On the Contemplative/Mystical Path of Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment, EVERYTHING becomes an opportunity for Divine revelation. The Contemplative/mystical path invites us to open our eyes to all the ways in which God desires to reveal God’s Self to us and in this revelation, awakening deeper love, compassion, peace, joy and contentment within us. Today, we will explore Dreams as a vehicle for Divine revelation and thereby a powerful tool for spiritual growth and healing.
Sunday morning I was awakened by a vivid and powerful dream. In the dream, I was in a large church witnessing an adult confirmation. The scene then shifted to a wall of photos were I was drawn to a black and white 8×10 glossy portrait of a beautiful baby. The scene shifted again and I was now standing outside the church. I watched as from the left approached an ENORMOUS furry, sable-colored bat on whose back rode a beautiful woman. The woman reminded me of Queen Latifah in her build and stature and had long, flowing, wavy blond hair down to her waist and was wearing a flowing white dress. The woman on the bat flew by me slowly and just 2 feet off of the ground. They flew gently and slowly in front of me and proceeded to the corner of the street and then turned right and continued their flight. It was as they turned the corner that I was awakened.
As I awoke from the dream with vivid recall (which is rare for me), I knew that this must be an important message and to take heed. I got up, wrote down the dream and went back to bed. Upon awakening, I spent some time analyzing and praying about this dream. What did God have to say to me through this powerful dream?
- First I consulted the book Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. What were the archetypal meanings attached to the bat? The answers: Initiation. Shaman’s Death. Death to New Life. Yep, that seemed pretty appropriate to what is going on in my life.
- Second, I brought this prayer and Ted Andrews’ words to prayer. What was God trying to say to me through this dream? The answer:
Lauri, climb on and let the bat carry you through the darkness
- Third, I sat with this prayer message. In allowing myself to receive this message I felt profound comfort, relief and support. Being at a significant time of personal change (divorce), being offered the invitation to let God carry me through the image of the bat and the batwoman felt enormously comforting and appealing. Heck yea, God can carry me!
Dreams in your own journey
Dreams are a powerful vehicle through which the Divine reveals truth to us, the trick is to be open to seeing through a different set of eyes. Dreams are rarely to be taken literally, but are metaphors for something deeper within. When we have significant recall of our dreams, there is certainly an urgency to PAY ATTENTION. We are invited to explore the dreams for images and metaphors and to explore these images for their deeper meaning. How is God revealing truth to us through this dream? What truth is God trying to reveal? Unlike other spiritual practices that can be intentionally entered into, dreams are spontaneous and show up on their own. We can use them as a spiritual practice when we take the time to examine and reflect on our dreams in search of God’s hidden message. And, you just might have some fun doing it.
Do you take the time to pay attention to your recollected dreams?
What resources are helpful to you in exploring the images for their deeper meaning?
How might you be more open to exploring your dreams as an effective and powerful spiritual practice?
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