Dreams and Our Spiritual Journey

By Sri Harold Klemp

Dreams—the stuff of wonder, fear, the unknown—are certain to pique our curiosity.

A Dream of Prophecy

As a classic example, there is the case of Samuel Clemens, the American humorist known as Mark Twain. He foresaw the death of his brother Henry, who also worked on the Mississippi riverboats during the 1850s.

One night, Twain awoke from a nightmare in which he clearly saw a metal coffin for his brother. On it lay a bouquet of white flowers, a red rose in the middle.

A few weeks later, Henry suffered severe injuries from a boiler explosion on the river.

He died shortly after.

When Twain arrived a few days later, he found the setting exactly as it had appeared in his dream. People had taken pity upon his brother and had collected money for a metal coffin, instead of the wooden boxes usually used in river accidents.

As Twain paid his last respects, a woman entered the room and placed on the coffin a bouquet of white flowers with a single red rose in the middle.

Dreams for Insight

Dreams touch every level of our life. They may let us glimpse the future, or give suggestions for healing, or share insights into our relationships. Above all, they can and will steer us more directly toward God.

A woman had been running her life by the forces of power and control instead of love. Her inclination was to control other people, to tell them what to do. It was second nature to her.

She did realize she had developed some bad habits, but she couldn’t pinpoint what they were doing to her life.

So the Dream Master, her spiritual guide, gave her an experience about habits.

One night in the dream state, she found herself in a basement with a group of people. Crust-covered leeches were crawling all over the walls and floor. The basement was dark.

The other people felt it was very important to keep plucking the leeches off themselves. They spent most of their time just sitting there, plucking and plucking.

Suddenly a door opened from the outside. Sunlight poured into the basement, and a second group of people came in. They seemed very unconcerned about the crusty creatures.

The first group tried to warn them, “Be careful of these leeches. Keep plucking them off, because they’ll get all over you, and they stick!”

The second group didn’t seem to care. They were too busy laughing and enjoying themselves. The first group simply could not impress upon these happy people that leech-plucking was important.

The second group left the basement, and sunlight poured in through the open door. About this time, the dreamer awoke.

The dream was upsetting and left the woman with a feeling of discomfort. But from this experience she was able to take a bad dream one step further, to a higher level, and raise herself spiritually.

How to Change a Dream Yourself

In contemplation, the woman visualized herself walking out of the dark basement into the sunlight. She made an effort to dispel the frightening effects of the dream by moving from a darker world into a higher, lighter one.

As she did this, she realized that the crusty things that hung on like leeches were actually habits. Her habits. They were the habits of control, fear, power, and other practices that did not allow the people she was with to have their freedom.

She also realized that the people in the second group were simply engaged in the love of everyday life and loving Divine Spirit, the ECK. This love was the Light and Sound, from the greater worlds of God.

A definite effect occurs when you begin working to change your inner space, to uplift it from power to love. Something happens out here.

You begin to have brighter vision; you become more willing to allow other people as much freedom as you would like for yourself.

Lesson learned!

Wisdom of the Heart

Many of the first steps to the higher states of consciousness are taken in the dream state. Dreams are a way for you to find wisdom of the heart.

And once found, no one can take it from you.

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