Mother Answers On Dreams - I
than a third of our existence is passed in sleep..."
sleep therefore well deserves our attention. I said "physical
sleep", for we are inclined to believe that the whole
of our being goes to sleep when the body is asleep.
is often said that in sleep men's true nature is revealed."
true nature does not mean their deeper nature but their
spontaneous nature which is not under control, for the
control of the will ceases during sleep. And all that
one does not do in the waking state, one does during sleep
because the control of the will is removed.
the desires that have been repressed without being dissolved
...try to seek satisfaction while the will is asleep.
as desires are veritable dynamic centres of formation,
they tend to organise in and around us an assemblage
of circumstances most favourable to their satisfaction."
another lesson we spoke of the power of mental formation:
the mind shapes entities which have a more or less independent
life and try to manifest themselves. Here I do not speak
of thought but of desire. Desire belongs to the vital
domain but at the core of this desire there is always
a thought, and the desire becomes all the more active
and dynamic when it holds in itself this power of mental
formation and the power of vital realisation. The vital
is the centre of dynamism of the being, of active energy,
and the two combined make something very strong which
has a considerable tendency towards realising itselfbesides,
everything in the universe tends towards manifestation,
and things which are prevented from manifesting lose,
by that very fact, their force and capacity. Most of the
methods aiming at self-control have indeed made use of
repression, of the suppression of movements with the idea
that if one continues this suppression long enough, one
succeeds in killing the element that is not wanted. This
would be quite true if it were a question only of the
physical world, but behind the physical world there is
the subconscious world and behind the subconscious world
there lies the immensity of the Inconscient. And what
you do not know is this that unless you destroy within
you the desire itself, that is, the seed of the formation,
this formation which you are preventing from manifesting
is so to say repressed in the subconscientdriven
down and repressed right at the bottomand if you
go and search in the subconscient you will find that it
is waiting there to do its work. That is why so many people
who have for years and years been able to control an unwanted
movement are suddenly taken by surprise when this movement
rushes up from below with all the greater force the longer
it has been repressed. Hence dreams are of great use because
this movement of repression exists no longer, the conscious
will not being there (for it falls asleep or goes elsewhere)
and the desire repressed below leaps up and manifests
itself in the form of dreams, so much so that you come
to know a good many things about your own nature; that
is why it is said that man can discover in sleep and dreams
his true nature; it is not his true nature, his deeper
nature, which is his psychic nature, but the spontaneous,
is destroyed in a few hours of the night the fruit60of
many efforts made by our conscious thought during the
should therefore learn to recognise our dreams and,
above all, to distinguish between them, for they vary
greatly in their nature and quality. Often in the same
night we may have several dreams which belong to different
categories, depending on the depth of our sleep."
do not know if anyone here has observed the phenomenon,
but according to the hours of the night or according to
how long you have slept, your sleep changes its quality.
If you take the trouble of observing (there are very few
people however who do take the trouble), it may happen
that roused suddenly at an abnormal hour, you have noticed
that you were not in the same state of sleep twice. There
are also hours when you have different types of dreams;
if you are careful you will see this very clearly. There
are hours when it is very difficult for you to wake up,
for you are in deep sleep, you are altogether unconscious
of external things. At other times, on the contrary, just
a little noise, however slight, is sufficient to startle
you out of your sleep.
During the night I am not afraid
of certain things, but during the day I am afraid of them.
means your vital being is older than your physical being.
is no doubt that from many points of view our subconscient
has greater knowledge than our habitual consciousness."
I am going to correct one word: it is not the subconscient
which has more knowledge than our normal consciousness
but the superconscient, that which escapes our consciousness,
not because it is lower but because it is higher. When
at night we put a problem to ourselves, the problem goes
to the higher regions of our being and in the morning
we get the answer, the solution, because there, in the
depths of our consciousness, we know things which we do
not know in our external consciousness.
sleep one has often the impression of entering into a
region of light, of higher knowledge, but on waking up
one brings back only the impression, the memory. Why?
is because in the ladder of being which climbs from the
most external to the highest consciousness, there are
gaps, breaks of continuity, and when the consciousness
rises, descends and goes up again, it passes through some
kind of dark holes where there is nothing. Then it enters
into a sleep, a sort of unconsciousness, and wakes up
as best it can on the other side and hardly remembers
what it has brought back from above. This is what happens
very frequently and particularly in the state called samädhi.
People who enter into samädhi find out that between
their active external consciousness and their consciousness
in meditation, there lies a blank. Up there, they are
almost necessarily consciousconscious of the state
in which they find themselvesbut when coming down
again towards their body, on the way they enter into a
kind of hole where they lose everythingthey are
unable to bring back the experience with them. Quite a
discipline is needed to create in oneself the many steps
which enable the consciousness not to forget what it has
experienced up there. It is not an impossible discipline
but it is extremely long and requires an unshakable patience,
for it is as if you wanted to build up in you a being,
a body; and for that you require first of all the necessary
knowledge, but also such a prolonged persistence and perseverance
as would discourage many. But it is altogether indispensable
if you want to take part in the knowledge of your higher
it useful to note down one's dreams?
more than a year I applied myself to this kind of self-discipline.
I noted down everythinga few words, just a little
thing, an impressionand I tried to pass from one
memory to another. At first it was not very fruitful,
but at the end of about fourteen months I could follow,
beginning from the end, all the movements, all the dreams
right up to the beginning of the night. That puts you
in such a conscious, continuously conscious state that
finally I was not sleeping at all. My body lay streched,
deeply asleep, but there was no rest in the consciousness.
The result was absolutely wonderful; you become conscious
of the different phases of sleep, conscious absolutely
of everything that happens there, to the least detail,
then nothing can any longer escape your control. But if
during the day you have a lot of work and you truly need
sleep, I advise you not to try!
any case, there is one thing altogether indispensable,
not to make the least movement when you wake up; you must
learn to wake up in a state of complete immobility, otherwise
the mind need of rest apart from the physical body and
the physical brain?
absolute need. And it is only in silence that the mind
can receive the true light from above. I do not think
that the mental being is liable to fatigue; if it feels
tired, that is rather a reaction of the brain. It is only
in silence that it can rise above itself. But from the
point of view of sleep and dreams of which we were speaking,
there is a very remarkable phenomenon. I have tried it
out. If you are able to establish not only silence in
your head but also repose in your vital, the stoppage
of all the activities of your being, and if coming out
of the domain of forms you enter into what is called Sachchidananda,
the supreme consciousness, then with three minutes of
that state you can have more rest than in eight hours
of sleep. It is not very easy, no...It is the consciousness
absolutely conscious but completely still, in the full
original Light. If you get that, if you are able to immobilise
everything in you, then your whole being participates
in this supreme consciousness and I have well observed
that as regards rest (and I mean by rest bodily rest,
the repose of the muscles) three minutes of that state
were equivalent to eight hours of ordinary sleep.
the vital body also need rest?
vital body surrounds the physical body with a kind of
envelope which has almost the same density as the vibrations
of heat observable when the day is very hot. And it is
this which is the intermediary between the subtle body
and the most material vital body. It is this which protects
the body from all contagion, fatigue, exhaustion and even
from accidents. Therefore if this envelope is wholly intact,
it protects you from everything, but a little too strong
an emotion, a little fatigue, some dissatisfaction or
any shock whatsoever is sufficient to scrath it as it
were and the slightest scrath allows any kind of intrusion.
Medical science also now recognises that if you are in
perfect vital equilibrium, you do not catch illness or
in any case you have a kind of immunity from contagion.
If you have this equilibrium, this inner harmony which
keeps the envelope intact, it protects you from everything.
There are people who lead quite an ordinary life, who
know how to sleep as one should, eat as one should, and
their nervous envelope is so intact that they pass through
all dangers as though unconcerned. It is a capacity one
can cultivate in oneself. If one becomes aware of the
weak spot in one's envelope, a few minutes' concentration,
a call to the force, an inner peace is sufficient for
it to be all right, get cured, and for the untoward thing
- The Mother