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 “THE SHIFTING”   I dream a dream in which my house appears to have become a weather station. Satellites in outer space equipped with long range cameras transmit imagery of the Earth to the station, which then displays on our television monitor. The imagery being sent in the dream consists of huge tumbling boulders. I think this may be due to the shifting of land masses on the planet. When I gaze through the window of the house into the backyard it occurs to me that some sort of thaw is taking place like at the end of the Ice Age. I awaken with the thought that I am sensing a major change in the world climate. I find this a source both of anxiety and stimulation. Midrash & Interpretation 1. The House of the Soul The house in the dream is the house of the soul, a complex, multi-tiered structure like the physical house in which the body resides. On one level, made clear to me as I awaken from the dream, the house of the soul is like a window through which we are able to gaze, a medium through which we are able to sense the currents of energy around us, the various forces; the “temperature changes,” the “storm fronts,” the “wind currents” at work in the collective human psyche. Indeed, it is the profound change in the climate of humanity, of consciousness and being on a planetary scale rather than the climate of the earth, of wind and rain that I am sensing in the dream. It is the shifting landscape of the global psyche as viewed from above by “satellites in outer space,” the angels and spirits of the heavenly domain that the “weather station” appears to be tracking, and which I find myself watching on the metaphoric dream symbol of the television screen. Let us delve a little more deeply… As mystics through time immemorial instruct, it is possible for the soul to interact with those who dwell on the spiritual plane... Word of the Book And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:10-12) Word of the Dream “They speak to me through the conch.” Thus, as already noted, the “satellites in outer space” which send me images while I sleep and dream, represent the angels and spirits who, with their “long range cameras” (which is to say) their spiritual “eyes,” view the human world from a supernal perspective. Indeed, floating there in a place beyond the stars, the “orbiting” denizens of the celestial realm - what Jacob in the Bible called “the house of God” transmit their visions and prophecies to the mind of the dreamer. The communications they dispatch arrive in the form of spiritual energy which the dreaming mind interprets by exercising the power of imagination. Word of the Dream “First knowledge comes in and then you create the images." In other words, the dreaming mind is like the receiver in a television set that translates an electronic signal from far away into a form we are able to see and hear on the television screen. The difference of course is that the “signal” of the mystical dream, which may also come from far away, from a “satellite” floating in the ether, consists of a spiritual phenomenon that cannot be measured or defined according to the laws of scientific materialism. Furthermore, the message it contains - displayed not on an electronic device but in the theater of the imaginal mind, is a product of intuition and associative thinking. Finally, as the dream suggests the soul may function as a psychic weather station that receives its “meteorological” data in the form of vibrations which come directly from the world around it, and from the heavenly bodies of the celestial realm.
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