The Dream as a Path of Initiation
By G. Scott Sparrow
Twenty-two years ago, my friend Benny hit a palm tree driving back from Mexico late one night. Before driving while drinking received so much attention, it was customary for teenagers along the Rio Grande River in south Texas to stay up late dancing in the border lounges, and then to head for home in the wee hours of morning along a perilously winding road that followed the course of the river. Many of us who passed our teenage years on the border – where alcohol for minors was only a bridge crossing away – can recall times when we should have been dead. I still shudder at our foolishness. We were just luckier, not wiser, than Benny and his two friends who died that night.
Shortly afterward, Benny began showing up in my dreams. He appeared deranged, even demonic – intent, it seemed, on hitting or killing me. I would run from him, scared out of my mind and wondering why he would want to hurt me, his friend. In one dream, I realized it was a dream and I tried to wake up to escape him. But I couldn't escape the dream in time; and he assaulted me before I could rouse myself from sleep, terrified.
As a budding metaphysician, I realized that Benny could really have been there as an earthbound, or confused, discarnate soul, attacking me. That idea did nothing to reassure me. But as a student of Jungian psychology at the time, I also realized that Benny could
represent an aspect of myself – my “shadow” – that was profoundly disenfranchised and enraged by my neglect of him. Along these lines, I eventually came to realize that Benny represented my own aggressiveness and need for power that I had suppressed under a facade of outward spirituality. Quite possibly, he was angry that I had become such a wimp.
I also knew that both could be true. He could be “himself” and a part of me. From this perspective, our relationship was continuing to offer both of us ways to evolve toward wholeness, even though he was physically dead. Whatever I did in the encounter that represented a breakthrough for me could release him, as well, from his own commensurate soul-level dilemmas.
Benny had always scared me a bit. On one occasion, his flirtation with power almost killed me. While I was skin-diving near the Mexican town of Puerto Vallarta, Benny lofted a volcanic rock in my direction “just to see if he could reach” me. The rock plunged into the water a mere foot from my head. If I hadn't drowned from the blow, it
would have been a miracle, for I was 70 yards offshore in 20 feet of water. Benny made a lot of people nervous with such displays of uncontrolled aggression.
Before the series of dreams came to a powerful end, I had an opportunity to be “spiritual” in one dream with Benny. He appeared in front of me, holding a knife. He said, devilishly, “I want to show you my new knife.” Suddenly, I realized that I was dreaming!
I knew what to do then. At least, I thought I did. I said, “You are only a dream. May the Light of the Christ surround you. Go away.” Nothing happened, and Benny crept closer. He was obviously amused by my ineffective tactic. Without wondering how I obtained
a knife of my own, I began doing battle with him until I eventually disarmed him – an unlikely outcome, since Benny was much larger and faster than I was in real life. I did not complain.
Then came the culmination one night while I was on vacation in England. In the dream – the final one with Benny – he had me pinned down, pummeling me with his fists. I knew that he would eventually kill me if I didn't free myself. I managed somehow to free one arm. Instead of hitting him back, however, I reached up and gently stroked his shoulder. Looking back, I don't know why I thought this would do any good. But he stopped hitting me immediately and began to cry. His tears fell into my face, and he said, “I only want to be loved.”
Years before in “real life,” I had made the mistake of making an obscene gesture at him. I was about six at the time, and he was ten; so it wasn't a very good idea. Sure enough, he pinned me down; and he spit into both of my eyes to show me how foolish I had been to defy him. It was a singularly humiliating and disgusting moment. Now, however – through the avenue of powerful dream encounters – our relationship had become fulfilled. I had found the courage to fight him and then the heart to embrace him. He, in turn, found it possible to voice what his aggression had so effectively obscured – his need for love.
If one looks back on this series of dreams, one can see that the whole purpose of the dream series was to elicit new responses from me. The dream was not so much a message as it was an opportunity to respond in a new way. It was an initiation – a test that was fulfilled only by acting in a new way and by expressing a new spirit. Any interpretation of the early dreams with Benny would have been largely useless and misleading, unless they included an analysis of my inadequate response to him. That is why I often say that much of what we call dream analysis misses the whole point of the dream.
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Edgar Cayce's Approach to Dream Interpretation.
G. Scott Sparrow, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in therapeutic dream work and transpersonal counseling. He has written Lucid Dreaming: Dawning of the Clear Light (A.R.E. Press, 1976), I Am with You Always: True Stories of Encounters with Jesus, and Blessed Among Women: Encounters with Mary and Her Message. He is also on the faculty of Atlantic University (AtlanticUniv.edu) where he teaches online continuing education courses for counseling professionals.
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What Is Truth?
By Edgar Cayce
First printed in December, 1929.
We often hear it said that Truth is evasive, Truth is
naked, Truth will not be downed--but what is Truth? When we speak of A truth,
or THE truth, or TRUTH, we possibly mean different things. You will remember,
those of you who have read the little story--and I'm sure most of you
have--there were three men who went to see an elephant, but all of them were
blind. One of these stumbled against the side of the elephant, and he said,
"I perceive, without a doubt, the elephant is very like a wall."
Another one, as he stumbled about the animal, found his trunk, and said,
"I perceive with a certainty, the elephant is very like a tree." The
other man, as he stumbled about, got hold of the tail, and said, "I
perceive the elephant is very much like a rope." Now were they in error?
Did they have the truth? Or did they have only a portion of the truth? Or did
they have any of the truth?
When we read, or get the idea of some particular thought, or
some particular rule, gradually we build into our own selves the idea that we
have gotten the whole thing. Now IS Truth such a thing that those who have been
followers of Mohammed have all of the truth? Have they who have been the
followers of Moses the law-giver, all the truth? Or has it rather been a growth
in our individual lives, and what may be truth to one individual possibly may
not, in the experience of the other individual, answer at all? Does that make
the other any less true to the other individual?
Will it be possible for us to find something of which we can
say, "THIS is truth," and KNOW that it will answer in everything or
every way that life may present itself to us? I believe that we can. You may
differ with me. I don't think, however, that you will be able to REFUTE what will
be my definition, or what I will be able to say IS Truth. But many of you will
say, "Well, have you been given some peculiar power that you have
knowledge of what Truth is, and can answer the question that has been sought
throughout all the ages, so that we may know what TRUTH is?" Let's see if
this will not answer the whole question in our lives.
First we must know that, if we are to accept any word, or
any follower as a truth, or THE truth, or Truth, we must be sure of the
AUTHORITY that we quote. We must recognize these facts in our
lives: there is a physical body, there is a spiritual body. We know the
physical body is dependent upon its physical attributes for its development. It
is also the temple, or the dwelling place of the spiritual body. The spiritual
body, we know, is of the Creator--whatever we may call the Creator. It comes
from the same thing--even if we go back to the scientific reasoning and say it
begins from the lowest form of life. WHEREVER we begin, we have to say there is
something beyond that where it has developed, whether you believe in evolution,
creative evolution, or what not, it all has to come back to the very same
thing, AND if I can answer this I don't believe I'm wrong in saying that you
can take it from any standpoint you want to take it, but this IS Truth:
THAT WHICH KEPT BEFORE YOUR MENTAL MIND, YOUR SPIRITUAL
MIND, WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP YOU UPWARD! That which, held before you, will
continue to develop you upward.
Now, what have we taken for granted? We have taken for
granted that man has a mind, that man has a body--a physical body, a spiritual
body. He has a SOUL, if you choose! We have taken for granted that his mental
body is controlled by his mental being. His soul, or his spiritual body is
controlled by his subconscious, or his spiritual mind. That which will continue
to hold before the individual that which he worships as his God will continue,
then, to develop the individual towards that which he worships.
Truth is not a thing, then, that we can see, that your eyes
or body, or ears, or things of that kind--but it is the essence with which an
individual builds faith, hope, and trust. That is Truth! That essence that we
are enabled to hold before our mental vision, is truth. Will it build your
body? It will! Will it heal the sick? It will!
A few days ago I was talking to some people--they were
telling me about a book that had been written by some of the masters from the
far East. I had never seen the book before, but when I opened it to read it I
knew what was in it before I read it. I don't know how, nor why, but I knew the
experiences that I was going to encounter. I don't know why except THIS: I have
been continuing to think of how I might answer this question. With the first
four or five pages I found that in this book, this ONE thing was continually
held before the individual; that which you hold before yourself, to create that
image you worship, that will develop you always upward, and will continue to
enable you to know truth!
Truth, then, being a growing thing, truth being a thing that
will develop you, is a something that is ENTIRELY IN ACTION! Not inactive, but
IN ACTION! That's what God is! For in every MOVEMENT that has ever been, it has
been a continual upward development, or upward toward that which IS Truth.
If you hold malice, you can become one of the meanest
persons in the world. You know that if you continue to send out thought (that
may become a miracle or a crime); you create just those very same
cross-currents in your mind.
What is prayer but simply attuning yourself to that which
you are seeking assistance through? That's all prayer is - attuning yourself to
that very same thing. That becomes Truth when it becomes in action. When it
goes into action, to YOU it becomes Truth. It's your own conception of what
your God is. If it makes you better to the very thing you worship, or more in
accord with the thing you worship, THAT you become, whether it's downward or
upward, you go whichever way your standard is set.
Q. Yet if we are going backward, how can we know?
A. You can't make it anything else, because to you it's
truth, because that's what you are following. That becomes truth to you. That
which you continue to follow becomes truth whether it's negative or positive. As
we learn it from that viewpoint, it becomes true; that is, whatever we hold
that continues to build upward is Truth. Now, as to who is to say whether you
are building up, or as to how near it brings you to that thing you worship AS
your God, because God IS Truth, if you continue to hold that, you may develop
to that, but to someone else whose God might be something else, that wouldn't
Q. That applies right here in your hospital, etc.
A. If it answers one, it answers all. That's what it stands
for; that which may develop in the individual that understanding of its
relation to its Maker and to its fellow man. Or, as we come back to the very
same thing I said in Sunday School this morning, I've been studying a long
while, trying to understand what is meant by the second commandment, and I
never did know what it meant - that is, satisfactorily to my own mind - until
the other night. The first commandment, as we know, is, "Thou shall love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy mind, etc." The second is,
"Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image." Why? Because if you
make an image it becomes your God. But if you have for your God that which is
within your own individual self, you yourself being a portion of the Creator,
you will continue to build upward, to it!
Note: This article includes excerpts of a lecture given by
Edgar Cayce at the Cayce Hospital in Virginia Beach and is included in the
report document for reading 1800-15. It was first published by The Association of National Investigators in Volume 1 of The
New To-Morrow in December, 1929.
Healing the Gulf Tragedy
By Alison Ray
Despite that helpless feeling in the wake of tragedy, we can all join together in prayer—focusing on
healing for the waters and inhabitants in the Gulf area. By putting aside our own frustration and asking
the divine universal forces for healing, we may all join together in bringing a change.
We know from the research of Dr. Masaru Emoto that water crystals show the positive and
negative effect of human words and thoughts, that they seem to react to human energy (see Earth
Changes.) Edgar Cayce,
too, spoke of the influence of human emotions and thoughts on objects as large and distant as the
By joining together, perhaps we can find light in this disaster. While we may not understand how it
works, love and prayer remain powerful and universal. Mr. Cayce reminded us of this in Reading 1598-
And as of old, the prayers of ten may save a city; the prayers of twenty-five may save a nation
-- as the prayers and activities of ONE may! but in union there is strength.