The Dream Catcher has been a part of Native American culture for generations. Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad and are messages sent by sacred spirits as we sleep.
It is believed that a Spiritual Leader Lakota had a Vision of Iktomi (the searcher of wisdom) in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to the Elder about the cycle of life as he used the Elders Willow Hoop, feathers and beads to spin a Web. He said that there are many forces, some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces they will lead you in the right direction. He handed the Elder back the web he had created. The Web could help people reach their goals and make good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. This Web was the first dream catcher.
The Dream Catcher will protect you as you sleep from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams will slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher and glide down the feathers to you sleeping below. The bad dreams will get trapped to then disappear as the first rays of sunlight hit them.
The Dream Catcher must be swinging freely to work so that the dreams can pass through.
A bead in the center of the dream catcher represents the spider that is on the web helping to spin the dreams to their destiny.
Our Dream Catchers come from three different suppliers who all have unique techniques of making them. By having multiple suppliers we can stock a large variety of Dream Catchers, giving you (or your child) a better chance of finding one that you connect to. The better the connection with your Dream Catcher, the better it will work for you. :) It is a really good idea to talk your children through the history of Dream Catcher's so that they can see why and how they work. It can also be a good idea to 'cleanse' your dream catcher after any bad dreams. You can do this by tapping it so that any negativity that is still trapped will be banged out.