:: Think You See a Ghost? :: Here’s What’s Happening :: Dreams :: Sleep Paralysis and Hallucinations :: “People with supernatural beliefs tend to experience more fear during sleep paralysis, as well as longer episodes of it. “If you have fear, the activation in fear centers in the brain might mean more likelihood of fully awaking during sleep paralysis, and experiencing the whole thing… and by experiencing it, you would have more fear — and then, you have all these cultural ideas of what it is, added as well”… reinforcing belief in the ‘dream’…
T-20.VIII.6. Everything looked upon with vision falls gently into place, according to the laws brought to it by His calm and certain sight. 2 The end for everything He looks upon is always sure. 3 For it will meet His purpose, seen in unadjusted form and suited perfectly to meet it. 4 Destructiveness becomes benign, and sin is turned to blessing under His gentle gaze. 5 What can the body’s eyes perceive, with power to correct? 6 Its eyes adjust to sin, unable to overlook it in any form and seeing it everywhere, in everything. 7 Look through its eyes, and everything will stand condemned before you. 8 All that could save you, you will never see. 9 Your holy relationship, the source of your salvation, will be deprived of meaning, and its most holy purpose bereft of means for its accomplishment.
T-20.VIII.7. Judgment is but a toy, a whim, the senseless means to play the idle game of death in your imagination. 2 But vision sets all things right, bringing them gently within the kindly sway of Heaven’s laws. 3 What if you recognized this world is an hallucination? 4 What if you really understood you made it up? 5 What if you realized that those who seem to walk about in it, to sin and die, attack and murder and destroy themselves, are wholly unreal? 6 Could you have faith in what you see, if you accepted this? 7 And would you see it?
T-20.VIII.8. Hallucinations disappear when they are recognized for what they are. 2 This is the healing and the remedy. 3 Believe them not and they are gone. 4 And all you need to do is recognize that you did this. 5 Once you accept this simple fact and take unto yourself the power you gave them, you are released from them. 6 One thing is sure; hallucinations serve a purpose, and when that purpose is no longer held they disappear. 7 Therefore, the question never is whether you want them, but always, do you want the purpose that they serve? 8 This world seems to hold out many purposes, each different and with different values. 9 Yet they are all the same. 10 Again there is no order; only a seeming hierarchy of values.
T-20.VIII.9. Only two purposes are possible. 2 And one is sin, the other holiness. 3 Nothing is in between, and which you choose determines what you see. 4 For what you see is merely how you elect to meet your goal. 5 Hallucinations serve to meet the goal of madness. 6 They are the means by which the outside world, projected from within, adjusts to sin and seems to witness to its reality. 7 It still is true that nothing is without. 8 Yet upon nothing are all projections made. 9 For it is the projection that gives the “nothing” all the meaning that it holds.
T-20.VIII.10. What has no meaning cannot be perceived. 2 And meaning always looks within to find itself, and then looks out. 3 All meaning that you give the world outside must thus reflect the sight you saw within; or better, if you saw at all or merely judged against. 4 Vision is the means by which the Holy Spirit translates your nightmares into happy dreams; your wild hallucinations that show you all the fearful outcomes of imagined sin into the calm and reassuring sights with which He would replace them. 5 These gentle sights and sounds are looked on happily, and heard with joy. 6 They are His substitutes for all the terrifying sights and screaming sounds the ego’s purpose brought to your horrified awareness. 7 They step away from sin, reminding you that it is not reality which frightens you, and that the errors which you made can be corrected.
T-20.VIII.11. When you have looked on what seemed terrifying, and seen it change to sights of loveliness and peace; when you have looked on scenes of violence and death, and watched them change to quiet views of gardens under open skies, with clear, life-giving water running happily beside them in dancing brooks that never waste away; who need persuade you to accept the gift of vision? 2 And after vision, who is there who could refuse what must come after? 3 Think but an instant just on this; you can behold the holiness God gave His Son. 4 And never need you think that there is something else for you to see.
..::" You need brutal "power"... only when you want to do something harmful... otherwise, Love is enough to get everything done. ~Charlie Chaplin
..::" For most of us... it is difficult to make OBSERVATIONS of people and their behavior that are free of JUDGMENT, criticism, or other forms of analysis... For thousands of years, we have been TAUGHT TO THINK in a particular way designed to make us OBEDIENT TO AUTHORITY (((Stockholm Syndrome)))... but which is not conducive to safety and PEACE on our PLANET. ~ Marshall Rosenberg :: NVC ::
... Stockholm Syndrome :: The relationship that develops between hostages and their captors is now known as "the Stockholm Syndrome," a type of emotional bonding that is in reality a survival strategy for victims of emotional and physical abuse -- including not only hostages, but also battered spouses and partners, abused children, and even POWs.
... "Stockholm Syndrome" also includes the members of religious groups idolizing a charismatic, yet narcissistic, spiritualized ego, e.g., evangelical television programs for the purpose of stockpiling "worldly" material wealth. (AKA: 'spiritualized materialism", rebuked in the Bible with the following words: "Get thee behind me satan" ~Jesus Christ
..::" When a human harbors the intention to HARM another... a powerful factor comes into play: the need to "JUSTIFY" the attack... once the "attacker" justifies the attack and starts down a path of labeling and blaming the victim, he becomes likely to obsess about physically and psychologically attacking his victim with even GREATER ferocity the next chance he gets... [in order to justify the ego's preservation, "to be RIGHT"]... this is called "COGNITIVE DISSONANCE" ..:: Book Title: "Mistakes Were Made [but not by me]" By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson :: EcoDelMar.org/elliot-aronson/
..::" Brother, take not one step in the descent to hell. For having taken one, you will not recognize the rest for what they are... And they will follow... "Attack" in any form... has placed your foot upon the twisted stairway. ~ ACIM T-23.II.22.
..::" The healthy mind does not torture others - generally it is the *tortured* who turn into torturers. ~Carl Jung
..::"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. ~Carl Jung
..::" The means of war are not the means of peace, and what the warlike would remember is not love. Surely you realize the ego is at war with God. ~T-23.I.1.
..::" Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. ~Leo Buscaglia
..::" There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. ~Buddha
..::" I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. ~Buddha
..::" It is better to travel well than to arrive. ~Buddha
..::" Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth ~Buddha
..::" To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. ~Buddha
..::" As the Buddha said, his teaching will not be destroyed by outsiders but by insiders who do not practice the true dharma. ~Chogyam Trungpa