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Dreams and Visions
By: David Deschesne
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal
May 4, 2011, p. 8
The Bible shows God revealing Himself and His will to various prophets and others through the mechanism of dreams and/or visions.
The word ‘dreams’ is derived from the Hebrew, חלם, chalowm.1 The symbolism of the letters of that word indicate it is a metaphysical existence where there is teaching or learning of a previously concealed revelation. ‘Visions’ is derived from the Hebrew, חזון, chazown.2 The symbolism of those letters is a metaphysical existence which is the focal point of sustenance and struggle for the redemption and transformation of the soul.
While the symbolism of the letters that make up the words חלם and חזון indicates a metaphysical existence intended to reveal something of benefit to one’s soul, the Bible is not specific on the actual mechanisms that are occurring while in that metaphysical dream realm.
There are five primary theses that can be used to explain what is actually occurring to create a dream. They are:
Memory Pool/Morphogenic Field
It is believed by some scientists and philosophers that all animal instincts originate from a so-called “memory pool” from preceding experiences of animals that came before being uploaded into a supernatural, infinitely large pool of memories. This could explain how an isolated group of macaque monkeys on one Japanese island began to wash the dirt off their sweet potatoes in the ocean or a stream, after their cousins on a distant, isolated island discovered the technique a short time before—by tapping into the knowledge of a theoretical ‘morphogenic field’ which had that information uploaded to it by the first group of monkeys.3 It also explains how chickens know when to roost, how to nest their eggs and how all other animals instinctually know what to do to survive. It is constantly being updated by new memories, such as the advent of technology, cars, buildings, wires, etc. being introduced into their spheres of existence and those animals benefit from the increased stock of knowledge of their forbearers.
Under the “Memory Pool” dream thesis, all thoughts, experiences and sensations ever experienced by humans since experiences began to be experienced are “uploaded” into a divinely established and infinitely large memory pool, similar to the “cloud computing” process being developed by computer designers for data management of large groups of computers today.
People who are considered gifted or talented may be unwittingly tapping into this pool in order to exhibit a talent, uploaded by someone before, that they ordinarily should not have, based upon their age and experience level. For example a five year-old child playing a piano like a master, or able to do intense, complicated mathematical equations only those with years of training are able to comprehend. Conversely, those who are angry or rebellious may be exhibiting those traits from the memory pool, as well.
When dreaming, one may either be re-experiencing his/her past memories, or by some yet unknown process, the memories of others who came before. If the memory pool thesis has merit, then a dreamer may also be experiencing the sensations of another in ‘real time’ while dreaming, by intercepting the data stream from the other’s consciousness as it is being uploaded into the memory pool.
Parallel Realities/Planes of Existence
Solid matter is merely a perception based upon a relationship. Einstein showed all so-called matter is comprised purely of energy. It only appears “solid” to those who perceive it and how it interacts with other energy forms. In a way, matter is frozen or solidified energy.
The universe is comprised primarily of “dark matter”, that is matter that neither emits nor reflects light. so it cannot be observed by our physical senses—but is known to be there because of its gravitational effects it has on mass that we can see.
It is this dark matter that may be coalescing into an alternate plane of existence, where the entities comprised of such matter are fully conscious of themselves but since our plane and theirs are on fundamentally different levels of existence neither are able to perceive the other.
Under the Parallel Universes dream thesis, the energy that makes up our conscious thought becomes separated from the energy (atoms) that make up our physical, earth-bound body and manifests itself in other atomic, or dark matter, formations in other universes which may in fact be existing at the same point in space as our own. This would be analogous to switching a radio dial to obtain a different radio station. All radio signals from many different local stations are in the air at the same time, it’s merely a matter of which one is tuned in which determines the perception we experience.
Either dark matter, or other unknown atomic energy structures that exist at varying frequency wavelengths throughout our universe may be solidifying in other realms—as other channels on the radio dial—that our subconscious mind ultimately tunes into. Dreams in this state can have all or none of the senses we have in this physical realm, depending on what that level of existence mandates for its physical reality.
In the Subconscious Playwright dream thesis, the dreamer’s subconscious is acting as a writer/director of a play. Rather than manifesting consciousness into an alternate physical reality, the subconscious uses the mind’s eye to pull from its files all previously experienced images, sounds, and sensations and arranges them in a unique way in order to entertain itself, or to work out problems that are inherent in the physical, waking realm.
In the Biblical book, Song of Solomon, the writer indicates as much in relation to the dream she had.4
This thesis speaks to the human imagination, which is a fundamental trait to all sentient beings. “The ability to imagine things is largely an unappreciated tool for spiritual development...[it is] the gift of the divine designed to help us visualize that which exists outside of ourselves so that we may acquire some means of comprehending it. It is a byproduct of sentience instilled within us that makes spiritual progress even possible, for without it we should forever be limited to reality we can perceive with our five senses. The supernatural largely exists outside the physical realm, and it is our ability to imagine it—that is, ‘image it’ - that opens the door to that realm.”5
The Spiritual Manifestation dream thesis has a lot of support in the Holy Bible, but that does not necessarily limit dreams to this particular mechanism.
French philosopher, Descartes postulated that all of what we perceive as physical reality is nothing more than a “virtual reality” program being written and controlled by spiritual forces. The five sensations of taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight being nothing more than electrical signals being fed to our consciousness from an outside source. “...every clear and distinct perception is undoubtedly something, and hence cannot come from nothing, but must necessarily have God for its author.”6
We also see signs of Divinely inspired and created dreams in the Biblical accounts of Jacob, Ezekiel, Daniel, Job and John.
The Extrapolation dream thesis relies on the Many Universes theory. Many Universes states that for every atom in existence in this universe, every conceivable motion, speed and location it could occupy in three dimensional space has been mathematically plotted so it can exist there. Through free will and subsequent cause and effect, the atoms tend toward a particular path, but that path is only one of many that it could have taken. In “Many Universes” it is suggested that all other infinite number of paths are also being taken simultaneously but we as conscious beings are only perceiving one of them.
What could be happening in a dream is the subconscious is able to tap into the other paths that are inherent in other realms and extrapolate an end result, or “reality” based upon the cause and effect occurring in that particular path’s point in time.
“What occurs on these other planes of existence is, of course, impossible to ascertain. One theory is that we simply emerge into another dimension very similar to our own, but one that appears from our perspective as solid and material as ours does now. This, in effect, could lead to the possibility that there is an “alternate” universe that exists entirely outside our ability to perceive it, but one that is every bit as real as our own. In fact, this idea even suggests the possibility that there could be literally thousands of dimensions (or alternate universes) coexisting alongside each other and that each is populated by souls that perceive their reality to be the only true one.”7
The Many Universes theory helps to explain how God is the Alpha and Omega—the Beginning and the End—because He knows all possible paths of everything in His creation and can deduce what the end result of our actions will be based upon extrapolation. It is through dreams that we may be able to do the same extrapolation, though on a more limited scale. It is those extrapolations, then that could be what is seen in dreams—what could be, but may never be.
The mechanism of dreams may be either one of the above causes or any combination thereof on any given dream perception. The dream need not be restricted to one cause since the quantum world God has created outside of the realm of our physical sensations and existence is very fluid, changing and unpredictable. Dreams, therefore, are a mechanism God gave us to help make sense of an ever changing world and to communicate His will directly to us whenever He sees fit to do so.
1. Strong’s #2472
2. Strong’s #2377
3. Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time, © 1992 Orbis Publishing. Vol. 2, p. 187.
4. Song of Solomon 3:1-2
5. The Case for Ghosts, ©2006 J. Allan Danelek, p. 206
6. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, Vol II., ©1984 Cambridge University Press, p. 43
7. The Case for Ghosts, p. 91