A lucid dream begins at the moment you become aware that you are dreaming, and fully conscious of the experience even though your body is sound asleep. In lucid, as well as in semi-lucid dreams, the Holy Spirit may choose to speak personally with our soul. In my intimate autobiographical account, I share how I was led home to Christ through lucid dreaming as a spiritual practice.
I was born in Havana, Cuba, but my family fled into exile after the communist revolution, and I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Raised Catholic, I was Baptized and Confirmed. As an adult, however, I came to lead a secular life, concentrating primarily on my career as a writer. I never expected God to personally enter my life.
Then I began experiencing lucid dreams. At first I called them “flying dreams” because flying felt fantastic, and I could think of no better way to make use of them. But as my skill and control as a lucid dreamer improved, a pure and overwhelming Love introduced itself into my life in the form of a mysteriously wonderful Man who began appearing regularly in my dreams.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, dream by dream my soul was being guided along a path in keeping with Christian mystical tradition.
“For He will command His angels concerning
you to guard you in all your ways.” ~ Psalm 91:11
“There are few better ways of learning to observe the hand of God in our lives than the persistent Christian practice of listening to messengers of the night.
“By taking a summary look at the teaching and practice of the Church Fathers. . . we can discern a well-integrated tradition of dreams and dreamwork and recognize its continuity with that of the Old and New Testament.
“Tertullian spoke of dreams as one of the charismata of God, and believed that dreams and visions were promised to people of his own day just as much as they were to the first apostles.
“Origen saw dreams as part of God’s providence ‘for the benefit of the one who had the dream and for those who hear the account of it from him.
“‘Dreams, more than any other thing, entice us toward hope,’ wrote Synesius of Cyrene, a fifth century bishop of Ptolemais. ‘And when our heart spontaneously presents hope to us, as happens in our sleeping state, then we have in the promise of our dreams a pledge from the divinity.
“Saint Jerome made little distinction between dreams and visions… For Jerome, God spoke through visions, whether they occurred during sleep or awake… Jerome agrees with Jeremiah that God can use dreaming as well as prophesying as a vehicle of revelation to a person. Such revelation can be a valuable gift from God if the dreamer’s life is turned toward God.”
Excerpts from Dreams and Spiritual Growth – A Judeo-Christian Way of Dreamwork by Louis M. Savary, Patricia H. Berne, Strephon Kaplan Williams