Thursday, July 18, 2013

Taking a Break Until After August 10th

 Due to unexpected circumstances, this blog and all of my other blogs will be on hiatus until after August 10th.

           I am fine.   There is just something that came up suddenly that will be taking most of my time for the next few weeks.

            See you after I get back!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Does God Speak Through Dreams?

English: Joseph made ruler in Egypt
English: Joseph made ruler in Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For God does speak—now one way, now another
    though no one perceives it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people
    as they slumber in their beds,
16 he may speak in their ears
    and terrify them with warnings,
17 to turn them from wrongdoing
    and keep them from pride,
18 to preserve them from the pit,
    their lives from perishing by the sword.

Job 33:14-18

New International Version (NIV)

         If you are familiar with the Bible, you can probably recall many references to dreams and dream interpretations.   There are significant stories about Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, and many others who had dreams or interpreted the dreams of others.  Most believers would acknowledge that God does speak to some in dreams and perhaps has even spoken to them.  

       While I have had dreams that were very spiritual and others from which I awoke feeling as though I might have been given a spiritual message, I cannot say for certain that I have ever had a dream where God or any spirit has communicated to me through my subconscious mind.  Therefore lacking that experience, I will submit this to the readers.

        Have you ever had a dream where you believe God or some spiritual entity has spoken to you?   Do you know of anyone who claims to have had this experience?   What are your opinions on this matter?  

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Who Knows My Naim? and Other Dream Confusion

Part of the tunnel complex at Củ Chi, this tun...
Part of the tunnel complex at Củ Chi, this tunnel has been made wider and taller to accommodate tourists. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What does (who knows my Naim?)(who shares my Naim?)(some other question) mean?

      If you're scratching your head in confusion then you are experiencing what I experienced during and after a dream.  This is the question asked in a peculiar dream Saturday morning of November 17th of 2012.  The details of the dream were lost, but here's what I remember:

      I am looking through a catalog with toy sets where all the pieces (cars, animals, dolls) look alike.  A man with a large black mustache gets out of an official looking vehicle and speaks to me about a certain person.  At first I am puzzled because I think he is that person, but then I realize he is not. 
      I'm not sure who the person is who the man is inquiring about.  I get the impression that the person's name is Naim.  For some reason I am under the assumption that Naim is Vietnamese and may have had some connection with something that happened during the U.S-Viet Nam war.   I find myself trying to recall who this person might be.

       I awaken thinking of a story where there is a search for clones.   My thoughts are of people who are killed or disappear and then reappear in a different form, but they are essentially clones of earlier beings.  I'm not sure whether my thoughts upon awakening actually have anything to do with the dream I've had or if my mind is merely free associating my dream with other ideas.   I am confused about the dream and the story and forget most of it not long after awakening.

        Dreams are typically disorienting and filled with peculiar references.  Often there seems to be a familiarity with a topic during the dream that totally disappears upon awakening.  When awake I might make other connections that confuse me even more.  The dream I've recounted here almost has the ingredients of a comedy routine.  These types of dreams can seem beyond any logical interpretation.

        Are these types of dream experiences worth dwelling upon?    Have you ever had a disorienting dream that left you confused after you woke up, but curious about the significance of that dream?   Do you have any idea what "Naim" might mean?

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