Brothers Sell Joseph into Slavery, Konstantin Flavitsky, 1855
THE NATURE OF DREAMS
What are dreams?
Cayce answers: “Dreams are of different natures, and have their inception from influences either in the body, in the mind, or from the realm of the soul and spirit.”
Therefore, one of the first steps toward interpretation of a dream is to identify what is the influence behind the dream: Is it the body, the mind, or the soul?
Cayce says that the most common influence impelling dreams is “mental development.”
Our subconscious (mind of our soul) and our superconscious (mind of our godly self) are attempting to correlate events and decisions with eternal, spiritual ideals and purposes.
On one occasion Cayce modified the word correlation to “co-relation of subconscious and superconscious forces manifesting through the developing mind of the entity.”
Generally, the feeling that accompanies the dream reveals how our soul feels about events, decisions, or conditions.
Beyond correlating, some dreams reflect conditions in the body that need to be cared for; some deal with opportunities that need to be seized; others are non-physical experiences in other dimensions of life that help us expand our consciousness.
In some dreams we break the time barrier and see far into the past or even into the future.
The subconscious mind is like a bird high above the road we are traveling; it can see around the next bend of our path and review the distant roads we’ve traveled and forgotten.
Dreams are multidimensional. It is this very quality that makes them so difficult to understand.
They have a language all their own; a language of imagery, symbolism, and sometimes bizarre activity.
As all who have studied their dreams can attest, dreams are often difficult to interpret and understand.
But humanity has received life-changing insight and guidance through dreams.
From biblical journeys with God to modern scientific breakthroughs, dreams have played a major role in human experience.
The Book of Job: When the Morning Stars Sang Together
Watercolour, 280 x 179 mm
Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Blake’s images oscillate between dream and reason. Even direct references to the Bible, as here to the Book of Job, do not necessarily mean that this is an illustration of the Bible. The scenes are too much a part of the artist’s private religious vision. Here we see Job, who has been through torment and suffering, taken up by God. With His arms outstretched, God appears as the Lord of Light and Darkness, but the depiction could also be intended to show God as the Lord of the Earth. There is a striking similarity in the faces of God and Job.
The sheet is a drawing for one of the sequences of engravings that appeared from 1825.
In the Book of Job it is written:
“God speaks once, even twice — though man regards it not — in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon man, in slumberings upon the bed.
Then God opens the ears of humans, and seals their instruction, that He may withdraw man from his [selfish] purposes, and hide pride from man.
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.”
Budget time for swimming in the river of dreams. They guide us to the shores of paradise.
Sleep is a shadow of death and the life beyond this world.
To live in dreamy sleep is to know heaven.
Writer James Agee was 45 years old in 1955 when he died of heart failure in the backseat of a New York taxicab. His unfinished novel, A Death in the Family, was posthumously edited and published to great acclaim two years later. It’s a deeply felt autobiographical remembrance of Agee’s childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the car crash that took his father’s life when the author was six years old. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize and became the basis for a stage play, All the Way Home, that garnered a Pulitzer of its own. (The play was adapted into a virtually forgotten 1963 film starring Robert Preston and Jean Simmons.)
Heaven is that place never ever dreamt of.
February 17, 2009 at 5:06 pm
I don’t believe we humans can even begin to comprehend just how immeasurable God is.
On our Valentine’s Day thread, I mentioned how Robert Preston is my favorite actor ever.
Shortly after he died, I dreamt of him and you know what he told me?
He said, and I’ll never forget it as it was such an euphoric dream,
“Heaven is that place never ever dreamt of.”
I woke with tears in my eyes as I felt as though I’d been given a gift, just an inkling of what heaven must be like.
I told you I had strange dreams!
In this uplifting commentary, best-selling author John Van Auken reveals the simple yet profound path that takes one from living in the grind of karma to the light and peace of grace.
Using the foundation of spiritual living found in the fruits of the spirit and as given by psychic Edgar Cayce, Van Auken weaves a tapestry of love and light, of freedom from karmic reactions, of hope and happiness.