The Dormouse sleeps through most of the mania of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. And though he is spared the confusion and frustrations that Alice faces during the musical chairs and non-stop nonsense, he is also being subjected to the whims and fancy of those who are actively participating in the mad Hatter’s party, and he is missing out on the magic and the wisdom that can be gained in such a chaotic convention. His responses to the activities around him are not particularly appropriate, and are more like knee-jerk reactions to external stimuli. Sleeping through one’s life does soften the hard spots, but then so much else is lost in the unconscious and passive passing through life, it is hardly worth it in the end.
The Dormouse has cozied up to take a nap in the middle of your tea party to help remind you to wake up in some way. Dreams are an essential part of manifesting our reality, but if we do not birth it into the real world through our awakened states, then they can float out into the nether-ether realms and be lost for a very long time.
Sometimes, especially for the small Dormouse, it is easy to get lost in the comfortable restful state we take after a trying time. It can feel so good to get away from it all, it is hard or even frightening to step back into the madness of the every day.
Take a moment to discover in what ways and areas you might need a nudge or a wake-up call to get going again. Maybe this card represents someone in your life who is asking for that gentle shaking back into this reality. From very subtle to very deep, there is a call to retrieve a part of ourselves or our community.
It may be that you have already received your wake-up call in the form of some eruption, such as relationship strife, an unexpected wrench in the works, an accident, or magical faerie intervention (they like to set up intricate chain-of-events madness to spin us out of our unconsciousness). Don’t be so quick to judge these things as difficulties or punishments of any kind. They could easily be the hot tea on the nose of the Dormouse; to wake up and catalyze into action that which has checked out into the unconscious world.
Meditation #1: Sit comfortably in a place and time you feel free to explore, without distractions. Closing your eyes is fine, but as a wakefulness practice, you can also choose to keep a soft gaze on something inspirational: sacred art, metaphorical imagery, surreal or dream images, an altar, or anything else you feel would be appropriate. Start breathing gently into your belly, deeper and deeper with each inhale. Imagine the breath starting at your center and moving to the very edges of your skin. When this feels comfortable, do a slow scan from your feet to the top of your head. Notice if there is any place that is feeling asleep, numb, or not really integrated into your body. Send your breath to this part of your body and imagine the breath going into this part and expanding, as if you were blowing up a balloon with your inhale, from the inside of this stuck place. Keep breathing into this place, and allow yourself to ask what may be needed to help this part of you feel safe enough to wake up and start moving again. It may be a color, a sound, or simply placing a loving hand on this area and focusing the breath as a vehicle for love until the stuck point slowly dissolves. If it feels easier to imagine a situation where you feel you are unconscious, visualize it as best you can. Imagine that the breath is the energy you need to be completely energized and present within the circumstances. Allow the breath to move you through what needs to be done, allowing the breath to guide you until you feel satisfied. Take a moment to commit to yourself to check in, simply by closing the eyes and connecting with the breath, once a day until you have brought your full self into the situation. 5 minutes is all you need, but more time is also fine. With each breath, imagine giving yourself the energy and motivation you need to be fully mindful and present with your circumstances. Journaling about your ideas, dreams, and changes in energy levels might be helpful during this time.
¼ cup yerba mate
1 tsp. mint leaves
stevia to taste