Sunday, April 8, 2018
6:05 a.m. The method for remembering dreams (keeping pad and pencil nearby and writing what you remember as soon as you awaken, and in the dark if possible) that David Solomon recommended does have potential, I can see that. Of course, sometimes those one- or two-word references that seem so clear at the time look pretty cryptic when you come to try to remember what they meant! Of the three sets of words I wrote down, at 12:40, and at 5:45, and sometime between, the latest one is most easily understood, and seems worth sharing.
TMI Board meeting. Scott Taylor. Trying to make a global fix and seeing it can’t be done. (Computers.) Bob Holbrook and I caution against despair, via website.
Clear enough, surely. (A) Beware of thinking you can fix things globally. (B) Use what means you have, to spread the word Don’t Give Up.
There’s more I could say about this, but let’s have a word from our sponsors.
Dreams are a word from your sponsors! And when you get a dream, should you concern yourself with who those sponsors are? Parts of yourself? Others? Past lives? Angels? Demons? Departed friends? Saints? God?
No way to know. This is one of what I call the Useless Questions.
No way to know, partly because the distinctions are less real than they appear, as we without bodies are less distinct than we may appear, and as you within bodies are less distinct than you may appear to yourselves. The only safe test is, by their fruits, you shall know them. So, when you receive a dream, pay attention to it, take it seriously, but that means testing it. That is, test the meaning for you of following whatever path it may seem to indicate for you. If it is a true guide, it can never be diminished by close examination. If it is not, close examination is all the more indicated.
In my experience, dreams don’t always indicate a path. They don’t even always make sense, or make a unit, though I realize that of course I may not be remembering them right, or may be forgetting important parts (almost certainly am forgetting important parts). Still, they don’t always point somewhere.
When in doubt, meditate on them. That isn’t recounting them, or trying to use logic on them, or thinking about them, so much as settling into them, into any part of feeling of the dream you can remember. The trick is to let your non-logical, your non-sequential part of your mind, take it. Sequential processing won’t take you where you want to go.
Noted. Is that our theme today, dreams?
Our theme might as well be the theme from your dream, rather than the abstract discussion of dreams.
As you know, dreams make use of puns – not only in the form of linguistic double entendres, but of rebus-like associations, and metaphors set into solid images. So, in computer terms you speak of making a global change, meaning, “Everywhere in this document where you find A, replace it with B.” It is fast, efficient, automated, and therefore carries with it the potential to do massive unintended damage if the programmer has not thought through his definitions carefully.
We used to say, paraphrasing an industry stock phrase, “One computer working for two seconds can make more mistakes than two men working a lifetime.”
And with this background, the source of your dream knew an analogy that would draw your attention and would be comprehensible, you see.
I do. It’s obvious. They (whoever “they” may be) have to come to us where they find us.
So this is a way, memorable for you, to say what to another might come as One Size Does Not Fit All.
I shouldn’t think I’d still need to be warned that self-development comes one at a time, rather than in batches of people.
Perhaps that element was context for the rest of the dream, rather than being meant to be a message in itself.
I hadn’t thought of that.
When you put it in combination with the other elements, you get a different nuance. Perhaps it is always an error, if an error difficult to avoid, to consider in isolation things that come as one.
So, it was a TMI Board meeting in which someone was trying to make a global change; Scott Taylor, whom you like and respect, a university professor and expert in NDEs, was involved; you might look at what he symbolizes to you.
Intelligence, altruism, experience, credentials, competence.
You see? Even Scott, even at TMI among the board, may make a mistake in trying to make a global change if he doesn’t think through the logical possibilities. But you can’t look at only this part of the dream without looking at the other part: Bob Holbrook and you are using a website to caution against despair. What does that add?
Well, Bob is my co-trainer for the weekend course: He made it go, he gets where I’m coming from and helps when I need it. Plus, we’re compatible.
And the two of you agree on the importance of using the TMI tools and community to help people wake up.
Only in the dream it says don’t despair, as if that is our primary message.
But put the two halves of the dream together, instead of considering them separately, and what do you have?
You can only reach people one at a time, but there is no reason why you should despair over what seems so slow a program.
That’s one possible reading. Another?
The Internet gives us the chance to reach the world, only we need to be careful of unintended consequences? But still the message is, don’t despair?
And there are other messages, perhaps, tailored specifically for you. It’s all in the teasing them out.
But this is enough. Your interest is waning, the clock is ticking, and there’s no use beginning another discussion at this point.
So much less to transcribe, then. Thanks and we’ll see you next time.