Dreams and Dualism
edited: Thursday, April 24, 2003
By Andrew Peter Grant
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003
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The following is various entries logged in my thought diary with regards to the theory of Dualism.
What the human psyche is, and how it is constituted, are keys to understanding how we develop or fail to do so. This is closely tied to the question as to what common human 'nature' consists in. In its most primary or direct form the question is 'who am I?'. The same question is somehow posed by all persons and it can thus itself be said to express an existential fact.
I spent a lot of my childhood asking "who/what am I?", so I think it's time I explored this.
I'm referring of course, to the theory of some non-corporeal existence.
Let me first of all run through some scientific facts:
My Hand is resting upon this keyboard. My hand is made up of packed atoms of carbon and suchlike. The table being mainly biological matter is made up of similar substances. There is sufficient space between atoms in my hand and the table for my hand to go through this keyboard and table as if it weren't there. Why won't it?
If it weren't for the magnetic field surrounding each electron orbiting each atom, my hand would pass through this keyboard and this table.
It is proven that thought travels faster than the speed of light. Thus, isn't it non-corporeal? For it travels outwith normal space time and cannot be seen by our physical senses. Physical senses created by physical eyes, ears, and noses. Thought or emotion cannot be explained by "electronic impulses", for you cannot harness the energy of thought. It is outwith our spacetime/realm.
If we take this into account, is it not possible that thought being outwith our spacetime is in fact omnipotent? If we take this theory into extremes, we could say for example that my Mother's thought was able to travel forward in time while she was dreaming in a way and view the circumstances surrounding her having to rescue our dog from a small river. This event actually took place mere days after this dream at exactly the same location. Is it coincidence? - Or an ability far beyond our current corporeal understanding of life itself?
I'm also thinking that physical human existence serves as a host to express things in a corporeal manner.
Is unconsciousness the mind being cut off from the spirit?
In Christianity and other religions, there is an afterlife, and there is not. For the latter, it is described as "Hell" - which I determine to be eternal nothingness and befalls those who become attatched to humanity rather than spirituality.
Humanity is corporeal - it consists of lusts, greeds, and dependency of corporeal existences and objects. A soul may become detached of the non-corporeal realm (dreams, et al), and upon the death of the host, the soul may well die with it. That is "Hell".
The contrary, is my theory that a soul clung to spirituality (thoughts, dreams, and such) can escape a dying material body and live perhaps within a dream/non-corporeal existence outwith normal spacetime. Remember here that thought and emotion is scientifically outwith our spacetime. While human instinct and nature is corporeal and is a material created by various organs within the body. The sex drive, survival, and such are created by bodily chemicals and the like.
All this brings about one thought to my mind - we all have the potential to be Gods.
Our thoughts (via travelling through dreams) are omnipotent, and thus constitute "God-like" qualities.
One example, which may serve to illustrate the problem, is to consider the existence of a scientist who is very skilled in neuroscience. He puts an implant into the brain of a dead person, and by remote control can then cause them to behave in every way like a human.
Do souls host our material form in the same manner?
Descartes philosophy led him unfortunately the conclusion that mind is non-corporeal and private, and the body is physical and public.
I'm wondering if dreams are in fact our souls channelling to another universe - a universe without time or physical distance. A non-corporeal existance.
I've discussed the manner in which thought and dream are non-corporeal means of existence and on another plain from physical and material realms.
There is one aspect of dream I find confusing, and may well be a threat to my theories.
If a dream state is a gateway to a non-corporeal realm, then it would be logical to assume that we would encounter other independent travellers on the journey.
But do we? Is there evidence to suggest that dream exists outwith the mind of the one hosting the dream, and actually a realm in itself where any soul may venture? Or are we restricted to the confines of our own mind?
I'm unsure of this. I've started a dream journal to record each and every dream I have, no matter how small it may seem. From this I hope to develop the attitude and awareness to enter a lucid dream state on a frequent basis so that I can explore this universe further. At the moment my dreams are blind and random. Most of the content I encounter is unexplained and view other life possibilities such as relationships and work, etc. Perhaps then dream (being omnipotent) can view realities where other events unfolded in time.
Dreams themselves prove significant to our own lives, and sometimes it may seem that information may be fed from outside the mind. Other entities perhaps?
If two individuals who were trained to enter the gateway of lucid sleep, could they meet eachother in a non-corporeal realm? Or is it all merely just in the head?
It is also rational to suggest that human consciousness keeps the non-corporeal mind within the corporeal reality. And thus sleep (the Human mind being unconscious) allows the soul/etc to venture into the dream world, or non-corporeal plain of existence.
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|Reviewed by john
I'm following two tracks that seem to be related to your article. First,
I've studied non dualism, Ramana Maharshi in particular, and his teaching
centers on self enquiry...who am I? and surrender of who we think we are.
This can act to break down the dualistic field we surround ourselves with.
Second, I'm part of a lucid dream collective whose intention is to meet
each other in the dream world. The teachings of don Juan speak of this
kind of experience. We have had some success in contacting each other
but much grater success in contacting sorcerers, aliens, angels, etc.
It seems that the more we can get over our selfish sense of being, the
more freedom we gain in other dimensions. Just wanted to share this
perspective with you.
|Reviewed by john
|Thank you. I appreciated your ruminations. There are actually three-in-one.|