Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Nov 3, 2013

Making the fondest wishes of our hearts become reality

I cannot remember how old I was when I first saw or learned about dreamcatchers, but I instantly fell in love with the folklore of their usage.

Dreamcatchers are the dominion of the Ojibwe Nation, with origins in Mexico but stretching through the Western US all the way up into Canada over their migratory path. The story behind the talisman varies slightly depending on the teller, but the gist of it comes from the village elders' protection of the babies. Spiders are considered to be sacred, benevolent animals. A dreamcatcher is designed to resemble a spider's web and is meant to catch any nightmares that would disturb a child's sleep, until they can burn away with the rays of the rising morning sun. Beautiful beads and feathers hang from the bottom of the frame, to provide a pathway for the good dreams to slide directly down to the sleeping child and fill their lives with wonder.

I have nurtured a lot of dreams over the years, and I feel very blessed to say that I have chased down quite a few of them, with the help of a benevolent universe and my own tenacity. I am coming to appreciate the fact that you can't manifest what you've never envisioned, so it is critically important to continue instilling a sense of wonder into my daily life to give me more ideas about the mountains left to climb. Projects I still want to complete. Goals that require a little sweat and a lot of creativity to realize.

With just a few weeks left in 2013, I am committed to entertaining the question "What if" on a daily basis. There are some dreams that are already percolating on my To Do list for the near future, but I'm excited to see what else I can come up with in the short term. The idea that some of my unique and divine purpose might not have even been conceived yet is an exciting proposition. So I guess I know what I'll be buying for myself during the holidays. It can hang over my bed, my office desk or anywhere I spend considerable time setting plans in motion. Time to get cracking on something else stellar from my bucket list, or open my possibilities to something I haven't even conceptualized. Just imagine.

Here is last week's playlist:

  • What's Good - Lou Reed
  • In From The Storm - Lizz Wright
  • Footsteps In The Dark - The Isley Brothers
  • Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Boyz II Men & Patti LaBelle
  • It's Love - Jill Scott
  • Jesus Children of America - Robert Glasper Experiment ft Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
  • I Want Your Love - Chic
  • Around The World - Brassft Punk
  • Great Man - Aaradhna
  • I L-O-V-E U - Take 6
  • Somebody's Watching You - Rufus
  • Deliver Me - Karrin Allyson
  • Let It Ride - Robert Glasper Experiment ft Norah Jones
  • Smile Like That - Esperanza Spalding
  • Morning Scapes - Jazzanova & Bembe Segue
  • Sexci Senhora - Tall Black Guy
  • The Boogie Monster - Gnarls Barkley
  • Beautiful Monster - Ne-Yo
  • Baby I'm Scared of You - Womack & Womack
  • Ur A Monster - Van Hunt
  • Scream - Cee Lo Green
  • Summer In The City - Incognito
  • Free Your Dreams - Snarky Puppy ft Chantae Cann
  • Tamborine - Prince & The Revolution
  • Night Song - Noel Pointer
  • Sleep - David Ryan Harris
  • Tell My Feet - Vinx
  • Amerykahn Promise - Erykah Badu
  • What Are We Doing - Robert Glasper Experiment ft Brandy