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Are You Traveling In Your Dreams?

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 2:52 PM Comments comments (48)

Are You Traveling In Your Dreams?

© John W. Robinson, Dream Awareness Network, October 20, 2016


At some time in your life, you may have heard of various topics related to traveling out-of-body in a “dream body”. Such topics as astral travel, astral projection, projection of consciousness, out-of-body-experiences; or maybe some other term used by the ancient explorers of the night has been discussed in your presence.

If we are to attain full Dream Awareness, we cannot ignore these experiences reported by countless dreamers throughout the ages.  This is the subject of this 3 blog in the series dealing with the various types of dreams. And, if we are to attain full Dream Awareness potential, we too must eventually receive the revelations for ourselves that come with this experience.

There have been many documented reports in books by serious dream researchers that provide insight into the experience; but nothing can replace the experiential learning and awareness that one receives first hand after awaking from a night where this type of exploration was personally experienced.

There may also be a validated report from a trusted source that reports they have visited us as we were in waking reality, while the other person was in fact traveling in their “dream body”. This latter experience is what I am sharing with you today.

 What I am sharing came out of a small group of 5 (including self) individuals attending a Dream-Work session at my house in May of this year (2016). Names have been changed for privacy reasons.  Relax and be ready to be amazed if you have never considered these experiences possible. As you will learn, this report will also include a great deal more important topics to be discussed in future posts.

The following was shared with the group by Jay, regarding a dream that his father had involving Jay. This is what Jay reported:

“Upon graduating from high school at the age of 18, I began to question my life purpose and my own existence on this planet. Having to move out of the home for the first time to attend the University of Florida fueled these questions as it seemed I would have to make some life decisions in the coming months. I would have to choose an academic major and career path which was problematic as it wasn't clear to me what my true passion or interests were, especially one where I would dedicate the rest of my life to.

“I truly felt then as I do now, that my potential as a human being was much greater than any professional path offered through the traditional school system. There had to be more in life for me, but it's important to note that these feelings and thoughts were kept completely private. I did not risk disclosing this information to anyone as I did not want to disappoint my parents by revealing my lack of enthusiasm to commit to a traditional professional career, nor my friends as I didn't think anyone would understand.  

“In the first semester at UF, I could not suppress these questions and I secretly decided to seek third party advice because I didn't have anyone to turn to. For a few nights, alone in my dorm room, I researched psychic readers and read hundreds of testimonials and reviews. From stories I've heard and other life experiences, I believed then that they would be able to give me the answers about my life purpose I so desperately wanted to hear. “I picked a psychic and decided I would go see one when I was back home in Orlando, but noappointments or any record of this decision existed 

“Upon return home that Friday night, my dad and I were catching up and watching TV in our living room. During a commercial break he told me that he had a really strange dream that week and that only I would be able to tell him if it was true or not. He started off by describing my dorm room (which he's never been in at this point) including how the furniture was placed and stated that in this dream he was behind me looking at me research on my laptop at my desk. I verified that his description was accurate.  

“He then stated that while he watched me, a voice suddenly spoke to him but there was no one else in the room but me. This voice was a happy voice with a laughable tone. The voice told my father that “your son is trying to figure out his purpose on Earth. He wants to know why he is here and what he is doing with his life. He's looking at psychics to visit to give him this information.” My father, not believing this was true, grew angry and yelled at the voice, "This cannot be true. I know my son and he has no interest in such things."  

“The voice laughed and said “if you do not believe me, just ask your son, but tell him if he is interested in the future do not go see these psychics. If he truly wants to know his purpose he needs to see (as my father described) a very old sage.”  

“When my father was done replaying his dream, I couldn't help but smile at him and confirm that it was 100% entirely accurate.  He was in shock and asked me several questions out of disbelief that I would consider seeing a psychic and out of sadness that I didn't disclose this information to him.  

“This dream took place 6 years ago and I've tried to interpret it in many ways but several things were clear to me. One, there was someone looking out for me and in many ways I felt comforted that I was never alone even when I thought I was. Two, my dad was used as a vessel to communicate a message to me that I wasn't open to receiving myself. Three, knowing my fate or the wrong fate from a potentially gifted psychic could have changed what was meant to be as I was not ready to receive such information and this being was comfortable with me not immediately knowing it. This experience allowed me to be comfortable in not knowing or having preconceived frameworks about the future. I never went to see a psychic after this moment or looked for an "old sage" but I'll welcome that moment if I do cross paths with one.”  

As you can imagine, the discussions we all engaged in that night were very stimulating and thought provoking; not the usual superficial talk about sports, Hollywood, eating out experiences, complaining about the government or story-telling, that sometimes dominate the discussions when friends get together.  

I shared a few dreams of mine related to my consciousness being out-of-the-body and the others shared big impact dreams from their personal dream time experience. I also shared ideas about some of the other areas I had been studying related to the “unknown reality” that too few of us explore. My input included a very brief synopsis of the Seth material and recommendation for follow up reading. Before we knew it, the time was late and we decided to break off the dream sharing for the night since Jay and his friend had to drive back to Tampa and the effect of the wine was making me very relaxed. 

 After asking for permission to include Jay’s experience in a future article I intended to write for my web site blog page, I told Jay I would follow up with him when I was ready to write about that specific topic. I was working on a list of previously selected topics that I want to finish first. I knew that this experience Jay shared might be one of those times where action after the dream would lead to potentially dramatic changes in the relationship between Jay and his father.  As you will see, I was correct, dramatic changes did take place. 

As part of what I shared with Jay later, were these following excerpts from the Seth material. They are taken from an article I am working on discussing what Seth referred to as the Inner Senses; abilities that to most people would be considered psychic, that we all innately have, and that can be developed to a large extent while still in physical reality. Experiential awareness of the power of the dream world is included. The Seth material location references are included in the forth coming article. In the words of an “old sage”, Seth……….. 

In order to explore this unknown reality, you must have a basic approval of yourself. You must trust your basic being, with its characteristics and abilities. You have your characteristics and abilities for a reason, in all of their unique combinations.

“The concepts you will come to understand in exploring the unknown reality will help expand your consciousness, and the work itself will automatically pull your awareness out of usual grooves, so that it bounces back and forth between the standardized versions of the world you accept, and the unofficial versions that are sensed but generally unknown to you.

“A clear understanding or effective exploration of the unknown reality can be achieved only when you are able to leave behind the many “facts” that you have accepted as criteria of experience. You will learn that your intellectual and your intuitional abilities will be blended together and work together so that they almost seem to form a new faculty. The immensities of your own abilities speak to you in your dreams. You use your inner senses when you are in the dream state, and ignore them when you are waking.”

“The inner senses are equipped to perceive data that is not physical. They are not deceived by the images that you project in three dimensional realities. They can perceive physical objects. Your physical senses are extensions of these inner methods of perception, and after death it is upon these that you will rely. They are used in out-of-body experiences. They operate constantly beneath normal waking consciousness…so that you can even become familiar with the nature of perception after death, now.”

“The goals of each of you differ. Some of you are embarked upon adventures that deal with intimate family contact, deep personal involvement with children, or with other careers that meet “vertically” with physical experience. For you, journeys into unknown realities may be highly intriguing, and represent important sidelights to your current preoccupations. This interest will be like an avocation to you, adding great understanding and depth to your experience.

“Each person is at his or her place. You are where you are because your consciousness formed that kind of reality. Your whole physical situation will be geared to it, and your neurological structure will follow the habitual pattern. As you learn to throw aside old concepts you will begin to experience the evidence for other levels of reality, and become aware of other “messages” that you have previously blocked.

“Your consciousness must learn to organize itself in more than one fashion – or rather, you must be willingtoallowyour consciousness to use itself more fully. It is not necessarily a matter of trying to ignore the contents of the world, or to deny your physical perception. Instead, the trick is to view the contents of the world in different fashions, to free your physical senses from the restraints that your mental conventions have placed on them.

“In order to begin, you must first become familiar with the workings of your own consciousness as it is directed toward the physical world. You cannot know when you are in focus with another reality if you do not even realize what it feels like to be in full focus with your own. However, when you go traveling off into other systems you cannot depend upon your habits. Often, they can only add to your mental clutter, turning into “static” – so you must learn first of all what a clear focus is.

“You will not learn by trying to escape your own reality, or by attempting to dull your senses. This can only teach you what it means not to focus, and in whatever reality you visit, the ability to focus clearly and well is a prerequisite. Once you learn how to really tune in, then you will understand what it means to change the direction of your focus.” 

After a few months, when I was ready to include Jay’s story on my web site blog, I communicated with Jay via e mail and asked about the deeper sharing that I suspected was taking place with his father. By this time, Jay had decided on a beginning career path and was relocated to Colorado and attending medical school. The location made the change easy since Jay was thrilled to be in ski country. I discovered that Jay’s father was an Engineer by degree and training and was currently working in the real estate field.  

Jay answered the questions I had and shared another fantastic dream related experience between he and his father. Sit back and open your mind a little further and suspend disbelief in versions of reality that you may have not previously accepted. Again, this is the response I received back from Jay……. 

So after that experience with my farther I shared in May, it really sparked a journey for me as it made me question a lot. So naturally I started asking him and his older brother about significant dreams. They both have had dreams where they dreamt about a former life with people who play different roles in this life. They didn’t share this with me on their own.  

“My father had another dream that year very similar to the first in that from a dream traveling experience he was watching my brother walk down a road drunkenly in the middle of the night.Dad was 100 miles away in Orlando and called me in the middle of the night feeling that my brother was endangered and asked me to check up on him. My brother and I both were living in Gainesville, FL at the  time. I did follow up immediately, going to where my dad suggested, checking on my brother. I was again astounded that my father had received this information from the dream state.   My brother was indeed several miles out of town walking lost, drunkenly in the night.  

“My father and I definitely discussed our views of reality more frequently after his dream about me on a regular basis. I asked a lot of questions about his dreams and how he distinguished them.  He described dreams about his past lives and dreams about my brother and me.  They were all dreams that he felt were so real that they were unmistakable and very different than other dreams.  

“As I went down a more spiritual path we talked about different philosophies and seemingly paranormal activities. Last year before applying to medical school there was one night where we both had a dream. He told that in his dream he saw my future and my wife. He told me that I was going to medical school in a cold place and there was an older girl who I ended up marrying. He said he saw my wedding and my children and anticipated future struggles with my wife and me both being doctors and trying to manage a family 

“I thought that he might be making this up to fit his vision for me. My father really did not want me to leave Florida for medical school, but was adamant that he was not making it up. After that, I told him about my dream that night. It was short but very emotional because I woke up feeling very confused about what was real and what wasn’t. 

“In my dream I was walking up a wooden flight of stairs in a different house to a girl in what was our bedroom. I don’t remember her face, it’s like it was blurred out, but I remember that I loved her a lot; so much that I could feel butterflies in my chest. All I could remember for sure was her long wavy black hair. My dad described my wife as having the same features. I can’t verify this story but I thought it was a strange dream and the fact that it happened on the same night as my dad’s does raise an eyebrow or two.   

“I’ve had no other big dreams other than daily dreams I generally make sense of. I know that I am meant to be out here as life is falling into place for me here, so I’m sure I will have a journey with some good stories to share with you at some point in the future. I wish you the best John, Jay”   
 

Well, if you can suspend disbelief about other views of reality than the conventional one you have been taught, you can open up a whole new world of exploration for you. It is there waiting for you to agree to the journey and to give yourself permission to take the steps necessary. If you read all of the material on my website and in the various blog postings (25 with this one) you might possibly be inspired to take the first step.  

I think what I have written about here is self explanatory as far as the dreams of Jay’s father is concerned. There were many other ideas and concepts mentioned that may be new to you. At some point in other articles/blogs these will also be written about and discussed. In the future I will share my own story about a “Voice” in one of my past dreams; for it resulted in me doing what I do. 

I will leave you with some more thoughts from the Seth material on dreams and dreaming. From: The Nature of the Psyche, by Jane Roberts – Session 787. In Seth’s words…….. 

“….There is obvious differences between what you think of as waking and dream events. You differentiate definitely between the two, making great efforts to see that they are neatly divided. In your world, conventional and practical sanity and physical manipulation are dependent upon your ability to discriminate, accepting as real only those events with which others more or less agree.  

“These so-called real events, however, have changed radically through the ages. “Once” the gods walked the earth, and waged battles in the skies and seas. People who believed such things were considered sane – and were sane, for the accepted framework of events was far different from your own. In historic terms the changing nature of accepted events provides more than, say, a history of civilization, but mirrors the ever-creative nature of the psyche. 

“All of the elements of physical experience at any given time are present in the dream state. Practically speaking, however, the species accepts certain portions of dream reality as its so-called real events at any particular time, and about those specialized events it forms its “current” civilization.  

“Historically speaking, early men dreamed of airplanes and rocket ships. For that matter, their natural television operated better in some ways than your technological version, for their mental images allowed them to perceive events in neighboring areas or in other portions of the world. They could not simply press a button to bring this about, however. The psychic and biological mechanisms were there, permitting the species to know, particularly in times of stress or danger, what normally unperceived events might threaten survival.  

“But in the dream state, then as now, all such issues were contemporary, acting as models from which the species then chose the practical events that formed its physical experience. To that extent, a study of the dream state gives you some important insights as to the nature of the psyche. The dream also serves as a drama of interweaving probabilities, a springboard from which events emerge in all directions. Each aspect of a dream, while having some personal meaning, is also your version of a symbol that stands for a corresponding kind of event, but in a different level of reality entirely. “…. 

And on that note, I will bring this discussion to a close even though the dreams discussed here are rich with other important ideas that will be written about in the future.  If you want to learn more about what has been discussed here regarding your consciousness traveling from the dream state, read books by the following authors: Oliver Fox, Robert Monroe, and William Buhlman. Also Robert Moss’s writing about Harriet Tubman in his book The Secret History of Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, by Robert Moss, several places in the Seth material by Jane Roberts, and Rick Stack’s book Out-Of-Body Adventures, Have an Out-of-Body Experience in 30 Days, by Keith Harary and Pamela Weintraub to name a few.

Study, intention, suspension of disbelief and faithful dream journaling will help you have the experience yourself. At another time, I will discuss consciousness traveling from the waking state also, as in remote viewing from waking consciousness.  Until next time, I hope you experience creative and mind expanding dreams. 

Postscript 

If you have read this post completely to this point, I would be surprised if you are not in some way motivated to start your journey toward richer and deeper dream experiences. There were many important topics brought up in these dream reports that I will cover in future posts. These dreams were incredible in their own right, being examples of how our dreaming consciousness can travel through time and space while our physical body is maintained by our body consciousness. Unknown to most people, this likely takes place every night without us having any waking awareness of it the next morning.  

The dreams are also examples of the beneficial, concerned, empathetic psychic connections between parents and children. This type of psychic connection can exist between a dreamer and a non family member as well. Or, it can exist between the dreamer’s “higher self”, or soul, and the dreamer’s consciousness that is carried over to the waking state.  

Pertinent to the dreams discussed here, I will share another credible dream with psychic dimensions. In the past, a friend told me about their grandmother waking from a dream about a family member being in danger, with their house on fire. Upon awaking the grandmother immediately called the relative, waking them up, to tell them of the danger – And Grandmother was correct; the relative escaped to safety. 

You may have missed a very important fact that is inherent in these examples shared with me by Jay. That is the fact that far too many people of all walks of life are reluctant to share their deepest levels of beliefs and experiences, especially dream experiences, with other family members, close friends, or acquaintances.  

This intentional sharing in a group of individuals taking part in a Dreamwork group, or what you might call a Dream Circle is slowly becoming more popular, albeit only on a small scale so far.  This was a very common practice with most all indigenous cultures. It is a practice that was brainwashed out of us by Western culture’s religions, education systems and institutions over the past 2000 years or so. The brainwashing continues today.

By sharing at the deepest levels our dream beliefs and experiences, people can be brought together with great understanding of each other and knowledge of the inherent commonalities that we all share. This always brings people closer together.  

Imagine if this dream sharing activity could be increased on a large scale, even on an international scale, between leaders in all significant institutions that publicize, and propagandize worldviews to the masses. Image the understanding that would be fostered. It would soon become a part of the awareness at a conscious level that wars are not the best solution to the untold misunderstandings existing between people of differing backgrounds with differing worldviews and beliefs; too often limiting or false beliefs.  

Each of you who read this can do your part by resolving to begin keeping a personal dream journal and initiate the activity of meeting regularly with a small group of friends with the purpose of dream study. There is an almost unlimited amount of material on the internet and books that can give you an intellectual understanding of the dream world of others, but this is not a replacement for experiential learning that takes place when you take part in a group with a qualified facilitator that can help you.  

My personal journey, through experiential learning and experimentation, attracted to me the knowledge needed and the wisdom of many great teachers through their writings. To name only a few: Patricia Garfield, Gayle Delaney, Jeremy Taylor, Ann Faraday, Jane Roberts (Seth), Robert Moss, Edgar Cayce, Fritz Perls, Carl Jung, Harold Sherman, Henry Reed, Robert Vander Castle, Stanley Krippner, Montague Ullman, Upton Sinclair, Ken Keyes, Joseph Murphy, Richard Bach, JB Rhine, William James, Robert Waggoner, Ramon Stevens (Alexander), Napoleon Hill, Brian Weiss, Serge King, George Leonard, Deepak Chopra, Neal Donald Walsh, John Bradshaw, Paul Pearsall, Ingo Swann, Joseph Mc Moneagle, and of course, others not mentioned here.  

Since it is reported by many great teachers that all of the probable events that end up in physical reality are first presented and rehearsed in the dream state, an understanding of how physical reality experience is created will be a byproduct. But, you must learn to recognize and understand your own personal dream symbols and metaphors. Most often the answers will not be found in a dream symbol dictionary. Not all dreams are as direct in their messaging as the dreams reported by Jay. His dad’s awareness and the level of his consciousness development are obviously in the advanced stage of a mature soul.

 
© John W. Robinson, Dream Awareness Network, October 16, 2016

www.DreamAwarenessNetwork.org            


Dreams Can Be A Writer's Best Friend

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 4:07 PM Comments comments (32)
Dreams Can Be a Writer’s Best Friend


 As you can probably guess, this post from Dream Awareness Network will discuss how dreams have helped writers with their material; sometimes in great detail; sometimes with just a suggestion or impression.
     In a small and delightful little book titled Purple Fables (Quartet), by Ingo Swann, he shares  fantastic dream experiences he had in April 1993 that not only delivered the title of the book he was to write, but the outline of the quartets that would subsequently be delivered on four consecutive nights.
This true story will open your minds to the unlimited resource available to all of us, if only we accept the possibility and believe in the validity of our “greater being”. I will share more about Ingo Swann in the future.

In Ingo’s own words:
One morning in April 1993, I awoke out of a dream with the title Purple Fables spontaneously glowing in my consciousness. I went to the computer and typed it in, and, internal whisperings said,

“There will be four, a quartet, each of which will be written on four consecutive days.”  There was the added “instruction” that the draft was not to exceed seventy pages altogether.

Then, the title “The Temple of Sanity” appeared, and the images of the boy reading the newspaper began dumping his tale into my visualizing mind, without any premeditation on my part.

The next morning the second title appeared, “A Clay–Modeling Lesson,” although some time ago I’d had a vague idea of this one and had typed out two pages of its content as an insert in something else I was writing.

 On day three I receivedThe Fate and Destiny of a Traveling Clairvoyant”, and on day four, in what amounted to a supreme ecstatic experience, there followed the “dump” of  “Watcher of the Purple River.

I say dump because it was like turning on a computer and watching it automatically print out something of its own. I began writing as instructed, at about 6:30 in the morning, and by midday each of the four fables was completed, in four consecutive days.

I spent the fifth and part of the sixth lightly editing them, but they exist in the script mostly as they came out.I decided not to rewrite or intellectually embellish, or even cast them into more acceptable syntax, although some light  editing has taken place for this book.

Also on the sixth day I awoke with the Prelude and the Postlude which took all of ten minutes to type out, and which I was “told” belonged.”


In the forward to the book Ingo expressed that he was dumbfounded, transported, and thrilled beyond compare at having this experience.  I find this somewhat amusing considering some other experiences that Ingo has written and talked about. More about Ingo’s adventures will be covered in the article I am writing about the inner senses.

Being a long time student of research into the subject of Dreams, and having 45 + years of experiential learning, and journaling of dreams,  I have come to expect and accept magical experiences happening during sleep, when our dream activity is almost unceasingly communicated to us. Upon awaking, we often carry with us in our mind, the memory of these magical happenings.  They can be yours as well.
Throughout the course of history, there have been documented reports of great literature being received from the dream state. The number of reports is too great to ignore this experience, which validates the importance of dreams, not only in literature, but in all human endeavors within our civilizations.
Some other significant examples of literary works that came from dreams, to list just a few, are:
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge ……………………………….Kubla Khan
  • Robert L. Stevenson …… Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  • William Blake …………. Art Work & Literature
  • Stephanie Meyer ………….. Twilight
  • Stephen King ………………..…… Misery
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin…… Frankenstein
  • Richard Bach …..Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • Robert Moss ….. Dream Ways of the Iroquois - Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
  • Jane Roberts …. Emirs Education In The Proper Use Of Magical Powers
  • Jane Roberts …. The After-Death Journal Of An American Philosopher: The World View Of William James
  • Jane Roberts …. The Oversoul Seven Trilogy

Are there any stories in your subconscious, waiting to be dumped? There may be.
Only by believing in the validity of your dreams, and opening your mind to new possibilities will you discover hidden treasures. If not stories, then maybe songs, art, musical tunes, new ideas, inventions, directions, paths to follow, revelations, scientific discoveries, communication from distant loved ones, premonitions of the future, etc.; the basket of dream information in your subconscious may be unlimited.
Be persistent in your dream journaling and sharing your dreams with others. This will help you look deeper into the validity of the night time activity, and its importance.
Below, I will share some general wisdom from the Seth material, on the subject of dreams, in Seth’s words, as communicated through Jane Roberts.
From Session 653 of The Nature Of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts: …

“Your attitudes toward sleep, dreams, or any alterations of consciousness are all colored to some extent by beliefs concerning good and evil in your Western society. These emerge from the old Puritan work ethic: “The devil finds evil work for idle hands.”

“This kind of thinking by itself brings about an overall attitude in which rest is frowned upon, and dreams are considered suspect. Daydreaming and even mild alterations of consciousness take on moral connotations. Such ideas are mirrored in your society in innumerable fashions, and in areas in which values of good and evil are not apparent. Active sports are considered good, however, but often contrasted to passive intuitive activities which are then seen as bad.

“You insist upon a material product of some physically demonstrative kind. In that context, dreams or daydreams are not viewed as constructive or productive.

“Young people are urged to tackle life aggressively, but in the usage of the term, this means competitively. It also implies, and of course, promotes, the direction of individual consciousness in an exterior fashion only. Not only is consciousness to be focused to the external reality, but within those limits it is still further harnessed toward certain specific goals. Other inclinations are frowned upon. Such individuals are trained to consider any alterations of consciousness, any seemingly “passive” endeavor as dangerous to one degree or another.

“An artist will be tolerated only if their work sells well, for example, in which case it will be thought that the artist is simply trickier than most in discovering a way of making money.

“The writer is put up with if books result in either fame or fortune. The poet is scarcely tolerated, for usually his or her gifts bring neither.

“The dreamer whatever their age, job or family background is considered most suspect, for it seems that they don’t even have a craft to excuse their moral laziness. People with such beliefs will find it most difficult to understand the creativity of their own being. The work done in dreams, the multitudinous experience encountered there, will be invisible to them. They will have little regard or respect for the dreamers or visionaries of the world, and will be the first to leap upon those in their own generation who display such tendencies.

“Yet, beneath, the inner self is quite aware of the great thrusting creativity that occurs in dreams, and realizes that the source of individual energy has nothing to do with such superficial concepts as the nature of good and evil” ….
End of Seth talking 

So, my recommendation to each of you is to pay attention to your dreams and take note of those “crazy” impulses that you receive during waking hours. The impulses are urgings from your psyche to pay attention, become aware, and take action; always to take some action.

A word of caution here; limiting beliefs and old voices telling you “you can’t do that”, may try to put a damper on your natural creativity. Value fulfillment for you may not be to write a novel, poem, or other form of literature; but your dreams and impulses may direct you into the areas of your life associated with your personal purpose and value fulfillment.

 Listen and become aware of those messages from your psyche. The first step toward changing your life is awareness.


© October 3, 2016 John W. Robinson, Dream Awareness Network


What About Nightmares?

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 3:04 PM Comments comments (53)

What about Nightmares?

Whenever I meet someone for the first time the conversation often leads to the question, “What do you do?” I then explain that since I have retired from the corporate world), I facilitate Dream Awareness Workshops. There is usually some curiosity.

I often get one of the following responses:

  • “I don’t dream.” …or
  • “I don’t remember my dreams.” …or
  • “I keep having a reoccurring nightmare. What does that mean?” …or
  • “The other night I had this dream – so and so… - What does it mean?” …or
  • “Do you interpret the dreams of others?”

Occasionally, a person will share that they are “into their dreams” and have been keeping a dream journal for a long time.  Or, they might ask, “How did you get into that”? But this type of response seems to be the exception.

   I always feel rewarded when I can help spark someone’s motivation to start paying attention to their dream life.

For example, I recently met Bill (fictitious name) through Betty (fictitious name) who I met when she showed up to take part in a workshop I was doing a couple of years ago. Betty now keeps a daily/nightly dream journal. Along with my wife, the four of us shared time and conversation while having a casual dinner one evening a few weeks ago.

When Bill found out what I do, the reply was “I don’t dream; I don’t remember any dream I have had.”  

I went through the usual reply to this with the comment that Bill really does dream, and not only does he dream, he dreams every night. Bill remained inquisitive and when I asked him if he wanted to remember his dreams, he responded in the affirmative. I explained to Bill how he could start remembering his dreams by intention and how to record them in a dream journal. If the work is done it could lead to understanding, through remembering and working with his dreams.

It starts with keeping a dream journal. It starts with intention! The reward came when I spoke with Betty a few days ago and she shared that Bill is now remembering his dreams – Voila! Another dreamer has joined the Dream Awareness Network; a baby step toward reaping the rich rewards of an active creative dream life. It is a life-long learning process.

Since nightmares come up a lot in the workshops, for instructional purposes I will share an example from the past that gives insights into nightmares and the reasons behind them. Because this one is such a rich example, full of discussion topics, I will share it as it was reported by Jane Roberts, in her book The Seth Material, Chapter 14 (1970). I will only paraphrase a little for clarity.


The Seth material and all books by Jane Roberts are rich in communicating the significance and importance of our vivid dream world experiences. It also includes other metaphysical topics worthy of discussion.

This dream report deals with the topic of vivid nightmares that seem real and during which the dreamer feels helpless. Haven’t we all been there before?

  Jane speaking, sharing her dream, as it would be shared in a dream workshop:

  …“I find myself in our bedroom, out of my body, and suddenly I realize that someone or something is directly above me.

The next minute I am pushed down to the foot of the bed, off into the air, and then down to the dark corner of the bedroom floor. 

Above me is what I can only describe as a big black thing like a bloated, blurred human form, but large and very solid. I know that this thing “is out to get me”.

  “I know that I am out of my body, I am overwhelmed with astonishment, as well as very frightened.  As I am trying to figure out what this thing is, it bites me several times on the hand. It is amazingly oppressive, and keeps up its effort to drag me farther away from my body into the bedroom closet.

 “In dismay, I hear Rob snoring. I realize Rob wouldn’t know anything is wrong since I am not in my physical body. I wonder, - Where is Seth, are where are all those “guides” who are suppose to come running to your aid when you get in predicaments like this? I am having all these thoughts as I try to fight this thing off. I am very conscious of the creature’s weight, which is really amazing, and its intent – which is to maul me up as much as possible, if not to kill me outright.

“Don’t panic” I tell myself, trying desperately to retain some semblance of calm. But the thing presses down and is about to bite me again. This time I think, “To hell with not panicking,” and I start to “yell my head off.” I hope that my shouting will either frighten the creature away or attract some kind of help. The thing pulls back for an instant, like a huge startled animal, and I slip from beneath it and shoot fast as a rocket for my body, with the creature after me.”

“The next instant I am back in my body feeling that my physical head is spinning. For a minute I was afraid to open my eyes. “Boy, if it’s still there, I’ve had it,” I thought.

But the thing was gone. Or, it was still trapped in another level of existence. I thought of waking Rob to tell him, but decided not to interrupt his sleep.  Now that I was safe I was more than a little ashamed of myself for being such a coward, but I wasn’t so complacent that I felt like going right back to sleep, either! So I got up, drank a glass of milk, and thought of all the things I should have done.”

The next night, after the dream, Jane was holding a regular Wednesday night Seth session with a group of friends. During the meeting Seth commented on Jane’s dream. In the books, Seth refers to Jane as Ruburt, a male entity and the pronoun “he” is used when referring to Jane.

Seth’s response was this:

  “Our friend attempted to choose a different battlefield last night. He decided to think of all negative feelings as enemies, and to give them form in another plane of reality where he could do battle with them. This was not an astral plane, but a lower one.

“The energy behind his “black thing” was the energy of hidden fears, but such a thing could be formed by anyone, since there are fears in any person. Ruburt tried to isolate them, give them form, and fight them all at once. The thing was actually a rather clumsy lower-dimensional animal, a provoked dumb dog of other dimensions that then attacked him, symbolically enough, by biting.

“Any “thing” so created entirely of fears would be frightened and particularly angry at its creator. It could do nothing but attack to protect whatever reality it had, for it knew Ruburt created it only to slay it, if possible. It did have reality therefore.

“Ruburt leapt back to safety and normal consciousness. The thing then dissipated, as far as Ruburt was concerned. For when Ruburt ‘ran home’ he automatically withdrew the energy of his attention from it….

"Ruburt tried to separate from himself all those elements he considers negative, and fight them at once, almost as if in so doing he could remove evil from the universe.

“He tried to destroy the ‘animal of evil’ and it bit him back. Now evil does not exist in those terms, and even illness or fear are not necessarily enemies, as much as aids to understanding and means to a greater end…”

Seth went on to say:

“The evil that Ruburt imagined he was projecting outward does not exist, but because he believed it did, he formed the materialization from his fears. It was the shape of his recent depression.

"In larger terms, there is no evil, only your own lack of perception, but I know this is difficult for you to accept. But this fact is Ruburt’s safeguard in his out-of-body travels – as long as he remembers it. Dream actions can then be turned toward fulfilling constructive expectations, which can themselves effect a change for the better.”

“The personality is composed of energy gestalts. As the personality is changed by any experience, it is changed by its dreams; and as an individual is molded by their physical environment to some extent, so are they molded by the dreams which they themselves create. . . .

"The self is limitless.

"When your perceptions fail, it seems to you that boundaries appear. For example, it seems to you that dreams cease when you are no longer aware of them. This is not so.”

***

The dream of Jane Roberts serves to point out how fears we hold can become a “stage play” that we create metaphorically, representing to us ‘the fears in action’. 

Therefore, maybe the first thing we need to do is to search inside ourselves for fears we are not facing up to. Fear is often expressed as anger, so the things that anger us should be examined.

The emotion of fear is grounded in beliefs like all emotions are. When the limiting beliefs are replaced with constructive ones, we will likely find that the respective fears no longer show up as nightmares.

This dream example is a complex one and I have chosen to use it only to illustrate how fears impact our dreams and nightmares. At a later time I will discuss the other topics involved in this dream report; out-of-body (OBE) experiences, lucid dreaming, the awareness of physical senses in an altered state of consciousness, the astral plane, multi dimensions, the concept of “evil”, illness as an aid to understanding, the limitless self and the projection of consciousness.

A final comment from Jane Roberts after reflecting on the dream shared: …

“I’d been depressed for several days before the incident, brooding on the negative attitudes that sometimes seem to surround us. Worse, I recognized many of them in myself: resentments, fears, and anger.”

As President FDR said in his first inaugural address: …
 “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

 Postscript:
 If you already keep a dream journal and occasionally have recorded nightmares, look back over these dreams and determine if there is a common thread related to monster types, locations, people, or what was said to you. 

Did you record how you were feeling in the dream and after you woke up?

Did you give the dream a title?

Were there past events in your life or the world at the time that disturbed you?

Were you feeling anxiety or fear about a possible future event that had not happened yet?

© John W, Robinson, Dream Awareness Network, September 18, 2016