The following discourse on dreams was channeled by Hilarion through Nada-Yolanda on February 9, 1976.
Hilarion is Chohan of the Fifth Ray of Unity and Integration. His past lives on Earth include: Plato, the Greek philosopher; Paul the Apostle, disciple of Christ Jesus of Nazareth; and Charles Fillmore (1854–1948), cofounder of Unity School of Christianity.
“Dreams” is reprinted from Healing Haven Journal, Volume 1, published by Mark-Age in January 1978. Healing Haven is one of the five divisions of Mark-Age, Inc.
The Dream State
The dream state of man is equally as important as the conscious, rational mind. Man is both finite and infinite. He must learn to use abstract symbols as well as specific, definitive information and analytical research.
Therefore, in the healing of mind, body and soul — which is the purpose of Healing Haven for the New Age — we have to consider the dream state in equal proportion to other mental activities of the individual. In the dream state, not only much of the subconscious activities that an individual is unwilling to look at can come to the surface, but it also involves the group or the race unconscious influences.
So, the more advanced pupil of the mind has to come eventually to the conclusion that a great many of the spiritual dreams are more than personally significant and informative for his or her personal progress; and eventually has to relate those abstract and symbolic group references to certain metaphysical principles which the individual can and must apply in order to participate in the Christ consciousness. It is to those at that advanced state of evolution that most of this is being addressed.
For, in the simpler methods and more dire circumstances of individual cleansings and purposes, the world of psychiatry and psychoanalysis has understood, and has functioned adequately in, the world and the realms of dream analysis. Therefore, in this particular introduction to this subject it is necessary for those of higher consciousness not to dismiss the dream state.
Another essential factor in this subject is that just as nature abhors a vacuum, so Spirit abhors any wasted energy, time, activity or function. There is no function of the human being that is not utilized for his or her higher good as a child of man or as the son of God.
Therefore, since an average person sleeps from four to eight hours per day and dreams particularly in those hours, all that is occupying that function has to be utilized in a productive and spiritual way. The more spiritual the person, in evolutionary understanding and attempts, the more clear and the more helpful the dreams.
As an example, I already have recorded, in my own life as Charles Fillmore [cofounder of Unity School of Christianity], that a great many of my own problems and questions could and would be answered in the dream state. This became an accepted aspect of my own spiritual unfoldment, an appreciated attribute to my development. Never did I dismiss my dreams as insignificant or unproductive.
That does not mean every single dream has to be analyzed or probed, for that too is not productive. There are times when, in normal waking hours, you relax and ingest a great deal of nonsense; or even eat foods that are not particularly healthy or that do not add to or aid the physical development of the body.
So too in the dream state a great deal of musing and amusement — if you want to put it that way — can occur. But it must be understood that this is a mechanism by which the soul of man reveals or can reveal what is essential to the mind to develop, to consider, to act upon if necessary.
Dreams As Spiritual Tools
One of the most vivid examples we must give in such is that Joseph, betrothed to Mary of Bethlehem, had revealed unto him that her burden of child was blessed and was not a betrayal of trust. In a similar incident he had revealed unto his conscious mind that the mother and the child would not be safe in the land of their fathers and had to be removed unto Egypt. Upon these revelations in dream state he, of a highly spiritual consciousness and dedication, without question removed himself thence with the mother and the child, and acted accordingly upon the instructions.
This is to say that one of such spiritual nature need not have other spiritual phenomena in order to grow, to learn, to act upon; and that the dream state has an equal purpose, can be of extreme importance and helpfulness, in a time of distress.
We can discuss the purpose as to why one will be in tune through meditation or realization, and another in tune subconsciously by revelation of this dreamlike condition. There are many other examples in the holy books to substantiate what is being given here as an example, and all of them are valid to be used in that way.
But here we insist that Spirit is using many means and tools, and that all are legitimate and can be accepted as of value. All are not on the same level; therefore, they take a great deal of discernment, in each one’s development, to prove them. For verification and proof, the fruits thereof are the only means by which you can rely on any aspect of spiritual talents or spiritual tools used.
In bringing forth this we must show that as a spiritual individual, a Christed being, you are functioning and released to the higher potentials even in the rest periods; the cycles of sleep, rest, and release from responsibilities. Too, it is not to be considered absolutely necessary that each and every person utilize this in the same way, to the same degree; or put in the same amount of effort.
Another example we can give here is that the channel through whom this is being conveyed [Nada-Yolanda] is utilized ninety percent of the time with communication channeling for the Hierarchal Board in these end days, and for that particular recording equipment that has been a training and a dedication to the personality and the individuality of her service. Others are not required in the same way, for the same amount of time, and due to past efforts, to put forth that much effort and information.
However, all can benefit for self-appreciation, self-evolvement and self-improvement, in the matter of dreams. In the case where one is unable to discern a particular difficulty or problem, by turning it over to the spiritual Self and implying that a dream is as acceptable as any other implement Spirit has at Its disposal, a certain amount of information and guidance can be given in that relaxed condition and state, if it is so desired by the higher Self.
There are other aspects of the dream state which are worth reminding you about; and that is to allow a great many subconscious or astral contacts and influences to be worked out in that state of mind. In the Latter Days, as we coordinate the astral with the physical Earth plane conditions, a great many relationships and past karmic obligations are able to be worked out through the dream state.
Therefore, you must be able to permit and to analyze consciously upon awakening — if the dream is remembered, and only if the dream is remembered — what you actually have accomplished. In this course of action it is easily understood why so many awaken and feel as though they have worked harder in their sleep state than during their waking hours. For indeed they have worked harder, and have been more involved and have been concerned deeply in this respect, by that activity.
As we proceed in this type of thinking — and we are not going to try to analyze the entire dream functioning and facility — we go on to realize that many spiritual workers on the Earth actually are spiritual teachers, leaders, guides and informants of others with whom they may have been associated on the astral in past-life conditions. Therefore, at certain times they are required, by cosmic law and by their own desire to clean up karmic obligations from which they only temporarily have retired into the physical body and incarnation of the present time, to return unto that state and to those responsibilities and teach these individuals what has been discerned and learned.
The word discernment has to be repeated constantly, in the sense of dream analysis; for, as already indicated here, there are varied purposes, varied levels and many types of dream conditions. Not all are capable of this analysis. It takes a great deal of preparation and experience.
However, we do not and will not recommend dream analysis alone as a diagnostic or as a status-quo reporting of individual advancement, individual conditions, individual choices, individual instruction. This may only be put into perspective alongside other functionings. Here let me give you this analogy. We are saying that the triune man — body, mind and soul — is an equilateral activity of all three aspects. We are saying that the dream state and the awakened, conscious, analytical mind are equal in proportion.
Therefore, it is unequal to take a dream and regard it as sole and single informative data any more than it is to take just the conscious, analytical mind and demean and dismiss the subconscious activity totally or out of hand. The two must be balanced; as the right and the left sides are balanced, as the positive and the negative polarities are balanced, as the conscious and the subconscious are balanced in order to be wed to the superconscious mind.
With that I conclude this introductory topic and essential subject matter for those who are of spiritual-graduation employments.