Archetypes appear often in their purest forms within our nightly dreams, where they can bypass the conscious mind to deliver important messages. Here’s a significant dream I feel fortunate to have experienced involving my own Dream Master:
I have been hiking (in the dreamscape) in a mountain region with a small group of fellow travelers. We have come to a level plain in view of our destination, which is a spiritual Temple perched atop the mountain we are ascending. We are accompanied by a Guide whom I recognize as a spiritual Teacher.
The Teacher steps center to address us. He tells us there are two pathways by which we can make our final ascent to reach the Temple at the top of the mountain. One path, off to his right as he addresses us, is a wide, long and winding trail that leads eventually to the apex by a slow, easy trek. The other approach, he points out, would be by the canyon wall just beside the open area where we are standing. There is a redrock canyon spire wall that leads right up to the Temple. It is our choice which way we choose to take.
The group of hikers splits, as the majority head off to take the long and winding trail. I notice that these folks are middle aged or more senior, like me. The other group is a couple, a young man and woman who take one look at the canyon wall and, one-two-three, they have clambered up the cliff and they have already reached the Temple! Well, in my younger days I hiked often in redrock canyons in Arizona, so that is the way I want to get to the top of the mountain, too.
I approach the canyon wall and start up. I get just three or four footholds upwards when I get stuck! I cannot see a way upward that I can reach from where I’m at, but I can’t see a way to get safely back down, either.
I look down to the clearing below and I see the Master there, looking up at me. He is wearing the colors of Superman, with a blue suit and even a small red cape!
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“Master, can you help me?” I ask.
The Master immediately directs me with his hand, pointing to where I could step down to. He coaches, “No, not quite; just a little further down, now to the right.”
My foot finds the foothold he is directing me to, and quickly I am back down in the clearing. I step toward my Dream Teacher and thank him.
“I have the ability to watch,” my Teacher says.
That message is Golden to me. My Teacher ‘has the ability to watch,’ and He is always there, ready to help if I will but remember to ask.
As I awaken I know I will be going over to the wide, winding pathway upward, grateful for the lesson and humbled by the ordeal.
Have you had similar dreams with your own Dream Teacher? What key lessons has he or she imparted?
You can always ASK before going to bed or in an active imagination form of contemplation any question for which you seek deeper understanding. ASK your Inner Teacher, then pay attention! Listen for outer “waking dream” events that offer serendipitous answers to your question. And ask before going t sleep to remember your dream that provides insights about your question. Imagine your Dream Teacher with you in your dream. For remember, your inner Teacher “has the ability to Watch.”
I welcome your comments and stories.
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