*Dream World

clouds“We are such stuff As dreams are made on;and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.” Shakespeare, The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148–158

When I was a little girl, I had epic dreams, night after night. Sometimes they spiralled down into nightmares of the most horrific kind and I would wander into my parents’ bedroom in the dark in search of solace. There had been nothing in my life to date to warrant the machinations of the mind that I was getting. My life was stable and happy. I had a lovely complete family around me and all seemed well. So from where was I sourcing the material about which to dream?

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Shakespeare, Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 159–167

As I grew older, the dreams kept up a lively pace, and some of them were understandable, while the majority remained a complete mystery to me. I learned to live with them, discussed them with no-one and just kept going. By the time I was about forty, they were prolific and even more emotionally charged, adventurous and elaborate. This surreal aspect of my life had been accompanied by one other phenomenon, which was painful and debilitating – migraine attacks.

Then I had a mid-life crisis, where just about everything I had known and relied on as the constructs of my life collapsed around me. After the climax of that crisis had passed I gradually recovered. During that time, for a short while, I slept all day and stayed awake all night. Then I became psychic. (I was not and never have been ‘psychotic’)

I could see in a very different way, non-physical things and the symbolic overtones of material existence, and I had out-of-body experiences where I was fully conscious. It was because of these OBEs that I knew my consciousness operated away from my body. I was over here, thinking, in a conversational way, to myself. And my body, which I could see physically, was over there, fast asleep. And I could go right away from it, visiting other places. The mode of transport was thought. But travel was outside of time – instant. I could also accurately dream future events, into which I stepped, later in time.

I met someone in 1991who changed my life regarding this – Dr. Serena Ronay Dougal, a psychiatrist and healer, who gave a talk on dreams and lucid dreaming. After that I really started to tap into what my dreams meant, and most of them stopped, especially the nightmares. The ones that kept coming were very different in nature, and very interesting.

Next, I discovered that all the major planets in my birth chart were in the night-time hours. This seemed to be having a direct influence on how I related to the world. I have had nocturnal tendencies most of my life. I am captivated by the night sky. I am a ‘day-dreamer’. I love to go for a walk in the dark. I have often journeyed out at night and enjoyed the silence of a world at sleep. I love driving in the early hours of the morning. I write late into the night.

After all this my migraines stopped.

I had never really thought of myself as having a particular gift, but looking back, I can see that this talent for dreaming has given me a source of enlightenment. It is a source of inspiration, imagination, different perspectives on things and I have learned the value of symbolism. I believe it is the language of our spirit. It is the language of religion, of energy and dimensional mathematics, of spiritual knowledge, of the esoteric wisdom that has been passed down through the centuries and every aspect of the natural world. And all those aspects of the visible and unseen world communicate through our dreams, in a language of pure symbolism, which is colourful, exciting, adventurous, alarming, magnificent and dramatic – just like an epic film. Stories and metaphors are the writer’s art of using a language of symbology that speaks directly to the spirit.

The scientific fraternity would like to convince us that a dream is just the brain having aberrations – chemical reactions, electrical impulses firing off randomly, or the memory replaying like a badly recorded video, and none of the content of a dream important.

“To sleep — perchance to dream. Ay, there’s the rub!

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,” Shakespeare, Hamlet (III, i, 65-68)lights2

Surely, dreaming has to be more than the functions of the physical brain. And dreaming has to have a purpose. If the brain is the processor, a bio-computer, and the physical senses help us respond, what are we responding to, and why? The MIND, known as the aspect of our thinking processes, may not be in the brain, as I experienced when it was active outside of my body. We are all far more than bio-electronic machines, and we all know it. Each of us seems to be able to use our minds in different ways, sometimes to great and important effect and sometimes for nothing much at all. It seems we can choose.

If the mind is a link – like a telephone cord from a transmitter to a receiver – who, what or where is the transmitter and likewise, the receiver? Perhaps both the body and the spirit can transmit both ways, via the mind. Thought is an electro-energetic pulse, a vibration, travelling via the mind. When thoughts are received they arrive like ideas, inspiration, revelations, and they appear to come ‘out of thin air’, ‘out of the blue’, or ‘off the top of your head’. When thoughts are created from inside, from fears, worries, anger, jealousy, regret or hurt, or pre-occupation with the mundane, they are transmitted but where do they go and what effect do they have?

Studies have shown that when we are asleep these thought processes continue without our conscious or physical participation. Sleep developed during our evolution, probably to give us time off at night when we couldn’t see what we were doing and perhaps to digest food. Some animals evolved night vision to capitalise on the dark hours, probably because it was cooler, and they sleep, and dream, during the day.

When this communication is very active but the information does not filter through to the conscious mind, it can cause difficulties, and pain. It is as though we are asleep when we are awake and awake when we are asleep. I think this is what happened to me. I didn’t know how to externalise the thoughts I was receiving. It was only when my life was disrupted and my nights and days were reversed, that I finally ‘woke up’.

Many spiritual awakenings occur after a personal crisis, when the individual experiences a breakdown of some description. This is followed by a new lease of life with radical changes in thoughts and beliefs. Occasionally a mental disorder or anomaly in an individual brings forth a new concept or perception.

NANCY TAPPE

One example is Nancy Tappe, who had a rare brain disorder called synaesthesia. Because of this her perceptions allowed her to experience life conceptually, not logically. She could taste shapes, and see personality types as colours, 15 in all. Then one day she noticed a new colour, Indigo, but it was only from babies. She realised that a new type of personality was being born. (Approx 30 yrs ago).

http://www.psychicchildren.co.uk/1-2-TheIndigoChildren.html

MANDY DE WAAL

Another example is described by this well know journalist, while she was experiencing a mild stroke.

“In that moment I knew that there are two parts to my being. There is the gross physical aspect, which is intimately wedded to my logical brain, which in itself is intimately wedded to my ego. You can think of this as the incessant chatter that fills your being and the mechanical advisory part that tells your body how to function. Then there is another part, an amazing part of who you are. It is as quiet as a whisper. It is huge and expansive. For me the experience of feeling this part was almost like being pure love. In those brief couple of seconds I was the world and the world was me. I was unafraid, and filled with awe and an incredible sense of joy and wonder and connectedness. The experience was huge, almost too much for one small body to contain.” (Mandy de Waal)

http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/ go to subjects a-z, go to ‘s’, click on strokes.

JILL BOLTE TAYLOR

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuro-anatomist (brain researcher) and she had a serious stroke. Fate gave her a rare research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for. During her brain haemorrhage she witnessed herself, as the motion, speech, self-awareness brain functions shut down one by one. You can watch her video online.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

The practice of meditation, prayer, or quiet solitude in Nature can provide a time when the chattering mind can be switched off and we can hear our received, higher thoughts. Occupations like walking, writing, composing music, inventing, exploring, or doing art, also allows our Higher Knowledge and creative channelling to come through.

If dreams were not important, I am sure they wouldn’t happen. I have been inspired, entertained, intellectually stretched, exhausted and enlightened by my dreams. I have had dreams, in very clear detail, in full techno-colour but also dark, misty elusive grey dreams. I have danced, skated and run, several inches off the ground and willed myself into an upward spiral to fly like Superman. I have learned what I was worried about in my dreams and I have also learned that my mind is definitely not in my body. I went to India once, in a dream, and met a beautiful young woman doctor, who showed me the poor and sick, and her apothecary, all in hundreds of blue-painted little drawers. She had long black hair and wore a turquoise silk sari. When I woke up I was exhausted and it took a few moments to move. I have never been to India, in my body.

This seems to be an important aspect of lucid dreaming – being in a temporary paralysis. It has been proved that there is a small part of the brain that is responsible for keeping us physically still while we journey to the world of dreams, to protect us perhaps, or maybe to limit us, or even to keep us in this world while we travel to another. I don’t know.

I do know that before I could understand and work with my dreams I experienced a lot of pain. My nightmares seemed to be a gathering of the detritus of life, monstrous beings set on destruction and hopeless situations in which I was imprisoned. When I looked around me, I could see these things were real for some people, but they were nothing to do with me in this life. How could I imagine them so completely? How can any of us imagine something we have not experienced? Would not an un-experienced scenario appear as a flat, two-dimensional, lifeless and unfeeling picture with no meaning?

My personal reflections on dreams do not prove anything, but we have adopted the word dream to mean more than what happens to our mind while we are asleep. To have a dream is to have the imagination to envisage something that is not yet manifest. To dream up a new scheme, plan or course of action, implies that to not have the imagination to change things, keeps us in a lower place. And the ultimate dream is of a nirvana, a Utopia, a heavenly state where all the struggles, horrors and pain of this world disappear and we can exist in beauty, grace, peace and happiness.shapes5

Famous inventors, composers, scientists, mathematicians, and more have discovered new concepts, answers to problems, and new and beautiful creations to delight the world, through their dreams. I have gone to sleep with a crossword clue in my mind and the answer is there in the morning, without any effort.

Dreaming for an answer is a personal faculty of mine, which I don’t think is difficult, but then I could be called a professional dreamer – I can dream for other people. I put it down to the fact that my conscious memory is not adequate to retain information, facts or figures and so I store it somewhere else, to be retrieved later, or I visit a facility where all information is kept, like a library, and look in a reference book, or ask an expert.

RUDOLPH STEINER talked of the ‘Akashic records’, an esoteric concept of a record of all-that-is for all-of-time.

“From his clairvoyant reading of the Akashic Record – the cosmic memory of all events, actions, and thoughts – Rudolf Steiner was able to speak of aspects of the life of Jesus Christ that are not contained in the four biblical Gospels.” (The Fifth Gospel, by Rudolph Steiner)

The imaginative mind can perhaps use the idea of a library, or wise being, or a data file in some etheric form, where all knowledge can be accessed. I wonder if this is not a use of our DNA, the coded molecular blue-print of all living things. But that suggests that it is a store of what has been, all the way back through our evolution. What about what hasn’t happened yet? Or has it happened as a potential happening, and just not brought into time yet?

Are our imaginings only constructs from the building blocks of what we already know, or can we bring into play a completely new concept, image or creative thought? Whether we understand the exact mechanics of dreaming or not, I encourage and invite everyone to at least take notice of their dreams; to extract any vital message, revelation or new knowledge from them and bring it to the table of discovery for the world to delight in.

“When you wish upon a star,

Makes no difference who you are,

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream,

No request is too extreme,

When you wish upon a star

As dreamers do.

Fate is kind

She brings to those who love

The sweet fulfilment of

Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue,

Fate steps in and sees you through,

When you wish upon a star,

Your dreams come true.

Wendy Salter

(original writing)

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*Post Trauma Stress Disorder

Post Trauma Stress Disorder and Genetic Input

During a trauma we suffer stress: physical, mental, emotion stress. After, we expect to recover, over time. The symptoms can vary from person to person. ‘Strong’ people recover normally but some people, perhaps more sensitive, and possibly seen as ‘weak’ people, take longer. Some people don’t recover and they never reclaim an ‘ordinary’ life. This latter group of sufferers is now diagnosed as having PTSD – Post Trauma Stress Disorder.

With regard to the article sent to me by friend and journalist, Brenda Hanson, outlining the results of a study done on a group of PTSD suffers in Canada, reported in Thunder Bay [Variants in stress-related gene help …
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dhttddcw_0cmz2rrcf&invite=r2q4vz ], and illuminating the subject of a variant gene being involved, I outline here my own observations on the subject.

It is always exciting when a new discovery is made. It is then up to us to decide whether this discovery adds to our knowledge or not, and whether it can be utilised to good effect. The scientific world looks to prove something, with clinical trials to provide data and statistics. When this backs up previously held suspicions or beliefs it is a wonderful thing. We must, at all times ask whether the new information expands our wisdom on things, rather than just making a statement that limits us.

Are the faulty genes the cause of the problem or are they the end result of a problem? To allocate the cause of any dis-order to faulty genes, we may run the risk of limiting ourselves, by halting the ever-necessary investigation into the true nature of dis-ease. We could say ‘Ah! We have found the dastardly culprit, now we can blame it and stop looking!’ But does that lead us to a healing process and a cure?

If a sufferer is told ‘It’s in your genes’ the general assumption of a lay-person may be that it’s just their bad luck and that there is nothing more they can do about it.

This doesn’t mean that the identification of a contributing gene may not be relevant. It may be relevant in identifying the person who may be more prone to the condition – QED- but not that their fate is not only pre-determined but that it is also final and fatal.

Should we not ask, when considering the cause of a disorder, to research into the possible purpose of that disorder? PTSD is a set of symptoms, not a disease from a known virus, for example. Each person who is presenting any one of, or all of the identified symptoms is a unique case and is presenting a unique, to them, set of circumstances. PTSD is possibly the acute or chronic stage of other stresses, which are coped with but at this level the person just cannot cope any longer and there is a breakdown, physically, mentally and emotionally. PTSD becomes evident after an accumulation of stress, or excessive stress. The external, circumstantial causes can be from any type of trauma.

To land conveniently on the genetic platform and announce ‘eureka!- this is the cause’, is bypassing the problem, for it requires another leap to saying it is the cure. Nevertheless, there has to be benefits of knowing the gene state.

  • The presence of the gene can be a contribution to the solution

  • The presence of the gene can identify the level at which stress becomes acute and PTSD

  • The presence of the gene can identify groups of people who accumulate such levels of stress.

Dis-ease and dis-order is the physical outcome and end result of a disruption in the well-being, safety, life-force, spirit/body relationship and evolution of the person. It can also be the set of keys to unlock the cure.

Any one gene which is seen to be contributing to a certain condition can be looked at as the cause, but then we must ask the question ‘How did that gene become the signature of that condition?’ If a gene brings about a physical manifestation, it will be seen as the cause, but what caused it to be different.? What is the cause of its nature? What happened to it to make it different to others and create a pattern within itself to cause that condition? Is it possible that the condition itself, over generations, caused the gene to change?

Do potential soccer-playing genes, accumulating information and creating specific patterns over generations, suddenly present a soccer-player gene?

Genes are the patterns of DNA held in the chromosomes that split during fertilisation of the ovum. The accumulated information from past milennia forms patterns which shows up as a personal attribute, physical feature, character trait or defect in the person. Some are good, some are bad, all are changing. Evolution determines those that survive and those that disappear by making the person strong or weak. This is Darwinism. There is another ‘ism’ and that is that we, as incarnating spirits choose the lineage that can offer us the best circumstances for us to evolve in, as a spiritual being. ‘Spiritualism’. Either way we have a very diverse gene-pool to choose from.

Continual ‘stress’ will sift the proverbial wheat from the chaff. Some of us will weaken under stress and some of us will thrive. All humans who start demonstrating the inability to cope with stress, [hard-ship, shock, trauma, degradation, malnutrition, lack of love, etc.,] will find an opportunity to find a new approach to coping. They will seek it out, investigate, experiment, persevere and survive, or cave in and perish. And there will always be doctors, scientists, therapists and healers to help them.

At this time in history we have an opportunity to strengthen our inherent genetic patterning with some very new, innovative, ground-breaking, exciting and positive approaches, with new understanding of how the mind works, the spirit/body relationship and the role of diet and natural medicines. Perhaps we are remembering and rediscovering some very old ways, too.

In days gone by, a soldier finding himself unable to cope with the extra-ordinary stresses of the war he has to fight, the battle-field he finds himself on and the conditions he has to deal with to either live or die, will have several choices.

  • He may just survive, by the skin of his teeth, and with a lot of good luck.

  • He may do something extra-ordinary and be held up as a hero

  • He may find he doesn’t have a choice and gets killed

  • He may not cope and run away, or tries to.

  • He may just survive long enough to come home, only to find his life is in ruins and his ability to recover from his injuries has gone

In the old days all surviving soldiers were heralded as heroes – some more than others and those got medals. Those who suffered ‘shell shock’ didn’t recover. Those who ran away were shot. They were branded ‘cowards’, ‘weak’, or having ‘low moral fibre’, or ‘LMF’.

I saw a TV program on the subject of heroism: why and how heroic deeds were done and who became a ‘hero’. Out of the 6 veterans that were featured, who had been awarded medals for bravery, not one of the six knew they were being brave at the time. Not one of the six had decided to be a hero. Not one of the six thought of themselves as heroes and not one of the six had their medal on display or talked about it.

Is it all about being in the right or wrong place, at the right or wrong time? Or is it about having the right or wrong genes? Or is it that at any one time any one of us has a choice? Do we know we have that choice at the time or do we just find ourselves doing something? Who we are and how we got to be that person is such a complex subject, it is a lifetime’s study.

If we believe that this one life is all there is, then nothing matters anyway; none of it is for any reason, it has no purpose; it is just an accidental occurrence and not worth discussing.

But we all know that that’s not the case. We know that what we do in any situation affects others as well as ourselves. In that case what we do is important and if it is important it’s not just for five minutes self-gratification. It must have a lasting significance, even after our passing and if that’s the case then we are all experiencing now the lasting effects of what happened before – that which others did before us.

If the genes we inherit were designed by our ancestors, everything they did to evolve those genes, to change them for better or worse, are in us now and it is up to us to do what we will with them. So what do I do if I inherit a bad gene which will pre-dispose me to cope badly with stress; what do I do about it? Roll over, give up and die? Go to a shop and but a new one? Or re-design the one I’ve got? I guess re-designing a gene takes some time, so where do I start?

What came first, the chicken or the egg? If I am past the age of passing on my genes to my offspring, how does changing my genes benefit anyone else? The Native Americans say that whenever I heal myself, I do it for all my relations: ‘Mitakwe Oyasin’. So what do I change?

I change the way I think. I change the way I view things, get a new perspective. I change the way I do things, behave differently. I can change the way I deal with things. And I can show others that I didn’t give up, that I can learn from it and in that way help others that come after me. Wounds heal. Stress can be relieved. Lessons can be learned. PTSD can be cured. Genes can change, in us and in those who learn from us.

But that is only the physical, mental and emotional side. What about the non-physical side? This, I know, is hard for a lot of people to understand. If I start talking about ‘energy’ or ‘spirit’ many people will think I am talking about fairies, or ghosts, and religion. I am talking about neither.

It is scientifically proven that we are energy – vibrating, moving, living energy which ranges across such a wide spectrum that we can only see one part, hear one part, sense another part and have no idea about the rest. Some people, like me, ‘see’ and ‘sense’ more than others and so I ‘know’ there is more to life than what we are physically aware of. [Convincing others is more difficult].

It is also proven that energy is influenced by thought and so how and what we think is a relevant point to discuss.

If someone who has a disability in coping with post trauma stress is told ‘It’s because you have a different, faulty or bad gene’, they will lose hope in ever recovering. If they are told they can be helped, hope returns. Positive thoughts return and already things are changing for the better.

When someone who understands and can communicate with the complex negative thoughts and memories in the unconscious mind and can work synergistically, i.e. using a variety of techniques together, and can say ‘we can help you’, even more hope comes to the sufferer.

And when the Power of healing – the highly charged energy – that moves, re-charges and re-enlivens every atom of that person, even in the genes, that person will feel so much hope, have so many positive thoughts, that any inherited gene that says ‘you will not cope with stress and you will not recover well from trauma’ will begin to change. The encoded information will change. Preset negative and destructive patterns will reorganise themselves and start to create a new pattern and the consciousness in that gene will be changed. The new consciousness in that gene will return to the collective consciousness after death with a different message and will then return in a new life with new abilities. It will have evolved.

The term ‘Akashic Records’ [origin unknown] describes the unlimited store of information about all life, forever, from the beginning to the end. It is a record of all lives and experience and it is also a library of all potential life and experience. It may be that the DNA in every cell in all living things holds the link to the Akashic Records and the genes are what has been selected for that life-time for that person.

When studying the aspects of ‘Past Lives’ we can tap into information that is in the unconscious memory from before this life-time. A past life scenario can play like a film demonstrating an event of a personal connection that can throw some light onto why certain circumstances are being experienced now.

‘Soul Retrieval’ is another method of healing, where lost memories, aspects of the ‘self’ can be retrieved, to awaken dormant DNA, or eliminate erroneous information that is now redundant or not belonging to the present situation. Akashic Records, past lives and soul retrieval do not belong to the scientific world and yet old cultures of the indigenous people of the world have practiced this form of healing for milenia. It is provable in its efficacy by the results. Maybe we do not have to understand it more than that. Let the researchers do some test trials on these procedures to witness the results but we have to give up for good the need to know and understand the ‘how’. We all believe the grass grows because we can witness it. We can observe it, scientifically study it and learn it’s process but we don’t really understand the ‘how’.

Another aspect is this: we are all unique. We are all born with a unique set of circumstances. No one cure-all can be 100% right for all people. Each one of us has a choice – are we going to let a trauma, a little gene and some bad thoughts and feelings get in the way and destroy us or are we going to use this opportunity to learn something, especially about ourselves, and discover something new – that the little gene can change, traumas can be healed and bad thoughts and feelings can dissipate allowing new good ones to arrive? It’s up to us.

“The nature of dis-ease holds the key to the cure of that dis-ease”

“If you want to change your life, change the way you think, because thoughts manifest according to their nature”.

An Example of gene programming: Back in time, something took place which we call ‘The Slave Trade’. Black people were enslaved by white people. According to the accounts, both personal, eye-witness and third-hand, extreme cruelty was inflicted on the slaves – not just once, but continually for some, and for successive generations. These experiences may have caused a ‘variant gene’, which was passed on and is now in the present generation, as a memory, to serve a purpose. The descendants of the slaves may experience something similar – child abuse, racial prejudice, injustice, poverty, poor social standing, and lack of freedom. If a traumatic event is experienced by someone in this generation, and they have a serious lack of ability to cope, they may be diagnosed as having PTSD. Investigation reveals a certain variant gene, in more than one case, and the gene is cited as the cause of PTSD or an increased risk of it.

It is possible that a variant gene does not CAUSE PTSD or an increased risk of it.

It is possible that the variant gene is CAUSED BY PTSD.

History repeats itself. We all know that fighting, racial hatred, greed, victimisation, cruelty, tyranny, etc. is bad, wars are bad. It doesn’t stop them happening. PTSD isn’t new – it’s as old as mankind. Maybe we are just learning to recognise the symptoms, acknowledging their existence as something we can help and change for the better, and finally seeing that Man does indeed hurt man. But he can also help man, heal man and be kind and love man.

If there is a variant gene for PTSD, or an increased risk of suffering from it in some people, there must also be a variant gene for learning, changing, heroism, healers, kindness, and unconditional love.

Wendy Salter

[original writing]

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