“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.