10,000 Dreams Interpreted (book)

“In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in
slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men and sealeth their
instruction that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from
man.”

“Dreams are rudiments of the great state to come. We dream what is about to
happen.”—BAILEY

he Bible, as well as other great books of historical and revealed religion, shows
traces of a general and substantial belief in dreams. Plato, Goethe, Shakespeare
and Napoleon assigned to certain dreams prophetic value. Joseph saw eleven
stars of the Zodiac bow to himself, the twelfth star. The famine of Egypt was
revealed by a vision of fat and lean cattle. The parents of Christ were warned of
the cruel edict of Herod, and fled with the Divine Child into Egypt.
Pilate’s wife, through the influence of a dream, advised her husband to have
nothing to do with the conviction of Christ. But the gross materialism of the day
laughed at dreams, as it echoed the voice and verdict of the multitude, “Crucify
the Spirit, but let the flesh live.” Barabbas, the robber, was set at liberty.
The ultimatum of all human decrees and wisdom is to gratify the passions of the
flesh at the expense of the spirit. The prophets and those who have stood nearest
the fountain of universal knowledge used dreams with more frequency than any
other mode of divination.
Profane, as well as sacred, history is threaded with incidents of dream prophecy.
Ancient history relates that Gennadius was convinced of the immortality of his
soul by conversing with an apparition in his dream.
Through the dream of Cecilia Metella, the wife of a Consul, the Roman Senate
was induced to order the temple of Juno Sospita rebuilt.
The Emperor Marcian dreamed he saw the bow of the Hunnish conqueror break
on the same night that Attila died.
Plutarch relates how Augustus, while ill, through the dream of a friend, was
persuaded to leave his tent, which a few hours after was captured by the enemy,
and the bed whereon he had lain was pierced with the enemies’ swords.
If Julius Caesar had been less incredulous about dreams he would have listened
to the warning which Calpurnia, his wife, received in a dream.
Croesus saw his son killed in a dream.
Petrarch saw his beloved Laura, in a dream, on the day she died, after which he
wrote his beautiful poem, “The Triumph of Death.”
Cicero relates the story of two traveling Arcadians who went to different
lodgings—one to an inn, and the other to a private house. During the night the
latter dreamed that his friend was begging for help. The dreamer awoke; but,
thinking the matter unworthy of notice, went to sleep again. The second time he
dreamed his friend appeared, saying it would be too late, for he had already been
murdered and his body hid in a cart, under manure. The cart was afterward
sought for and the body found. Cicero also wrote, “If the gods love men they
will certainly disclose their purposes to them in sleep.”
Chrysippus wrote a volume on dreams as divine portent. He refers to the skilled
interpretations of dreams as a true divination; but adds that, like all other arts in
which men have to proceed on conjecture and on artificial rules, it is not
infallible.
Plato concurred in the general idea prevailing in his day, that there were divine
manifestations to the soul in sleep. Condorcet thought and wrote with greater
fluency in his dreams than in waking life.
Tartini, a distinguished violinist, composed his “Devil’s Sonata” under the
inspiration of a dream. Coleridge, through dream influence, composed his
“Kubla Khan.”
The writers of Greek and Latin classics relate many instances of dream
experiences. Homer accorded to some dreams divine origin. During the third and
fourth centuries, the supernatural origin of dreams was so generally accepted that
the fathers, relying upon the classics and the Bible as authority, made this belief
a doctrine of the Christian Church.
Synesius placed dreaming above all methods of divining the future; he thought it
the surest, and open to the poor and rich alike.
Aristotle wrote: “There is a divination concerning some things in dreams not
incredible.” Camille Flammarion, in his great book on “Premonitory Dreams and
Divination of the Future,” says: “I do not hesitate to affirm at the outset that
occurrence of dreams foretelling future events with accuracy must be accepted
as certain.”
Joan of Arc predicted her death.
Cazotte, the French philosopher and transcendentalist, warned Condorcet against
the manner of his death.
People dream now, the same as they did in medieval and ancient times.
The following excerpt from “The Unknown,” a recent book by Flammarion,
the French astronomer, supplemented with a few of my own thoughts and
collections, will answer the purposes intended for this book.
“From `The Unknown.’ Published by Harper & Brothers Copyright, 1900, by
Camille Flammarion.”
“We may see without eyes and hear without ears, not by unnatural excitement of
our sense of vision or of hearing, for these accounts prove the contrary, but by
some interior sense, psychic and mental.
“The soul, by its interior vision, may see not only what is passing at a great
distance, but it may also know in advance what is to happen in the future. The
future exists potentially, determined by causes which bring to pass successive
events.
“POSITIVE OBSERVATION PROVES THE EXISTENCE OF A PSYCHIC
WORLD, as real as the world known to our physical senses.
“And now, because the soul acts at a distance by some power that belongs to it,
are we authorized to conclude that it exists as something real, and that it is not
the result of functions of the brain?
“Does light really exist?
“Does heat exist?
“Does sound exist?
“No.
“They are only manifestations produced by movement.
“What we call light is a sensation produced upon our optic nerve by the
vibrations of ether, comprising between 400 and 756 trillions per second,
undulations that are themselves very obscure.
“What we call heat is a sensation produced by vibrations between 350 and
and 600 trillions.
“The sun lights up space, as much at midnight as at midday. Its temperature is
nearly 270 degrees below zero.
“What we call sound is a sensation produced upon our auditory nerve by silent
vibrations of the air, themselves comprising between 32,000 and 36,000 a
second.

“Very many scientific terms represent only results, not causes. “The soul may be
in the same case.
“The observations given in this work, the sensations, the impressions, the
visions, things heard, etc., may indicate physical effects produced without the
brain.
“Yes, no doubt, but it does not seem so.
“Let us examine one instance.

“A young woman, adored by her husband, dies at Moscow. Her father-in-law, at
Pulkowo, near St. Petersburg, saw her that same hour by his side. She walked
with him along the street; then she disappeared. Surprised, startled, and terrified,
he telegraphed to his son, and learned both the sickness and the death of his
daughter-in-law.
“We are absolutely obliged to admit that SOMETHING emanated from the
dying woman and touched her father-in-law. This thing unknown may have been
an ethereal movement, as in the case of light, and may have been only an effect,
a product, a result; but this effect must have had a cause, and this cause evidently
proceeded from the woman who was dying. Can the constitution of the brain
explain this projection? I do not think that any anatomist or physiologist will
give this question an affirmative answer. One feels that there is a force unknown,
proceeding, not from our physical organization, but from that in us which can
think.
“Take another example
“A lady in her own house hears a voice singing. It is the voice of a friend now in
a convent, and she faints, because she is sure it is the voice of the dead. At the
same moment that friend does really die, twenty miles away from her.
“Does not this give us the impression that one soul holds communication with
another?
“Here is another example
“The wife of a captain who has gone out to the Indian mutiny sees one night her
husband standing before her with his hands pressed to his breast, and a look of
suffering on his face. The agitation that she feels convinces her that he is either
killed or badly wounded. It was November 14th. The War Office subsequently
publishes his death as having taken place on November 15th. She endeavors to
have the true date ascertained. The War Office was wrong. He died on the 14th.
“A child six years old stops in the middle of his play and cries out, frightened:
“Mamma, I have seen Mamma.” At that moment his mother was dying far away
from him
“A young girl at a ball stops short in the middle of a dance and cries, bursting
into tears. My father is dead; I have just seen him.’ At that moment her father died. She did not even know he was ill. “All these things present themselves to us as indicating not physiological operations of one brain acting on another, but psychic actions of spirit upon spirit. We feel that they indicate to us some power unknown. “No doubt it is difficult to apportion what belongs to the spirit, the soul, and what belongs to the brain. We can only let ourselves be guided in our judgment and our appreciations by the same feeling that is created in us by the discussion of phenomena. This is how all science has been started. Well, and does not every one feel that we have here to do with manifestations from beings capable of thought, and not with material physiological facts only? “This impression is superabundantly confirmed by investigation concerning the unknown faculties of the soul, when active in dreams and somnambulism. “A brother learns the death of his young sister by a terrible nightmare. “A young girl sees beforehand, in a dream, the man whom she will marry. “A mother sees her child lying in a road, covered with blood. “A lady goes, in a dream, to visit her husband on a distant steamer, and her husband really receives this visit, which is seen by a third person. “A magnetized lady sees and describes the interior of the body of her dying mother; what she said is confirmed by the autopsy. “A gentleman sees, in a dream, a lady whom he knows arriving at night in a railroad station, her journey having been undertaken suddenly. “A magistrate sees three years in advance the commission of a crime, down to its smallest details. “Several persons report that they have seen towns and landscapes before they ever visited them, and have seen themselves in situations in which they found themselves long after. “A mother hears her daughter announce her intended marriage six months before it has been thought of. “Frequent cases of death are foretold with precision. “A theft is seen by a somnambulist, and the execution of the criminal is foretold. “A young girl sees her fiance’, or an intimate friend dying (these are frequent cases), etc. “All these show unknown faculties in the soul. Such at least is my own impression. It seems to me that we cannot reasonably attribute the prevision of the future and mental sight to a nervous action of the brain. “I think we must either deny these facts or admit that they must have had an intellectual and spiritual cause of the psychic order, and I recommend sceptics who do not desire to be convinced, to deny them outright; to treat them as illusions and cases of a fortuitous coincidence of circumstances. They will find this easier. Uncompromising deniers of facts, rebels against evidence, may be all the more positive, and may declare that the writers of these extraordinary narratives are persons fond of a joke, who have written them to hoax me, and that there have been persons in all ages who have done the same thing to mystify thinkers who have taken up such questions. “These phenomena prove, I think, that the soul exists, and that it is endowed with faculties at present unknown. That is the logical way of commencing our study, which in the end may lead us to the problem of the after-life and immortality. A thought can be transmitted to the mind of another. There are mental transmissions, communications of thoughts, and psychic currents between human souls. Space appears to be no obstacle in these cases, and time sometimes seems to be annihilated.” A few years ago a person whom I will designate as “A” related a dream to me as follows: “I take no interest in pugilism or pugilists, but I saw, in a dream, every detail of the Corbett and Fitzsimmons mill, four days before it took place out West. Two nights before the fight I had a second dream in which a favorite horse was running, but suddenly, just before the judge’s stand was passed, a hitherto unobserved little black horse ran ahead and the crowd shouted in my ears, Fitzsimmons wins!’ ”
“B” relates the following as a dream: “I saw the American soldiers, in claycolored uniform, bearing the flag of victory two weeks before the Spanish American war was declared, and of course before any living being could have
known the uniform to be adopted. Later I saw, several days before the actual
occurrence happened, the destruction of Cervera’s fleet by the American navy.”
Signed “B.”
“Just after the South African hostilities began, I saw in a dream a fierce struggle
between the British and Boers, in which the former suffered severe losses. A few
nights after I had a second dream in which I saw the contending forces in a longdrawn contest, very disastrous to both, and in which neither could claim a
victory. They seemed to be fighting to a frazzle.” Signed “C.”
“D” related to me at the time of the occurrence of the dream the following: “It
had been suggested to me that the two cereals, corn and wheat, were too far
apart, and that I ought to buy corn. At noon I lay down on a lounge to await
luncheon; I had barely closed my eyes before a voice whispered: Don’t buy, but sell that corn.’ What do you mean?’ I asked. Sell at the present price, and buy at 23 7/8.’ ” The foregoing dream was related to me by a practical, successful business man who never speculates. I watched the corn market and know it took the turns indicated in the dream. In this dream we find the dreamer conversing with some strange intelligence possessed of knowledge unknown to objective reason. It could not, therefore, have been the waking thoughts of the dreamer, for he possessed no such information. Was the message superinduced through the energies and activities of the waking mind on the subjective mind? This could not have been, because he had no such thoughts; besides, the intelligence given was free from the errors of the calculating and anxious waking mind. We must therefore look to other sources for an explanation. Was it the higher self that manifested to Abraham in the dim ages of the world? Was it the Divine Voice that gave solace to Krishna in his abstraction? Was it the unerring light that preceded Gautama into the strange solitudes of Asia? Was it the small voice that Elijah heard in the desert of Shurr? Was it the Comforter of Jesus in the wilderness and the garden of distress? Or, was it Paul’s indwelling spirit of this earthly tabernacle? One thing we may truthfully affirm—that it did not proceed from the rational, objective mind of the rank materialist, who would close all doors to that inner life and consciousness where all true religion finds its birthmark, its hope, its promises and its faith; which, rightly understood, will leave to the horrors of the Roman crucifixion the twin thieves, superstition and scepticism, while the angel of “Goodwill” will go free to solace the world with the fruit and fragrance of enduring power and promise{.} The steel chains that fasten these hydra-headed crocodiles of sensuous poison around love and destiny can only be severed by the diamond of wisdom and knowledge. A citizen worthy of confidence relates the following dream: “In December, 1878, I saw in a dream my brother-in-law, Henry Yarnell, suffering from a bloody knife wound; after this I awoke, but soon fell asleep again. The second time I dreamed of a similar scene, except that the wound was the result of a shotgun. After this I did not go to sleep again. I was much troubled about my dream, and soon started in the direction of my brother-in-law’s house. I had not gone far, when I met an acquaintance who promptly informed me that my brother-in-law had been shot.” Signed “E.” A well-known resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., formerly of New York City, will vouch for the accuracy of the following incident in his life: “On February 19, 1878, I was boarding with a family on Christopher street, New York, while my wife and baby were visiting my parents in the country, a short distance from the city. Our baby was taken sick. The malady developed into brain fever, followed by water on the brain, causing the little one’s death. “At our boarding-place there was at the time a quartette of us grass widowers, as we called ourselves, and in order to pass away the time pleasantly we had organized agrass widowers’ euchre club.’ We used to meet almost every
evening after dinner in the dining-room, and play until about eleven o’clock,
when we would retire. On the above date I dreamed that after playing our usual
evening games we took our departure for our rooms, and on the way up the
second flight of stairs I heard a slight movement behind me; on looking around I
found I was being followed by a tall figure robed in a long, loose white gown,
which came down to the floor. The figure seemed to be that of a man—I would
say, about seven feet tall—who followed me up the second flight and along the
hallway, entering my room. After coming in the door he made a circle of the
room and seemed to be looking for something, and when he approached the door
to make his exit he stopped still, and with a gesture of his hand remarked, I have taken all you have.’ On the following morning, about 9:30 o’clock, I received a telegram from my wife announcing the death of our only baby.” Signed “F.” A well-known citizen of Chattanooga, Tenn., relates and vouches for the truth of the following occurrence: “Several years ago, when a boy, I had a schoolmate and friend, Willie T., between whom and myself there sprung up a mutual feeling of high regard. We were chums in the sense that we were almost constantly together, both at school and at home, and among the partnerships we formed was one of having amateur shadowgraph and panoramic shows in the basement of Willie’s home. This much to show the mental and social relationship that existed between us. Some time during this association (I cannot recall the exact night now) I had a strange dream, in which my chum appeared to me with outstretched hand, asking me to shake, saying, I shall not see you any more.’ With that, the dream lapsed and
was over. I thought nothing of the occurrence, and had almost forgotten it, when
one day, about a week later, during which time I had not had a glimpse of my
chum, while he was out hunting with another friend, W. McC., in following him
over a rail fence, the latter’s gun was accidentally discharged in Willie’s face and
neck, resulting in instant death. With this shocking news the memory of the
dream I had had came back to me vividly and puzzled me very greatly, and
indeed has puzzled me to this day.” Signed “G.”
The recipients of the above dreams are living to-day and their names and address
may be obtained, none of them are credulous fanatics or predisposed to a belief
in psychic or spirit phenomena.
The above dreams, except two, cannot be explained by telepathy, because the
mental picture cast on the dream mind had not in either instance taken place in
waking life. This would account for the dream perception of “D,” which did not,
in all probability, take place until after the murder had been committed.
The vision of “F” might be disposed of in the same way. In this instance “F” saw
the white-robed specter open the door, walk around the room and finally, taking
his position as if to depart, say: “I have taken all you have.” No doubt this vision
took place at the exact moment of the child’s death.
There are thousands of similar experiences occurring daily in the lives of honest,
healthy and sane human beings, that rival the psychic manifestations of Indian
Yogism or Hebrew records.
Still men go on doubting this true and loving subjective intelligence that is
constantly wooing for entrance into the soul and is ever vigilant in warning the
material life of approaching evils. They prefer the Witch of Endor, and the Black
Magicians of ancient Egypt to the higher, or Christ self, that has been seen and
heard by the sages and saints of all ages, assuming appropriate symbols, as in the
case of the vision of “F,” where the angel of death was assumed.
To Paul it appeared as a great personal truth whom he was relentlessly
persecuting. To many a wayward son or daughter of the present time, it appears
as a dead relative or friend, in order to approach the material mind and make its
warning more effective.
To those who were interested in the teachings of Christ, but who after his death
were inclined to doubt him, this higher self materialized in the form of the Great
Master in order to impress on their material minds the spiritual import of his
teachings. So, to this day, when doubt and temptation mar the moral instinct,
God, through the spiritual self, as Job says, approaches man while in deep sleep
upon the bed to impress his instructions that he may change man from his
purpose.
The spiritual world always fixes its orbit upon a straight line, while the material
world is fonder of curves. We find man struggling through dreadful marshes and
deserts of charlatanism in order to get a glimpse into his future, instead of
solicitously following the straight line of inner consciousness that connects with
the infinite mind, from which, aided by his Church and the healthy action of his
own judgment, he may receive those helpful spiritual impressions and messages
necessary to solace the longings of the searching soul.
The philosophy of the True Master is the straight line. Pythagoras, Plato and
Christ created angles by running vertical lines through the ecclesiastical and
hypocritical conventionalities of their day. The new angles and curves thus
produced by the bold philosophy of the humble Nazarene have confronted with
impregnable firmness during the intervening ages the sophistry of the Pharisees.
“In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in
slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men and sealeth their
instruction. That he may withdraw man from his purpose and hide pride from
man.”—JOB 33:15.
“Man cannot contradict the laws of Nature. But, are all the laws of Nature yet
understood?”
“Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.”—LYTTON.
Those who live active lives exclude spiritual thought and fill their minds with
the fascinations of worldly affairs, pleasure and business, dream with less
frequency than those who regard objective matters with lighter concern. The
former depend alone upon the voluptuous warmth of the world for contentment;
they look to money, the presence of some one, or to other external sources for
happiness, and are often disappointed; while the latter, with a just appreciation of
temporal wants, depend alone upon the inner consciousness for that peace which
passeth all carnal understanding.
They are strengthened, as were Buddha and Christ, by suppressing the sensual
fires for forty days and nights in the wilderness of trial and temptation. They
number a few, and are never disappointed, while the former number millions.
Nature is three-fold, so is man; male and female, son or soul. The union of one
and two produce the triad or the trinity which underlies the philosophy of the
ancients.
Man has a physical or visible body, an atom of the physical or visible earth. He
has a soul the exact counterpart of his body, but invisible and subjective;
incomplete and imperfect as the external man, or vice versa.
The soul is not only the son or creation of man, but it is the real man. It is the
inner imperishable double or imprint of what has outwardly and inwardly
transpired. All thoughts, desires and actions enter the soul through the objective
mind.
The automaton of the body responds as quickly to the bat of the eye as it does to
the movement of the whole body. By it the foot-steps of man and the very hairs
of his head are numbered. Thus it becomes his invisible counterpart. It is
therefore the book of life or death, and by it he judges himself or is already
judged. When it is complete nothing can be added or taken from its personnel. It
is sometimes partly opened to him in his dreams, but in death is clearly revealed.
Man has also a spiritual body, subjective to, and more ethereal than the soul. It is
an infinitesimal atom, and is related in substance to the spiritual or infinite mind
of the universe. Just as the great physical sun, the center of visible light, life and
heat, is striving to purify the foul miasma of the marsh and send its luminous
messages of love into the dark crevices of the earth, so the Great Spiritual Sun,
of which the former is a visible prototype or reflection, is striving to illuminate
with Divine Wisdom the personal soul and mind of man, thus enabling him to
become cognizant of the spiritual or Christ presence within.
The heresy and Herod of wanton flesh, degenerate victim of the sensuous filth
and fermentation of self-indulgence, is ever striving to exile and suppress, from
the wilderness of sin, the warning cry of the Nazarite voice by intriguing with
the cunning, incestuous daughters of unholy thoughts and desires.
The objective mind is most active when the body is awake. The subjective
influences are most active, and often fill the mind with impressions, while the
physical body is asleep. The spiritual intelligence can only intrude itself when
the human will is suspended, or passive to external states. A man who lives only
on the sensual plane will receive his knowledge through the senses, and will not,
while in that state, receive spiritual impressions or warning dreams.
Men and women rarely ever degrade themselves so low that the small voice of
the desert does not bring them a message. Sodom and Gomorrah, vile with the
debauchery of a nameless crime, were not deserted by the angel of love until the
fire which they had lighted in their souls had consumed them. The walls of
Jericho did not fall until Rahab, the harlot, had been saved and the inmates had
heard for several days the ram’s-horn and the tramp of Joshua’s infantry.
The evangelist Jonah, the Sam Jones of Hebrew theology, exhorted the
adulterous Nineveh many times to repentance before it fell.
David, while intoxicated with the wine of love, from languishing in the seductive
embrace of the beautiful bathing nymph, Bathsheba, heard the voice of Nathan.
Surely God is no respecter of persons, and will speak to all classes if the people
will not stiffen their necks or harden their hearts.
Women dream more often and more vividly than men, because their dream
composition is less influenced and allied to external environments.
All dreams possess an element of warning or prescience; some more than others.
This is unknown to the many, but is known to the observing few. There are many
people who have no natural taste for music, and who do not know one note from
another. There are also those who cannot distinguish one color from another. To
the former there is no harmony of sound, and to the latter there is no blending of
colors.
They are heard and seen, but there is no artistic recognition of the same. Still it
would be absurd to say to either the musician or the artist: your art is false and is
only an illusion of the senses.
One man apparently never dreams; another dreams occasionally, and still another
more frequently; none atttempt to interpret their dream, or to observe what
follows; therefore, the verdict is, “There is nothing in dreams.” (Schopenhauer
aptly says: “No man can see over his own height…. Intellect is invisible to the
man who has none.”) The first is like the blind man who denies the existence of
light, because he does not perceive it. The second and third resemble the colorblind man, who sees but who persists in calling green blue, and vice versa.
A fourth man sees in a dream a friend walking in his room; the vision is so vivid
he instantly gets up and strikes a match. After making sure there is no intruder
about the room he looks at his watch and goes back to bed. The next day he
receives the unwelcome tidings that his friend died at the exact moment of the
vision.
At another time he hears in his dream a familiar voice cry out in agony. Soon he
hears of a shocking accident or distressing illness befalling the one whose voice
he recognized in the dream.
For authentic records, see Flammarion’s “Unknown.”
The third man, already referred to, has about the same dream experiences, but
calls them strange coincidences or unconscious cerebration, etc.
Again, the fourth man dreams of walking through green fields of corn, grass or
wheat. He notes after such dreams prosperous conditions follow for at least a
few days. He also notes, if the area over which he passes is interspersed with
rocks or other adverse signs, good and bad follow in the wake of the dream. If he
succeeds in climbing a mountain and finds the top barren he will accomplish his
object, but the deal will prove unprofitable. If it is green and spring-like in
appearance, it will yield good results. If he sees muddy water, sickness, business
depression or causes for jealousy may develop.
A nightmare suggests to the dreamer to be careful of health and diet, to relax his
whole body, to sleep with his arms down and keep plenty of fresh air in the
room.
He sums up the foregoing with a thousand similar dream incidents, and is led to
believe certain dreams possess an element of warning.
There are three pure types of dreams, namely, subjective, physical and spiritual.
They relate to the past, present and future, and are influenced by past or
subjective, physical and spiritual causes. The latter is always deeply prophetic,
especially when it leaves a vivid impression on the conscious mind. The former,
too, possesses an element of warning and prophecy, though the true meaning is
hidden in symbols or allegory. They are due to contingent mental pictures of the
past falling upon the conscious mind of the dreamer. Thus he is back at the old
home, and finds mother pale and aged, or ruddy and healthy, and the lawn
withered or green. It all augurs, according to the aspect the picture assumes, ill
or good fortune.
Physical dreams are more or less unimportant. They are usually superinduced by
the anxious waking mind, and when this is so they possess no prophetic
significance.
Dreams induced by opiates, fevers, mesmerism and ill health come under this
class. A man who gambles is liable to dream of cards; if he dreams of them in
deep sleep the warning is to be heeded; but if it comes as a reverie while he
sleeps lightly he should regard it as worthless. Such dreams reflect only the
present condition of the body and mind of the dreamer; but as the past and
present enter into shaping the future, the reflections thus left on the waking mind
should not go by unheeded.
We often observe matters of dress and exterior appearance through mirrors, and
we soon make the necessary alterations to put our bodies in harmony with
existing formalities. Then, why not study more seriously the mental images
reflected from the mirror of the soul upon our minds through the occult
processes within us?
Thirdly, the spiritual dreams are brought about by the higher self penetrating the
soul realm, and reflecting upon the waking mind approaching events. When we
put our animal mind and soul in harmony with our higher self we become one
with it, and, therefore, one with the universal mind or will by becoming a part of
it. It is through the higher self we reach the infinite. It is through the lower self
we fall into the whirlpool of matter.
These dreams are a part of the universal mind until they transpire in the life of
man. After this they go to make a part of the personal soul. Whatever has not
taken place in the mind, or life of man, belongs exclusively to the impersonal
mind. But as soon as a man lives or sees a thing, that thing instantly becomes a
part of his soul; hence, the clairvoyant, or mind reader, never perceives beyond
the personal ego, as the future belongs exclusively to God or the universal mind,
and has no material, subjective existence; therefore, it cannot be known except
through the channels of the higher self, which is the Truth or the Word that is
constantly striving to manifest itself through the flesh.
Our psychical research people give us conclusive proof of mental telepathy or
telegraphy between finite minds. Thus communications or impressions are
conveyed many miles from one mind to another. This phenomenon is easier
when one or both of the subjects are in a state of somnambulence or asleep.
In thought transference or mind reading it is absolutely necessary to have a
positive and a negative subject. Through the same law that mental impressions
are telegraphed from one finite mind to another a man may place himself in
harmony with the infinite mind and thus receive true and healthful warnings of
coming evil or good. Homer, Aristotle and other writers of the ancient classics
thought this not improbable.

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