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Sally: I have been having a nightmare about a spaceship. Is dream interpretation useful in Self-inquiry?
Sundari: Dream interpretation can be helpful for understanding what lies in the unconscious, as long as one remembers it’s all mithya. James did a lot of it in the very early days. The studies on dream content indicate that most people’s dreams are based on fear or contain elements of anxiety. Apparently, about one-third of all dream reports contain “misfortunes” of some kind. Up to 80% of men’s dreams and 77% of women’s dreams feature at least one of the “negative elements” of sadness, anger, confusion and apprehension. Only 53% of dreams for men and women have at least one of several positive elements, such as friendly interactions, good fortune, success and happiness. Neuroscientists and other “experts” claim that “it is normal to have anxious dreams.”
The problem is, scientists don’t understand sonsciousness, Maya or Isvara and take the jiva to be real. If they did understand how this reality functions, they would know that all jivas are born in fear and anxiety because the objects they so desperately believe they need for happiness are not in their control. On top of that, jivas live in the Field of Existence, which is also not in their control and is constantly changing. The fear plays out in many different scenarios in the dream state because it is an extension of the waking state. The only real difference with the waking and dream state is that, when you wake up, you know it was a dream and the fear state in it was “not real.” The doer/ego in the dream is a dream jiva. But in the waking state the doer/ego (jiva) is thought to be real, so it identifies with the doer; the doer is not seen as an object. It is thought to be the subject. Therefore fear in all its permutations conditions the mind. But fear is not real (it stands for False Evidence Appearing Real) and it’s never personal. It comes from macrocosmic ignorance – the causal body. Never own it, just see it for what it is and dismiss it.
See the fear coming through in your dream, when in fact the spaceship was benign and a symbol of love – the Self in the form of Isvara, always there, always observing the frightened jiva, giving it what it needs.
~ Much love, Sundari