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by Janice Matturro on 11/29/13

I met Madame C.J. Walker in 2006, years before I had ever heard her name or read her life story.   You see, Madame C.J. Walker died in 1919, at the age of 51. Since my own parents were born in 1919, obviously,  I could not have met her in person; rather, I met her in a dream:  Here’s an excerpt from my dream:

~~~~I am walking along Yonkers Avenue, in Westchester County, New York.  A beautiful African American woman is walking in my direction.  As she approaches me, she asks, “Are you lost?”   I point in the direction of the road straight ahead. “No. I’m walking in that direction.”

Secretly, I ask myself.  “Am I lost? Am I walking in the right direction?”   As if to read my mind, this lovely stranger extends a “helping hand” and begins to walk side-by-side with me along the path I chose to walk.   My curiosity is now awakened by this engaging woman.  I ask, “What is your name?”  She smiled. “My name is Walker.  Walker.” ~~~~

My sense of curiosity carried forth from my dream into my waking life.  I felt compelled to do some research on my dream “Walker” and came across the life of Madame C.J. Walker. When I saw her picture and read her life story, I knew the woman of my dreams was Madame C.J. Walker.  I was sure of this because of the way she presented herself to me in my dream and how specifically she expressed her name in tonality and facial expression.  Her appearance – her attire and, more specifically, her hair and the way she revealed her eyes  --  seemed very important to the woman of my dreams, and that gave clue to her identity.

If you have never heard of Madame C.J. Walker, you might be interested in learning about her life story.  It is an awesome and inspiring story:  Madame C.J. Walker was born in the deep-south to two former slaves; her birth name was Sarah.

At the age of 5 Sarah worked for $1 a week.
At the age of 7, Sarah was orphaned.
At the age of 14, Sarah married.
At the age of 17, Sarah had a daughter.
At the age of 20, Sarah was widowed.
For seventeen years,  Sarah worked as a washerwoman.

In her thirties, Sarah developed a problem -- her hair began falling out.  As any thirty-something woman would feel – and understandably so — Sarah was very upset. Sarah tried many different mixtures in an effort to solve her hair issues, but the answer to her problem came in a dream. Sarah's dream experience in her own words:

“A big, black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up in my hair.  Some of the remedy was grown in Africa; but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out."

Sarah’s dream was just the beginning.  Sarah decided to sell her own mixture after her friends had success with their own hair issues when using it -- and the rest is history:  Sarah became Madame C.J. Walker, the first, female American self-made millionaire and the head of an international, multi-million dollar corporation that offered over 5,000 product Agents an opportunity to achieve personal success, as well.  

Madame C.J. Walker built her dream home in Irvington, NY (Westchester County -- for those who are interested) where she died. Her estate still stands, and you can visit it today.

I have had the privilege of encountering Madame C.J. Walker in subsequent dreams, on several other occasions since we first met in my dream of 2006.     On my website,, and here on my Facebook page, I have posted a picture that I drew of  Madame C.J. Walker  that reflects the way she appears to me in my dreams.

I am deeply touched by the life story of Madame C.J. Walker.  She continually influences my work as a dream teacher and business professional..

Active Dreamers know that the departed visit us in our dreams and oftentimes serve as personal guides.  I invite you to share your own dreams stories about meeting people in your dreams who have touched your lives in unexpected ways.

References: Credit to the following: 
 “Madam Walker Essay” from by A’Lelia Bundles). 

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