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Divine Guidance in Dreams and Daily Life — A Hermetic Practice

The Corpus Hermeticum contains many instructions and teachings on raising one’s level of consciousness, or Nous, and leading a spiritual life. In Book 12, Hermes explains the following about communion with divinity through dreams and through signs in daily life:

Divine Guidance in Dreams and Daily Life -- A Hermetic Practice

The Knight’s Dream. Painting by Antonio de Pereda y Salgado (1611-1678).

The Corpus Hermeticum, an ancient esoteric text attributed to the sage Hermes Trismegistus, contains many instructions and teachings on raising one’s level of consciousness, or Nous, and leading a spiritual life.

In Book 12, Hermes explains the following about communion with divinity through dreams and through signs in daily life:

“Now every living creature is immortal by virtue of Nous; man above all, for he can receive God and he shares God’s essence. God communicates with this creature alone: through dreams by night and through signs by day.”

~ The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius by Clement Salaman, Dorine van Oyen, William D. Wharton, and  Jean-Pierre Mahe. Book 12, paragraph 19.

As the passage above explains, it is possible to commune with the divine, receive guidance, inspiration, and gain knowledge by paying attention to what we see and experience in our dreams. It is therefore worthwhile taking the time each day to recall any dreams from the night before, for example, by not moving upon waking up in the morning, and instead, going over your dreams. Try to intuitively pick up on anything significant from them — for instance, there may be some premonitions within them about something to come, there may be guidance on how to handle something in life, the dreams may show something that needs to be worked out or changed within a person, etc. And likewise, it is good to pay attention to this guidance in daily life — the exercises of awareness and self-observation, as well as the use of intuition are particularly valuable for this.

Please note: We have not read the entirety of this book, and so cannot vouch for all of its contents.

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  • This passage reminds me of the Essene’s Gospel of Peace and the Holy Stream of Light, mentioned in these posts:
    https://www.spiritualsun.com/practices/texts/sampsaean/learning-during-sleep-an-excerpt-from-the-essene-gospel-of-peace

    https://www.spiritualsun.com/practices/texts/sampsaean/holy-stream-of-light-an-essene-astral-projection-exercise

    “…and the Holy Stream will carry you to the endless kingdom of the Heavenly Father”

    It seems that I’ve been underestimating how much the Father influences the night time.

  • The mention of being communicated to by God through signs during the day is an unusual thing to hear, but something that really resonates and calls for me to reflect on. I found that signs in the physical, and the sense of ‘syncronistic’ events being imbued with meaning that can be grasped with intuition, played a big role in guiding me to discover the ‘Religion of the Sun’.
    When I’m in a good flow with daily retrospections, one in the morning of my dreams and one in the evening of my day, I feel so much more like a real student of an inner learning. It’s when I’m pushing for the inner learning when my ideas of what’s possible start to get broken down and as well as receiving more guidance in my dreams, (or remembering it and gleaning something from it through analysis), the day, which is so often labelled in my mind as ‘mundane’ because it’s in the physical, can become extraordinary.

    Thanks for bringing the excerpt to our attention!

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