Dreams, Evolution and Destiny

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Dreams, Evolution and Destiny

Contents

1 THE DREAMING SELF p 7
The continuous dreaming cycle of the Self.
The development of dreams from their infancy
in the evening to their maturity at dawn.

2 ANALYSE YOUR OWN DREAMS p 26
Thinking around your dream images. Only you
can interpret your dreams effectively, because only
you are aware of your own past experiences.

3 THE WORLD DREAM p 48
The continuous cycle of evolutionary
development affects the imagery of our personal
dreams. The secret unseen world of nature.

4 A PSYCHOANALYTICAL APPROACH p 73
Freud, Adler and Jung valued dreams as a way
into the unconscious mind. Dream archetypes, sex,
power and individuation as the basis of dreams.

5 THE DREAM WORKSHOP APPROACH p 91
Guided studies, shared experiences. Techniques
for reliving your dream. Power and control.
Wilfully and spontaneously lucid dreams.

6 TRADITIONAL DREAM SYMBOLS p 111
A descriptive list of some of the most commonly
occurring collective dream symbols, some ancient,
some modern, with their true significance.

7 DREAMS OF THE FUTURE p 160
The Inner Self has the ability to see ahead in time,
giving rise to warning dreams, cryptic predictions,
'white lie' dreams, and 'waking' dreams of future events.

8 DREAMS OF OTHER LIVES p 174
Dreaming of the troubles of friends and relatives.
So-called reincarnation dreams. Experiencing
emotional trauma from long ago and far away.

9 DREAMS OF DESTINY p 189
Soul children, the dream understanding of Soul.
A major move for the Inner Self. Dreams of moving
into the light, or a dark valley. The long climb.

Index of Dream Images and Symbols p 211

General Index p 214

Some Cryptic Dreams for Analysis p 217

This Book and its Author p 223

Dreams, Evolution and Destiny

ISBN 9781907091520

Dream Mandala

Forget the restrictions of logic. Try to visualise a mandala
expressing your own personal self, superimposed on a full-
scale world mandala. As before, the horizon will bisect the
circle; everything above this line is visualised as being in the
daylight; everything below as belonging to the night. Above
the horizon now are the higher degrees of awareness, or
conscious attainment, all of which are normally far beyond
the human condition, and unapproachable by us. Below the
horizon is the familiar world of nature and material things,
and this is where we live.

                 Visualise this mandala now as representing the
whole human race, as well as you, the individual, as well as
the world itself. On the left of this mandala, the physical
human sector is partly in the light at its highest point, the
symbolic point of sunrise and new birth. This illuminated
portion represents the extent to which earth-bound yet non-
materially orientated humans can experience the world of
spirit, or spiritual wisdom, by becoming saintly people. But,
of course, very few of us are saints.


THE DREAMING PROCESS

Many people forget their dreams so quickly and thoroughly
that they deny ever dreaming at all; but this, of course, is not
the same as actually having no dreams. If you genuinely
have no dreams at all, you are unlikely to be reading this
book. But if, like many others, you merely find it difficult or
impossible to remember your dreams, you have been
missing out on a chance to experience an amazingly direct
method of learning and understanding things that are
normally unknown to our conscious minds. I hope that
through reading this book, you will find that remembering
and understanding your dreams soon comes naturally to you.
Write an account of your dream as soon as you wake,
making sure that you are being accurate and honest with
yourself. Try to avoid embroidering the details, even if they
seem unflattering or unpleasant. You can always keep your
dream notebook private if you fear embarrassment. Having
written them down, think them through very carefully.
When you can remember and begin to understand
your personal dreams, resulting from the reassembled,
re-created and re-presented impressions of normal awareness
– a second bite of the cherry which would otherwise not be
available to you – then you will begin to experience
impersonal dreams, even dream messages from the human
world of spirit. These are truly instructive, meaningful
experiences: spiritual truths coming to awareness, things you
ought to know but could not otherwise discover, experiences
that will guarantee you are never quite the same person again.

 


The first diagram resembles a wheel within a wheel, or a
globe within a globe. This kind of diagram is a mandala – a
Sanskrit word meaning roughly ‘magic circle’ – intended to
represent the Self. Inside this mandala is the familiar,
everyday ‘self’, small-scale and personal, the wide-awake
experience of awareness; also the normally unconscious,
sleeping part of this personal self: the inner feelings, which
belong to what Jung called the ‘personal unconscious’. The
larger, encompassing wheel must still be thought of as part
of the self – this time the greater Self, including mysterious
areas that often do not seem to be part of ourselves at all: the
‘collective unconscious’ (Jung's term again), and the human
world of spirit, which is directly linked to universal spirit.

           These greater contents or principles are shared
equally by the whole of humankind, so taken together they
can be called the ‘impersonal self’. Neither the collective
unconscious nor the human world of spirit is fixed or
restricted, or isolated from the rest of creation. There is a
constant flow or interchange beyond our normal experience,
between the ordinary self of personal awareness with its
thoughts and feelings, and the inner feelings of the personal
unconscious; and there is also a link between the greater
Self, the world of the collective unconscious, and the world
of human spirit.

           The first of these connections, or channels of
communication, gives rise to what we might call everyday
dreams, associated with our normal everyday lives and the
people with whom we come into daily contact, and
occasionally also to deeper dreams informing us of our own
hidden contents, which may have been influencing our
thoughts and feelings from within. Under certain
circumstances, the flow of information from the greater
impersonal world of the unconscious can also come to the
awareness of the ordinary self, and when this happens our
dreams occupy a different dimension, take on a new
urgency, and carry a more vivid and insistent message.
Let us take a closer look at the ‘ordinary self’ – at
ourselves – and see how this constant interchange of
contents, this fluid movement of information, actually
works. Again, we must picture the self as it might be, if there
were no such thing as a physical body, no material influence,
and no gravitational pull to distort it. We can realistically
believe now that people were created ‘in God's image’, for a
universal creator would have to encompass his entire
universe and, being utterly whole and non-material, could
only be envisaged as a sphere or globe, containing all globes
and all movements.

           But, of course, very few people are really whole,
either spiritually or psychologically. The first step towards
progress is to understand our limitations. Most of us would
admit that we are flawed, in one way or another, at least to
the extent that we are not aware of everything; not open to
everything. We are not even directly aware of our own
contents, never mind our true place in the universe. Perhaps
this is why we need dreams, to help us along. It has been
said that truly whole people have no further need for dreams,
for they are already aware of all these things, and all the
possibilities open to them. But for all of us, as we are being
realistic, dreams are the next best thing; if we let them, they
will carry us in the right direction.

The second mandala diagram gives an idea of how the
process works at the personal dream level. The circle here
represents the sphere of the personal self. The horizontal line
– the horizon – represents the division between day, or all
that is known to the conscious mind, in the upper half; and
night, or all that is unknown and mysterious, in the lower
half. Remember the cyclic process that works continuously
beneath the level of awareness, carrying impulses and
influences from one part of the sphere to another. In the
waking, daylight zone, the normal everyday feelings are
surrounded, in effect, by a shell representing the thinking
mind. In sleep, this shell disappears, or softens and becomes
permeable.


WALKING INTO THE LIGHT

There are so many vivid accounts of dreams, or out of body
and near death experiences involving ‘walking into the light’
that we can be sure they are not all mere fantasy. But then,
fully formulated dreams are not fantasy. Walking into
brightly lit rooms full of welcoming people; strolling
through fields of beautiful flowers; meeting deceased
relatives in an aura of love; all these have been described as
experiences of ‘heaven’. But remember the principle of
moving with the flow of the world dream, rather than against
it. These wonderful images, these regions of light, can be
found symbolised within the world mandala by the material
segment as it extends above the horizon. It is, in effect, the
state of materiality bathed in an archangelic light. Our
normal everyday psychic ‘centre of gravity’ is already there,
within the region. When a dream door swings open, it is but
a short step for us to enter that light.

             A vision which can be described in physical terms,
such as this, may be a glimpse of ‘paradise’, but it cannot
truly be called an experience of ‘heaven’. Words tend to lose
their power when we try to make the distinction, because we
have no experience of those realms symbolised by the
uppermost segments of the world mandala. ‘Heaven’ has no
basis for description within our familiar terms of reference,
no images that our minds can grasp or hold, because, as
distinct from ‘paradise’, it is necessarily beyond the realms
of materiality.

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