Dreams serve us well, or can.

Spirit tells me that dreams serve us well,
even if we cannot remember them, upon awakening.

They are designed to help us see symbolic
meaning between situations and personalities,
whether human, animal, bird, or imaginary
creatures, within the dream and similar
situations, events and characters within
our everyday non-sleeping world of illusion.

Situations and stories play out in dreams,
and then, usually, end suddenly. We wake up
to a different world of more easily
understood situations and characters.

Perhaps we have just become accustomed to
the events and actors in our waking world?

Yes, and familiarity can easily breed
deceit.

In what way?

Advertisers, politicians, educators,
news reporters, and even many parents
use a pretense of authority and truth,
and intentional dishonest to persuade,
or pressure young and trusting minds.

But, in my dream I witnessed a crow
doing what crows could not likely do.

Were you aware of this during the dream?

I seem to remember being confused
and in awe.

But, you accepted the situation as being
valid.

Yes.

Why did you not question something that
did not seem to make sense?

Because I was witnessing the event.
It was only in my mind that it did
not make sense.

You read fictitious stories without
expecting them to be real.

But, surely, real life is not
a fictitious story.

Then, why do you not question events
and situations in your so-called
waking life that do not seem to make
sense, and people claiming to be
what you know they are not.

Perhaps they have a hidden agenda.

Yes.

But, I’m only one person. What possible
useful purpose would it serve for me
to …

So you adopt more socially acceptable
position of pretending not to know?

I guess. But, if whatever untruth
is generally accepted, then surely
I would serve no useful purpose, and
some others must know but, like me,
prefer to pretend not to.

Why?

It’s easier, and possibly, safer.

Yes.

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To serve only oneself is impossible.

Spirit shares words of wisdom.

Spirit tells me that it’s impossible to serve only oneself.
We are, each and every one, too interconnected for that
to be possible.

What if I catch my own fish, grow my own vegies and fruit,
and drink water from my own well?

None of that would be available to serve your needs
if others had consumed, destroyed, or contaminated
what you would otherwise enjoy.

Why would anyone do that?

Why would they not?

It would be self-destructive.

Yes.

Teachers as Messengers?

Spirit shares gems of wisdom.

Spirit tells me that I am not the one who is directing
His traffic, nor is He directing mine, except …

Except what?

Not what, but how and why? We each serve a higher purpose
than our own.

I am free, He tells me, to choose to listen to Him and
the teachings that He would share with me, or not to
listen. He is a messenger and the messages he delivers
to me, for whatever reason or reasons, are far beyond
a one-to-one personal correspondence. They are meant for
whomever cares to hear them and to consider their value.
They were never, He tells me, designed for me, alone.

Why me at all?

You seemed to be ready.

Can you be both a messenger and a teacher of the messages
you share with me?

Is a teacher not as a messenger to his or her students?

Yes, I see. The teacher must first have received the messages
she or he now shares with students.

Yes.

To serve Life and self as one

Spirit tells me that I can only serve Life by serving myself, and

I can only serve myself by serving Life. It’s as simple as that.

 

How can I know when and if I am serving myself or Life?

 

It’s one and the same.

 

And if I’m helping a neighbour?

 

Your neighbour is Life.

 

But, there are some neighbours I would rather not serve at all.

What then?

 

Then you have a problem.

 

Now what?

Today’s I Ching is 39 – Halting

 

Water over Mountain.

Halting follows Disharmony.

 

Spirit explains: Disharmony expresses lack of general consensus,

Disagreement, perhaps even different world views, different

Goals or needs.

 

Whatever; a way forward has been halted, brought to a

Stand=still. A mental road block can halt co-operation and

Progress as effectively as one made of stone.

 

Now what?

 

Yes.

 

Free will is never free

Spirit tells me that in many ways the past cannot be changed, but

Our understanding of past experiences is, at least to a certain extent,

A reflection of our intellectual and emotional maturity, at any given time,

As well as the degree of truth of information we received from others

Concerning the events in our past.

 

Even facts can be misinterpreted, intentionally or otherwise. We may

Also learn to accept that any past events necessarily developed out of

Even earlier situations, as well as from choices made by ourselves or others.

 

Through a continuous process of change, caused by forces beyond our

Control, at least to some extent, the choices we make today will limit or

Expand the choices available to us tomorrow.

 

We are what we have become and we will be what we become.

 

Where does free will fit into the picture?

 

Free will is never free.

 

More is not necessarily better

Today’s I Ching is 46 – Rising.

 

Spirit explains: Rising follows Gathering in a natural succession.

As we gather together, we rise in numbers, but quantity is not

Necessarily a rising in quality. More is not in itself better or

Worse than less.

 

What does that mean for me?

 

You seem to always want more of something without considering

How it would balance with less of something else.

We pay a price.

 

Or would, if You let me have my way?

 

Yes.

 

 

We each are as a story within a story

Spirit tells me that we each are as a double agent, but only one side is

Aware of this until we realize that everything we do, or choose not to do,

Influences those around us, as well as all life around us, and

Everything is Life.

 

Whatever we do, for whatever reason, in some way makes a difference.

 

How we each live our individual life tells a story. We each are a story, and

The story we tell, and are, dissolves into or integrates within

Ten thousand, more or less, other stories.

 

Even so, these seemingly countless numbers of individual and collective

Stories are only one small part of an ever-larger and ever-expanding

Story of Life.

 

An end without a finish line

Spirit tells me that my body and the personality, or character,

That I have, with help, developed over a lifetime is not real

In any real sense, but just a means to an end.

 

If that is so then how would I recognize the finish line,

Should I ever get there?

 

An end does not necessarily mean a finish line.

 

Then what?

 

A purpose.

 

What purpose?

 

Awareness.

 

Of what?

 

Purpose.

 

 

 

Awareness is knowing instinctively

Spirit tells me that awareness is knowing instinctively that

Everyone and everything, at any given time, conceals

Meaning beyond what they would seem to reveal.

 

A certain imbalance of energy exchange reveals intent

To masquerade as other than what they would have us

Believe, if we were not aware enough to notice the deceit.

 

Teacher, why are you telling me this, now?

 

Now is a good time, if any is.

 

To be aware of potential danger even when no real danger

Seems evident, is not necessarily phobic. Trust your instinct.