‘ Dream States of Soul and Body ’ was the title of the interesting address given by Miss C. W. Christie from the platform of the Thcosophical Society last evening. There were many kinds of what were usually roughly classed as dreams, perhaps the most usual being what were termed brain dreams, the distorted memory of events of the physical plane. The states brought about by hypnotism and mesmerism were sometimes spoken of as dream states. There were also vivid dreams which conveyed the warning of some disaster, and constantly recurring dreams of visiting scenes and meeting people which could be shown to have their foundation in actual subsequent happenings. Those could be explained by the fact that man was a consciousness using bed lea of tho various planes of nature, and that even its took place on tho higher planes before they actually crystallised into actions upon the plane in which our physical brain-conscious-ness functioned. It was only on the physical plane that there existed the limitations of time and space, and when in sleep the man left his physical body he might see on the astral, or plane of emotion and desire, both events which had happened and also those which were about, to happen. In the case of warning dreams, lie was shown that if he followed irp a sequence of events certain results would come upon him; lie was shown, as it were, a possibility which he could avoid by altering that particular s'equenoe of events. Earnest students were often raven teachings when out of the physical bocrv, and some memory of these might be brought hack in sr'iuboloay or some picture of everyday* life which served to illustrate the- important point of tho lee-sou. Lastly, there was tho dream state called meditation induced by concentration, where in full waking consciousness the man lifted his consciousness from the physical to the emotional piano and thence to the lower mental, and higher yet to the stillness which lay beyond, where tho silence spoke though no voice was heard, and where the divine spirit of man recognised the truth as uttered by its Divine Source and realised communion with God.
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THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914