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A Dream Message
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Sometimes dreams are just dreams, but often they are more telling. We just need to take the time to learn from them. The first step is remembering what was dreamt, and though they may elicit strong feelings of emotion, they are not always easily remembered once awake. If memory serves you well, you must then reflect on the meanings. Good or bad, there could be many meanings associated with a single dream. Some say that dreams are where we receive our best education. I believe this is true if we are ready and willing to learn.
I think we are all guilty of ignoring unpleasant prophecies and omens at times. The outcome of that ignorance could be disastrous. Does the knowledge of that prevent us from making the same mistakes in the future? Sadly, no, it continues to happen. Not all of what I personally see comes to me through dreams, but a great deal of it does. I can always tell the difference between a dream and a vision and yet, at times, I try to forget them. Well, maybe that is not entirely true. I do not try to forget them as much as I do not try to remember them.
It must be remembered that even meaningful dreams could be many different things. They could be prophesies of things to come. They could be messages from ancestors, guides or Deity. They could be foretelling of events in which you have the power to affect a change. Or they could be lessons about yourself and maybe an issue that you have been grappling with. This one particular dream I had was a combination. I would like to think it was the latter, but my power to change things is limited. Our power, as a collective, on the other hand, is great.
The imagery and emotions in this dream were so real and terrifying that I tried desperately to put it out of my mind when I awoke. In fact, I remember trying to escape the dream while I was still in it. However I tried, I could not do this. I attempted to think of other things as soon as I woke. I tried turning on the television to become distracted, but the heaviness of the dream persisted. I even tried logging onto the computer to work on a completely unrelated paper. Nothing worked. I gave in and took the time to listen to the message. I knew what it was as I was receiving it, but I really did not want to hear it. I needed to though, and to not just hear it, but to listen. What I mean is that I needed to take the message into myself, so it could become part of who I am. In this way, I could assure that I will not be responsible for it coming to pass.
As I am writing this, hours later, I still feel as though I am wrapped tightly in the despair of the dream. I have come to accept that I was given this in order to pass it on and that that will be the only way I could gain some relief. I urge every Pagan reading this, no matter what your tradition, to reflect on it, to take it in to who you are and to share it with other like beings. Remember, just as you share, that I am also only one who has heard, and now I am passing it on to each of you also.
Without going into details of what I saw and felt, I want to share the message that I received from it. The message comes from elsewhere. The story is part of the history of all of us. I do not mean our Pagan history, but the history of all humans throughout time. Persecution is a word we know well. Man continues to persecute those who are different from themselves, just as they always have in the past. Not meaning to offend anyone, but most religious groups have a history of persecuting those of other religious groups. I am attempting to not point fingers, but I think everyone here has a clear understanding of this. The types of atrocities, of which I speak, in the name of Deity continue to this day and have given way to what is now called terrorism.
In the past, this terrorism went by different names such as The Burning Times or The Crusades, among many others. Ill-treatment has not been reserved for only those of different religions, but different traditions or denominations of the same religious belief system. Again, these are all historical facts that we all know. Pagans of all traditions have experienced the persecution and many still have fear of coming out “of the broom closet” per se. So why would we need a warning of something we could control?
Now the answer comes with the contents of the dream. It is still not important to describe all of what I saw, heard or felt. The importance lies with the message that was given through this vivid imagery. And trust me; you do not want to feel what I felt. I could still feel a sensation of pain in my neck, which I am hopeful, will subside after completing this article.
The meaning was clear. We as a Pagan community, a family of many traditions and beliefs, need to always be accepting of each other. We must never turn on those of another tradition from our own. Of course I am not saying that it would be right to persecute followers of Abrahamic religions. That would also be wrong and not in our ways. We do however, need to remember our commitment to our community and support each other in our individuality.
I have heard a Druid man making despairing comments about Wiccans and vice versa. And to be clear, I am not saying that all Druids and Wiccans talk smack on each other. I am just pointing out that when people of two very strong traditions start embracing even the tiniest bit of hate towards each other, it could grow out of control. It could be the first drops in what may become a monsoon. We do not want to go down a path that leads to such behaviors. Even if they are to manifest in one hundred, five hundred or one thousand years from now, it does not need to start here or now, with us. It does not need to start at all.
There is a dictate that goes something like, “Do what ye will and cause no harm.” However it is worded for your tradition, it is something to remember to live by. More than anything, we need to remember that we, as Pagans, have enough troubles in this world without creating more troubles internally.
So you still want the full gist of the dream? There were two traditions (neither of which were mentioned above) and one felt that they needed to eliminate the other. The victimized tradition called for help, but no one would take them seriously. When help finally came, they were not effective in saving the intended victims. The victims were peaceful, but they were persecuted and slaughtered. Worst of all, they were persecuted by those with similar beliefs and Deity. This may be like the actions of those in other religions, but we must always stay a community. We must never learn to commit the same atrocities as others. It will not bring us acceptance nor is it the type of acceptance we should strive for.
As I finally complete this, I feel the discomfort and weight of the dream lifting. I think I could finally forget it and find some peace. I will not, however, forget what it foretold, for if I do, I may be the one that becomes that first drop in a coming storm.
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