The Hows and Whys of a Daily Spiritual Practice

“Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday.”  Baha’u’llah The modern world is fully of busy people doing a lot of things all the time, but one of the things that few people have is a daily spiritual practice where they are consciously working on the purpose of …

Magic of Children’s Dreams

Originally posted on Dreams For Peace:
“About a week ago I dreamt that I was flying and then I went on an amazing adventure and it was so wonderful. And then suddenly, in my dream, I went back home and something terrible happened. It woke me up and when I tried to go back to…

How to Analyze Your Child’s Dreams?

Originally posted on Dreams For Peace:
Someone asked the other day when I was doing a presentation on dreams to some young people if I thought that the books about dreams that tell you what each thing means are worth buying.    I told her that it can be problematic because most books don’t teach you…

How to Transform Your Child’s Nightmares into Amazing Capacities

Originally posted on Dreams For Peace:
It is not surprising to me that after I wrote my last post about Godzilla and the principle of opposition that, without having read the post, someone sent me an account of their 3 year old child’s nightmare with a dinosaur. The dream is as follows. “I dreamed that…

Dealing With Blemishes in Dreams and in Real Life

A blemish in a dream is an imperfection.   Everyone has blemishes because everyone is imperfect.   The modern culture seems to want me to be like this photo below.   I pick up my copy of Runner’s World Magazine which is full of good articles and good advice, but the cover shot is the perfect man image.   …

Dream of Surfing on the Moon

“My wife and I were talking and she suggested that we go to the Moon. I told her that I really didn’t want to go to the moon because there really wasn’t anything there. In the next moment I was on the moon’s surface. The scene was in black and white. Shortly thereafter I noticed …

Dreams of Being Invisible: The Door to Encouragement and Gentleness

The Invisible Man (First Dream) “I was in some sort of shopping mall near an escalator. In the mall there were a lot of people looking for me. All of them had weapons and had a very ominous presence. I was hiding and they couldn’t see me. Then I had this feeling that I could …

Day 9 Change: Fear or Anxiety?

“The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; he whose words exceed his deeds, know verily his death is better than his life.”  Baha’u’llah In dealing with transformation issues it is often very helpful to understand the difference between fear and anxiety.   Anxiety is the feeling that you get when you …

Day 7: The Culture is Usually Wrong

O SON OF BEING! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.  Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah Usually when our life is a big mess it is simply because we are doing the wrong things, and most of the time …

Dealing With Abandonment: It’s All About the Memory

Likewise is it written, “And be ye not like those who forget God, and whom He hath therefore caused to forget their own selves. These are the wicked doers.”  Baha’u’llah The Four Valleys One of the ways I have learned to look at the above quote is to substitute the qualities of God for the …

Envy: The Killer Emotion

It is much easier to admit to an emotion like anxiety or fear or guilt than it is to admit to envy.   Envy is the emotion of desire and lust.   The reason that it is such a killer emotion is that it turns the heart from goals that are lofty and noble to ones that …

The Allergic Mind: Overreacting to Negatives

We all know what happens to people who are allergic to bee stings.   Their body overreacts to the sting causing the person to go into a type of shock that can shut down breathing.   It can be pretty frightening.   When you are not allergic,  a simple wasp sting is more like an annoyance that after …

The Two Memories in You

The other day I was watching a program on quantum physics which said that electrons could be in two places at the same time.   When we think of the world according to Newton,  this is impossible, but in quantum thinking,  they seem to be in many places at once.    This seems to fit with the …

Getting Out of Your Own Story

Last week I was watching the Olympic Games judo competition.  A young American named Kayla Harrison had just won her first gold medal.  What was so interesting was that Kayla had a history of being sexually abused by her former coach who is now in prison. The impressive things about Kayla was that while she …

Living a Radical Life: Recovering Creativity by Getting Rid of Mind’s Tendency to Illusion

Bear and Giraffe Dream I was in my daughter’s house although it didn’t look like the actual house she lives in.   It was much more expansive and elegant.    I found that I seemed to be trying to run away from a bear even though I didn’t actually see the bear.   As I was moving along, …

Creating an Extremely Bright Future

One of the advantages I have as being a member of the Baha’i Faith is that we have an understanding about the future of mankind being so amazingly positive that it is impossible to get even the slightest glimpse of what it will be like.   To future generations we will be regarded as spiritual barbarians.    …

Catastrophe/Apocalyptic Dreams

A few nights  ago I was in Singapore doing a dream meeting with about 25 people.  There were quite a few interesting dreams as there always are, but one thing that really caught a great deal of interest for me was that of dreaming about catastrophes.     In the particular dream, the dreamer said that he …

The Structure of Audacity

I have wanted to write on this theme for quite some time, but it seems that my dream life had a lot of work to do in learning the virtue of being detached from the things that leaders and others do out of their own self interest.    I would love to live my life free …

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.   …

The Virtue of Obedience: Why and How it Works

I am about 8 years old sitting at my school desk trying to produce something on my paper for the latest writing assignment.   Along comes this helicopter in the sky in the form of a 40 year old teacher who is ready to fire multiple rounds from a mounted machine gun as soon as I …

A Day in the Life of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)

In my on-going education about the world I am learning a valuable lesson, a repeated one, this time in the land we call Myanmar.    When we read about a country from the outside in our daily journals,  we hear about the bad actions of governments, then mistakenly generalize those actions to everyone in the country …

Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Other Natural Disaster Dreams

When I was in Canada this summer,  my oldest daughter encouraged me a great deal to start writing another book on dreams which was much more about how to do the dream work that I do.   I have to admit that I felt like I knew everything there was to learn about the dream world.   …

Getting Out of A Nightmare

In the summer of 1972, a young American named Frank Shorter won the gold medal for his performance in the Olympic Marathon in the city of Munich.     I had just started being a runner that year.    I am not quite sure why I started, but I do remember watching Frank Shorter run and then wanting …

The Label is Only Half of the Story

I had a very interesting situation this past year with my grade 2 physical education classes in Kuala Lumpur.   Normally our department follows a rotation system so that each child has a chance to be on the field, a smaller multipurpose room, the climbing wall, the pool, and then gym each semester.    My grade 2 …

Dealing with Criticism from the Inside and Out: Hearing Yourself Say Positive Things About Your Self

Last night I was watching the French Open on TV.  It was an opening round match between the Brit, Andy Murray and a Frenchman, Eric Prodon.    Andy Murray was supposed to win the match very easily, but as he sometimes does,  he has patches of really bad play.   What is very apparent is that he …

Being Guided: It Isn’t About Psychic Powers.

I am writing this post to explore this topic in my mind for the first time.   If, when reading it, you have additional thoughts, please share them in the comments section. I don’t give much credence to people who believe they can see into the future and predict it.   I have listened to hundreds of …

How We Are Going to Achieve World Peace

Act in accordance with the counsels of the Lord: that is, rise up in such wise, and with such qualities, as to endow the body of this world with a living soul, and to bring this young child, humanity, to the stage of adulthood. So far as ye are able, ignite a candle of love …

Why We Hate Children

Ok, I admit it.  I am trying to be provocative.  But it is really true. We despise children because we despise ourselves.   It is pretty simple.     We don’t want them in our lives because we don’t want ourselves in our lives.     Here is what happens.  Children are full of dreams and aspirations and energy.    When …

Getting Out the Door By Overcoming Hurt

So, there you are sitting on your couch, the plan you had of becoming fit and doing great things is only a vague distant wish.   You reach for another cookie, a soft drink or beer, and then turn on the TV to watch some meaningless mind-numbing soap opera. Why can’t you get out the door?   …

Abandonment Part 2: How to Get to Your Very Best

My Short History of Abandonment Up and until 1997 I never had an employer who deliberately abandoned me.  Mind you I have had a lot of moments of  incompetence as probably most people do,  but no one ever asked me to leave my job.   Then, when I felt I was getting really great results in …