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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.”



What About Nightmares?

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 3:04 PM

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.”

 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



Categories: Dream Types, Jane Roberts & Seth, Nightmares, Understanding Your Belief System.

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