What is reality? – a dream

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Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains. John 9:41

I had another of those surreal dreams on Saturday night.  One where it I remember it vividly.

I was vacationing with my family and we had been invited to this house of this very wealthy and powerful family (who it was I couldn’t tell you), the city seemed Vegas like, but the house seemed Old and Victorian.   Old world and old money hidden away in a new and shiny city.

There were children everywhere, but they were unsupervised.  All of the adults were off working.  And I noticed a 6 year old child still in diapers, who may have been disabled, but not enough to still be in diapers.  I was trying to care for her but I couldn’t find any diapers or anything to help her with and she was dirty and soiled.  At some point she ran off.

There were secret passages all over this house, and secret meetings.  And the children knew how to navigate through the house without being caught by the rich people in their secret meetings.

There was this double decker pool outside, and we decided to go swimming.  My son fell from the top deck to the lower one, and I remember thinking I shouldn’t worry because he will be fine, and I looked down and he was just swimming in the pool below, though that pool seemed bottomless, I knew it wasn’t.  But I felt inside not to worry about him, that I have to let him be without me navigating things and he will be okay.  My other kids and husband were all next to me.

Suddenly a rainbow appeared in the sky, but it wasn’t a real rainbow.  It was humming, and the colors were more dull than the colors of a real rainbow, so it appeared with like a pinkish/reddish hue throughout.  I was trying to take a picture of it, but it was like I was blocked from doing so.  Then suddenly a movie overtook the sky, and it was like we were watching real stuff go on around us but in the sky, and in the movie the man was surfing on what he called a vaping cloud.  But the weird thing was the movie surrounded us, so that you couldn’t distinguish reality… earth from sky.  It was dizzying.  And I had to close my eyes to know what was actually real.  And I was telling my family to close their eyes.  And I knew I had to walk blind in order to know what was real.  Then I woke up.

As I pondered this upon waking, I realized it actually didn’t seem far from reality.  The digital world has sucked us in and the constant barrage of media, much of which is propaganda, is thrown at us incessantly.  So much so that it is hard to know what is really true.  I am sometimes astonished at “news” stories and how seriously flawed they are.  So clearly pushing a story line that isn’t reality.  The children are largely being raised by this digital world as most of them have a device in their hands.  It is hard to know Truth.  That is, it is hard if you don’t know Jesus.  I close my eyes and I pray, and truth becomes clear.  And like the dull rainbow, the devil mimics beauty, but it’s beauty is somehow off and your interior knows because you see with the eyes of faith.

The reading at Mass on Sunday was from Year A because we were celebrating the scrutinies.  Jesus heals the man blind from birth.  I thought about how spiritually blind we all are.  In my dream I had to close my eyes to see.  I had to close my eyes to hear God speak, walking blind and trusting God in what is ahead.  We do not know what the future holds, but when we see spiritually, we trust that God will guide us.  We must be steeped in prayer and the Sacraments during these times so God’s truth can prevail in our hearts.

About veilofveronica

I am a mother and wife as well as an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation catechist at a parish in the south. I have 3 children and a great husband.
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15 Responses to What is reality? – a dream

  1. sheralyn80 says:

    This really resonated with me. I need to shut my eyes more often. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Judith Johnson says:

    I love your dream. All my Catholic life since my conversion in 1991 I’ve gotten dreams at crucial points along the way that I have come to call “house dreams”. In these dreams the house always represent the state of my soul and the people and events in the dream seem to give me direction. This Monday night I had one. In my house dream I was about to give a house party to a dear elderly couple. I was trying to get the china washed, the table prepared and everything cooked, but my house was full of unruly kids, ticks and fleas everywhere (like a carpet of them on the floor and on all my animals. I woke up and realized “Jesus and the Blessed Mother are the couple. They want to come to my house for a meal (the graces of the Eucharist) but my life is so cluttered with busyness and distractions that I can’t pay attention or prepare for them properly”. I took this to my spiritual director and he gave me a wonderful penance. I am glad to meet someone else with such dreams!

    • Can’t help but notice the unsupervised kids in my dreams and the unruly ones in yours… there’s something to that. God Bless you.

      • The world will distract us, confuse us, replace even our moral convictions (if not even our religious beliefs). Deluded, we will chase after what is not important and neglect what is. The first victim will be family life and children.

        Susan, what I am experiencing now is equally deadly. I am not much in the digital world. Neither are our kids. But we are SURROUNDED and HEMMED IN by those who are. They are obssessed with and controlled by this fake other world and they live its deadly dictums.

        And my family and I face daily harrassment to jump ship. We are punished severely for resisting and for fighting back.

        I pray to God we win this. But the suffering is severe.

      • I am so sorry Caitlynnegrace. The suffering you endure unites you to the cross. He uses it for others. I will pray for you. Remember to ask angels for protection.

      • Sometimes I think that hell is taking turns coming to us all, each day we hear of many suffering and struggling and fighting against the world. Thank you for your prayers, Susan. Yes, I will invoke the angels for us and for everyone too.

      • These sufferings you endure, you console the heart of Jesus when you offer them for others. God bless you.

  3. Anne says:

    Does this speak to me! Yes…. Digital world more and more edging in…. Especially to lives of children. The last paragraph mirrors what I have truly come to, especially recently!
    Yesterday, I sensed we are crossing over ….. Into a ne w time. There so many casualties…. We can only see by Faith…. Grace is our lifeline.
    Oh how much we all need re Evangelization to some degree. Yes… Pope Francis the world needs a field hospital.

  4. blindzanygirl says:

    I am phtsically blind. There is much that I could say on this but your dream was good

  5. lucy says:

    “This is how I fight my battles: Surrounded by You !” From Upperroom Worship

    Psalm 118 : a powerful prayer of deliverance, to be proclaimed with joy and thanksgiving!

    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.
    Let Israel say: his mercy endures forever.
    Let the house of Aaron say, his mercy endures forever.
    Let those who fear the LORD say, his mercy endures forever.

    In danger I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
    The LORD is with me; I am not afraid; what can mortals do against me?
    The LORD is with me as my helper; I shall look in triumph on my foes.
    Better to take refuge in the LORD than to put one’s trust in mortals.
    Better to take refuge in the LORD than to put one’s trust in princes.

    All the nations surrounded me; in the LORD’s name I cut them off.
    They surrounded me on every side; in the LORD’s name I cut them off.
    They surrounded me like bees; they burned up like fire among thorns;
    in the LORD’s name I cut them off.
    I was hard pressed and falling, but the LORD came to my help.
    The LORD, my strength and might, has become my savior.

    The joyful shout of deliverance is heard in the tents of the righteous:
    “The LORD’s right hand works valiantly; the LORD’s right hand is raised;
    the LORD’s right hand works valiantly.”
    I shall not die but live and declare the deeds of the LORD.
    The LORD chastised me harshly, but did not hand me over to death.

    Open the gates of righteousness; I will enter and thank the LORD.
    This is the LORD’s own gate, through it the righteous enter.
    I thank you for you answered me; you have been my savior.
    The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.
    This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
    LORD, grant salvation! LORD, grant good fortune!

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
    We bless you from the house of the LORD.
    The LORD is God and has enlightened us.
    Join in procession with leafy branches up to the horns of the altar.

    You are my God, I give you thanks; my God, I offer you praise.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.

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