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2.18.2016

Dreams: A Way to Listen to God by Morton Kelsey

Great book.  I have read it probably 3-5 times over the past ten years.  It's probably out of print, but you could still find it on eBay or Amazon, I imagine.

Kelsey, an Episcopalian Priest, emphasizes over and over again how 'original' Christians, and Jesus himself (or pretty much any Christian pre-Thomas Aquinas) fundamentally rooted their understanding of life and religion in an acknowledgement the spiritual world.  For examples, Joseph decided to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt based on a dream, and Jesus in his healing ministry was well aware of how demons could affect a person's demeanor.

In more recent times, however, Christianity seems to not have high regard for dreams and visions, to the point that it's seen as a bit lonely for a person to claim to have seen visions or have received messages in a dream.

Kelsey attributes this largely to Thomas Aquinas (and our being influenced by Aristotle), who claim that reality can be understood within a 'time space box'.

He decries' Christianities' loss of ability to listening to dreams, and makes the point even that an ability to interpret and listen to dreams is a sign of a mature Christian who's trying to communicate with God and grow to become a better person.  In the book, Kelsey gives several examples of different types of dreams and offers guidance in how to interpret them, at the same time pointing out that interpreting dreams is a life-long process.

I love that he validates listening to dreams.  Dreams have so much been a part of my life; to communicate the significance of things happening in my daily life, changes in my perceptions of people, communications from people from beyond the grave (yes, I have!), and yes, listening to God.

His premise, however, is that The Holy Spirit is the great dream-giver, and that we can all have great faith that all of our dreams come from a trusted source.  However, he doesn't seem to take in account the power of evil within the spiritual realm, and emphasize that discernment needs to be made in dreams; since some dreams really to have a demonic source, and the messages in these dreams should be ignored.

Perhaps, too, in his effort to emphasize the spiritual element of dreams, Kelsey fails to mention that many dreams are simply a way of sorting through daily events, and may not carry significant weight or message.

All in all, however, this book is awesome, and honestly I haven't come across any other of its kind.

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