"Oneness, oneness, oneness," Cayce emphasized, suggesting that it be
our first lesson, repeatedly, until we learned its truth. Dreams may have a role
in helping us to recognize and apply this fundamental principle, especially when
interpreted in group settings. Such was the essence of the message given by Dr.
Montague Ullman at the Fifth Annual Gardner Murphy Memorial Lecture, delivered
in New York City, April, 1989.
Known for his research at Brooklyn's Maimonides
Hospital demonstrating dream telepathy (with funds obtained through the efforts
of Dr. Murphy), Dr. Ullman has devoted the past several years of his life
exclusively to educating people about dreams and how to appreciate them, using
the special group format he developed (as outlined in his book, Working with
Dreams). At this particular lecture event, which honored an influential patron
of parapsychology, Dr. Ullman's topic was "Dreams, species-connectedness
and the paranormal." One of his major proposals was that "our dreams
are not concerned primarily with us as individuals but, rather, as the necessary
agents in ensuring the survival of the human species."
He notes that the major aspect of consciousness which gives it survival value
is its ability to help us learn to cooperate. Learning to cooperate, if you
recall, was Cayce's first principle in develop ing psychic ability. We have
developed illusions, however, that cloud our waking consciousness. We have used
language, for one example, to help us to hide our true feelings and to create
illusions that promote fear and competition. Dreams, on the other hand, are
innocent and honest. They cut through these illusions and bring us back face to
face with the truth. Dreams show us the essential unity of humanity.
Ullman believes that it is through sharing dreams with one another that we
can best learn to appreciate their valuable message. When we work on a dream
alone, our insights may remain too private--something to "know," but
not necessarily something to apply for fear others may not approve. Developing
our dream insights in a group setting helps these insights to become more
"socialized" and a working part of the interpersonal world. The ESP
dimension of dreams, which becomes more evident in group work, also helps
develop the individual's consciousness of interconnectedness with others.
Perhaps more than any other form of public forum or group discussion, sharing
dreams may be a key ingredient to the survival of our species.
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