Saturday, March 12, 2016

Think twice before getting a dream catcher!

Dream catchers are pretty, unique and make a great addition to our home decor. Everyone is getting one nowadays, small or big, in different colours. Some of you even make your own awesome dream catchers. And then we have dream catcher necklaces and earrings, tattoos, printed T-shirts and the list goes on. 

But have you ever stopped for a moment to know the real meaning and reason of the innovation of a dream catcher? 

In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.

The Ojibwe people have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear. (Source: Wikipedia)

Like all other excited people, I also bought a pretty looking dream catcher off the internet, and once it arrived I immediately hung it in my room, took a nice picture and instagrammed it.. You know the drill.  

An acquaintance (my colleagues friend) who follows me on instagram, happened to see the image. She passed on a message to me via my colleague that I should take the dream catcher down. 

I was a little taken aback at that. Why would I do it? I'm not someone who believes in superstitions easily. But she said that if there are babies and small children sleeping in the room, the dream catcher should be removed. Because such small humans can't even tell us if they're having any side effects. 

I made a mental note of removing the dream catcher and putting it in the living room, coz even though I don't believe in the superstitions, I didn't want to take any chances with my li'l one. And then, in my chaotic routine and work, I completely forgot about it. 

A couple of days later my baby fell ill with viral, cough cold and fever. Now this is a usual, happens to every kid, has happened to him before also, so I did what I always do, treat it. Then we were off for a vacation - to Goa for a week, and I was glad my baby's health was back to normal. We had a fun vacation and he absolutely enjoyed the beach. 

We got back and after a couple of days he fell ill again. This time he had stomach infection, high fever, cough and cold, everything. The poor thing stayed unwell for 4-5 days, vomiting and becoming weak and me taking him to the doc again n again. One of these days (I had taken a leave from work to tend to my baby) it suddenly hit me that the dream catcher was still there. 

I immediately took it off and kept it inside. My kiddo got well in a couple of days. 
Now this could be a pure coincidence. But it could also be something more supernatural. Who knows? 

All I'm trying to say is, when it comes to delicate matters like Feng shui, vastu shashtra, etc, we should do our research and homework and ask experts before we go buy and install anything in our home. I would love to know what is your opinion and if you have had any such similar incidents!


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