Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Introduction To Dream Interpretation

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

--Oscar Wilde
Dreams are a unique experience for each one of us - they are often called the triumph of fantasy over reality. It is a state of mind where we always have the leading role and we are the only audience. The best approach to studying Dreams would be to pursue studies on Sleep. If you want to improve and understand your dreams, you must improve and understand your sleep.The best way to learn how to interpret dreams is to study and know your own self. You have to be able to cultivate your own individuality and creativity as well as understand your own fears and motivations. While there are many types of dreams, most dreams are often largely symbolic which indicates an area of our awareness that is not operating in its full creative potential. Very often our depression or unresolved issues can feed our creative life and our creative life is what nourishes our self-esteem.

The first step in interpreting a dream is to make note of any colours, numbers, letters and initials of people in the dream. There are significant messages to be obtained in this way. It is quite fun to play around with the initials and find words or phrases contained in the dreams. Remembering numbers from your dream is a very fortunate omen. Colours can indicate the mood or emotional background in the dreamer's life.Here are some simple questions to begin your interpretation and will help with your journal entries, if you choose to keep one. The following questions are designed to use as a Tarot reading, shuffle in your usual method and lay out your cards in 3 rows of seven. It is not necessary to have a Tarot deck to use these questions to interpret your dream.

The next step to is break it down into individual symbols, paying attention to size, differences, uniqueness or deformity, right or left, facial features, furniture and locations, to name a few. Next comes the most important step, I sit down and think about it , making notes of my first impressions. I consult two or three different books which offer interpretations of symbols and gleen what feels pertinent from there. It is then necessary to turn all of this information into an insightful observation. A good vocabulary is absolutely essential.

1. What were my feelings when I woke up after this dream?

2. What does this dream remind me of from my real life?

3. How does this dream relate to who I am?

4. Is this dream based in memory?

5. Is this dream related to past events, situations or people?

6. Is this a problem solving dream?

7. Is this a dream about a change I have to adapt to?

8. Is this dream trying to awaken a new potential within my Self?

9. What do the colours in the dream mean to me?

10. Is there a reason I needed this dream?

11. What am I trying to avoid in this dream?

12. What am I trying to confront in this dream?

13. Who are the people in my dream? (real, imaginary or aspects of self)

14. What do I like about this dream?

15. What do I dislike about this dream?

16. Is this an emotional dream?

17. Is this a physical dream?

18. What is this dream suggesting I do to take action?

19. What does this dream remind me of?

20. Is this a healing dream?

21. What is the positive message or lesson of this dream for me?

We live in a world where people are very disconnected from themselves and each other. We are experiencing spiritual deprivation and hunger. We lack the discernment to figure out whether our problems are stemming from our own submission to issues or issues that are subjecting us. We live in such a busy and businesslike world that we are also experiencing sleep deprivation. It is said that the curse of parenthood is sleep deprivation and anyone with children can relate to this. In the past two generations we have seen the erosion of our families and the near elimination of the middle class, people are stressed and vulnerable. People are looking for spiritual food and spiritual practice - the new Holy Communion is coffee and a donut at Tim Horton's.

It is most important to remember that you are dealing with sacred thought. The Light of God (however you may conceive God to be) is Eternal Truth but we as mere mortals cannot even begin to comprehend, much less fully express, what Eternal Truth is. The best way for us to understand and express parts of the concept of a Higher Truth are in myth, legend, folklore, music, dance, poetry and our dreams. They are like light refracting through God's prism. What the light reveals the light can also heal.

A dream is always the truth and always a lie. The spiritual guidance that can be accessed through understanding our dreams should not be taken for granted.

About the Author:

Cheryl Lynne Bradley is a mother, photographer, writer and professional Tarot reader. You can visit her webpage at Cheryl Lynne wears many hats and four pairs of wrap around sunglasses.


Sorat and the modern Day Evil

“Sorat’s evil will be spread by his infernal army of soulless followers, willing to give their lives for his pleasure in subjecting mankind to horror of the ultimate magnitude.”
The above mentioned quote summarizes one of the main themes in Hearne’s political thriller, “Hulagu’s Web”. The book suggests that much of the horror, destruction and mayhem that happen in the contemporary world are explained by the endeavors of Sorat, Lucifer’s terrifying accomplice. It is said that Sorat incarnates every 666 years. 1998 would therefore be the year of his last manifestation. Coincidently, it is the same year that Usama Bin Ladin and his associates publicly declared their Jihad against the West with blatant orders such as “We – with Allah's help – call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.”

In his “Book of Revelation and the Work of the Priest”, Rudolf Steiner describes Abaddon’s attack on humanity. Abaddon (translated ‘destroyer’) is a demonic being born out of the abyss to lead an army of locusts with human-like faces. Rudolf Steiner explains the occult significance of this picture by suggesting that Abaddon’s army consists of human beings who have been completely deprived of their ego. Sorat can rule on Earth by populating the empty shells of such people with the spirits that serve him. This infernal army would subject mankind to trials compared to which all the horrors of the twentieth century would pale. Coincidently again, Abaddon is referred to in Revelation 9-11, the same date that is now synonymous with the destruction of the twin towers and the attack on the pentagon.

Sorat is described as the strongest power against good. To accomplish his desire of destroying the earth, Sorat would manifest his evil in the social evolution. The wars and mass murders of our time are evidence of his corruption.

The fanatism and the everyday hatred of man against man are evils often disguised as religious dedication and nationalism. Sorat would bend people to his will by using the influence of leaders, be them political or religious. Sorat’s alleged power lies in the ability to make followers believe that what they do for their fanatic leaders is right. As David J. Hearne says “the goal of this demon is to strip humans of their souls, egos and all goodness.” Sorat could make horrible acts virtually impossible to eradicate once people become unable to recognize actions as evil.

The video of a hostage being beheaded in Iraq is an example of the horror mankind is subject to. It shows how much influence such a leader can have over others. He would stay back from his disciples, as he directs them to behead the hostage. Whenever the men holding the prisoner looked uncertain, the leader would convince them that what they were doing was the just thing. The scene appears to be a struggle between the leader (persuading) and the followers (resisting). The film shows how the power of evil can pervert people’s senses to such a degree that destruction and horror replace the goodness and compassion in their souls.

The seductive powers of darkness act by using people's vulnerability and weaknesses against them. Terrorists claim their actions are for their love of God. Most of them believe that what they are doing is right. Someone who they see as a prophet or a messenger leads them to believe that they act in God’s will. This messenger is trusted and considered more important than their own lives. Sorat would exploit these people to “give their lives for his pleasure in subjecting mankind to horror of the ultimate magnitude,” as mentioned in Hulagu’s Web.

It is difficult to understand why well-intentioned, logically thinking people fall into such traps. How can one induce another to become a suicide bomber willing to die for some obscure cause and kill other innocent people? How can the human mind become so clouded and susceptible to such evil and debasing acts? The answer lies in the fact that many people need something or someone to believe in. Sorat and his progeny would use this weakness to lead those susceptible to their influence. The reasons for their acts are masked, people follow because they need to believe and fail to ask themselves a rational explanation for what they are made to do. Nevertheless, if people saw the true intentions behind these schemes they would not follow. Evil exists as long it disguises itself.

Sorat could only maintain his power by distorting the way people perceive what is good. He would reduce each individual to his level - an entity without soul or conscious. His ultimate objective is to alter the human existence by spreading destruction and misery. Eradicating mercy, benevolence, compassion and humanity (most needed qualities that Christ himself advocated) is the only way Sorat can achieve his goals.

About the Author:

Adrian Becherete (is currently studying management marketing...) believes in the unlimited potential of the human mind and that constant evolution is impossible without striving to understand reality and distinguishing between the meanings of good and evil.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Dilemma Of Humanity

It's an all-known fact that we must walk our own path, make our own mark, choose our own destiny and so on and so forth. Although we know all these over-rated life statements, why do we always find ourselves feeling stuck. As if there's always something holding us back from accomplishing whatever it is we are itching for. There's always something to break your spirit just when its starting to build up. Is there a higher being, whether it be a god or some extra-terrestrial being, intentionally making things harder for us? And if so, is there a purpose for all this or are we just a reality tv show for this higher source?

The human race is powerful. As a race, we have proven ourselves to be nothing less than great. We've turned so many things around whether it be industrialization, philosophy, art, or religion. We've made life more comfortable and connected. Yes, the human race is amazing, to say the least. This however, raises a crucial question. If men, collectively, are praiseworthy; why is it that the average individual tends to be an asshole? It's as if, as a group we're great but individually, we're just persons who don't give a shit. Has humanity become so obsessed with self-image that the only reason why we're great as a group is because we're all putting up faces to impress the exact same hypocrite beside us. This idea seems very cynical but you cannot ignore that it is possible. Although there are a few good eggs in the basket, it doesn't change the reality that most of the eggs in the basket are rotten and two-faced.

There's no question about it, the human race is going down hill. I don't need to be Nostradamus to predict this because all you need to do is look around. Watching the news for crying out loud has become so damaging to self moral and personal beliefs that the world is in fact beautiful; that reality shows (which I doubt aren't scripted in some extent) has become the drug of choice of today's society. Society has become so immune with the stark reality of bullshit that we would rather live our lives in such a way that we don't actually have time to care. We either work, drink, drug, or fuck ourselves to death just to forget about the bigger things in life. We've become so self-absorbed and selfish that we forget what makes us humans in the first place. We have forgotten the one thing that separates us from wild animals. We have forgotten the importance of compassion for one another. We're suppose to look out for each another, not out-do one another while stepping on each other's toes. Shoot me if I have a lingering respect for being human; because it is beautiful, it is powerful, and it is grand to be a person in this world! If we could only loose the ability to bullshit and start looking past ourselves then we could actually celebrate our existence. Maybe I'm too idealistic but hey, I want a moment to be real.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Nostradamus's clever clairvoyance

Nostradamus's clever 'clairvoyance': the power of ambiguous specificity; how did a French astrologer, dead for over 400 years, become a premier commentator on world events in 2001? The authors' research shows that Nostradamus's dark prophecies are ambiguous enough to "work" for events selected at random and even when they are scrambled.

Amidst the chaos and confusion after the September 11 terrorist attacks, anxious people flocked to the Internet for any information that would shed light on the horrific event and its implications. In the weeks after the attack, Google, the most widely used World Wide Web search engine, predictably reported sharp increases in searches for "Osama bin Laden" and "al Qaeda."

Yet Google also reported that in the two weeks following the attacks, searches for a sixteenth century astrologer surpassed those for bin Laden and his organization (Grossman 2001). In fact, "Nostradamus" became one of Google's top searches, surpassing even the perennial favorite topic of "sex"! (See figure 1 for converging results from the "Buzz Index" on Yahoo, another popular search engine.) How did a French astrologer, dead for over 400 years, become a premier commentator on world events in 2001?

Michel Nostradamus was a sixteenth-century French physicist and astrologer who gained fame in the Renaissance for Centuries, his ten-volume collection of 942 four-line poetic prophecies, which he published in 1555. These prophecies have been eagerly studied for centuries.

In the tumult after tragic events, people over the last 400 years may have turned to Nostradamus to understand their world, just as modern citizens did right after the September 11 attacks. If so, then Nostradamus doesn't really have to predict events before they occur, he just has to look as though he predicted them after they have already occurred, That in itself is a pretty clever accomplishment: How could Nostradamus do it?

After spending a year researching his work and running controlled experiments, we suggest a combination of two factors: ambiguously specific prophecies that focus on dark, foreboding events.

Ambiguously Specific Prophecies

Anyone who has visited a card reader or psychic knows that the lifeblood of the fortune-telling trade is vagueness (such as "You will face an important decision soon"). In part, Nostradamus's prophecies seem to match this vagueness test. He used a famously cryptic, poetic style, interspersing his original French with selected Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish words and phrases, to create an aura of vagueness around each prophecy. Hence, each prophecy is difficult to attribute to an exact event.

But is vagueness enough? Clearly, it is not vagueness that drew Internet searchers to the following Nostradamus prophecy in the days after September 11:

At forty-five degrees the sky will burn,
Fire to approach the great new city,
In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up,
When one will want to demand proof of the Normans.

On the contrary, it is the prophecy's unnerving similarities to the attacks; it seems written specifically for our time.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Save Your Money the Right Way

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Magical World Beckons Again

2007 is going to be the year of...hold your breath....Harry Potter. While the Harry Potter movie based on the 5th book - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is scheduled for released on July 13 this year, J.K. Rowling recently announced that the 7th book in the hugely popular series - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be out on July 21 as I came to know from this blog. The book is actually available for pre-ordering on Amazon at a discount of 43% (which brings down the cost of the book to around $18). You can directly visit the amazon website to buy the book through the image link in the sidebar. I'm quite excited for the book and will surely get deranged once July approaches.

J.K. Rowling will leave behind a great legacy for sure!