William Blake insisted that he had regular conscious encounters with higher powers. For most people, dreams are where they make contact of this nature.
Several people have contacted us recently, with interesting stories to relate.
"After reading the recent article on Dream Gnosis, I felt an urge to write about an experience I had that drastically changed the way I view the world.
"After several years of practicing meditation and learning to lucid dream on occasion, I fell asleep one night and had a profound experience. Before losing consciousness, I had attempted to induce an astral projection and failed (I had never before been able to move from being awake to a dream state without a break in consciousness). I fell asleep and then awoke to consciousness in a dream state.
"I found myself on the couch in my living room where I had fallen asleep, only I couldn't move. I was fearful for a second but managed to calm down and assess the dream. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched a glass of water rise from the coffee table and float over my head. The glass upended and poured the water over my head. This startled me a little, but after it was over I felt a sense of danger coming from my kitchen. I looked to the doorway leading to the kitchen and found myself looking at a human shape. This shape had the same dimensions as I do, same bald head and height, only the shape was complete darkness. I was looking at a double of myself made of light-drinking blackness. I stared at the shape for a few moments, then it dissolved. I woke up immediately after, vibrating from head to toe.
"It was then I experienced my first conscious shift from waking to dreaming. In the dream state, feeling elated, I wandered outside and down the street, finally entering a large house for no particular reason. In this house I saw a woman who shone with an inner light. We walked toward each other and when we were close she said, "What is the secret?" I responded by saying, "Love. All we need is Love." She smiled and touched my shoulder and I felt an indescribable bliss. She walked away and I continued on towards a large staircase leading upwards. I climbed several steps but was smothered by darkness and assaulted by what I can only describe as flying monkeys, like the creatures in The Wizard of Oz. I then awoke and nothing has ever been the same in my eyes.
"To this day, that event has been the most powerful in terms of changing how I see things."
Our Response: Your dream has many archetypal elements. First of all you encounter your dark double - your shadow. You overcome it by refusing to flee from it. It then dissolves, allowing you to move to a higher level. You wander into a large house and encounter a woman shining with an inner light. She is both an anima figure and an image of the Higher Self. Like the keeper of the Holy Grail, she asks you a Grail Question. You give a good answer, but not the whole answer: you have not yet attained gnosis. She touches you reassuringly to give you encouragement and you feel blissful, but you then proceed to the next stage (symbolised by the staircase) too swiftly. You try to ascend, but you are not yet ready and your progress is thwarted by new shadow figures: the flying monkeys. They beat you back and you wake up.
Illumination teaches that there are several stages like this. Eventually, when you achieve gnosis, you will have overcome every obstacle, resolved all of your shadow elements, followed all of your guides upwards to the Higher Self, and, finally, attained complete knowledge of yourself, the nature of existence and of the True God.
"When I was four years old, I had two experiences, one while awake and another in a dream that I remember today as though it just happened. Both experiences were within a few days of each other - the time between them is not very clear to me now. Firstly, I was in my yard. No one was there with me at the time. I looked up to the sky and saw what appeared to be a vortex of some kind in the clouds. Suddenly, I had this overwhelming sense of sadness and desperation. I remember thinking - I want to go home. I cannot do this. It's going to be too hard. I fell to the ground with grief. I was crying so loudly, my mother ran out of the house to see what had happened. I could not explain to her what I saw or felt. How could a four year old mind understand or convey that to someone else? All the rest of that day, I remember observing my mother and anyone else that was around me, and I could feel what they felt, and I felt so sorry for them.
"Within the next couple of days, I had a dream, very vivid and colorful (unlike most dreams). I was out in the country, walking up a steep hill. The sun was beginning to set. I was terrified of the dark, so I started feeling afraid because it would soon be night and I was all alone. There was a clearing to the right, with a white building, a church of some kind, but completely dark inside. I went up the steps and entered the church. Inside, I saw a luminous male figure in a long white robe. He was light! He told me not to be afraid, that he would always be with me, and then he told me to look into his eyes, which I did. He asked me what it was that I saw in his eyes and my response was - myself. At that moment there was a tremendous light that engulfed everything. The walls of this church fell away. End of dream.
"Since that moment, I felt that I had something special to do here. I do not mean in any way that I feel I am special. It is a soul knowing. I don't know how to describe it any better than that."
Our Response: These are remarkable experiences for a four-year-old. They are the same type of thing that happened to William Blake regularly. Imagine how special Blake must have felt, yet though he is now recognised as a genius, he was practically ignored in his own lifetime. So were other geniuses such as Nietzsche, Vincent van Gogh and Franz Kafka. Schopenhauer was an old man before his genius was acknowledged. Many of the greatest artists and thinkers endure a similar fate.
But Golgonooza never forgets.
"WOJ" contacted us with an intriguing message:
"XXX was sent a very strong message last night while she slept. She was viewing a room: a temple that had panels of gold all around the walls. There was an object in the centre of the room on a mahogony-coloured stand with symbols on it in three lines at the top, middle and bottom. Connected to the stand was a dark metal crescent moon facing upwards and on it sat a glass orb filled with a purple, pink and blue substance. The room was guarded by knights who wore Corinthians helmets. They also wore full plate metal. On the chest was a red banner. Swords were sheathed by their sides. One hand was left free while the other gripped the sword's hilt.
"Something came out of the orb: a hand. The orb showed the future and was not evil, but the hand knocked out all of the knights and killed them, then came to XXX and said, "You are next." At that moment, I was sitting downstairs and I heard a thud coming from her room. XXX was then physically jumped on by an entity (on her stomach). She cast the symbol of the goddess in her mind and the being, which definitely had evil intent, lost its grip and she awoke.
"She went to the bathroom as she was convinced she had wet herself and was in pain from being landed on. She had not wet herself.
"I have a clear image of the room, and whether you respond or not does not matter to me, but be warned that if you know of the location in which that room sits and the knights that guard the object, please advise caution to the knights. I intend to remote view it tonight and split my chakras and cast the symbol of the goddess in that room. By the way, I have since learnt that long ago I was in an order in the Italian lands. I wore a black hooded robe.
"This message is intended for the man with the dark brown hair of slim build who has an extremely intelligent mind, the one who is fond of solving and creating problems on a cryptic level. I can also see him writing, although I haven't attempted to tune in yet and do not intend to as it's wrong to pry without being invited.
"My family are very strong in ability, so please heed this message. I plan to banish this entity. As you are probably aware, the children of the true Celtic bloodlines in this generation are now much stronger than their parents. My path is different now yet my mission is a very similar one to the one I had before. We do not wish to see the knights fall. We do not wish anyone to fall who is from the light. XXX does not know anything about the Knights Templar and yet the image she drew was of a Templar.
"XXX was in a bakery yesterday, and she clearly heard someone say, 'You fucking bitch,' but no one was there. XXX sensed she was in danger. Seconds later a woman in a mac walked into the bakery on her mobile phone and obviously very angry. She said to whomever she was speaking, 'You fucking bitch,' in exactly the same voice. Then she walked straight into XXX, almost knocking her over.
Good luck, wishing you good intent.
In truth and light."
Our Response. We were greatly intrigued by this message because there are a number of details concerning which it was highly accurate. We will not comment on what those were.
During the Cold War, the KGB and the CIA experimented with "remote viewing" and allegedly achieved some success, though the results were too inconsistent to be useful and these programmes were eventually closed down.