* World at War

Lucid Dream January 20, 2018

I exit the black elevator that has brought me to a spacious apartment room. I turn around. I want out of here! I see light through a door at the other end of the large space. Looks like a good way out. . .

As I fly toward the door, I encounter a large mirror. Curious, and knowing it won't block my progress, I watch my image approaching. I'm smiling brightly, and look just as I do now except my hair is more golden. Pleased by what strikes me as an accurate reflection of myself, I pass right through the glass into a starry sky which leads me directly to a sunlit door. 

As I exit the room, I glance down at the elaborately embroidered garment I noticed I was wearing when I saw it reflected in the mirror. The front is divided into panels, each containing a human figure or two, and one makes me think of an Etruscan wall painting. Each narrow panel seems to represent a different era of earth's history.

Outside it is night, and I find myself in a great, absolutely vast expanse. As I think—My Lord!—I'm propelled forward and upward as I experience the sensation of a force akin to a powerful wind beneath the palms of my hands—what I imagine the wings of an airplane might feel if it could feel. 

I become aware then of a structure below me evocative of a giant fountain around which many, many yet mostly invisible people are gathered in the darkness. I perceive something like a massive ghostly wave of glimmering white water arching protectively over them, which is barely discernible as it rises high into the sky. I get the impression I'm flying above a large square or park in some great open city.

Then in the near distance visible just beyond the ghostly fountain and not far below me, I clearly distinguish a long white roof belonging to an immense and magnificent structure I recognize as a church somewhere in Europe. And it is in the process of being demolished! Watching from above, I distinctly see and experience what is happening. The great structure, which I sense/know is perfectly sound, is deliberately being torn down. This should not be happening! I can feel the sacred power emanating from its ancient yet still solid foundations as they begin collapsing downward into darkness.

This is when I feel, and then begin hearing and seeing, the bomber planes flying from left to right over the fountain plaza. The sky is filling with immense, plane-like shapes. Supported by the wind of the Spirit, I turn away from the besieged building and continue flying safely along. But as more and more black planes keep coming, I inevitably find myself directly beneath them. There's no getting away from them; they dominate the sky so that no peaceful place remains in this dream space. I know I can't be hurt, but it's still distressing to be in the middle of a bombing raid. I glimpse black ovoid shapes falling from the black planes, which radiate a single-minded destructive power as they drop nightmare bombs over all the world below in an air raid to end all air raids!

I know I'm dreaming and safe because God is with me, but eventually it just becomes too  overwhelming and I cry, “My Lord!”

Instantly, I am enveloped and protected. I seem to be inside a Christmas tree, within an intimate opening at its heart. I'm surrounded by what look like Evergreen branches, but they aren't prickly. The tall branches form a bell-like shelter around my dream body, close enough for me to reach up and touch one of the green round clumps, which is smooth and tender yet firm. What I perceive as green pine needles are contained in spherical egg-like shapes as if by a golden rope indistinguishable from the branch from which they grow. I am completely protected by this living shelter in the midst of the devastation happening just outside and all around me. I begin waking up. End of Dream

“Saint Hildegard called God’s vigor viriditas, the ‘green’ energy of agape love pulsing through the entire universe. Over and over in her writings, she chooses viriditas to express God’s vitality and the ways His goodness and love charge the whole world with life, beauty, and renewal—literally, with ‘greenness.’…this ‘green’ force animates every creature and plant on this planet with verdant divine love.”

Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader (Butcher, Carmen Acevedo)
When I read these words (a few months after I had this dream) I was reminded of the evergreen that had surrounded and protected me when I cried out to my Lord. And another passage, in which God speaks to Saint Hildegard, also took me back to this dream as it confirmed my thoughts concerning it:

“Everything on earth is hurrying to its end. The world’s troubles and its many disasters tell you this. But my Son’s bride, the Church, will never ever be destroyed, no matter how many times she’s assaulted. At the end of time she’ll be stronger, more beautiful, more magnificent than ever before. She’ll enjoy the sweet embraces of her Beloved. That’s what the vision you just saw means… as the world nears its end, the Church will meet with much violence.

Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader (Butcher, Carmen Acevedo)
I believe the white supernatural fountain I saw in this dream is the Holy Spirit, also referred to as the the Living Water and the Holy Ghost who lives in every true believer. Our Lord was also symbolized by the great Christmas tree by which I was embraced and protected. The immensely beautiful sacred building I witnessed being attacked is the Church of God. 

Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”

Matthew 24:1-14