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Life, Death and the Dream State

Life, Death & the Dream State                          June 2012
© By John W. Robinson
The more I study and continue to be experientially involved in the meaning of dreams, the more I understand that the dream states of consciousness are an integral part of a larger gestalt of consciousness that also contains our focus of consciousness during physical life and the state of consciousness we refer to as death.
Recent events in my life have caused me to focus more intently on Life, Death & the Dream State. The past several months have been a time where my thought energy was being intensely directed toward these topics. Life changing events were coming from many directions. These were life changing events not only for me, but for several family members and friends as well.
My brother made his transition on October 16, 2011 after a short treatment period for stage 4 lung cancers displaying multiple tumors in both lungs and in the bone of one leg near the hip. I spent a lot of time with him beginning with the diagnosis in mid July. The diagnosis was no cure possible; 3-12 months outlook only. During one of the drives to the clinic for radiation treatment to ease the pain, he told me he was prepared to accept the consequences and I thought I was too. We had cried together over the frustration of the experience and even though I thought I was prepared to be stoic when he finally did make his transition, I cried deeply after coming home from the hospital where I had stared at “death in his eyes” the night his soul passed to another dimension. This was 3 months after the diagnosis. It was normal I guess to question “could I have done more”?
During many of our talks throughout his treatment period I shared the meditation and visualization exercises I had practiced after I had a very small malignant cancer removed from my colon during my first routine examination about 8 years ago. My brother just didn’t seem to be that interested in this alternative approach to treatment. He began to accept the doctor’s opinion that nothing could be done to initiate a cure at this point. All the diagnostic reports during the treatment period with radiation gave evidence to the fact that prayer was not helping either. I felt helpless while watching my brother degenerate. It was hard to accept that his soul had made a definite decision to transition to another dimension. My brother had endured so much pain and suffering in such a short time, I knew that he was welcoming his transition and had given up the fight to prolong the inevitable pending death of his physical body.
In contrast to my brother, during the following month (Nov. 2011) a long time friend had a massive “heart attack” the day after Thanksgiving as he was saying good bye to  his children and grandchildren in the yard outside his house as they were beginning to leave to go back home after a glorious family celebration.
At the family’s house after the memorial service,  I found my self remarking to a friend from high school days that he had seemed more like a big brother now than he did the high school chemistry teacher and family dentist that he later became.  He was only 10 years older than me while my biological brother was 6 years older.

 As I look back on it; after I graduated from high school, it was as though “Bud” (not his real name) had become a mentor for me. In some regards, for a period of time, it seemed like I was a mentor for my brother as we shared many life experiences and challenges during the adult years.
As I reflected on my shared life experiences with Bud, I focused on one particular incident which was the seed that I believe led to many dramatic changes in me and my life over the years. This became an incident that can be called “The Butterfly Effect” in my life.  The happening was a day in about 1967 when "Bud" passed on to me a little book from his library. The book was titled The Magic of Believing, by Claude Bristol. I had just finished helping move Bud and his wife from a small apartment into their first house they had purchased shortly after returning from dental college and landing a position as a dentist in another office and practice of an elderly gentleman who was ready to retire as soon as Bud got familiar with all the patients and established a few of his own.
During the couple days of moving and getting set up in the new house (the one where he just made his transition) we discussed the thought processes Bud had employed and put to use in making his decisions to quit teaching high school and return to the university to acquire a degree in Dental Science so that he could return to the area and establish his own business practice after he completed school. We talked about one of Bud’s motivating forces, the ideas in this book, The Magic of Believing published in 1948. I studied this book after Bud gave it to me and have re-read it several times when ever I needed a refresher in my thinking.
A few of the key ideas contained in The Magic of Believing are these:
  • Your subconscious mind will respond to the vibrations of thoughts that are strongest in you.
  • The subconscious mind will accept and carry out whatever it is powerfully instructed to do.
  • It matters little to what ends this process is used for or applied toward, it will be effective in achieving the object of your desire.
  • This process is neutral in value judgments concerning the end results obtained. The choices of actions taken are entirely up to the conscious ego mind of the person deciding.
  • Your beliefs form the events of your life that you experience.
Many years later another book had a similar impact on my life at a time I was going through significant life changes. That book was The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts who published the wisdom she received from an energy essence personality that called him self Seth. As I read that book it was as though someone was in the room speaking the words directly to me. I had heard just such a commanding and certain voice before in a “dream” in the early 70’s; but, that is another longer story.

Some of the key ideas from the “Seth Material” are these (there are many more):
  • You form your beliefs from your thoughts, beliefs, emotions and intentions or desires. These beliefs also form what can be called our world view.
  • You get exactly what you want to get based on your beliefs and you create from nothing the experience that is your own.
  • If you do not like your experience, then look within yourself, examine your beliefs, focus on your habits of thought, and change your life experience by making adjustments. The energy to create any reality comes from the inner self.
  • Dreams are no more hallucinatory than your physical life is. The waking physical self is the “dreamer”, as far as your dreaming self is concerned.
  • All physical reality is first experienced in some fashion in the dream state.
  • If you do not find coherence in the dream state, it is because you have “hypnotized yourselves into believing that none exist.
  • In the sleep and dream states you are involved in the same dimensions of existence in which you will have your after-death experiences.
  • Your thoughts, emotions and beliefs also help form your after-death experience.
  • All action should derive out of Loveand taking the course of action that does real harm to no one
  • Each and every individual self is a part of All That Is (God concept).
  • All things in creation have a form of consciousness - right down to the atoms.
  • A soul is not something you have, it is what you are.
  • You are here in physical reality to learn all of the above ….and more.
My mother, whom I never lived with, in her simple wisdom, told me the philosophy in a different way in about 1961. She said “Johnny, you can become any body and any thing you want to become; don’t let any body ever tell you different. I understood her correctly to mean if any body ever tells you differently, don’t internalize it as a belief. Well, I was told just the opposite by more than one “adult” and it was a challenge to not internalize it. But, that was before my mother in her simple wisdom, instilled some degree of confidence in my self. 
In the dream classes I have facilitated, we discussed all of these ideas and the application of our dream wisdom to our everyday lives using a shared group experience. You might call it a “dream circle with extended learning opportunities”.
You can gain insight into the use of your own personal symbols and metaphors as we experience them in our dreams and daily life. The dream symbols and metaphors are a “picture language” that contains coded messages for us. These messages are communicated to our conscious minds via the subconscious when we remember a dream. This process can be enhanced by conscious intention and attention. The dreams may also communicate direct and literal knowledge, wisdom, and practical information to us as we awaken with the memory or through perceived impulses and intuitions during the waking hours throughout the day.
You can also have dreams where deceased relatives or other persons appear to us or communicate to us in the dream state. We may encounter guides who may be strangers at first, our own inner self in disguise or even animal spirit guides and messengers. Nightmares we learn are most often a shocking attempt to get our attention directed toward a critical need in our body or psyche. Sometimes a need to over come fears we hold, grounded in “false beliefs”.
Through our shared experiences we can learn to examine our beliefs about life and death and discard the “false beliefs” that we may have once held that became chains to imprison our consciousness, holding back our personal and spiritual growth, our value fulfillment. We can finally learn to allow for the possibility of a conscious evolution. Since, as Seth said, "all things in creation have a form of consciousness - right down to the atoms", all progression that we call evolution has been driven by consciousness, not random actions of adaptation.
In his book DREAMGATES, Robert Moss shares the following quotes from The Adventures of a Photographer in La Plata by Adolfo Bioy Casares.  “As soon as you die, you’ll find yourself in a dream just as on any other night.” “Even though they bury your body the soul continues living. To prepare us for that life we dream….  They are previews.”
Both Seth and Robert Moss agree. “Just as dreams rehearse us for life challenges, they also rehearse for the conditions of life after life. By encouraging others to work with their dreams, we can help them to walk the path of spirit beyond this lifetime.” – Robert Moss in DREAMGATES: Exploring the worlds of Soul,
Imagination and Life Beyond Death.

Life doesn’t wait for us to segregate all of our thoughts and questions on these important topics of life, death or dreams and put them into neat compartments to ponder when we have time to explore in isolation. Life comes toward us from many directions all at once in each present moment. Our lesson to learn is to be of mind to express gratitude for all our experience. After all - by the law of mutual attraction we are the creators of those events. We project our thoughts and beliefs out into the reality matrix, the collective unconscious and then witness the results as they become coincident with like thoughts and beliefs. Individually and en mass, we continue to create new realities.
If you can accept the responsibility of your life and the role you played in creating it, you can accept your transition to an “unknown reality” some people call death.
John W. Robinson

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