WHAT ARE DREAMS?
For many of us dreams are a mixture of subconscious
memories, things that have happened during the day, the books we have read and
films we have seen. Most of us have had
dreams where we are on a journey, which in itself needs no explanation, except
that we should be asking ourselves where we are going. And many of us have had dreams where we are
being chased and again, we should ask ourselves what we are running away from,
what is it that we fear? And sometimes
they tell us about a situation, they give us a warning. For example, you might be concerned about
going into partnership with someone and dream that the two of you are playing
poker. He bluffs so effectively you
throw in your hand and he wins. But when
he lays down his cards he only has two pair.
He tricked you. So in reality is the
dream telling you that he has less capital to put in than he makes out? That he’s bluffing?
When we dream we are usually watching ourselves, watching
the whole scene, seeing a situation unfold. And if we want to understand
ourselves more or have an insight into situations, than we need to tell
ourselves as we settle down to sleep that we want to remember. It is best to go to bed with a pad and pencil
by our side to write down what we have experienced immediately on waking. In this way, we can understand what is
happening to us on a deeper level, although this in itself takes some insight
and we might need to meditate on it.
Dreams can also tell us about ourselves, our situation and other people
in our lives through symbolism. There
are books that can help us interpret our dreams although sometimes it needs a
more individual approach. For example,
if you dream of a bear, is it a sign of danger, as some bears are ferocious, or
is it telling you that there is something in your life that you cannot ‘bear’,
or maybe it is neither of these? For
example, if you are into the Red Indian Medicine cards you will know that the
bear represents connection through intuition and introspection.
And if you dream of
your shoes falling apart which means you can’t walk, is it telling you that
your life is going to fall apart, or is something preventing you from moving
forward, and if the sole has come off, is there something wrong with your soul?
But there is another type of dreaming, sometimes called
lucid but which I call ‘living’ and it is where we are taking part fully. We are not watching ourselves because we are
in the dream and can only see ourselves by looking down at ourselves. We feel we are living now, that this is
real. So what is happening here?
There are several answers to this and it is not parallel
lives. We only have one physical life at
a time, but we do have a multi-dimensional self which operates on other levels
Firstly, when we dream, our soul leaves our body. It is
attached by a long silver thread which on waking brings us back to life. Sometimes we only leave our bodies to the
extent of staying within our immediate environs. This is why some people say they never
remember their dreams. They haven’t
So what are these dreams
where we feel we are living now? And why
are we not watching ourselves?
The reason is that this is not a subconscious viewing: you
are in one of your light or subtle bodies.
This could be the astral, mental or any of the others. In this subtle body you can think and feel
and if you are very evolved, even make decisions.
I had one myself recently that was extremely weird. I have a neighbour whose small child is
always crying and screaming. In this
‘dream’ he came to see me with the child and I was able to tell him that the
child’s problems were caused by past lives.
In this dream I was able to deduce that which I hadn't known in my
conscious waking body because I had not gone into the cause as I had not been
asked to do so, so this information was new to me. In this dream the past lives were so awful
that I walked into my kitchen and retched in the sink and could think and feel
as if it was really happening.
And what difference does it make whether we experience them
in our astral, mental, celestial or other bodies?
Just as different clothes are appropriate for different
places, (you wouldn't go to work in a ball gown or a tuxedo), so the subtle
body you use depends partly on your own level but also to whatever plane or
dimension you are visiting. If you are
going to, say, a planet that functions on an astral vibration, you’d need to go
in your astral body so that you would feel solid to everyone else there. In a higher body you’d become a ghost like
figure only able to be seen by those who were clairvoyant and as we usually go
to places to help and teach, this higher form is not practical.
We can also go to the corresponding spiritual planes of soul
or even revisit the past, our past lives or the time those lives were set in,
or just those times, even if we weren't there but there is a reason for us to
see what it was like. Again, if we are
visiting a community on the astral plane that is very narrow or hostile, that
hasn't moved on, it is better to go in a lower form and ensure we are dressed
like them, even if we are only watching from the sidelines, because they can
see us. If we are looking at records
from the past or even our future, than we would have to be in a higher form
because these are kept on the seventh or celestial level and in fact not
everyone is allowed to go in and read them.
For those of us who are evolved we can go into hell realms
to get people out, and just as in real life, there are some very nasty people
around who would do us *harm. A visit to
these regions might well result in us waking suddenly from a ‘nightmare.’
These experiences are also training for those who later on
will be able to bi-locate in both sleep and waking state, in full
consciousness, for when we come back we do not always remember these trips, but
by practicing we gain a greater control over our subtle or light bodies which
will expand our consciousness and help our spiritual progress. And in order to
remember, all we need to do is tell ourselves that we want to remember and
write down what we have experienced immediately on waking.
Going into the akashic records or visiting other planetary
systems can also cause confusion where past lives are concerned for we may
think we have lived in this or that era when in fact we haven’t.
Another type of dream one may have, which is neither
subconscious memories nor a living dream is the Holodek. Fans of the second Star Trek series starring
Patrick Stewart and featuring the android ‘Data’ will be fully conversant with
its purpose and function. The Holodek is
a simulation that can replicate any place, any time and any person! It is a great training ground because in this
you can be faced with any situation and it is so real that you think you are
living then and there and what is happening is really happening, until you wake
up. I've been on this several times to
experience events that I would not experience, thank G-d, in real life, like
running someone over in a car or being in an earthquake. I can’t tell you how thankful I was when I
Recurring dreams are also very important. They are there in some cases to warn us, or
to tell us that there is something important we have to deal with, often on an
emotional or psychological level. And
then there are the nightmares. These
could be things that we fear at a deep level, or an encounter with the forces
that dreams are wish-fulfillment. I don’t
agree, or at least only in part. Freud
was dealing mainly with middle class women in the second half of the 19th
century. Married women were reduced to filling
their time with charity work, painting, sewing and giving dinner parties,
whilst the unmarried ones, well, they couldn't do very much at all! They couldn't get a job unless they were
penniless gentlewomen, in which case they had the choice of being a governess,
teacher or companion! Certainly there was
no chance of being a doctor or doing anything that was considered
As to the
unmarried ones, or the unhappily married ones, I am sure they had a multitude
of unfulfilled wishes! Freud was not taking into account the expansion of the
mental and other subtle bodies which would allow for spiritual truths and
prophecies to be brought through in the dream state. How could he?
Not that I am decrying his work, quite the contrary, I have found it
very useful for myself.
I had a
complicated dream on the night of Friday 3th July 2015, which I will relate so
that you can see how careful one has to be when interpreting them. Dreams often appear to be a mishmash of
unconnected themes and it is easy to dismiss them as rubbish. So here is a perfect example of what appears
to be nonsense, but isn't.
I dreamt I
was at home although it didn't actually look like it and people had left money
for me, putting it through the door in cash so as to be anonymous. This could (dare I say it!), be wish fulfillment because at the time I was broke and wondering how I was going to manage over
the next eight months whilst I did some further training and would be unable to
do much in the way of work. In fact I
was hoping for just that, a donation. It did not mean that money would
come. This is something to be aware of
in dreams, that when something good happens it doesn't necessarily mean that it
The dream then
took a totally different turn. I dreamt
I had woken up in a panic thinking I had overslept as I was expecting someone
at nine thirty. It was actually ten
o’clock in the dream and I rushed out, still in my dressing gown, to look for
the person who was coming at nine thirty and found him, walking towards me. This refers to several things. First, the person who I was expecting the
next day is invariably late, second I never book anything in the morning if I
can help it because I work for the good of the world at night and sometimes
don’t get to sleep till the early hours of the morning and am fit for nothing
before midday, and lastly, rushing out in my dressing gown, a recurring theme
in my dreams, because I never feel ready for the work I have been trained to do
and know that I never will, just as tennis stars rarely feel ready for centre
court at Wimbledon, they just have to get on with it!
moved on to a hotel room which I was sharing with a girlfriend. Two other women
came in and we were discussing getting a take-out. One of the women said that she didn't want to
get food from the restaurant next to the hairdresser’s because she didn't like
the hairdresser. Now, in the dream, my
friend and I both went to the hairdresser, she was a friend of ours and
perfectly alright. Also the woman said
she wanted a mushroom omelette and she was sure the restaurant only used tinned
was easy to interpret because the day following the dream I had planned to do
my hair but put it off because the night before I had got the offer of a lift
to the supermarket, which brings me to the next point, the food. I had been telling a devotee that same day
that I was anaemic because the iron rich foods I needed I couldn't get from the
local shop, as they didn't do organic and so were probably GM, and it was
impossible for me to get to the supermarket. By the dream saying that the hairdresser was alright and knowing that
the restaurant did fresh mushrooms not tinned, I took this to mean that the
food I had been avoiding, because it wasn't organic, wasn't GM and was
therefore safe to eat.
girls in their early twenties came in looking for something but we told them
they were in the wrong place. They didn't leave at once and went to the window and pocketed some of my cosmetics. I accused them of stealing and took them back
off of one girl but the other would not let me search her bag. I knew she had taken a precious metal
fountain pen case with the pen inside it.
In the dream I used it specifically for writing up notes on anything
sacred, so in the end I told her I would have to take her to the manager and
call in the police. I also told her, in
a bid to avoid this step, that the item, because of its sacredness would
rebound on her and do her no good.
always use a propelling pencil to write up my notes, but it is not expensive,
so it does not refer to that. No the
precious metal box is my body and the pen my spirit, and it is about being
stopped in my spiritual progress. Again
when I was talking to my devotee the day before, I was saying that I hoped I
would have moved before the neighbour from hell came back, a student who lived
above me who had parties that started as early as eight in the evening and
finished about two or three the following morning! I had, on two previous occasions, had to put
up with this for a fortnight and with my sensitivity I knew I could not go
through this again especially as the university summer holidays last for ten
weeks! I also did not want to go to the
police as I couldn't call them out before midnight and my sensitivity would not
be able to deal with their energy bearing in mind the work they do. Also when I told them who I was they would
think I was some religious nutter and not take me seriously, hence, in the
dream my attempt to reason with the thief so as to avoid the police. I also intended to try and reason with the
student if I wasn't out of here by the time he returned. So this was a personification of my fear I had mentioned on the previous day because it would be impossible for me to go
through this again and would destroy me, represented by the loss of the box. So much of what I had dreamed was to do with
events and feelings arising from the previous day. In fact many of our dreams are to do with
what has happened the day before. This,
of course, is not the full story. I could go on for pages more as there are
deeper aspects to it. This, I feel, is
sufficient to show how complicated dreams are but also so very important. Start taking note of yours!
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