Zhuangzi and the Butterfly

Zhuangzi was a Taoist sage who lived during the 4th century BCE. His butterfly dream poem is among the most famous passages in ancient Chinese literature.  In this poem, he writes about a dream that he had of being a butterfly, flying about enjoying itself. It did not know that it was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he awoke, and was Zhuangzi again. He did not know whether it was Zhuangzi dreaming that he was a butterfly, or whether it was the butterfly dreaming that it was Zhuangzi.

Butterfly Dream

All day long, he floated on the breeze
Without a thought of who he was or where he was going.
When he awoke, Zhuangzi became confused.
“Am I a Man”, he thought,
“who dreamed that I was a butterfly?
Or am I butterfly, dreaming that I am a man?
Perhaps my whole waking life is
but a moment in a butterfly’s dream!
This is a story of transformation”

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Wisdom of the Soul

When your soul is in-flight, mid-dream, it is following the wisdom of the soul, to a realm that blossoms forth fully-formed, and is completely awakened.  

When we sleep and are dreaming, we enter into another dimension.  This dimension is misty and ever-changing.  Its wave forms shimmer at the touch of a thought, and it reinvents itself to match up with our increased knowledge and awareness.  It understands that to teach, it must lower itself to the level of the student, and become of one mind with the student.  As the student progresses, it rises up to match the student’s understanding of the subject matter.  To increase the student’s knowledge, new information surfaces at the exact moment that it is needed, and like the most skillful teachers, it does this serendipitously, without leaving tracks of its shepherding.

When we pay heed to our dreams, we allow ourselves to be guided by our fully-awakened self.  We are then able to continue the process of remembering what we have forgotten, when as reincarnated souls, we slipped from a higher dimension into a lower one.

To make the most of the teachings of our soul, the best way to do this is to document our dreams, no matter how strange it may be.  Much like the game of Charades, our soul speaks in sights, sounds, scents, and emotions.  When there is a lesson to be learned, the dreams will drive home the lesson in repeated messages, couched in various different scenes all revolving around the same theme.  The best method to decode the messages that come from our dreams is to document the dreams.  This is how I do it.  Understanding the messages will take time and effort, but in the end, the ultimate reason for existence is the development of the soul.

Dreams (…continued)

This is a continuation of the ‘Dreams’ posting which I published recently.

I quite frequently have dreams would shake me to the core. Some would make me cry with desperation only to wake up dry-eyed but with the solid memory of gut-wrenching desolation. Others would be so euphoric, I would literally wish myself back to sleep so I could continue with the joy of that moment. This does not mean that every single night, I have meaningful dreams, but when I do (and they occur several times a week), the dreams are so incredibly vivid, I wake up the next morning still filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of my experiences.

Almost all of my vivid dreams are prophetic in one sense or another. Almost all of them have taught me something. I have had these vivid dreams even as far back as my early childhood days. But as with all things, if you live with something miraculous, day in and day out, you seem to take it for granted, as something that everybody experiences; it’s no big deal.  And the reality is that not everyone experiences vivid dreams almost every night, so the fact that I do, all the time, marks me as somewhat unusual.   It wasn’t until I started paying attention to my dreams, that I began to comprehend what my subconscious mind has been hollering at me all my life.

The changes that I see today in myself are the ones that have always been there, just not recognized. I am simply tuning inward and saying, “Hey, lookie there! I remember that! I used to play with that idea or vision as a kid, and dang it, it’s still there!” Unfortunately, that which made me stick out like a sore thumb as a kid is now much harder to hide as an adult. Of course, as a child I was picked on by others around me for my strangeness. Nobody messes with me nowadays since I’m fully grown and can defend myself. Still, I still have to live in this present day, and thinking/acting/feeling different makes it more difficult to co-exist and blend in with all others around me. There is almost no way to hide this difference. It manifests itself as some sort of glow around me, so much so that one of my long-time acquaintances came to me one day and told me to ‘contain your glow, your aura is too far out, you are blinding me!’. Of course, I don’t see anything around me, but she is a very experienced empath/seeker, so I have been trying to keep it as close to me as possible. I certainly hope that in the future, I don’t have to keep hiding my natural tendencies, as it does get wearisome after awhile.

I know my post makes me sound so very strange, but please don’t think badly of me. I am quite normal, I hasten to assure you. 🙂