By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

When I was about four or five years old, I began to have a recurrent dream of a naked young woman in her late teens. The dream would reoccur at least once a week and there wasn’t a week that went by when I didn’t have the dream.

In my dream, the woman was always sitting or standing by the same low waterfall and I could vividly see the water-worn stones in the water and around the waterfall.

The dreams came regularly for years until one day when I was in 7th grade, my close friend invited me to go and stay with him for a week at his uncle’s place in Waipio Valley. In those days, Waipio Valley was extremely isolated and very few people got to go there, so I was quite fortunate to get a chance to visit the unspoiled, remote valley.

We spent the first few days swimming in the river where it met the sea, exploring the area around his uncle’s farm and having a good time. On about the third day, his uncle decided to go and pick warabi, which is a kind of edible fern shoot. We rode in the back of his pickup as he forded streams and went deeper into the rain forest. He finally stopped where the road ended and we got out to hunt for warabi. We followed the stream picking warabi and “Lo and behold!” we came to the same waterfall that had been in my dreams for years! Of course, the naked girl wasn’t there, but everything else was exactly as it had appeared in my persistent dreams.

The dreams stopped after that, but left me wondering what they were all about for many years. I recently asked my sister to ask some of her friends with connections to the few people living in Waipio Valley and one of them offered an explanation, saying “She’s a goddess of farming and she wanted to give your brother her blessing.”

Reflecting back, there would seem to have been a lot to her blessing because I’ve always been good at growing plants, both as a commercial vegetable farmer in Hawaii and as a vegetable gardener today. I really feel thankful for her blessing!

ハワイ女神の祝福

45歳の頃から『20歳前の裸女性』の夢を繰り返して見続けた。その同じ夢は毎週少なくとも1回は浮かび、飛んだ週はなかった。

夢の中には美人の女性はいつも同じ低い滝の横に座ったり、立ったりしていた。水の中や川辺の摩耗した石もはっきり見えた。

その同じ夢が何年も続いた。中1になり、夏休みのある日に友人がおじさんのワイピオ・ヴァレーの農園に1週間滞在を招待してくれた。当時、ワイピオ・ヴァレーは人里離れた場所で、一般人の出入りは制限されていたので喜んで彼の招待を受けた。

最初の23日は、川が海に流れるところで川泳ぎや農園や周辺の探検で遊んだ。三日目頃、友人のおじさんはワラビ採りに連れて行くと。トラックの荷台に乗って、いくつかの小川を渡ってからおじさんが行き止りで停車した。トラックから降りてそこから小川に沿って森奥へ進んだ。おじさんがワラビのある場所に来ると小川沿えを探しながらワラビを収穫。しばらくしてから、私の目の前に夢の滝が見えてきた!!驚きで声もでなかった!勿論、裸の女性はいなかったが、滝や各石は夢の通りだった!

その後、夢が消えたが、何十年も『あの夢は何だった』との疑問は頭から離れなかった。ワイピオ・ヴァレー住民とコネをもつ妹にその話をし、彼らに尋ねるように頼んだ。その中のひとりは「その女神は農業の神様だ。彼女はお兄さんを祝福したかった」と答えたらしい。

省みると、その祝福は凄かった!そのおかげさまでハワイ島で専業農家をしていた頃や現在の野菜畑にも私にとっては植物は育ちやすいだ。女神に感謝!

By Billy Hammond (Copyright A.E.L.S)

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English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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