How I got my Nature Name.
March 30, 2012 10:22am CST
I was going to be initiated into the Good Medicine Society. The apprentises, who were going to initiate me with the person who was passing on her knowledge, told me to try to have a name ready for the initiation. So I prayed every night for about a week, nothing. I think I sleep too soundly. We were going down to Arkansas for the initiation and for one or two weeks of other activies such as swet lodges, medicine wheel, storytelling, walking around in caves, nature walks, singing, and so on. We went down on what they called a turquoise turtle. It was repainted school bus. People took turns driving. The rest of us rode. At night, we slept mostly sitting up. I don't sleep well sitting up, so I remembered my dream. I saw a bunch of sunflowers swaying in a field. One of the sunflowers seemed to be me. So I thanked whoever gave me the dream and answered my prayer. I also asked for verification that my name was Sunflower Swaying. The next day, a semi passed the mini-bus. When it pulled back in front of us, the back trailer had a painting of a sunflower on it and it swayed to straight up. This happened with two more big rigs. I took that as verification of my name. Everyone seemed quite pleased with the name I chose. When people don't hear the last part of my name, I repeat it while swaying, so do lots of other people. It's quite a fun name. I researched sunflowers. They have tons of uses and poems, stories, and artwork devoted to the humble flower. So have you ever prayed for anything and found the answer in a dream? Do you have a Nature Name? Do you think you will try to get one? What is your favorite part of the above? Any respectful, related comments concerning the above?
31 Mar 12
Your post is quite interesting and it seems to have its moorings in some ancient tribal custom.I too have been initiated in the ancient yogic techniques of Kriya Yoga which was first given by Lord Krishna to his disciple Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra over 5000 years ago, as related in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. However neither we are given any name nor asked to choose any name by our Guru or spiritual master. But when somebody takes the wows of renunciation from another renunciant or Swami, as he is called, then the filial name is discarded and a new name is given to the acolyte.By doing so he cuts off all relationships with his family and gives up all his worldly possessions.No, i have never prayed for anything nor had any dream answered so far.
30 Mar 12
I'm so glad you've posted this. I've been wondering what your Nature Name is ever since your last discussion about it! Somehow I was expecting a less cultivated flower, probably because of your love of foraging. I like the name though. Sunflowers have so many good qualities. The first ones I think of are cheerfulness and standing tall. Coincidentally, I planted a bed of sunflowers a few days ago and the first ones are just showing their first leaves today I use them as animal feed, so I planted peas in there too to climb up them as an experiment. As I think I said before, I'd never heard of a Nature Name before we spoke of it. It's opened my mind to the possibility, and I think that if I now had a dream or other significant event relating to a feature of nature I'd consider it twice. I don't tend to dream, but I wake very early in the morning and sometimes things 'come to me' in that dozy state.
• United States
30 Mar 12
Actually sunflowers do wild pretty well. I left my parent's property and one was wild in the back yard. Some bird had dropped a seed and that's all it takes. I was surprised it was a flower at all since my first name means Lily in Hebrew for my birth name. So how many flowers can a person in their name anyway? It's so widely cultivated because it's so useful. Do you know some Russians use the oil for heating which is why they kept trying for larger and larger heads? They also were trying to use it for acoustica tile and other applications? Also it was tried for jackets for helping people float in water? If you get a name, please let us know.
• Boise, Idaho
1 Apr 12
I enjoyed your story. I think finding your nature name is great. Mine is Celticeagle. Irish/Indian. Tells who I am. I quite often find a comfortable place to go to when stressed and find that I dream about this same place later. It is usually a dunes area by the ocean. Very peaceful.
• Marion, Kansas
31 Mar 12
The sunflower's roots go deep so it can stand up to rough times. I could not tell you right now if I have dreamed ans solved a problem or not, but I am pretty certain I have. I have to laugh about your turquoise turtle. When I was a school bus driver during a rainy year I decided that my school bus must be a "Yellow Submarine". Have you ever read the children's book about the Sunflower House. . . I think it would be fun to do. I believe the author is Kathryn Hewitt, but not sure. Here is a link about someone who grows one. http://www.rain.org/~philfear/sunflowerhouse.html Sunflower Swaying is a wonderful name, because if you sway and are flexible you do not break.
• United States
31 Mar 12
Yup, that which bends usually doesn't break. Glad you enjoyed the turquoise turtle. It was such a pretty shade, too. Takes a lot of paint to cover those bright yellow of school buses. No I haven't read it. I absolutely have to. I like the name. I'm like a dancing sunflower. I like Garden Gerty, too. I thought being a clown and your name were also very inspired. Yes, often we have dreams we don't even remember and wake up with a bright idea, so one never knows.