Super Powers in Dreams
I was in a dangerous situation being chased by armed soldiers trying to kill me. I am running and hiding with a few other people. In the middle of the dream I find that I can shrink so that I am barely seen and I can also stop bullets without them penetrating my skin.
My son-in-law has a workout program in which he uses super heroes and their positive qualities while people are doing the exercises in such a manner as to begin inculcated the qualities of super heroes in their lives. If you are like Spider Man, for instance, you might be meditating about how to have a stronger grip on things in your life. The program produces some amazing results.
When you have super powers in a dream, you should jump up and down on your bed and yell out really loudly, “YES!!!!!” The above dream tells me that I can change my size to be almost invisible and I am protected from any type of shooting. The question is what is the spiritual equivalent in the real world to shrinking and stopping bullets. And why am I having this dream?
Shrinking means changing size so that you are not seen. If I were a soldier and I could be unseen and stop bullets, I would be pretty invincible. Being able to shrink in a positive sense means being able to be as nothing. Most of the way the world is organized right now is about been seen in a very large way. The goal is to be famous through recognition. When you go into countries ruled by dictators, the image of the leader is everywhere. He wants to be seen and honored by the whole population as if he were a god. Many of us have the same internal desire and believe that our success and happiness is centered on recognition by others. We want to be gods. The only lesson from history that we really know for sure is that dictators have a very short life span. Being god-like in this world is not a long-term proposition. When we give into recognition seeking, we might as well dig our grave now because it is going to lead to a big fall. Just ask Napoleon?
There is a great advantage in regarding yourself as nothing. The dream wants me to explore it. It is a super power. What does it mean to be as nothing? Being able to shrink means to me that I am able to shrink my ego, my recognition-seeking, my fears and self-consciousness, so that they don’t get in the way when I am trying to accomplish whatever I am doing. I have the idea often that in order to accomplish anything I have to either have positive recognition from the top or be recognized by everyone in order to have success. I have the false belief that I have to be on a famous talk show. It is just so not true. What is important is to get as far away from recognition seeking as I can possible get, to shrink from it, and then I can do anything. Consider the story in the Bible of Peter walking on the water. Whether you regard it as metaphoric or real is not so important. The lesson is that Peter could walk on water as long as he was not thinking about what he was actually doing. As soon as his self (ego) came into it, he couldn’t do it anymore.
The other part of the dream is that of stopping bullets. Bullets are the way that people try to shoot you down largely through harsh words and criticism. If you cannot deflect the shooting process, everything you do will be shot down. The problem most of us have with criticism is that we take it in and let it kill us. When we are shot down, so too go all of our projects. Being able to deflect bullets means being able to not let harsh words and criticism in. It is an invaluable super power.
You can get good at developing your super powers by doing the following exercises.
1. What are the super powers that you have in your dreams? (flying, running effortlessly, swimming underwater without scuba gear, walking through walls)
2. What are the spiritual equivalents in the real world for the capacities of the super powers? (e.g. walking through walls is equivalent to having no limitations whatsoever)
3. What are the ego problems that go along with the super powers? How do they manifest themselves in my life? (e.g. with walking through walls as a super power the ego would be seeing others as limiting you or seeing everything as an obstacle.)
4. Think of yourself with the super powers in the real world. Repeat several different kinds of images. Go out and do an activity reminding yourself often that you have the super powers.