Aglow in the Dark

John: This dream uses a very bizarre image to make an interesting statement.

In this dream a woman, who has passed away, is so regal that she glistens in death.

The community in which this takes place has never seen anything like this before, so they don’t know exactly what to do in this situation. The body, however, is not allowed to go through the normal funeral procedure because the locals interfere.

Everybody is dazzled by the natural beauty that emanates from the dead body; a few people step in to lay claim to the wealth. The locals, however, don’t realize that this is a wealth that mortal hands are not able to claim. The reason the body glistens like gold is because of an inner quality that has survived death, which still emanates like a shadow force. 

I know that the body is not made of real gold, but it appears that way to common eyes, or to the novice, unable to recognize that at death the inner beauty can still radiate. This particular body radiates so much that it’s mistaken for something of material value in the outer world.

What’s not understood is that the inner has come into the outer, and that the rules of the outer have nothing of value to add to such a process. In other words, it’s blasphemy for the outer world to lay claim to something it lacks the consciousness to understand.

In the dream, I find myself blown away by the sight of this body. No matter what position it lays in, the body emanates a radiant glow. If it’s rolled over, or turned from end to end, it makes no difference. The radiance comes through.

This makes no sense to the casual observer who thinks that they have an insight or say in what transpires, for no other reason than that the body passed away right before their eyes in their community.

The meaning here is that the outer world doesn’t pay proper attention to what’s right in front of them until it’s too late. The dream is saying that humans, on the whole, don’t recognize when they are in the presence of higher essences. The inner truths of life continue to elude us.

In the dream the local people, where the woman has died, see her beautiful radiation only in terms of its material potential; they see only that it may somehow benefit them in the physical world. But the radiation itself speaks of the wealth that’s available, to all of us, on the inner plane.

That people only see the special quality of the woman (the feminine) after she has died, speaks to the idea that we, as a species, recognize what is important when it’s already too late. When the inner comes into the outer, it is but a reflection of the truth, yet even then can go unnoticed and unrecognized. Mortal eyes see it only in a mortal way; that’s how it is when the veils remain.

The inner can only truly be seen and experienced when the essence that shines through is taken in, or understood, in a non-outer way. Generally, our brains and our senses dominate our experience of the world around us, taking in stimuli and trying to quickly sort it out according to established criteria.

The inner operates at a higher speed, yet in a way we need to slow down to perceive the truth of other levels of reality. When the brain and senses are fully engaged in the ego perspective of life – the idea that everything happens to “me” – rather than recognizing that we are all a part of something much bigger, it is the living who are already dead.

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