When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth;
for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak,
and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
WHY PAY ATTENTION TO DREAMS?
Many questions arise when we consider the role of our sleeping dreams in relation to the Christian religion and to contemporary Christian attitudes and beliefs related to the nature of human spirituality. For example, is paying attention to our dreams a genuinely Christian thing to do? Do dreams contain any spiritual value? Or, are they, as some suggest, merely the inane chatter of a confused mind? Or, are they the work of Satan? Is it sorcery and shamanism when we acknowledge the spiritual nature of sleeping dreams or are we listening to a higher power?
We address these and many related questions on this website. These questions are central when considering the true spiritual nature of man, the ways in which human spirituality manifests in the physical world, whether humans have access to the spiritual realms, and the very important question of whether God still communicates with those who believe.
Briefly, let us state most emphatically that humans are, above all else, spiritual beings. While on the surface of things, it does appear that human beings are exclusively creatures of the material world, however, this is most emphatically not true. We descended from God and we shall return to God. In between the descent and our return we have been given the gift of experience at the material level of existence. It is often asked whether the Lord still reaches out to us during this time? Does He actively guide our spiritual development? Or has He abandoned us to our earthly fate?
Fortunately, the Christian Bible offers definitive answers to these questions. The very existence of the Holy Scriptures, the lives of the prophets, and the incarnation of the Christ, indicates that God has reached out to us in the past and, we contend, that He continues to do so in the present, especially at times when we are most receptive to His presence.
As Christians we know that the Christ is with us always (cf. Matthew 28:20). While we commonly believe that this is true when we are in our daytime waking consciousness, what is less widely recognized is that this is even more true in the nighttime hours when we are asleep. For it is at this time when we are in the spirit and as the apostle Paul states: “God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:10) Paul adds that, “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
At CDI we accept that we are never alone, that the Lord reveals to us, often, though not exclusively, in our sleeping dreams, and that a degree of spiritual discernment is necessary to understand His message. By opening our consciousness to the inner presence of the Lord we can avail ourselves of His instruction and develop a degree of spiritual discernment so that we are able to receive the gifts of the spirit of God.