Thought for the week
Our attitude to our night dreams can often be dismissive. We view them like a random bit of television we happened to come across as we flicked between channels. It is like our dreams are a bit of TV watched in between our daily lives. Looking at dreams like this means we loose a lot of the value in the messages they are presenting us with.
We have to make an effort to understand our dreams to get value from them. Here’s a basic overview of the dream process.
We go through our daily lives interacting with our family, friends, work mates, colleagues, environment, daily tasks, emotions, thoughts and everything else we come across every day. At night we take time to rest our body so it can regain its strength. This sleeping time also gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our inner selves as we move the focus of our attention from our outer lives to our inner.
The world of our imagination
As we drift into our inner selves our body shuts down to the point where the minimum of functions are maintained. Our outer memory also closes down as we know what we are about to go through and witness doesn’t operate to the same rules as our physical world, so we suspend our physical memory. However our hopes, fears, anxieties, activities, situations, issues, problems, challenges and projects from our outer world continue to cling to us. They all influence what happens next as we drift away from our physical world.
We are now in the world of our imagination where everything is possible. Our direction will be influenced by the dominant thoughts, emotions and concerns of our physical world. If we are anxious about something in life we will generally spend time focused on that subject. This usually results in an uncomfortable night’s sleep where we are tossing and turning during the night.
Our dream channel
If we are not focused on the issues of life as we drift into our dream channel, we have a greater choice of destinations to explore. We are now like the producer of our own television station with lots of programmes to explore and enjoy. These programmes contain things like emotions, memories, thoughts, challenges, friends, family, insights, inventions, poetry, writings, images, and the great expanse of our imagination. Anything is possible in our dream channel.
Each of these programmes or aspects of ourselves can take on a form we can interact with. Our emotions may become people or objects which we now have to negotiate with in order to progress on to where we want to go. Our thoughts can become a reality where we can explore the possibilities of dealing with them as if they were physical objects such as balloons, blocks or modelling clay. Our memories can come alive and we can return to an event to replay it and possibly change it so that we can correct an error or move on in a different direction.
Look at things from a different angle
When all these elements of ourselves take on a different form to the reality we are used to dealing with in our outer lives our mind becomes confused. It is not logical that our emotions take on the form of a person, it is impossible to be able to interact with our thoughts like a jigsaw or a set of building blocks. Our dream channel is not logical as far as our physical mind is concerned. We tend to dismiss the events we have been through in our dreams as irrelevant or illogical. We ignore them just like we do a TV program we cannot understand. As we wake in the morning and switch on our physical life, we tend to dismiss where we have been as of no consequence to our outer life. We switch on our physical life and switch off our dream channel.
While we dream we are interacting with many aspects of our lives by using different techniques. For example, an emotion of anger may flare up in our lives on a regular basis. In our dreams we may be able to look at this emotion from a different angle. We could see it as a red and black ball of burning coal. As we look at it, something pokes it and it flares up. It may burn us or others nearby. We can see what causes the flare up and try and deal with it. If we manage to solve an issue in our dreams we may find that when we are confronted with that issue in our outer life, it can seem easy to deal with and we easily work our way around it by instinctively using the technique we learned in our dreams.
Make better use of our dreams
So how can we make better use of our dreams? How do we tap into the wisdom in our dreams and use it in a conscious manner in our outer lives? How do we switch on our dream channel?
With a little practice we can begin accessing the insights and benefits from our inner world. Keeping a dream journal is a great help. By writing our dreams down we are making the first step of bringing them into our outer life. While they may not make sense in the beginning after a number of months we will begin to see some patterns in them and be able to relate them to events in our outer lives.
Half asleep and half awake
Remembering dreams can be a challenge. When we wake up we can very quickly switch into our physical world and switch off our dream channel. One way of overcoming this is to spend some time half asleep and half awake as we begin to wake up. We don’t jump out of bed immediately. Let’s take some time to ease back into the physical world. While we are drifting between the outer and inner, we can revisit some of our dreams and then commit them to our outer memory. We drift back and forth until we have a reasonable grasp of the dreams and have placed them into our memory. Then, still staying in bed, we write down the dream in our journal. By staying in bed we are maintaining the connection with the inner as much as possible. If we forget a detail we can drift back to sleep or begin wondering about it and possible recall it.
In our dreams we can find insights into the situations and challenges in our lives. We can ask for guidance and be shown the reasons some things are the way they are. We can solve problems, learn things and explore areas of interest. With practice we can select programmes of particular interest to us on our dream channel. Keeping a journal of our dreams and a note of how they may relate to something in our outer life, can help us
Switch on your dream channel, it can help you switch on your life.
“As you put your body to rest, you (Soul) awaken in the Atma Sarup, the Soul body. You are now free to roam in the fields of eternity, beyond the shadow of death. This is part of the spiritual freedom spoken of in Eckankar.”
“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.”
“Man's spiritual nature is no dream of theologians to vanish before the light of natural science. It is the grandest reality on earth.”
William Ellery Channing
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”
“Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate. So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming -- the echo of God on the human wall!”
“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.”
“The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.”
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. Such is the salutation to the dawn.”
“It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.”
“I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.”
Calvin & Hobbes
“When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?”
“Dreams are the answers to questions that we haven't yet figured out how to ask.”
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream.”
“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
“For all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.”
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
“I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
Robert Francis Kennedy
“We don't have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here.”
If you found wisdom in these dream quotes, you may enjoy more wisdom on the Inspirations page by clicking here
Thought for the week
How to get love in life is one of our deepest desires. There are millions of ads in thousands of papers and dating websites of people looking for love. Most are looking for the perfect partner who will love them for what they are, no questions asked. How do we bring love into our lives, what’s the secret?
Give a little service
We can help ourselves a great deal by being of service to others. When we give a little service, we are giving a little love. Love is an energy or force which works when it flows through us. If we can add an attitude of positive or good intentions to what we do, we will add a little love to the deed and get more love in life.
Whatever we do, if we can do it with a little love we will benefit ourselves and those around us. How does this work? Have you ever noticed how nice it is to be served by someone in a shop or restaurant that enjoys their work? They may have an interest in the product they sell, they may just enjoy chatting to people, and they may have an enthusiasm for their service or a willingness to help. Their positive attitude makes our experience with them a pleasant one. We enjoy the interaction with them. We are touched by the love they have for what they are doing.
Between one Soul and another
Life often places us in positions where we have the opportunity of being of service to others and to get love in life. This could be with family, friends or strangers. For example:
When shopping in a supermarket, I’ve often been asked, by people who are not as tall as I am, to reach for a package on a top shelf, which is out of their reach. When I hand them the package, they thank me and smile and wish me well. I feel grateful for their kind words and thanks. I feel a little loved by them, even if it is only for a few moments. They feel a similar degree of love from the tall stranger who helped them get what they needed. There is a glow of love in both the person being of service and the person receiving the service. Both get the benefit of the love flowing between them.
This is how our simple interactions with each other, between one Soul and another, bring love into our lives. It is like a song. We hear it we sing along, someone else hears it, they sing along and so it spreads or flows from one to another.
Start a little tune
It all starts with us. If we can put a little love in life by sharing our interests, our enthusiasm, our positive comments, our actions and enjoy whatever we do, we’ll let a little love flow into our lives and the lives of those around us. We start a little tune which others pick up and add their own melody to it. The little song of love finds its way from person to person.
While being of service to people we may not get the partner we dream of but it will help bring love into our life. With this glow of love coming from us, we will be more attractive. People want and need love, they are attracted to people who have love in their lives. We do become more attractive by doing things with love. Becoming more loveable is a natural by-product of giving service with love.
Wishing you love in life.
“The Law of Love states: to get love you must give love.”
“Knowledge can bring many things, for knowledge comes from mind expansion, but the consciousness of the heart brings love, and love brings all things.”
“Every man must first seek to give love if he expects to receive it. He must give it under every circumstance – even though he is abused, mistreated, and given unnecessary hardships in this world.”
Shariyat Ki Sugmad
“When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
“Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.”
Randall G Leighton
“There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved.”
“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
“Where there is love there is life.”
“Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
“There is no remedy for love than to love more.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Love is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Love is the beauty of the soul.”
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
“Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.”
“Once you have learned to love, You will have learned to live.”
“What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.”
“Life, love, and laughter - what priceless gifts to give our children.”
Phylis Campbell Dryden
“Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.”
“Life is the flower for which love is the honey."
You find more quotes about love in life on the Spiritual Inspirations page by clicking here.
Thought for the week
We’re not alone but there are times in our lives where we can feel like we are completely alone. Times when it seems no one can help us. These periods are often referred to as the dark night of Soul, when it appears we are lost in a valley of complete darkness and it requires a massive struggle to get out of it.
At these times it is hard to see that we’re not alone. However when we do get through this valley of darkness we can see how we were being helped as we went through our difficulties. These periods of darkness are part of our development.
We are constantly striving to be happy and content. We are searching for our place in life, an understanding of our purpose and where we are going. To break this down to our most basic need - we are looking for love and being in a loving place. We have several elements within ourselves which need to operate in a positive and loving manner. Our goal is love, so we need to use love as the basis of all our actions, thoughts and reactions.
To get to this loving place requires us to take responsibility for everything in our lives. We should to be able to survive physically, we have to be able to control our emotions, we need to be careful of the memories we choose to dwell on, we have to develop a positive loving attitude and we should become more aware of our intuition and what it is telling us.
That Is a lot of things we have to develop and trying to achieve them all at once can be difficult. We can continue our life as ‘normal’, whatever ‘normal’ means to us, and we will eventually stumble across each of these skills and develop them. However if we are unaware of our purpose and the goal of reaching that happy and loving place we can get diverted along the way. This means that living our lives as ‘normal’ could mean it will take a long time for us to develop these skills.
State of Love
However, if we have the goal of reaching this state of love, we have a much better chance of getting there than if our goal is having a ‘normal’ life. It now depends on the path we take, the teacher we learn from, and the quality of their guidance.
We have many aspects of ourselves which need to be developed. We have spent many lifetimes trying out ways of doing things or getting what we wanted. The use of force, power, anger, greed and attachment got some results and probably got us to the goal we are aiming for. But when we arrived there the joy of the achievement soon wore off and the uncomfortable unhappiness returned. We had achieved a goal in our physical world in the belief that by doing so it would satisfy the inner unhappiness we felt all along.
Love is the light
When we begin to realise that our inner happiness is not linked to what we have physically but what we posses within ourselves, then we will begin to make progress to finding our way to the loving place we seek. When we decide to go along the path of love, we discover that we are down deep in a dark valley which our former actions, attitudes and beliefs have lead us into. We now have to find our way out. Love is the light which helps us find our way.
One of the reasons we stumble on our way out of the valley of darkness, is because we come across the methods we used to use in the past and are often tempted to try them again. We now know our goal is love but the methods we are using belong to our previous physically focused goals. We now have to use the loving techniques, suggested to us by our intuition and our inner guide or angel.
We have to be brave enough to go through the pain of moving out of our familiar ways into something new and brighter. It is always a struggle to get up a mountain. It is not something that happens quickly. We have to take one step after another so that we climb out of the valley into the light.
We’re Not Alone
During this period we’re not alone but we are often looking in the wrong direction. The challenge for us is being able to change from the methods of power, our old ways, to our new method of using love as the reason for all that we do. We will get guidance from our inner guide or our intuition via such things as:
Coincidences or a series of happy accidents,
A few words or a headline in the media which seems special to us,
Insights and messages from our Dreams
A feeling or knowing about the right way to do something,
Being lead to a person, specialist, doctor or friend who can assist us,
These are all the ways the Life-force, our inner guide or the Holy Spirit, uses to communicate with us. There messages are there all the time, we’re not alone. We just need to heighten our awareness to see them and when we see them we need the wisdom to be able to act on the advice given. If we don’t get the message correctly this can often extend our time in the darkness.
The good news is we will get out of the valley of darkness at some point. Each day we live, each action we perform, each challenge we overcome helps us move a step higher up the mountain. We are progressing all the time. The big change comes when we realise that the whole reason for our existence is love, to realise it, to use and to be in it. Then we begin to make major progress up the mountain. We can now see the light at the top of the mountain and we know where we are going.
One of the easy to use techniques to help us get closer to understanding this love from the Life-force is the HU Song. Click here to visit an explanation of it and how to use.
Wishing you love in all aspects of your life.
This video of Steve Jobs address to Stanford University students has a lot of wisdom in it. If you have 15 minutes to spare it is worth watching.
“All of us must make dozens and dozens of which way now? decisions at important crossroads during the course of many lifetimes. But at the end of the road is the Mahanta (Inner Guide), who receives all with great joy. And we’re never alone from that moment on.”
Sri Harold Klemp
“We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.”
“All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
Henry David Thoreau
“One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.”
“It is far better to be alone than to wish you were.”
“To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.”
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
“All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.”
Jean de la Bruyere
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
“The doer alone learneth.”
“It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”
“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.”
“Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.”
“All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”
“If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.”
“Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.”
“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.”
“It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
“A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.”
“The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.”
“Spend some time alone every day.”
These quotes are not alone, there are lots more inspirational ones on the Spiritual Inspirations page.
The colouring has been brightened in this picture, We’re Not Alone. The guide or Angel has changed from being a face looking over the lonely Soul, to one of reaching out with open arms. It reflects the idea that life will help us if we look in the right direction with the right attitude.
She is having a bad hair day at the moment but hopefully I’ll be able to sort that out for her.
Thought for the week
Many of us are lost in life and are trying to get through it. We have very busy lives, working, travelling, looking after our families and trying to survive. Our attention is constantly focused on our outer physical life. We rarely take time to focus on our inner or spiritual life. By not making this connection at some point in our day, we miss linking up with the source of our happiness.
This imbalance of our attention causes us to believe that the only true really is the outer world. We can no longer see our inner selves. We have lost touch with our inner world and we’re lost in life, in the outer physical life.
A typical day may go like this:
Coming out of sleep, we review a dream we just had and then move our consciousness towards the time of the day to see if we can sleep a little longer or get up.
Getting out of bed, dressing, washing, eating breakfast, tending to children, pets and spouses.
Moving or travelling towards our chores, situations, work, school or activities.
For the rest of the morning we are focused on our regular work or activity, doing what we need to do to maintain ourselves, our family and / or our household.
We may take a break for food at lunch time, get to talk to people and interact with them.
Then we’re back to our afternoon work or activities.
We then move to or get transport to our home for an evening meal.
We arrange our food, cook it and eat it.
We then spend time resting, watching TV, reading, talking, doing chores.
We eventually get back to sleep to rest and dream and leave our body to rest.
When we look at our lives like this, it seems to come down to:
Wake, eat, work, eat, work, eat, rest and sleep.
What our lives are all about
Is that what our lives are all about? Sleeping, working and eating? Are we working so we can eat and sleep? Are we on a treadmill repeating our days, our weeks, our months and our years? Where are we going? What is life all about? If we don’t have good answers to these questions, we are probably lost in life.
These questions can lead us to examine what we do and why we do it. Depending on our answers we may believe that we seem to be living a pointless life. Not a pleasant idea but if that idea helps us move to a more fulfilled life, a life of value and worth to us and those around us, then we have moved into a better place. We needed to go through this unpleasant area of doubts and questions to move into the happier place.
This realisation requires us to spend some time considering the questions of what life is all about. We have begun to move our focus to within ourselves. While we may get some insights into our inner selves through these questions, if we don’t continue to reflect within ourselves regularly, we quickly lose the gems of wisdom we uncover as we get lost in life again.
There are a number of ways we can find these valuable jewels and insights from our inner worlds. By paying attention to our dreams, nudges, intuition, feelings and insightful thoughts we begin to uncover the treasures within, which we have been walking past every day as we focus on our outer physical life.
We can value our inner lives by spending time focused on our inner selves through contemplation, meditation, daydreaming, wondering about things and exploring our thoughts.
What is the purpose of life?
If we have been lost in life for a while we can consider some of the basic human questions to help us put some attention on our inner selves. Here is a list of questions you can consider:
Why are we here?
What is the meaning of life?
What's it all about?
Who are we?
What is the nature of reality?
What is the reason to live?
What is the purpose of life?
Why has the Higher Power given us life?
For some of us these questions can send us into a confused daze. We may get a bit of an answer to one but that raises other questions or contradicts a previous answer. The easy way of getting through these questions is to look for the love in them. If we think about any of the questions with the preface “If someone, (the Holy Spirit, the Higher Power, God, Sugmad, Allah, the Creator or whatever name you wish to use) loved me and put me in this position in my life, why am I here?” Here’s how we could rephrase some of the questions above:
“If I am loved why am I here?”
“Why would someone who loved me put me here?”
“Why has the Creator who loves us all put us in this life?”
“Why has the Higher Power given us life?”
The answers to these questions compared to the original list above will give us more positive and loving answers. The answers will also be closer to the real reason for our existence because the Higher Power is love, and It created us and our lives out of love. So when we are looking at something with love, we are getting closer to the Creator and Its way of looking at things. By using love as a basis for our questions we are using the same approach as the Creator and our answers will be coming from closer to the source.
After we’ve asked these questions with love and contemplated on the answers we receive within ourselves, we’ll discover that the answer is Love, Divine Love and Its Love for us. We’ll no longer be lost in life but living in life with love.
Wishing you Love, always Love.
If you are still a little lost in life, you may find some answers on the Spiritual Writings page by clicking here.
“Many children do, in fact, remember what God is like – at least until they enter school at age three, four or five. Then the memory begins to cloud over. Good schooling teaches them to be responsible adults in society, of course. Yet at the same item a priceless gift is lost – a child’s understanding of God.”
“Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.”
“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away -- an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.”
Carl Gustav Jung
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
“Better to lose a minute in your life than your life in a minute.”
“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what's best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you're banging your head against a brick wall all the time.”
“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.”
“I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”
“Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.”
“You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.”
“Lost time is never found again.”
“And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.”
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
T. S. Eliot
Still a little lost in life? You’ll find more wisdom about life and living in the Spiritual Inspirations page by clicking here.