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Another Perspective

A Way to Work with Dreams

I recently became aware that John Muir was not only a tremendous outdoorsman,naturalist,and social activist, but he was a visionary and mystic also. In June of 1869, when Muir was exploring the rugged Sierra Nevada, he wrote: "We are now in the mountains, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell in us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass as to the beauty about us, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal....I am captive. I am bound. Love of pure unblemished Nature seems to overmaster and blur out of sight all other objects and considerations."

Muir devoted his life to exploring nature, closely inspecting everything he encountered. He wrote of this:
"I drifted from rock to rock, from stream to stream, from grove to grove....When I discovered a new plant, I sat down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance and hear what it had to tell...I asked the boulders I met, whence they came and whither they were going."

This way of being in nature is exactly the attitude and approach I urge seekers to bring to their dream images. Sit beside a dream image, any image, for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance and hear what it has to tell you. Ask the image whence it came and whither it wants to go.

When an image is given this kind of attention and care, you will be rewarded. Like Muir, you will discover a captivating connection with the object of your curiosity that will make your every nerve quiver, every pore and cell fill with awe. You will be transported beyond the image itself to a place where you can experience the image's Creator. While John Muir was able to see the Holy in nature, in a single plant; by communing with the images in dreams, you too can attain a glimpse of the Holy.
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