When I wake up, I write the word down to look up later. It's a word that if I remember ever hearing it, I can't recall it and I certainly don't know what one is. I rather expected to find a picture of a pyramid balanced on a half ball. But alas, it's rarely that easy or straight-forward, is it?
I found three meanings or references to the term "heliotrope". In some ways I was a little surprised to find out the word existed. The primary reference is to a family of plants that all seek and follow the sun...to the degree that you can almost see the movement. A sunflower may be one such example. It will face the direction of the rising sun in the morning, and the setting sun in the afternoon. A sunflower may not be a heliotrope, but you get the general idea. So this first meaning can almost fit with the dream. A plant that strives to seek balance and seek and turn it's face to the sun is almost a spiritual metaphor.
I find a second reference for heliotrope referring to a measurement instrument used to track the sun's position (or probably, more aptly, the earth's position in relationship to the sun). I find a third reference which shows a building that is nearly all windows and is multi-faceted or multi-sided. This may also refer to being able to receive sunlight at all times. So I'm really not sure of the significance of the name as it relates to my dream. However, if it was dream travel, it is most likely that the term heliotrope means something very different in a slightly different realm or level of reality. Maybe to them, in that place, it represents "that which seeks to face the sun". No idea. Reaching.
Pyramids have always been a symbol of power and spirituality. There is a fringe science category that concerns itself with pyramid power. I've heard it said that anything done within the structure of a pyramid shape (such as meditating in a room that is pyramid shaped), intensifies the energy field exponentially. And obviously, in some South American and Egyption cultures, the pyramid held great significance to its people.
It probably doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that achieving balance in one's life in all areas (mind/body/spirit, work/play/family/self/service/community etc) appears to be so out of whack in today's American culture that the message could be a strong universal warning of the vital importance of returning to balance. Balance in nature, balance in integrating all of our parts. Balance. Homeostasis. Balance is vital to survival and life. But we forget. Stress related illnesses, cancers etc are growing at alarming rates. Our food supplies and our exposures to chemicals are hardly even on most people's radar screens. We bemoan the beast of cancer, but overlook all of the contributing factors that are responsible. Cancer is not a demon, it is a symptom of balance lost.
When I look in my Dream Book (by Betty Bethards), it shows the significance of dreaming of a pyramid as:
"Mystical power, initiation. You have done something well, passed a big test." I can't think of anything I did recently that was that all-fired important. I know that I very recently said no to a request that I ordinarily might have said yes to. It's too long to go into here, but suffice to say, I would have said yes out of a need of mine, a need to be needed, a need to succeed where I had failed in the past, a need to prove something, a need to feel important and validated, not really a need of the person I would be assisting. I had to think about that long and hard. And it is also just hard to say no to somebody who asks you nicely for something and who tells you how great they think you would be at it (with all sincerity, not to manipulate). That's very ego-bending. And it later occurred to me that this person was put in my path not so I could directly assist them, but so that I could generate alternative ideas AND to call "bullshit" on the status-quo method for assisting that was not going to be effective. Perhaps that sounds confusing and I don't mean to be cryptic...I really am happy to explain it, it just seems like it would take us too far off task for this post. Ultimately, did my decision to say no, and to suggest what I thought would really be helpful (which is likely not to be persued) make a positive difference? I have no idea. I do suspect that my saying yes would not have been helpful and would have broken my heart in the process.
Tattoo: Ego Identity or Scar. Well, that just sort of fits what I said above. I looked it up since it was clear that people had this symbol tattooed and I saw it tattooed on the inside of wrists; a place I have considered getting a tattoo.
What ideas come to your mind when you read this? Do you have other insights I've missed? I think it is not only a message for me but for others.