Thanks for writing with this interesting
question: What is the Urantia book's views on Dreams? In the Eckankar
Religion dreams are very significant. Dreams are a door way to heaven.
Is it good to keep a dream journal? Do dreams really have symbolic
meanings and can lead us in the right direction?A:
The Urantia Book has relatively little to say
about dreams...certainly not as a significant means of divining one's
life purpose or plans. The revelators describe them in one place as
"fantasies of the night season." The idea of dreams as significant goes
way back to primitive times, as in this quote:
86:5.11 All down through the
ages men have stood in awe of the apparitions of the night season, and
the Hebrews were no exception. They truly believed that God spoke to
them in dreams, despite the injunctions of Moses against this idea. And
Moses was right, for ordinary dreams are not the methods employed by
the personalities of the spiritual world when they seek to communicate
with material beings.
You might want to read Paper 86, Early Evolution of
Religion, where there are a fair number of references to dreams in
the experience of primitive man.
But, this should not be
surprising, since one can imagine the primitive mind of man, faced with
a nightmare, for example...or seeing a vision of a departed family
member or tribal chief. What are they to think about such a thing? Of
course, it was of great significance to that mind that had no other
point of reference with which to explain such things.
science has done a lot of research into dreams and their purpose. Here
is just one sample of some of that research in Scientific American, July 2011:
"Dreams seem to help us process emotions by encoding and
constructing memories of them. What we see and experience in our dreams
might not necessarily be real, but the emotions attached to these
experiences certainly are. Our dream stories essentially try to strip
the emotion out of a certain experience by creating a memory of it.
This way, the emotion itself is no longer active. This mechanism
fulfils an important role because when we don’t process our emotions,
especially negative ones, this increases personal worry and anxiety. In
fact, severe REM sleep-deprivation is increasingly correlated to the
development of mental disorders. In short, dreams help regulate traffic
on that fragile bridge which connects our experiences with our emotions
and memories. "
And there is a lot more dream research
out there, which you can access in a Google search, if you want to
I have heard that keeping a dream journal is a good
idea, but have never done it. It seems like it might be a good idea in
order to kind of see what is down there in our subconscious mind,
needing some release. I don't know whether dreams have symbolic
meanings. I suppose that to the individual, they can have such meaning,
if you consider this research cited above, but I would think that it
would be a purely psychological significance, rather than an indication
of spiritual guidance.
As far as dreams and the Thought Adjuster,
The Urantia Book is clear:
100:5.6 If one is disposed to
recognize a theoretical subconscious mind as a practical working
hypothesis in the otherwise unified intellectual life, then, to be
consistent, one should postulate a similar and corresponding realm of
ascending intellectual activity as the superconscious level, the zone
of immediate contact with the indwelling spirit entity, the Thought
Adjuster. The great danger in all these psychic speculations is that
visions and other so-called mystic experiences, along with
extraordinary dreams, may be regarded as divine communications to the
human mind. In times past, divine beings have revealed themselves to
certain God-knowing persons, not because of their mystic trances or
morbid visions, but in spite of all these phenomena.
Some people may wonder whether dreams can be a means by which the
Adjuster communicates with us, but again, we are given this sobering
110:5.2 Man’s dream experiences, that disordered
and disconnected parade of the unco-ordinated sleeping mind, present
adequate proof of the failure of the Adjusters to harmonize and
associate the divergent factors of the mind of man. The Adjusters
simply cannot, in a single lifetime, arbitrarily co-ordinate and
synchronize two such unlike and diverse types of thinking as the human
and the divine. When they do, as they sometimes have, such souls are
translated directly to the mansion worlds without the necessity of
passing through the experience of death.
During the slumber season
the Adjuster attempts to achieve only that which the will of the
indwelt personality has previously fully approved by the decisions and
choosings which were made during times of fully wakeful consciousness,
and which have thereby become lodged in the realms of the supermind,
the liaison domain of human and divine interrelationship.
their mortal hosts are asleep, the Adjusters try to register their
creations in the higher levels of the material mind, and some of your
grotesque dreams indicate their failure to make efficient contact. The
absurdities of dream life not only testify to pressure of unexpressed
emotions but also bear witness to the horrible distortion of the
representations of the spiritual concepts presented by the Adjusters.
Your own passions, urges, and other innate tendencies translate
themselves into the picture and substitute their unexpressed desires
for the divine messages which the indwellers are endeavoring to put
into the psychic records during unconscious sleep.
extremely dangerous to postulate as to the Adjuster content of the
dream life. The Adjusters do work during sleep, but your ordinary dream
experiences are purely physiologic and psychologic phenomena. Likewise,
it is hazardous to attempt the differentiation of the Adjusters’
concept registry from the more or less continuous and conscious
reception of the dictations of mortal conscience. These are problems
which will have to be solved through individual discrimination and
personal decision. But a human being would do better to err in
rejecting an Adjuster’s expression through believing it to be a purely
human experience than to blunder into exalting a reaction of the mortal
mind to the sphere of divine dignity. Remember, the influence of a
Thought Adjuster is for the most part, though not wholly, a
Click to read more about
Concepts of Adjuster Guidance
The only place I know of in TUB
that tells us about a really significant dream is the one that occurred
in Joseph's life HERE, when
Mary first conceived Jesus.
Again, The Urantia Book
points us in the right direction – the direction of using our
intellects and living in the conscious, day-to-day world using the
tools of faith, worship, and unselfish prayer, rather than spending a
lot of time trying to figure out the meaning of our dreams.
contrast with conversion-seeking, the better approach to the morontia
zones of possible contact with the Thought Adjuster would be through
living faith and sincere worship, wholehearted and unselfish prayer.
Altogether too much of the uprush of the memories of the unconscious
levels of the human mind has been mistaken for divine revelations and
And, to my way of thinking, if dreams
were really significant to our spiritual growth or if they could
provide meaningful help in our walk with God ( a “doorway to heaven,”
), Jesus would have told us; Jesus would have demonstrated that for us.
And he never did.
100:5.11 However favorable may have been the
conditions for mystic phenomena, it should be clearly understood that
Jesus of Nazareth never resorted to such methods for communion with the
Paradise Father. Jesus had no subconscious delusions or superconscious
And in fact, Jesus at one time gave a talk on
"Magic and Superstition,"
and in that talk, one of the points that he covered was this one:
“The interpretation of dreams is largely a superstitious
and groundless system of ignorant and fantastic speculation. The gospel
of the kingdom must have nothing in common with the soothsayer priests
of primitive religion.”
Thanks again for your
interesting question. I hope that this reply has been helpful.