From Nikola Tesla: As my esteemed colleague Rachel Carson told me, pain is meant as information primarily: advice concerning damage, strain or wounds, as well as unmet needs, overwhelming emotional shocks or the cost of change, as in grief. That would make more sense if pain didn’t hurt so much! Pure information could be acted upon sensibly. But pain that is too great to bear, or has become systemic and intractable, such as nerve pain from any of a number of diseases, or any emotional agony that drives someone to act from its blind, overwhelming engagement such that pain becomes fear or terror, rage or vicious actions, seems counter-productive at best or insane at worst, seems to make little sense.
“Granted, there are some animals that seem to tolerate tremendous levels of pain; this is partly because in herd groups especially, the weak and injured are seen as a liability and are generally driven from the herd or killed outright. Yet human beings, especially modern human beings, seem to feel pain more keenly, so much so that many see animals’ stoicism as proof they do not feel pain at all. And in your modern world, as there are a great number of less direct causes of pain: anxiety concerning potentially unfavorable futures, a change in status or your emotional environment engineered by those that appear to control those futures and so on.
“Your human body will take these anxieties and will respond to them as though to actual threats to its life, often creating very physical consequences in terms of illnesses, weakening your whole human self. Surely something has gone awry! Surely there is some kind of dysfunctional noise in the system such that the original information is lost in the carrier signals’ roar of agony! And when your body or your emotional self starts to consider pain as normal, as the natural state, surely things have gone too far.”
From Nikola Tesla: “Once you have opened up an examined a dream by considering each part of it directly and have hopefully also written down what you have discovered from these researches, you may find that this is quite enough: you understand the dream well enough for your own purposes and besides you have to get that next work project out by 3PM. And you certainly do not have to do this with every dream: there are always particularly significant dreams that have high emotional content, are easy to remember or have other ways of distinguishing themselves. These would be easy to parse; these would be easy to work through.
“However, sometimes it is actually the fragments, the tiny little bits of dream that seem to vaporize the fastest that are actually closest to the multi-dimensional aspects of your mind; these, and the dreams that seem the most peculiar. When you can make time to work with dreams such as these, even though you may not get far in the process, the very fact that you reach for them quite literally changes your brain, engaging aspects of the pineal gland and temporal lobes, the occipital lobe and the corpus calossum, enabling better communication between the two halves of the brain. Indeed, it would be fair to speculate that stroke victims, studying their dreams, might help their brains recover sooner.
“Nevertheless, because of the very fact of their multi-dimensionality, you can work on only a few dreams, once in a while and derive full benefit from the examination: as your dreams are crafted from your own multi-dimensional aspects, much as an atom of gold is still gold, an atom of your multi-dimensional self has all the attributes of the whole. In this way your dreams do indeed reveal you inner self to your outer self, and unfold your enfolded aspects beautifully.”
From Nikola Tesla: “There are various ways to work with dreams that do not need a ‘dream book’ filled with easy symbolic interpretations: if you remember a dream, you can continue it in your imagination, and allow its components to reveal their hidden aspects; you can use the dream as the seed for a daydream; you can train yourself to dream lucidly; you could contemplate the aspects of the dream in meditation, peaking to each one as you wish. You can focus upon those aspects that seem multi-dimensional: that you were a different person in the dream or that you were doing something with people that you knew in the dream and have never seen before in real life or that you shifted from one place to another instantaneously, with barely a nod to physics.
“However, a fascinating way to work with your dreams is to set up a field of intercommunication. This can be done in meditation or reverie: you take an aspect of the dream, say for instance the fact that you were standing on a parapet surrounded by flowers and there were birds flying overhead.
“Take each aspect of the dream: you, the parapet, the flowers and the birds, and see the dream from each thing or being’s point of view. See band be yourself; be the parapet with its balustrade, and know what type of substance makes you, knowing the color, texture, weight or any other aspect of the place you are sanding upon that you can imagine. How long has that parapet been there?
“And the birds: Imagine what they might think if they were to see you standing there. If you become the birds, what types of birds are you? Falcons or pigeons, songbirds or seagulls? Do you as a bird recognize you as a human being? Do you have any specific memories regarding this person? And the flowers: are they cut flowers in water, living flowers in pots or flowers carved of stone? Have you been with them before, in other dreams or other times? Work the dream this way, and then you can go onto the next step.”
To be continued…