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Archives 05-23-2001

North County Lines by Bob

An Award Winning Column

For comments or questions contact Bob at bobncl@hotmail.com




During sleep, our spiritual selves, our eternal selves, our true selves ascend from our physical bodies and fly to dimensions far beyond time and space. Our subconscious minds interpret these trips as dreams.

Describing a specific dream is difficult. Dreams are symbolic, like abstract art.

A good abstract painting, a painting that doesn't rely on gimmicks, a painting that reveals the indescribable, began as a dream which inspired the artist.

Good art, including writing that stirs the eternal within, because it arises from the eternal within, possesses a greater capacity to heal than psychiatry.

Freud did society a disservice with his theory that dreams are sexual in origin.

His assumptions placed dreams on a mundane level, earthbound, instead of in the higher realms of awareness where they exist.

Freud used cocaine almost constantly. Any psychiatric treatment derived from the conclusions of a drug addict is questionable to say the least.

Freud's view of dreams was limited, like looking at a rose and seeing only thorns.

A true understanding of dreams, something Freud lacked, can be found in the words of those who saw beyond what is seen.

Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, who disagreed with Freud's theory that all dreams are sexual, wrote, "The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach."

Montaigne, a 16th century French essayist, wrote, "Those who have compared life to a dream were right. We sleeping wake, and waking sleep."

Novalis, an 18th century German poet and mystic, expressed a similar thought in a different way: "We are near awakening when we dream that we dream."

A line from the narrative poem Adonias, by Percy Bysshe Shelly, describes death as "awakening from the dream of life."

In Ode on a Grecian Urn, John Keats wrote, "Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music: Do I wake or sleep?

Many passages about dreams can be found in the Christian Bible. The Book of Revelation is a dream of things to come, written in symbolic language by Saint John the Divine.

Heavy-duty stuff. A threat to any society that only accommodates those who fit in. If Saint John were alive today, he would be locked away, instead of exiled to the island of Patmos.

John Lennon, poet, artist, musician, political activist, accurately expressed the insanity of this type of society: "Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. We're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends. I'm liable to be put away for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."

John wasn't murdered by a crazed fan. He was assassinated by an undercover agent because winning a trial that allowed him to remain in the United States angered corrupt officials in high places.

As an investigative reporter aptly put it, "It's no coincidence Ringo wasn't the one who got shot."

"Behold, this dreamer cometh." This statement is in Genesis, the first book of the Judaic-Christian Bible.

Who is this dreamer? Where is this dreamer coming from? Why is this dreamer coming? What happens when this dreamer arrives? Is this dreamer for or against us? How do we communicate with this dreamer?

The answers to these questions is a key that opens a door into another world, a world which surrounds us, a world that can't be seen when we look only with our eyes.

According to Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the Doors, to find enlightenment, we must "Break on through to the other side."

I don't like disagreeing with the Lizard King. But breaking through isn't required. We're already there. We have to wake up to discover where we are though.

Primitive cultures, cultures which are so savage they don't have weapons of mass destruction or obesity or heart disease or TV or movies or video games or children who go crazy and kill everyone in sight, are guided by a shaman, a member of the tribe who acts as a medium between the physical world and the spiritual world.

Many such cultures used to exist. But most were wiped out after coming into contact with so-called civilized human beings.

During a ceremony, which occurs when the signs in the heavens are aligned to provide maximum benefit, the shaman's spirit flies into the dream world and returns with a message for each member of the tribe.

This flying between different worlds might sound farfetched. But it's not. When we fly in dreams, we're not dreaming we're flying, we're really flying.

Doubt your ability to fly if you want. But according to a Psalm, written by a former shepherd boy, "He rode upon a Cherub, and did fly, upon the wings of the wind."

It's good to have wings, even if we only use them during dreams.






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