Smudging is a very integral part of the Native American culture. Every dream catcher by AHYOKA is given a smudging before and after the product is made. Smudging is a powerful way to initiate and bless your dream catcher. Rituals have great meaning and can put your mind and thoughts into action. Your dream catcher can become one with your feelings and perform the way you want it to.

Once you have decided where to hang your dream catcher, it is time to perform the ceremony that will enable it to work properly in your home or living space.

For the ceremony herbs like sage, eucalyptus or lavender is lit and its smoke is used to cleanse the house. Use a feather (eagle or dove) to blow the smoke and offer up a prayer for your dream catcher and what you wish for it to bless your home. Become one with the dream catcher and allow yourself to visualize what the dream catcher is there to protect. End your ceremony by thanking your dream catcher and the elements of nature Air, Fire, Water and Earth and feel it ready to bless your home.

You are ready to place your dream catcher in the chosen spot to hang over and protect your home, family, or thoughts.Though essentially a Native American ritual , make the whole process as personal as you can.  Initiating a dream catcher is a highly spiritual ceremony in which you become one with the energies around you. 



funny_29th_birthday_gifts_heart_card-rbc8cbc22a8e3458faacb56acd8d4108b_zk9yi_324Turning 29 yesterday was a huge shift for me. Not that i felt exceptionally responsible or all the more mature. NO. It was knowing how everyone around me reacted to my last year as 20’s girl. People spoke about how I have so much to do, so little time, and how turning 30 next year will change my life forever. Wrinkles, Pressure of re-marrying, Pressure of not having kids, Career graph, the list goes on… And I was taken aback. Because though i knew a lot of these things would come up, I never thought “my time was up”. Who decides these?? Since when did turning 30 become such a big deal? Us wonderful humans live an average of say 60- 70 years, in our generation?? So technically I’ve barely lived 1/3rd of my life. I’ve so much to look forward to.  And yet society dictates my life plan for me. When did society get to decide, by 24 you finish your studies, by 27 your career path should be set, by 28 your life partner is to be decided and before you hit the oh-so-bad 30’s you have kids. And then the next how many ever years you live, you live for your kids. Where is your life? What happened to your plans as a kid to soar and just star gaze and just take the bike and ride forever?? When I asked these questions to the ones who questioned me, they said “Be Practical, Don’t Live in a Dreamworld!”

Well to them I say, SORRY WORLD, BUT AM NOT SORRY!! I’m a DreamWeaver, I’m an artist, Am a human being and a Nature lover. And “society” doesn’t have a place for me. So today, am 29 years and 1 day old, and I say, no one binds me down but my thoughts. So life dealt me a few cards. I can either fold or play on. Either way its my choice. So to all the wonderful ladies and men turning 29, you’ve been worried enough in your 20s, your 30’s are for you. So live it up. I already am. TRAVEL, FALL IN LOVE, EAT WHAT YOU WANT, BE HEALTHY SO YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES, SAVE UP FOR BIG TRIPS, SPLURGE ON THOSE CUTE BALLERINAS, WATCH SUNSETS, ADOPT AN ANIMAL, and more than any of these BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, KNOW WHAT VIBES YOU GIVE OFF TO THE UNIVERSE, UNIVERSE GIVES IT BACK TO YOU. LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY. You may even inspire someone else to break Society’s mould and be a free spirit. So Cheers to spreading Love, Joy and Spirit to the world.

Be your own Dream Catcher!

I was 20 yrs old when I was introduced to the world of Dream Catchers. A chance meeting that today is a part of me and which is making my world larger by the day. Weaving the lustrous woolen threads or the sturdy twines into little webs, sending happy thoughts into every inch of what i make, believing that my positive energy will spread to whose ever home my creations will adorn, this is what keeps me going.

Along with its artistic beauty, the Dream catchers I make also taught me that energy truly does exist in your thoughts and action. So the day I decided to start AHYOKA was the day I left behind negativity. It is the day I started to consciously make an effort to be kinder than the day before. It is the day i knew one hug, one good thought, one totem of good luck goes a long way to change a person’s life and situation. Every one of my friends who have bought my Dream catchers have a piece of my joy and blessing with them.

So Cheers!! Have a little crushed ice with your little cousins or buy some random stranger some flowers, or give that tired old watchman a cup of coffee. One act of kindness will create ripples through out your life, bringing you Joy and happiness. BE YOUR OWN DREAM CATCHER!!