had a dream last night, one which has repeated itself
in different variations over the years. I would guess
that many people have had the same type of dream.
am in a strange town, on a side street, alone, inadequately
dressed, and aware that I am hunting for my car. But
I don't know where I left it. Being unfamiliar with
the town, there are no landmarks by which I can tell
where I am, and I have no sense of where to look for
my car. It is useless to ask someone for help, because
I can't give them the information which would allow
them to assist me.
sense of isolation, lostness, almost hopelessness, goes
on for some time, as I wander around looking for anything
that will give me the slightest idea of how to get out
of this predicament. In addition, I am cold, shivering
and miserable, angry that I have gotten myself into
this fix in the first place. And the crushing sense
that all of this is really happening is overwhelming.
slowly, I rose to the awareness that I was in my bed,
safe, warm, unlost, and that the whole painful experience
had only been a dream. It brought with it an amazing
sense of relief, of peace, of gratitude.
occurs to me that some day I am going to wake up slowly
to the realization that I am safe, warm, and unlost
in the spiritual world, and that the painfully real
experience I have just completed was only another physical
life. That awareness will bring its own amazing sense
of relief, peace and gratitude.
need to remember that our true life is spiritual, and
that our physical life is as fleeting and insubstantial
as a dream. In fact, there is a direct correlation here
- our physical life bears the same relationship to our
spiritual life, as our dream life does to our physical
life. What our dream life does for our human awareness
is the same thing that our physical life does for our
essential spiritual being. They are both instructive
and they both contribute to our growth, but on vastly
different levels. And in the same way that our human
mind generates many dreams, so our spiritual self generates
many physical lives.
dreaming is the awareness that we are having a dream
while it is still in progress. It is said that not only
does the ability to dream lucidly imply a higher degree
of evolvement, but that knowing we are dreaming gives
us the power to direct the dream's development, so that
it can be most beneficial.
that knowledge, we should desire to live lucid lives,
lives in which we understand that the physical experience
is merely the dream state of the spirit. As we learn
to live more lucidly, we will be better able to direct
our lives so that, rather than blindly following wherever
they happen to lead us, we can take more control and
choose a direction which will involve the most creative
and meaningful spiritual growth, both for ourselves
and for others.
John W. Sloat 2009