“Your neighbor is your other self dwelling behind a wall.
In understanding, all walls shall fall down.
Who knows but that your neighbor is your better self wearing another body?
See that you love him as you would yourself.
He too is a manifestation of the Most High.”
Our dreams have the power to connect us with the most personal, intimate, and infinite of wisdoms.
My whole life shifted because of my dreams.
And something shifted again when I started doing Natural Dreamwork. The way we step back into our dreams, with everything that shows up in them, we look for the invitation to soul in everything, because everything and everyone is an invitation to the very seat of our soul (nod to Gary Zukav and Linda Francis).
Some wise old sage once said something like, if you do not see the divine in the next person you meet, you need look no further. A few sources say Gandhi wrote this, others say the Buddha. I’m afraid the exact speaker is lost in the pages of history. I don’t know that Gandhi or Buddha would care to receive the credit, but I credit them nonetheless.
Their quote still holds true because it is timeless and boundaryless.
It holds true in Gibran’s beautiful quote above. It holds true in the Namaste greeting–the divine in me honors the divine in you. It holds true in the ancient universal teaching to love your neighbor as thyself. It holds true in the principles as above so below, and as within so without. It holds true in the infinite and undeniable connections we have to each other.
It also holds true in our dreams, in the realms below our conscious horizon; as such, this means it also holds true to everything we see and hear and feel and experience above that horizon as well.
I am you and you are me. The polished and the unpolished. Everything and everyone.
You are my literal and my metaphor. You are my above and my below. My neighbor and my self.
Every dream holds the sacred and the divine; reciprocally, in waking life too, every person, place, animal, encounter holds the divine, above and below, within and without, literally and metaphorically. Accepting the invitations of our nightly dreams as well as those in waking life takes courage (so much courage!), honesty, compassion, and our ability to feel, to allow our whole being to open up with the deepest of empathies, for ourselves and for others.
In understanding, all walls fall down…
Ali Meyer is a passionate Natural Dreamwork practitioner. She is a teacher, traveler, thinker. She works one-on-one sessions as well as writing circles, classes, workshops. You can contact her via email: email@example.com. Read more about her work on the About Us page.