In March of this year, Chuck and I went to Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC to see the play The Heavens Are Hung in Black. The title of the play is a statement made by Abraham Lincoln after seeing the casualty reports for the deaths at Gettysburg.
Throughout the play the audience shares with Lincoln the emotional turmoil he experienced over the casualities of war. As a result of the weight that was upon his shoulders as Commander In Chief, he wasn't able to sleep; and when he did sleep, he would have intense dreams. In many of his dreams he would be visited by those who had died in the Civil War battles.
Near the end of the play Lincoln experiences a dream where he finds himself sitting in a boat with Uncle Tom, a character from Harriet Beecher's Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Just as a side note, in my own reading about Lincoln's psychic interests, I learned that Stowe shared with Lincoln that it was actually spirit that dictated to her every word of the book. In her biography, written by Edward Wagenknecht, she shares that the inspiration she received was "blown through her mind as with the rushing of a mighty wind." She said the book was written through her.
Lincoln's maid, Marian Vance, shared that after Lincoln read the book he was so worked up from the story and felt a calling to take a crack at ending slavery. Lincoln said, "And when I do, I will make it count, if I can't bust it completely up."
Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century, and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the cause to end slavery. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States alone. The book's impact was so great that when Lincoln first met Stowe at the start of the Civil War, Lincoln is quoted as having declared, "So this is the little lady who made this big war."
In the play "The Heavens Are Hung in Black," when Lincoln finds himself in a boat with Uncle Tom, Lincoln comments on his dreaming of Uncle Tom. Uncle Tom responds that it wasn't Lincoln who did the dreaming, but rather Uncle Tom dreamt of Lincoln and because of this Lincoln found himself in a dream with Uncle Tom.
I am certain you, too, have had powerful moments when your thinking takes a shift into a new direction. This was one of those moments for me. We think we are doing the dreaming and then one of the dream characters tell us the reality: someone's dreaming you. There's a consciousness shift taking place. We experience something greater dreaming us.
The character of Uncle Tom represents the divine ideal of all humans deserving equality and freedom. All of us are God's children. The divine assigned Uncle Tom the assignment of being a fictional messenger (through Stowe's words). The divine was giving Lincoln a glimpse into the divine's dream of Lincoln being "in the same boat" with scribes of freedom. Lincoln would go on to scribe the Emancipation Proclamation. I believe that Lincoln, too, experienced the mighty wind blowing through his mind. The divine wind of change was blowing through the mind of Lincoln.
Lincoln once said, "I have had so many evidences of His direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above."
As you may know, I have authored three angel books. My first book is entitled Commune With the Angels. Years ago, when I was giving a seminar based on the book, the person who hosted me prepared a flyer to promote my appearance and transposed the letters so that my seminar became known as: Commune With the Angles. I loved the error because the angels do inspire us to look at life from many different angles.
When I heard Uncle Tom tell Lincoln that Lincoln was being dreamt of, it inspired me to think this thought: Who is dreaming me? Just as the angels are our cosmic cheerleaders and are inspiring us to stay on our spiritual course and path with decisions and choices that enhance our spiritual growth, could there also be a divine "dreaming" connection with those who have come before us that we share a divine ideal resonance with. Could we be experiencing ourselves being dreamed into reality by the divine in support of the divine's plan? Who is dreaming you? Who is dreaming me?
Harriet Beecher Stowe was a divine scribe. Lincoln, too was a divine scribe, and was finding himself being dreamt of by an inspirational fictional character that originated from the infinite mind/infinite intelligence.
Often times our ego will have us sharing with others the dream we had last night, i.e."Let me tell you about the dream I had last night." We immediately take ownership of the dream, ie. it's my dream. Because it shows up in our mind, we make claim to it: it's mine.
What if the dream did not originate with us. Just imagine somewhere in the universe, the angels conversing about a dream in which you are being dreamt into action and into service. The angels are watching the Dream Cinema channel on God Direct TV. The angels could be saying, "Did you see where God dreamt Jayne into being in last night's episode of Close Encounters of the Angelic Kind?" You are experiencing yourself as part of a divine dream and a bigger picture. We could easily be entertaining the angels - in fact, entertaining the universe.
In the future, when you have a dream that intrigues or interests you, pause and ask yourself, "Who could be dreaming me?...and if I am being "dreamt of" for a divine reason, what divine ideal or divine plan is the dream about?"
As I was writing this blog, I remembered a recent dream that I thought I had dreamt. I was witnessing myself being on a highway where a major accident was taking place with a lot of vehicles involved in continuous crashing. As I watched, I saw a huge tractor trailer - an 18 wheeler - coming towards me. The vehicle was totally out of control and when it got next to me, it flipped over. And I remember thinking to myself just before the flipover, "Well, this is how I am going to leave earth." It was a pretty matter-of-fact remark. The short version: I'm out of here now. Instead, the tractor trailer fell on top of me but I wasn't where the tractor trailer landed. I somehow had merged through the tractor trailer and was on the other side of the tractor trailer. I was now where the trailer had been when it started to flip. I remember in the dream wanting to look at the material the truck was made of because I thought it was the truck that had changed.
In writing this blog, I am being inspired to think that the divine is dreaming of humans realizing that we are made of energy that can move through solids. I am part of the dream episode entitled: Humans Morph Into Light. Somewhere there was a dream director who had a script that calls for humans to experience morphing into light. This casting director says, "Ok, let's have this happen in Jayne's mind." The mighty wind of morph-ability just blew through my mind.
In closing this blog, I want to share one more Lincoln quote which I think is absolutely a hoot. Lincoln had been challenged to a duel by James Shield. Shields had taken insult to words Lincoln had written about him. If this has happened in 2009, we could give Shields a copy of The Four Agreements where one of the agreements with ourselves is not to take anything personally. A duel between Shields and Lincoln could have resulted in a very non-abundant outcome. We all should say a prayer of thanks and gratefulness to God that this was a duel that never took place.
When Lincoln was approached by one of Shields' representatives and was told that because Lincoln was being challenged by Shields, Lincoln had the choice of weapons to be used in the duel. Lincoln replied, "How about cow dung at five paces."
Angelic Blessings of Morph-ability.