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Speaking to the Soul: The Thoughts of Your Mind

Speaking to the Soul: The Thoughts of Your Mind

2 Easter, Year One

[Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.]

 

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office:
Psalms 119:1-24 (morning) // 12, 13, 14 (evening)

Daniel 2:17-30

1 John 2:12-17

John 17:20-26

A couple of friends once told me that it’s common to dream that your teeth are falling out whenever you’re under stress. I had never heard of such a dream, or of such a clear connection between a specific dream and your mental state.

Sure enough, though, ever since my friends mentioned this, I dream that I’m losing my teeth about once every few months. Whenever I wake up from such a dream, I immediately think of my friends and wonder: Do I now have this dream because they suggested it, or do I simply remember this particular dream better because they brought it to my awareness?

These friends are, so far, the closest people I have to a Daniel in my life. In today’s first reading, Daniel interprets a king’s dream. He warns the king that “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can show to the king the mystery that the king is asking.” However, Daniel declares, “there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries” in the language of dreams. Daniel’s role in the revelation process is to interpret dreams so “that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.”

God is speaking to us, all day and all night, through the deep layers of our subconscious mind. We need people in our lives who can help us understand our mind and its thoughts, sorting truth from illusion, and separating fears and fantasies from the holy desires that can direct our lives into the future that God is preparing. Let’s work today, especially with others, to unearth whatever God has labored all night to tell us.

Lora Walsh blogs about taking risks and seeking grace at A Daily Scandal. She serves as curate of Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs and as director of the Ark Fellows, an Episcopal Service Corps  program sponsored by St. Paul’s in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Jean Lall

What a lovely and insightful post. And I like William's idea of adapting the last lines as a "collect for those who dream" -- which is of course all of us.

Dreams are not only indicators of stress but of possibility, of what is emerging. They show us where our inner conflicts and fears lie but also help us imagine our greater life, the life abundant. Sometimes they are prophetic or theological. It would be wonderful if we were all more conversant with their language so that we could be Daniel for each other, and for ourselves. A book that comes to mind for this purpose is 'Dreams: God's Forgotten Language' by the late John A. Sanford, who was an Episcopal priest and a Jungian analyst.

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William Stewart

Thanks Jean for the lead on the book. A copy is on its way. I will be watching the mailbox !

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William Stewart

Thank you Lora! For me dreams are a very good indicator of stress over things I am not addressing in my waking hours and days. I love the last paragraph of your blog. I am going to change just a couple of words and have the perfect "Collect for those who dream". I have learned to pay attention to my dreams and first morning thoughts. Writing them down before they drift off like morning mist and then pondering them has been very helpful to me. May God help us all to find someone to share and work on our dreams with!

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