Something quite amazing happened to me today that i've never experienced before. After this happened I knew I had to post it here on ATS.
Before I tell the story, I would like to give a wee bit of info that will add a bit more context to the main happening.
I moved to New Zealand from Scotland in 2004 and ever since I arrived here i've felt like i've always meant to be here. In fact, i've known that I
belonged over here, even years before I left Scotland. (I'm 30yrs old now, but knew I belonged here from age 16yrs, just could never afford it or get
a visa until i was 24yrs old in 2004)
Since coming here to NZ my mind has opened up lots. From Meditation, Yoga and ATS!, i've become interested in so many interesting fields.
Anyway about 1yr ago, I read a book about Dreams and Lucid Dreaming and it said that it can be very helpful to record all the dreams you can
I started this shortly after and still try to record as many as I can to this very day. Since i started doing this, it has amazed me, the interesting
dreams I have had. I've drawn cool diagrams etc of various places i've been to in my dreams and written down words, names etc from my dreams. It's
a fascinating read too!
So about March 2010 I has one particular dream that stuck in my head when I awoke the following morning.
It was a dream where I was driving in my car along a winding road, with trees on both sides and water shimmering through the trees on one side of the
road. Beyond the trees were large mountains.
We kept driving then the road came to a stop. A dead end, but at the end of this road the mountains opened up into a large valley with a very special
place at the end.
In this particular dream I never saw what this place was, but I knew there was something very special here that I could visit again if I wanted
Here's where things start to get interesting. On May 6th 2010 I had an eerily similar dream where I visited the exact same place as before and this
time I wrote exactly what happened in my Dream records -
Thursday 6th May 2010
I've dreamt of this place before. The way is lined with thick trees on both sides of the winding road. I can see water through the trees glistening.
I know the road is no thru road, it's a very special place when you arrive.
After a long drive, deep into water, trees and the mountains, the hills open up into a wide valley with rocks and green grass. A fresh wind cuts
through the valley and blows a feeling of truth through our minds.
There is something else there. Maybe a monument or very special building. Im still not sure, but I feel we go there for answers and the truth.
The first time I dreamt this, I just looked around, but this time there was some sort of Maori Ceremony Happening and we were asked to join in. It
seemed like some kind of games we were playing and were in teams. Cant remember any more than this.
So that was back in May 2010.
Here's where it blew my mind.
Today - Saturday 12th June 2010, I was invited to a friends house in a Town called Akaroa, New Zealand.
We travelled there on friday evening and stayed there overnight, then spent most of today there with them.
Later in the afternoon, my friends wife asked me if I had ever been along the waterside road to see the old Maori Marae.
A marae (in New Zealand Māori, Cook Islands Maori, Tahitian) malaʻe (in Tongan), malae (in Samoan and Hawaiian), is a sacred place which served
both religious and social purposes in pre-Christian Polynesian societies.
In all these languages, the word also means "cleared, free of weeds, trees, etc."
It generally consists of an area of cleared land roughly rectangular (the marae itself), bordered with stones or wooden posts (called au in Tahitian
and Cook Islands Māori) perhaps with terraces (paepae) which were used in olden times for ceremonial purposes; and with a central stone ahu or a'u
(sometimes as in the Rapanui culture's ahu on Easter Island "ahu" becomes a synonym for the whole marae complex).
I said I had not and they invited to take us along there to have a look.
I could not believe it. We drove along this winding road, tree lined with water glistening through the trees on one side and when we reached the end
of this 'dead end road' there was this fascinating Maori Marae at the end which was sitting in this large valley with green grass.
I got out the car and just panned my sight all around and it took my breath away. I knew this was the place i had dreamt of twice before!!!
It was an amazing feeling, one that I can't really describe. It felt very strange and I knew I would have to come back again when we have more time
on our hands.
I looked around several time so I was sure this was the place, and i was left in no doubt whatsoever that it was indeed this place.
What it means, I do not know. I cant wait to go back and try and understand things a bit more! Unfortunatly we were pressed for time as our baby
daughter was out there in the cold winds and we headed back.
I said to my partner that i would love to come back again and take more photographs to show the route there and how eerily similar it was to that of
Here is a photo I took of the Marae in what little time I had there -
I have this evening, looked up this Marae on the internet and found this -
Ōnuku Marae is a five kilometre meandering drive from the Akaroa township towards the heads of Akaroa Harbour. The marae emerges suddenly at the
roadside, glimpsed through a fringe of harakeke. The craggy peak Ōteauheke rises up behind the marae that sits at an angle to the lapping shoreline
of the harbour. Ōnuku Marae is home to the hapū of Ngāi Tarewa and Ngāti Irakēhu. Irakēhu was the mother of many of the hapū and pā in the
Horomaka (Banks Peninsula) area
It has a deep history as we can read HERE
Anyway, that's about it. The first time I have ever dreamt of the same place 2 times, then been fortunate enough to actually visit this place for
Very freaky and I rally can't wait to visit again and get more more photos and I think I may try to speak to someone first hand about the history of
[edit on 12-6-2010 by grantbeed]