I WAS IN NEW YORK CITY in a public library in my dream. There were rows and rows of bookshelves crammed with every type of book imaginable. As I strolled through those rows, I eventually ran into an iconic figure: Albert Einstein. I was surprised by that, of course, but even more surprised to see that he was surrounded by a raft of brightly lit florescent tubes and that he himself had been the one who had twisted those tubes into such colorful, artistic shapes. He looked radiant and happy as he stood bending yet another one into a long luminous spiral. “We do our work even if it changes no one else’s life,” he told me.
I woke from the dream thinking how Einstein was a light magician, how his genius and the brilliance of his insights into life had inspired countless scientists and non-scientists alike. In fact, so remarkable was this man, and of such renown, that he is perceived by many as having been a spiritual master, as well as the most famous physicist in history. Certainly his words of wisdom have found their way into books of inspiration alongside the world’s most revered philosophers, theologians, saints and mystics, which is quite an achievement.
That Einstein should appear in my dream as an archetypal figure – essentially as Jung’s Wise Old Man – is both fascinating and appropriate, I think. He has appeared many times to me over the years, but in this instance, his message was extremely straight forward. “We do our work even if it changes no one else’s life.”
I find that advice both intriguing and wise in terms of my own efforts at blogging, for my writings are meant to inspire others, but I would write these essays even if no one else ever read them. At the very least, these writings help me to clarify my own spiritual ideals and that keeps me on track with being the kind of person I wish to be.
Many think that dreams are irrelevant and unimportant, but the spiritual dream stream never stops. It flows through us day and night, delivering up symbolic and intuitive insights that can be invaluable to us in our efforts to understand the deeper dimensions of our existence. We certainly gain nothing from dreams if we ignore them.
I once dreamed that I was an alchemist living somewhere in Europe in the fourteenth century and my one imperative was, “to work the metal daily”.
As Einstein said, “We do our work…”
Alchemy was once known as the Secret Art. The objective of alchemy, reputedly, was to transmute common metals into gold and thereby gain untold wealth for oneself. In truth, alchemy was really a metaphorical art. Its true objective was to turn the dross of one’s base physicality into the gold of spiritual illumination.
In other words, alchemy was a discipline for seeing through the material plane of appearances and discovering the subtle, immaterial, spiritual self within – one’s true self.
After that particular dream, I doubled down on “working the metal daily”. I read like mad, wrote with passion, meditated regularly and kept vigilance on my dreams, and do so to this very day, even if it changes no one else’s life.
In my mind, however, inspirational insights are illuminating and invaluable. They are pure metaphorical gold and may help others, but one thing is sure: they always help us.
Social media can be a fecund source of information, too. It has a different way of streaming through the world than do dreams, but it can deliver up knowledge and help one to understand the deeper dimensions of our human existence, as well, for there are many inspirational writers to be read on social media and countless “vloggers” on YouTube, many expounding on matters of the spirit. Therefore, it too has its value.
The fun part is we’re all free to dive in and speak our minds, share our insights and see where that takes us, so why not?