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When a Voice in a Dream Gives You “The Answer”

{Subtitle: The Codicils: A Vision for 21st Century America & the World.}

© John W. Robinson Dream Awareness Network Oct. 6, 2020

Some definitions of the word "idea" are as follows: [1] a thought, plan, or suggestion about what to do, [2] an opinion or belief, [3] something that you imagine or picture in your mind [4] any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, mental awareness, or mental activity.

With this lead in, I want to present an idea for any explorers that are new to the world of understanding their dreams. This is the idea that you can incubate a dream by suggesting and affirming to your inner self and your conscious self that you wish to experience a dream about a certain topic or more specifically to receive an answer to a question, or to receive practical guidance in the solving of a real life problem.

This is a practice in the art of dreamwork that I have been using for over 50 years with many successes. Jane Roberts, author of the Seth material, refers to it and other practices as becoming A Dream Art Scientist. At times, the practice will take persistence to develop. But if you are disciplined in the practice it will eventually become your expectation that you will receive the information from a dream that you seek. I believe this practice illustrates the admonition to:

• Seek and you will find.

• Ask and you will receive.

• Knock and the door will be opened.

The practice is that of dream incubation, or to develop or produce a dream about that which you are incubating. One of my most recent experiences at dream incubation deals with a concern many people have with the present state of perceived chaos, confusion over a vision for the future, and a lack of a continued movement toward equality & justice for all. These are all indicators that the experiment in democracy that our American culture has been involved in for so long, appears to be evolving. But, it is not just an American experience, it is a global experience.

It is with a history of proving this method in my dreamwork and a belief in its power that one night a few weeks ago, before falling asleep, I suggested to my conscious mind, subconscious mind and inner self that I desired and expected more insight and a solution to the societal anguish and confusion that millions are experiencing at this historical time. How do we as a society move forward?

With that background, I awake from a dream that night with this action taking place. My dreaming self like my waking self is asking the question to another personality in my dream. I am aware of another personality being in the dream event even though upon awaking I could not identify that personality. What impacted me was a voice that stated very clearly – “Reread the ending of Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time and you will discover your answer”. Awakening from this dream and the certainty of the voice in the dream, I felt that I had received the answer to my suggestion, or incubation of the ideas stated above.

Immediately upon getting out of bed, I went to the family room which now serves also as a writer’s office for me. I found the book among the many books authored by Jane Roberts,  or books by others sharing their experience with the material. At last count I think it totaled about 35 volumes.

I opened the book to the section suggested by the dream voice and began reading. It did not take long before I discovered the answer to my specific request for the dream incubation.

There it was in plain sight in black & white very clearly laid out. The word is Codicils.

I knew then I had read about the Codicils, previously in the books “Psychic Politics” and “…The Museum of Time”, and at the time had an idea, that I wanted to write a blog about the Codicils because I believed them to be a touchstone in the evolution of civilization and its move toward justice and equality for all while developing humanity’s nature to it full extant.

(Moment Point Press - 2000 edition – Copyright © by Robert F. Butts

© 1976 Jane Roberts (Prentice Hall)

I will now share with you my rediscovery of the Codicils as recorded by Jane Roberts in The Oversoul Seven Trilogy and Psychic Politics. The source I begin with is the literary fiction work The Oversoul Seven Trilogy. The Trilogy was transmitted and written by Jane thru altered states of consciousness. The quotes I will use come from the 1995 Amber-Allen Publishing edition of the Trilogy, published by Robert Butts (Jane’s spouse) over 10 years after Jane’s physical death.

The following quotes are from sections of the referenced work beginning on page 538 and ending on 545 (last page in the trilogy). Open your mind to a new awareness and understanding. To set the stage, passages from the book’s last chapter follow.

“George was always embarrassed for Window when he spoke for Christ or Monarch; he couldn’t look him in the face. Grinning, he said, “the George?” “Well, I’m George anyhow.”

“I’m deeply honored,” “Monarch said.”

“He is the George, “Leona whispered mentally, and he isn’t, I can tell. Something’s …distorted.”

“And then obviously you aren’t trying to steal the Codicils,” Monarch replied to George, with relief.

“Seven interrupted.” “We’re trying to make sure that the Codicils do appear in your time. You must be dream travelers.”

…”George shook his own head. He knew that whatever Window would say was true. But how did he know”?

“Window began: “I use to speak for a personality called Monarch—as you know. Well, suddenly that consciousness and mine merged. I knew Monarch’s life and he knew mine. But his was a world that makes ours really look sick. I’ve never been so happy in my life as when I glimpsed pictures of that world through his mental images. And his world was based on completely different ideas than ours is….”

“While Oversoul Seven was so concerned with finding the Codicils, the words “the Codicils” kept sounding through Josephine’s mind. She sensed some odd familiarity as if she herself had run across that particular phrase in some significant way before. That is, she thought the words meant “appendages to a will.” Yet suppose in this connotation, they meant “appendages to the will” – to man’s will?” {My note added: In this use “man’s will” refers to mankind, or humanity’s personal will in the generic sense.}

“With no particular destination in mind, she walked up the stairs to her small study and found herself examining the piles of books stacked so neatly on the bookshelves. “The Codicils”, she muttered angrily, anxiously. As if by themselves, her hands began rummaging through the books, fingering the pages. Yet she had the odd feeling that her fingers knew what they were doing, that she had in mind some particular goal beyond her conscious knowing.”

“…She suddenly yelled out in triumph and exaltation as she found the phrase, the particular phrase that was so vital. It was in an old book, Psychic Politics, by Jane Roberts, written many years before. There it was – the blueprint for mankind’s future, the blueprint that she was now completely sure was also written in the tissues and cells of the species itself. She read quickly, triumphantly:”


(Alternate hypotheses as a base for private and public experience)

1. “All of creation is sacred and alive, each part connected to each other part, and each communicating in a creative cooperative commerce in which the smallest and the largest are equally involved.”

2. “The physical senses present one unique version of reality, in which being is perceived in a particular dimensionalized sequence, built up through neurological patterning, and is the result of one kind of neurological focus. There are alternate neurological routes, biologically acceptable, and other sequences so far not chosen.”

3. “Our individual self government and our political organizations are by-products of sequential perception, and our exterior methods of communication set up patterns that correlate with, and duplicate, our synaptic behavior. We lock ourselves into certain structures of reality in this way.”

4. “Our sequential prejudiced perception is inherently far more flexible than we recognize, however. There are half steps – other unperceived impulses – that leap the nerve ends, too fast and too slow for our usual focus. Recognition of these can be learned and encouraged, bringing in perceptive data that will trigger changes in usual sense response, filling out potential sense spectra with which we are normally not familiar.”

5. “This greater possible sense spectrum includes increased perception of inner bodily reality in terms of cellular identity and behavior; automatic conscious control of bodily processes; and increased perception of exterior conditions as the usual senses become more vigorous. (Our sight, for example, is not nearly as efficient as it could be. Nuances of color, texture, and depth could be expanded and our entire visual area attains a brilliance presently considered exceptional or supernormal.)”

“Josephine’s glance slid down the page. The Codicils were followed by comments by the author. There was a paragraph called Comments on the Codicils. It seemed to apply to Codicil #1 and to the five Codicils in general at the same time. She read the pertinent passages quickly and impatiently.”


“Acceptance of these first codicils would expand practical knowledge of the self, break down barriers that are the result of our prejudiced perception, and restructure personal, social, and political life.”

“Concepts of the self and practical experience of the self must be broadened if the species is to develop its true potentials. Only an evolution of consciousness can alter the world view that appears to be our official line of consciousness.”

I, John, will digress from quoting from the book and say to the reader of this blog that there are two more pages of Comments on the Codicils that are a must for reading and understanding if you hold the view I do that our culture and the world needs to change its current direction, or the survival of mankind as we know it may be in jeopardy. I encourage you from my heart, to seek, find, read, and become aware of these Codicils. The realization of your human potential may be at stake. Now I am returning to quoting from the book to bring this blog to an ending.

“…George the First cried out: “Zounds, what luck!”

“You’ll never know,” Seven whispered to George mentally. “Goodbye, dear friend, at least for now.” He grinned and added, “It’s been a –uh—super relationship. You succeeded in your pursuits far better than you know.”

And Seven knew that it was all right, that everything was all right, always had been all right, that it had only been their anxieties and doubts that ever made it all seem wrong. They were all couched and safe, forever secure, forever jubilant at the heart of their own beings. There was never anything to be afraid of, if only they trusted the great sweet security that forever held the vitality of their beings, for they were all truly splendid, a part of a loving universe that cradled them forever in a safety and love literally beyond all comprehension.”

In closing this great example of the type of information you may get when you choose to incubate a dream, I encourage you to follow my lead. You may become aware of a new worldview that may be in your future now. A future governed by the CODICILS discussed in the two books referenced. Or, you may just become aware of the power of your dreams for releasing dramatic changes in your life. Either way the process is a win-win situation.

Look for more blogs on this site in the future expanding on these Codicil concepts while being related to my personal dreams and experiences or related to the dreams or experiences of others.

(Note: Incubation image courtesy of C4DL Lab)


The Codicils were first received by Jane Roberts from her mental library and published in her book Psychic Politics-An Aspect Psychology Book, published in 1976. The Codicils I share above were included at the end of the third book of the Oversoul Seven Trilogy, Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time, a fiction novel. This is the reference to which my dream voice first led me, pointing me in the direction of the answer to my question. Jane published the first book of the trilogy The Education of Oversoul Seven in 1973. In 1979 The Further Education of Oversoul Seven was published. The last book of the trilogy Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time was published in 1984.

In the book Psychic Politics, chapter 21, Jane shares how she received the Codicils. She describes the source as a type of psychic library.

…Finally one morning as I sat at my table, I saw the library transposed against the living room wall. My double sat there, reading a book. At the same time, the word “codicil” kept coming into my mind again. I heard it mentally, at first faintly and then it sounded louder and louder until I wrote the word down and waited. Then I knew that the material to come represented an alternate model for civilization to follow, and that I was transcribing my book from one depicting such a model—a model that we hadn’t chosen in the past. The codicils would represent a fresh hypothesis upon which to build a new, better civilization.”

As Jane reflected and expanded on what she was receiving, she suddenly realized:

“That the rest of the book would deal with an alternate model for civilization to follow based on the codicils I had just received and others to follow”. … “The rest of the material came very rapidly, and I found myself caught up in a vision of the world far different than the one we know.”

“The codicils, followed, would lead to a government as natural, orderly, and spontaneous as the seasons in which each individual brings personhood to fulfillment to the best of his or her ability, and in so doing automatically plays a potent role in the development of the entire society. Such a civilization would be based upon the following codicils, added to those already given.”

Additional Codicils

1. Each person is a unique version of an inner model that is itself a bank of potentials, variations, and creativity. The psyche is a seed of individuality and selfhood, cast in space-time but ultimately independent of it.

2. We are born in many times and places, but not in a return of identity as we understand it; not as a copy in different clothes, but as a new self ever-rising out of the psyche’s life as the new ruler rises to the podium or throne, in a psychic politics as ancient as humanity.

3. Civilizations both past and present represent projections of inner selfhood, and mirror the state of the mass psyche at any given time. We hold memory and knowledge of past civilizations as we hold unconscious memories of our private early current life experiences.

4. From our present, we exert force upon the past as well as the future, forming our ideas of the past and reacting accordingly. We actually project events into our own new past.

5. Each generation forms a new past, one that exists as surely as the present, not just an imaginary construct but as a practical platform—a newly built past—upon which we build a present.

6. Options and alternate models for selfhood and civilization exist in a psychic pattern of probabilities from which we can choose to actualize an entirely new life system.

And so, just as a dream can have a false awakening; an experience where you think you have awakened from a dream and begin reflecting on it, only to find out you are still dreaming when your consciousness in the dream gives you a clue pointing toward that fact; - I will now have a second ending to this report with a quote from Seth (Jane’s teacher) used as the closing to Jane’s book Psychic Politics.

“I am a poor imitation of the voices of your own psyches to which you do not listen. I will be un-needed, and gladly so, when you realize that the vitality and reinforcement and joy are your own, and rise from the fountain of your own beings; when you realize that you do not need me for protection, for there is nothing you need protect yourself against.”



Inner Consciousness – The Road Less Traveled

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM
Inner Consciousness – 
The Road Less Traveled  

 Some people don’t associate consciousness with dreams, since many scientists and biologists just view dreams as random firings of synapses in our brains. But, if you have ever undertaken a serious study of your own dreams for a long period of time, you probably are aware of the experience of becoming lucid in a dream. Lucidity in a dream means you are mentally conscious of the fact that you are dreaming while you are experiencing the dream events. You may have found, as I have, that when you become lucid you can direct some of the events of the dream while it is taking place. It is an experience that will stay with you. It does not mean that you will be able to do it all the time or even most of the time, but the experience does give you a wider understanding of the scope of the attributes of consciousness.   

 A similar experience and revelation is true in a dream experience when you become fully aware that you are moving through your dream landscape in a “dream body” that is quite different from your physical body that remains on the bed. In this case, there is part of your consciousness with the dream body while the cellular consciousness of your physical body maintains normal body functions.   

 As I have experienced during creative visualization exercises, you can transition into a dream state that fits the theme of the visualization while you are awake. In this case, part of your consciousness moves into the creation of a “dream event” that takes over in the visualization that your ego consciousness started. You immediately become aware that a shift has taken place and your subconscious is bringing you information from deep within your psyche that gives you new insights and sometimes answers to questions you had about directions in your life, the same type of insights that night dreams can bring to your awareness. I will share an example from my experience.   

 One day, nearly 3 decades ago, I was sunning by a pool, relaxing my mind and body contemplating some decisions about the direction of my life. I was pondering two options that I could take related to occupation. Let’s say options A and B were the choices. I intentionally started a creative visualization in my mind where I was traveling along a road. It was a typical two lane road with trees and bushes alongside. There was no one else traveling on this road at the time. Ahead of me the road forked into two different paths representing options A and B. I wanted to see which path my mind would choose when I got to the fork in the road. I was consciously creating this visual up to this point.   

 Before I arrived at the point of decision, my intentional visualization suddenly changed into the venue of a dream. Right in front of me, a third road was coming toward me right out of the sky, right out of the clouds! I was astonished; this scenario was not part of my conscious intention when the visualization began. The road came toward my direction and stopped. The beginning of it was about 5 feet above the “real” road I had been traveling on.   

 My intuition “told” me this was the road I was to take. The road was too high off the “real” road to step onto. With full determination I ran toward this road. When I got to it, I jumped as high as I could and grabbed on to it with all my strength. I struggled a bit, to hold on, but finally felt like I could make onto the road. With a lot of effort, I pulled myself onto the road coming from the sky and started walking up it. The road was at a steep angle like going up a mountain drive. Soon I came to where it leveled off and started walking down the path. When I came to what appeared to be a vista, I stopped and looked at the beauty and relaxed, catching my breath. I wondered where this road was taking me.   

 The visualization and “dream” ended. I knew my life would be headed in a new unplanned direction. In the future I would be going down “the road less traveled”, with a higher purpose! 
 The portion of our consciousness that often gets a bad rap is our ego. From a natural perspective, our ego is that attribute of our consciousness that helps us maneuver   through physical reality. It is also our self image; sometimes over-inflated. Our ego is meant to protect us in physical reality. Our goal should not be to eliminate our ego or “kill it”, but to enlist its help in attaining the fullest spiritual development possible. The ego does not want to be shut out of such a fantastic experience. The ego can be a prime partner in consciousness evolution as we move toward our fullest potential for value fulfillment. It’s helpful to view your ego in partnership with your inner self or inner consciousness.   

 As you will see below, I agree with Seth that scientists must look within to fully understand what consciousness is. It will never be found as a “thing” no matter how big the instruments are that they use to search. As Seth says in The Nature of the Psyche, by Jane Roberts,  

“Consciousness is a particular quality of being. Each portion of “it”, contains the whole, so theoretically as far as you are concerned, you can leave your body and be it simultaneously. There is consciousness within each conceivable hypothetical point within the universe. There is therefore “an invisible universe: out of which the visible or objective universe springs”.  

  In 2012, scientists and quantum physicists are now focusing on this idea as they hypothesize about “dark energy”, “dark matter” and the “God partical”.   

 I recently read an article on consciousness via the web site Big Think;   ( )  – About how science can’t really define it or find the location of consciousness. Below is my reply that I posted to the site.  

 “Yes, I think we are foolish – or at least shortsighted and suffering from a lack of vision when our thinking restricts us to safe, yet incremental refinements of what we’re convinced we already know. How many times in the history of civilization and “Science” has the rigid and convincing belief about “what we already know” been overthrown by new exploration, vision and understanding? Dare we count the number of times science has been wrong? Sometimes the refinements about “what we already know” are just restatements of yet to be proven “false beliefs” about “what we already know”.   

 I will offer just a brief summary of an alternate view of this “thing” called consciousness that science is attempting to define, dissect and ultimately control. First, I ask the question “what is this thing we call a self”? I don’t think I would get disagreement from any Physicist today that we are an apparent physical body/organism that is a field of energy. I think the Biologist would agree that we are a synergistically organized system of other physical systems that are also fields of energy i.e. the organs that comprise our body - An organized gestalt of various energy systems.   

 As a field of energy, the heart can be kept “alive” without being inside the physical body just as the other organs can be kept alive similarly.  And, what about the cellular structures which synergistically combine to make up the organs? Cannot they be kept “living”? Even the molecules that make up the cells can exist by themselves just as the elemental atoms that make up the molecules. So what is it that sustains this marvelous system we call self? It is of course energy systems in various forms combining to support what we perceive as a “physical” being. Einstein’s basic equation states the equivalency of energy and matter (mass). Maybe we are a gestalt of “awareized” energy appearing as matter (as related by Seth when explaining units of consciousness – The Unknown Reality Vol. One by Jane Roberts, Session 682 p.39).   

 Could it be that the scientific community has been looking for consciousness as matter, a “thing”, when they need instead to have vision. Instead of holding onto rigid ideas and assumptions about “what they already know”, what would it mean to look for consciousness as an energy system? Maybe we are a gestalt of awareized energy – consciousness in chemical clothes.

 Some new ideas to ponder might be: 

  • First, your individual consciousness is not a thing, but an attribute or characteristic of your whole self. A highly efficient energy system, with self regulating feedback loops, that know how to “naturally” create and function as a physical body. 
  • Your consciousness is an attribute of another energy system we call the mind, not the same as the physical structure called the brain; our bio computer. 
  • One function of your conscious mind is to align all of your capabilities in accordance with your beliefs about the nature of reality. It is our beliefs that either impede or amplify progress in understanding the complete energy system we call self and the physical reality within which we exist. ·       
  •  Our understandings and our physical circumstances change automatically as our accepted beliefs do. ·        
  • Creativity is one of the most important attributes of consciousness. o        The Seth Material by Jane Roberts, p.328. - Bantam Books Ed. 1970 ·        
  • Using your consciousness creatively expands its capabilities. 
  • All of the above ideas are contained throughout the Seth Material.

Maybe our mental energy and that of the scientists would be better spent using our consciousness to look within this self that is an energy gestalt instead of looking through instruments to find a “thing” that can be dissected. Even some of the quantum physicists today are at the point of wondering if they will ever find the “God Particle” they are spending many billions of dollars looking for.  Maybe the ultimate building block of nature is not a particle at all. Maybe it is an “awareized” electromagnetic consciousness unit that will never be seen or totally understood. Can the scientist accept that “reality”? Can you?”   
By John W. Robinson

Categories: Consciousness

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