirits perching in the branches of the World Tree…Sometimes the Supreme Being is represented in the form of an eagle, and in the branches of the Tree are the souls of future shamans. (Shamanism by Mircea Eliade, pg 69).

Perhaps my dream eagles are bird-spirits perched in the World Tree. Or more aptly, dreamers drawn together through communities such as The DreamTribe. Considering the Yakut mythology, the return of my dream eagles to the World Tree may signify a returning or awakening of the Western mind to its indigenous, shamanic roots.

However, there may also be a warning in this imagery. After all, feathers are dropping to the ground and some are broken. The question to ask is: are these feathers gifts? Or are the eagles molting, a natural but traumatic process that happens only once in every eagle’s life?

Or are the broken feathers indicative of the imbalance between the Condor and the Eagle?

The Condor and the Eagle: An Ancient Prophecy for Modern Times

In order to fully appreciate my dream series it is helpful to know the ancient Incan (some say Amazonian) prophecy about the Condor and the Eagle:

Long ago it was said that humankind diverged into two paths. One group walked the way of the condor, following their hearts and intuition, all along retaining a deep connection to the earth. The other group took the path of the eagle, following their rational mind and material reality, turning toward the way of science.

It was also said that for 500 years the people of the eagle would nearly decimate the people of the condor. And indeed, that has happened.

But the prophecy also foretold of a time when the condor and the eagle could choose to fly together again, creating something new and remarkable by merging their two worlds. (Sources are many. Here are two: Alberto Villoldo, John Perkins)

That time is now.

But how will we understand our individual roles in the evolutionary process?

And how will we know if the transformation works?

Quite possibly, our dreams will guide us.

Merging the North and Science (Eagle) with the South and Intuition (Condor)

So I share my dream with you. It may be a call for Westerners to remember our indigenous minds and integrate them into our scientific way of thinking.

Or it may be a call to reconvene as spirit-beings and perch as one in the world tree.

Regardless, this is a sacred time, a time to gather through groups like The DreamTribe and remember who we are and where we come from.

Indeed, there are infinite ways we can perch as spirit-beings in the World Tree and begin to fly with the Condor.  All we have to do is dream it into being.

About the Author:

Amy Brucker helps people heal their ancestral wounds so they can free their purpose, passion, and inner power. She offers a one-on-one, private healing/mentoring program Healing the Ancestral Wound. See link "Work with Me" on main menu for details.