I want you to learn Eucharistic Healing
In the dream I’m approached by a therapist. The therapist asks: ‘What are you doing?’ I reply; ‘I’m going to Polytech to up-skill.’ (I plan to train as a counsellor). The therapist replies; ‘I want you to learn Eucharistic Healing.’
I recognise ‘the therapist’ as the Self.1 The Self is not at all interested in; ‘upskilling.’ ‘Upskilling is what happens in ‘the collective.’ 2 My call is to learn ‘Eucharistic Healing.’
It takes years to comprehend. Finally I see it. The Self is my inner priest. ‘Eucharistic Healing’ occurs as I eat and digest the dreams and sayings the Self is giving me. Eucharistic Healing also occurs as I eat and digest my encounters with the World Soul.
As Sacred does
The food below
Is from above
The priest before
Your altar-keep 3
She feeds your soul
While mind doth sleep
Where wit is still
Where rune awakes 4
You eat your fill
On heaven’s plates
1 In dreams the Self often takes the form of a healer, therapist, priest or shaman.
2 The poet Goethe describes ‘the collective’ as ‘the mass man.’ ‘Tell a wise person, or else keep silent/The mass man will mock it right away.’ The Holy Longing; translated by Robert Bly.
‘The mass man’ (or woman), is submerged in group thinking; group language, group attitudes & group acting out. The path of Self-realisation leads away from ‘the collective’ into a more separate and individualised life.
Jesus spoke prophetically of a wide gate (leading to the wide path of the collective) and a narrow gate (leading to the narrow path of Self-realisation). ‘Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’ Matthew 7:13-14 NJB.
3 ‘The altar-keep’ is a combination of ‘altar’ and ‘keep.’ The altar is a sacred space. It can be the place of a sacred feast. A ‘castle keep’ is a tower-like structure that defenders could retreat to and defend during a fierce battle.
4 ‘Runes:’ potent sayings surfacing from the deep unconscious. See Saying 144: ‘The sayings are runes; sacred fractions.’
Meditation; remember a significant dream. Imaginatively re-enter the dream. Interact with the figures within the dream. How do they react to you? Notice how they can take on a life of their own. When you are ready, complete the interaction and reflect on your experience.
Two helpful books which teach practical ways of ‘eating’ and ‘digesting’ the contents of dreams are:
- Inner Work: Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth; Robert A Johnson.
- The Art of Dreaming; Tools for Creative Dream Work; Jill Mellick.