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Nightmare Transformation Oracle from the Durham Dreamers of Color

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On MLK Day this year about 25 dreamers of color gathered in Durham to transform our nightmares into collective wisdom on behalf of the world we dream of and with deep love for the people we dream about as inspiration and fuel.   It was a love-filled and miraculous night.  We passed loved notes, listened deeply, wrote poems in honor of each other, held each other, shifted our breathing, embodied rebirth, had our scariest questions answered and emerged laughing and exuberant and full of cobbler and kale.   As a love offering to all those who weren’t there we are sharing this nightmare transformer oracle.  Here’s how it works.

  1. Think about a nightmare of yours, literal, political, or otherwise.
  2.  And ask yourself a question about the what that nightmare is teaching you.
  3. THEN choose a number between one and twenty-seven.
  4. Once you have your number scroll down to the haiku associated with that number below.
  5. Take a deep breath.
  6. Repeat as many times as necessary.

(If you want to have a one on one dream session with Lex find out how here)

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1.

power in the chest

hungry for a transformed world

dreams are open now

 

2.

empty basins filled

brimming with bright wind aglow

free darkness dancing

 

3.

dance today dance now

terrible danger ensues

cloaked, caught, shoot your stars

 

4.

peace isn’t always

spoken; on stairways to space

sometimes, we just know

 

5.

soup from under eyes

no power greater than you

with pockets of seed

 

6.

we all get out alive

with many offerings and

mushrooms in corners

 

7.

an uneaten love

an empty plate sits open

sister will you come

 

8.

you move through the world

sacred warrior of light

pathfinding through you

 

9.

hurt is coming, fly

safer than what is certain

legs pound to the unknown

 

10.

babe you are stronger

than hum, them or anyone

never will you fail

 

11.

blessings for healing

meows of intuition

to swallow serpents

 

12.

you move on a path

in different directions

fast slow shall you go

 

13.

seeing grandmother

from beyond she asks for both

English and Ibo

 

14.

grandmother to mom:

teach the Chairwoman to speak

Ibo and I’ll come

 

15.

mother destruction

strong womb, soft hands, brown skin, she

will set fire to light

 

16.

life death share the space

what you love you hold so dear

your light’s why they’re here

 

17.

wonder in the light

wander wild warrior in white

welcome this your plight

 

18.

rhythm not far sale

soul behind the veil they say

growing all the way

 

19.

hazed light between us

defenseless and immobile

I witness the worst

 

20.

should I pretend that

I didn’t see their hands red

chopped and bloodied raw

 

21.

turn to fire with mom

the explosion won’t last long

now open your eyes

 

22.

being understood

is knowing an embrace. love. like.

acceptance is yours

 

23.

dreams…art in motion

brother’s love, visitation

you are seen, always

 

24.

wolf as sheep, you eat

are eaten, teeth, family,

til you unmask truth

 

25.

left arm on heart’s side,

you are visionary, be

protected and loved

protected and home

 

26.

may the fall shadows

become breath liberated

illuminated

 

27.

black bodhisattva

transport beyond known limits

return with wholeness

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