Friday, February 24, 2017



       There are some things that all of humanity shares. Dreaming is one of them. I don't mean the wide-awake yearning/hoping/scheming that we do: dreaming of a new job, more money, getting rid of aches and pains, of being young again. I mean the real dreams we have when we're deep asleep, the images and feelings that connect us with our sub-conscience and the basic earth and meanings of our being. These are the dreams that are remarkably similar throughout the ages and cultures of humanity.
      But we try to forget them. We degrade them: They're only dreams! Not real. Make no sense. Ultimately private.
     In our cultural ignorance and to our loss, we waste them. Like most other things of value, we don't share them. We are trained from infancy to keep private anything of importance. (Is it any wonder that we're as spiritually deprived and confused as we are?)  Literally every ancient culture valued dreams. They were shared, discussed, remembered, sometimes dismissed, often treasured.
    Our modern mental health was based on teachings of doctors who greatly valued dreams. Yet we don't.  Why not, I wonder. Is it just too much for any of us to share on that deep level? I guess that's really the case. Not many of us can afford a psychiatrist's time and goodness knows, we certainly aren't going to share anything of importance or of a personal nature in church, school, or on the ferry!
    This world and  time in which we live is entering a crisis which is beyond anything we have yet seen. Only if we chose to use all the tools that nature/God has given us, will we have a chance to come through it. Only if we chose to start sharing in all ways will we have the knowledge, strength and  wisdom that is needed today and in the future.  To me, how we treat dreams, a universal gift given to all, is a test that shows our potential for survival. If we can't share in this, when it costs us nothing, what chance do we have in other aspects?
     So, anybody out there who wants to share dreams? It's better with three or four of us.
     Thanks for your time and thoughts,
     Anthony Gifford

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