This past Sunday, I gave a presentation on dreams to a small group of people at a United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin.  They have spent the month listening to presenters talking about different types of dreams and spiritual experiences related to them.  First they were introduced to dreams as they might be interpreted based on Carl Jung’s work.  I call these type of dreams the ones that help us to work out challenges in our daily life.  We go to bed with the stress of the day and things weighing heavy on our minds and our dreams sometimes give us answers to our problems.

Next an illustrator for a young boy who had a near death experience came and talked about his contact with this extraordinary boy with an extraordinary experience.  NDE are well documented and many new books have been published in recent years.  These people have had a glimpse into life after death, something we all question even those of us with great faith.

And then, it was my turn.  I talked about my journey with precognition dreams.  Dreams that have for many years been considered scary,  burdensome to finally acceptance and embracing.  The source of my dreams has always been through God.  I accept this through faith.  God has sent my departed relatives as the messengers of the information telling of things that have not yet happened.  Because they bring me these special messages I know to pay attention to them.  And, because they bring me the messages, I am assured they are alive in spirit beyond this earthly plain.  Their visits are blessings.

The next time you dream of a departed relative, pay attention to the message they might bring.

Birth of New Spirit

On Friday, July 5th, Mabel Annabelle took her first breath of life and entered her earthly journey.  She is beautiful, healthy and already wrapping the hearts of those around her in her tiny fingers.  Like many babies, she is a bit confused about days and nights – sleeping when she should be awake – much to the dismay of her tired parents.

While waiting in the family room, I prayed for the first time Mom that the labor would be short and the baby would be healthy.  Mabel was born six hours after being induced.  As we waited, I thought of the births of my own children and grandchildren.  The anticipation of a new human being beginning their life journey comes with a lot of emotions. There is joy, fear of the unknown, love, responsibility, and so much more.  I remember daydreaming about the hopes for each child as they were born.  Our earthly journey takes many twists and turns and doesn’t always follow our plan that was laid out at our birth, but our spiritual journey, I believe, goes exactly as planned.

I believe that the right people are placed in our path to teach us the lessons we need to learn on our spiritual journey.  We have been given sacred trust of a spirit housed in a physical body.  Mabel is such a reminder of how fragile life begins and as a parent how much we are entrusted with the care of the physical and spiritual welfare of a person.  As a child grows to adulthood, this responsibility transfers to self.

The question to ponder this week is how are you nurturing your spirit and honoring the trust you have been given.