I had a dream last night. I should have got up and went into the other room and dictated it into my phone recorder so it was fresh, but I still remember much of it. It was short. There were a couple more short dreams that followed, but I cannot remember them at all right now.
In the dream, I’m watching some people beside me that are looking for the moon. It is pitch black and we start to see a bright but blurry object shining through what might be clouds. It gets bright and moves around a bit – and then it’s very bright and round shaped and staying in one place. They are oohing and ahhing. I look at them and I realize, they are shining a very bright flashlight to look for the moon.
They found what they thought was the moon, but it was created by the beam of the bright flashlight they were using, showing up on the clouds.
In my dream, I realized the meaning of what was going on… and I slowly came to realize that it was a dream.
The moon represents the unknown. It’s largely unexplored. We’ve landed there only once. A few people have gone up and been close to it – but there was only one landing.
This parallels the mystery surrounding Buddha and enlightenment. It is a mystery that many in the world would like to reach – to find, to experience. It’s as hard as getting to the moon apparently. It isn’t even seen clearly, because most people are using mechanical means, traditional 1 + 1 = 2 type approaches to reaching nirvana. It’s like using a flashlight to find the moon – it doesn’t make sense, and it won’t lead us to the true result. It is taught that way, and people try to follow it that way.
Problem is – it cannot be found like that – you will get nowhere.
It’s extremely hard (it is impossible) to talk about something as nebulous as nirvana – in terms we’re accustomed to hearing – and teach people to ‘get there’ by doing this, this, this then that.
Also, this dream relates to the abhinnas. I created abhinna.org a short while ago to start to talk about the very strange, multi-dimensional experiences (for lack of a better phrase) that can be had after someone begins getting into jhana realms. I know nobody else talking about these phenomena, but they clearly (to me) exist, and deserve a lot more exploration if we’re to find out much more about them.
In a way, the moon also was a metaphor for abhinna. People were using traditional methods for years to assess, to test, to experiment with extra sensory perception, seeing the future, hearing sounds very distant, and other “supernatural” occurences. That isn’t the way to approach the topic – the dream was telling me.
The way to approach it is through jhana 4… The dream was saying that the way to blowing the entire thing open – was through meditation… like I’ve done in the past.
So, this dream didn’t come out of nowhere. I have been thinking for years about continuing the journey that meditation started in my mind… and the idea that so few people have ever reached nirvana or even jhana or abhinna – has been on my mind quite a bit. I want to ignore the topic – and I do my best to do so, but it is always there in the back of my mind. It reminds me constantly that I experienced jhana and abhinna, and it won’t go away for good.
I know that it isn’t going away. It’s been 13 years since I started getting into jhana… about 12 since I had abhinna – divine eye and knowing others minds. The memory of the experience, the profundity of it all, is not likely going away in the next 12-13 years either. Probably it is never going away. It feels like I am being gently urged to continue the whole process. To what end – is anyone’s guess. I try hard to involve myself in many other things. I try hard to be the old Vern that I was before I started seeing jhana levels. I try so hard to forget it all and yet, it’s right there all the time.
Sometimes I wish it would just disappear and leave me alone.
Other times I wish I had the motivation to go forward with it and see what happens.
I just don’t have it…