This is a story from a dream I had recently, while up in the beautiful forests of Washington state. I was there attending a Dream Teacher Training with Robert Moss with dream teachers from across the area. We were able to perform a magical dream theater exploration together and open up the dialogue between the Dream Girl and the Green Man, and this is their story.
I am walking through the forest at night in my dreaming to be with the trees. I find that as I walk toward one tree it begins to become larger and grow taller, and taller, until I realize I have wondered into an enchanted forest. I too, grow in awareness with the tree and find myself growing very high into the sky. I look to the tree as we grow together and see that it has become a tree man with a face. I look down below and can see a tiny little me standing on the ground looking up at the magical tree. The Green Man calls out below, “Why are you so angry with me?” in a bellowing voice.
The little me is in a magical pink dress standing so very tiny under the giant tree and frightened by the loud angry voice of the Green Man. She is not aware of being angry toward the tree. She would like to know rather why the tree sounds so angry with her? She looks to her left, and finds a giant, magical, blue dragonfly ready to take her on a journey through the enchanted forest of her dreams, but she is too afraid. She does not feel safe in this place with the angry tree. My larger self tries to encourage her to take the risk and ride with the dragonfly, but she won’t budge. We decide to talk to the Green Man in order to get a bigger perspective on this dilemma. The little girl asks the Green Man, “Why do you sound so angry?” and he explains, “Because you humans are cutting down the forests and destroying my kind!” The little girl explains, “But I love trees, that is why I came to explore the forest in the middle of the night.” (When she should have been in bed.) She was glad she knew how to step out of her physical body asleep in her bed, and explore her world with her dreaming body and not get in any trouble. She did not expect the forest to be such a scary place. The forest has always been a safe and peaceful place where she has felt most at home in her waking life.
The Green Man tells the dream girl, “Please take your love of the trees out into the world and ask people to stop cutting down the trees!” She agrees to help, she does not want to see the trees go away, or the magic they hold. The Green Man asks, Are you ready to explore the enchanted forest on the giant dragonfly?” and she responds, “Yes! Definitely yes!” She climbs on the dragonfly’s back and takes off into the dark night sky. Her dreams will take her on countless adventures meeting with all manner of creatures inside the enchanted forest. The End.
Many wonderful dream teachers who came for the training are committed to help grow a dreaming community. This dream exhorts us all to seek out the magic of our dreams and become speakers for the Earth. Through dream sharing we can learn to share not only our dreams, but also how to share the Earth together.