|Posted on November 17, 2017 at 4:15 PM|
Day 17 #bahaiblogging
This talk of healthy eyes, visions of the future and the like (see Day 16) brought to the forefront of my mind a related topic: dreams. How is it related? Well, when we close our eyes and go to sleep, we can see things in our dreams. Sometimes it seems our minds somehow come up with answers to problems in our sleep. It seems to me that kind of vision is 'healthy,' do you agree? I know I am not alone when I say that sleeping on a problem very often leads to a solution that is simple and effective, whereas staying up nights thinking and worrying about it just makes me ill.
When questioned about the ***immortality of the spirit*** 'Abdu'l-Baha had some very interesting things to say about sleep and dreams. His take on this is recorded in Some Answered Questions (SAQ), Chapter 61. I will post a link below.
*** I see a direct correlation between the analogy of the 'whole body filled with light' from Matthew 6:22 and the idea of an 'immortal soul.' This concept of a life that continues beyond the here-and-now has been called different things at different times and in different religions. Becoming 'enlightened,' entering the 'kingdom of God,' having 'eternal life' are all - in my humble opinion - talking about the same reality: the life of the human spirit. ***
Here's a small excerpt from the chapter of Some Answered Questions (SAQ) posted below.
"How often it happens that the spirit has a dream in the realm of sleep whose purport comes to be exactly materialized two years hence! Likewise, how often it happens that in the world of dreams the spirit solves a problem that it could not solve in the realm of wakefulness. Awake, the eye sees only a short distance, but in the realm of dreams one who is in the East may see the West."
There's a fascinating compilation of dreams that were dreamed by various people who were Baha'is, or who dreamed about Baha'is and/or later became Baha'is. It is called "Dreams of Destiny in the Babi and Baha'i Faiths." One of the dreams recorded there always makes me cry. Briefly, it concerns a woman who dreamed 'Abdu'l-Baha told her to take money and some flowers - a certain kind of flowers - to the home of an acquaintance. When she got there, she found the woman was on the way out the door. Unknown to her friends, this woman had been depressed and in need of financial assistance, and not wanting to ask for help, had decided that very morning she would go and drown herself so she would not be a burden on others. The gift from the dreamer turned all that around, and of course the part that made me cry was that the flowers reminded the depressed woman of 'Abdu'l-Baha, who she said had in the past brought to her that same kind of flower.
Of course, not all dreams can be called dreams of destiny, but if you observe your own dreams and start to pay attention to the symbols in them (as well as to the world around you while you are awake) perhaps you will become aware of some truth, some need, some answer to a significant problem or question. As revealed in a prayer by 'Baha'u'llah: "I beseech Thee, by the potency of Thy will and the compelling power of Thy purpose, to make of what Thou didst reveal unto me in my sleep the surest foundation for the mansions of Thy love that are within the hearts of Thy loved ones, and the best instrument for the revelation of the tokens of Thy grace and Thy loving-kindness."
Here's SAQ Chapter 61
Sweet Dreams! Niki