Category Archives: Dreams

Directional Dreams

Dreams are awesome!  I never paid much attention to them until I had a life-changing dream–or night vision?–several years ago.  I saw the phrase “Kindle & Kindness” lit up against a dark background.  The letters were large and outlined in tiny white lights like the  title of a film on the marquee of a theater.  But the letters were not typed.  They were written in cursive.

Wondering what the phrase meant, I “googled” it.   Nothing definitive came up.  A few weeks later, I tried a different search engine and found a Website with the phrase “Kindle & Kindness.”  Up to that point, I don’t think I knew what a Kindle device was.  I had seen the  icon on Amazon off to the side while looking for other items.

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, ...

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, showing the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My unpublished novel was gathering dust.  So I took the dream to mean that I should publish it on Kindle.  I bought a Kindle and consulted Joshua Tallent of e Book Architects.  His group formatted the book for me so that I could upload it on Kindle and Nook.

For a while, I was more focused on the book than the dream or where it came from,  That was a mistake.  The real story is about a closer relationship with God.  My interest in dreams led me to John Paul Jackson’s Website.  John Paul Jackson is a Christian dream interpreter.  His insights have given me a deeper, Biblical-based understanding of dreams and visions.

I knew that dreams and visions are in the Bible, but I never thought of them as having significance today.  John Paul Jackson points to Job 33: 14-16.  “Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it.  In a dream, a vision of the night when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then He opens the ears of men and seals their instructions” (NASB).

Not every dream comes from God.  That’s for sure.  Dreams fall into different categories and come from different sources: the flesh, the mind, God, and the demonic realm.  While dreams are one of the ways that God speaks to us, He speaks primarily through His Word.  If you think God has spoken to you in a dream, make sure that the dream doesn’t conflict with the Bible.  God will never direct you to something that contradicts His Word.

A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is more important than anything in the world.  Books, inventions, and projects will come and go, but a personal relationship with the God of the universe lasts forever.

Dream: A Heavenly Portal

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jacob's Ladder, early 1900s European Christian...

Jacob’s Ladder, early 1900s European Christian illustration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pink, blue, and yellow.  Pink, blue, and yellow.  Pink, blue, and yellow.  (Or was it pink, green, and yellow?)  Like a strand of DNA, the pastel squares formed a spiral.  I was dreaming of a heavenly portal that stretched from heaven to earth. The spiral began somewhere deep in space, and I was looking through it.

Does a heavenly portal sound absurd?  Jacob didn’t think so.

And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.  And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.  And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.  And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.  And, behold, I am with thee and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.   And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.  And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first (Genesis 28: 10-19 KJV).  And this stone, which I have set for a pillow, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee (Genesis 28: 22 KJV).

I must have dreamed about a heavenly portal after I heard Perry Stone talking about Jacob.  I didn’t see any angels–or heaven, but this was one of my better dreams, and I wanted to share it.

“Dreaming” Up Fiction

Lion - Louisville Zoo

Lion – Louisville Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

English: A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you do when you can’t think of a story to write?  Consider your dreams. Dreams are stranger than fiction, and mine are no exception.  Some could be turned into short stories.  Others are so weird they are hard to relate much less explain.

For example, last week I dreamed that Marlon Brando (who looked a bit like Tom Selleck) was sitting in a big oven and a small lion with a mane was sitting behind him.  Neither seemed uncomfortable.  The door to the oven was open, so I asked Marlon Brando for his address.  Then a lime-green, five-pointed star flashed in front of me and I woke up.  Try turning that into a short story!

I always keep pen and paper by the bedside, so that when I wake up, I can record my dream before I forget it.  I try to recall if the dream was  in black and white, sepia, full color, or partial color.  Who was in the dream?  What was the theme?  Then I choose a title.

To find a title for my Marlon Brando dream, I’ll take a cue from C.S. Lewis and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”  I’ll call it “The Lion, the Actor, the Oven, and the Lime-Green Star.”  How’s that for originality?

To learn all about dreams, consider John Paul Jackson’s CD “Understanding Dreams & Visions” and his weekly TV/Internet program “Dreams & Mysteries.”  John Paul Jackson is a Christian dream interpreter whose insights are priceless.