train themselves to remember by remaining without moving
when they wake and following back the thread of the
expression was of the psychic planeand the music
was of that domain. Very often coming out of a conscious
sleep like that the inner consciousness (which heard
the music) lasts for a few seconds even after waking,
before it goes back and is entirely covered by the waking
mind. In that case what was heard or seen in sleep would
continue for those few seconds after waking.
dreams on the vital plane there is always a deviation
from the norm of the physical factsometimes this
is because of the free play in the vital, but at others
it is only a fantasy of formation either in the vital
itself or in the subconscient mind which transcribes
the incidents of the dream and sometimes alters them
by contributions of its own.
people of dream are very often different from the people
of actuality. Sometimes it is the real man who comes
on another planesometimes it is a thought, force
etc. that put on his appearance by some trick of association
or other reason.
is unlike many others a symbol dream on the vital plane.
But it is difficult to interpret these vital symbolic
dreams unless they offer their own cluethey are
a sort of hieroglyph in their forms. Once one gets the
clue some of them can be very significantothers
of course are rather trivial.
is a very small number of dreams that can be so explained
[that they arise by external stimuli] and in many cases
the explanation is quite arbitrary or cannot be proved.
A much larger number of dreams arise from subconscient
impressions of the past without any stimulus from outside.
These are the dreams from the subconscient which are
the bulk of those remembered by people who live in the
external mind mostly. There are also the dreams that
are renderings of vital movements and tendencies habitual
to the nature, personal formations of the vital plane.
But when one begins to live within then the dreams are
often transcriptions of one's experiences on the vital
plane and beyond that there is a large field of symbolic
and other dreams which have nothing to do with memory.
Of course it has been proved that a very long and circumstantial
dream can happen in a second or two, so that objection
to Bergson's statement does not stand. But there are
also prophetic dreams and many others. Memory holds
together the experiences but it is absurd to identify
consciousness (even in the restricted European idea
of consciousness) with memory. This theory of memory
is part of Bergson's fundamental idea that Time is everything.
As for spirituelle in Europe mostly no distinction is
made between the spiritual and the mental or vital.
great many people have these dreams. It is the vital
being that goes out in sleep and moves about in the
vital worlds and has this sense of floating in the air
in its own (vital) body. The waves of a sea having the
colour of lightning must have been the atmosphere of
some vital province. I have known of some sadhaks, when
they go at first out of the body in a more conscious
way, thinking they have actually levitated, the vividness
of the movement is so intense, but it is simply the
vital body going out.
dreams are experiences on the vital plane, actual contacts
with myself and the Mother in your inner being, not
they may have symbolic elements, but expressing relations,
influences or mutual workings of our consciousness with
yours. The second dream has symbolic elements. The ladder
is of course a symbol of an ascent from one stage to
another. The snake indicates an energy, sometimes a
good one, more often a bad one (vital or hostile). It
may be that the energy was quiescent and therefore not
alarming, but by touching it to see how it was you awoke
it and you found it was something not safe to handle.
There is no clear indication what this energy was. These
dream-experiences do not depend on the waking thoughts
as do ordinary subconscient dreams which are dreams
only and not experiences. They have a life, a structure,
an arrangement and forms and meanings of their own;
but they are often connected with the inner condition
and experiences or movements of the sadhana. It is not
clear whether the flower-incident was symbolic or only
something that happened on the inner plane. It might
have been possible to say if it had been indicated what
flower it actually was that you had given.
These bad conditions are a lapse (often due to a very
slight cause) from the inner poise to the outer consciousness.
When they happen do not get affected, but
remain quiet, call the Mother and get back inward.
dreams you describe are very clearly symbolic dreams
on the vital plane. These dreams may symbolise anything,
forces at play, the underlying structure and tissue
of things done or experienced, actual or potential happenings,
real or suggested movements or changes in the inner
or outer nature.
timidity of which the apprehension in the dream was
an indication, was probably not anything in the conscious
mind or higher vital, but something subconscient in
the lower vital nature. This part always feels itself
small and insignificant and has very easily a fear of
being submerged by the greater consciousnessa
fear which in some may amount at the first contact to
something like a panic, alarm or terror.
are experiences of the vital plane; they have a meaning
if one knows how to interpret them. This one indicates
the possibility of strong attacks on the vital plane,
but at the same time promises protection. These are
formations of the vital plane, sometimes things that
try to happen but not necessarily effective. One can
observe and understand, but not allow them to influence
the mind; for often adverse forces try to influence
the mind by suggestion through these dream experiences.
said this dream was an actual happening on the vital
plane, not a formation. If somebody attacks you in the
street, that is not a formation. But if somebody hypnotises
you and suggests that you are illthat suggestion
is a formation put in by the hypnotiser.
are dreams of the vital planethey have probably
some reference to something going on in your vital,
but these dreams cannot be precisely interpreted unless
there is either a clue that is clear on the surface
or else you yourself can relate it to something in your
experience of which you are aware. The images of the
ascent and the coming down of water (consciousness or
some other gift from above) are frequent and the general
meaning is always the samebut the precise significance
here is not clear.
is a dream of the vital plane. In these dreams the figures
of the physical life take another form and meaning and
the consciousness that lives and acts among them is
not the outer physical consciousness but some inner
vital part of the being. The insurrection of the French
soldiers is a figure of some disturbance on the vital
plane which wants to happen and affect the inner life.
The import of the dream is the readiness of the vital
inner consciousness to put its reliance on theMother
refuge in her against all possible disturbances or perils
of the inner life.
your feeling about the protection is perfectly true.
The dream about X and going to the Mother was an experience
of something that took place on the vital plane. Things
happen there that have some connection with the nature
and life here, but they happen differently because there
it is not the physical beings that meet, but the vital
beings of people. One can gather what is the nature
of one's own inner vital beingwhich is often very
different from the physical personality that acts in
front in the body. By the acting of the consciousness
in these dreams the inner parts of the being begin to
be more active and have more influence on the outer
nature. Your inner vital being seems from the dream
experiences that you have related to be very strong,
faithful, clear-minded, resolute, able to deal with
the hostile forces and their activities in theright
way and do the right thing.
sensation of going somewhere means that part of the
consciousness is going into some other plane than the
physical. The men you saw and also the vision that came
afterwards belonged to these supraphysical worlds. The
vision seems to be symbolic of something from above,
but of what is not quite clear from the details. Gold
is the colour of the Truth that comes from above.