The Hidden Mystery of Human Connectiveness
Welcome to “Healing From Within.” I am your host Sheryl Glick Reiki Master Energy Teacher medium and author of my newest book A New Life Awaits sharing an understanding of our Universal connection to all of life, both here and beyond, and ways to align our energetic and physical world for greater efficacy. Today I welcome Professor Stephen G. Post author of God and Love on Rt. 80 who shares an astonishing true story of faith, love and destiny for everyone who suspects that our universe and encounters are more meaningful than ordinary materialism or physical life allows us to embrace.
As listeners of Healing From Within are well aware Sheryl and her guests share intimate stories of discovering who we are and how a physical life enables the soul being to refine and hold greater love and compassion for living a purposeful life. Beyond the duality of soul and physical life there is only unity, goodness and a gratitude for nature man and Spirit.
In today’s episode of Healing From Within Professor Stephen Post will share how sometimes things happen that reveal an apparent pattern plan or meaning to the workings of the world. An awareness of the eternal Infinite Mind beyond space and time that sustains the universe is with us all the days of this life and beyond, as we find God redemption forgiveness and the understanding that we are all connected.
Stephen when asked to think back to his earlier life to remember an enduring event or interests and life style they would embrace as an adult and the life path they would follow Stephen tells us of a recurring dream that began when he was fifteen.
Stephen writes a memory from childhood,” The boy had no astonishing spiritual experiences like seeing a blazing bush on a rocky mountaintop, nor had he ever heard the voice of God telling him to do this or that like some prophet of old. He was modernly skeptical of such things, although not dismissive. It was only a simple recurring dream that started him off on a different kind of road trip that no one could ever have anticipated, much less condoned. The dream felt like a premonition, and from it many episodes of synchronicity followed. We all have had surprising encounters that are much too perfectly “set up” by the universe to come from chance and that point the way to a destiny of which we know nothing yet, but looking back we can connect the perfect dots.
“The dream came to him about a half dozen times over a couple of years, identical in its details: It was early morning, misty and silver-gray, at the end of a long road to the unknown west. High above the sea, a long-haired blond youth leaned outward over a ledge about to let go, when out of the mist appeared the light blue image of an angel’s face. Speaking softly and with great love, the angel said, “If you save him, you too shall live.” Then she faded back into the silver-gray mist. The boy understood that some special dreams can express divine intent, but he was no big believer in literal angels. He rarely remembered dreams at all. Yet each time this dream flowed into his sleeping mind, the boy remembered it vividly, and he quietly meditated on its details while seated on his favorite wooden pew in the back of the old chapel at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, where he was a young student both whimsical and spiritual. Was the dream a vision calling him out on a journey to the unknown west? Was he invited by the cosmos to head off on a mysterious pilgrimage to a sacred place he knew not where?”
“But the boy never strained to find an answer because he assumed one would flow toward him at the right time if there was one and there was no rushing it. He did wonder if the dream was just a creative delusion his brain tissue had concocted in order to make life more meaningful because beneath any happy human veneer emptiness is always a threat, and we are all desperate meaning-making creatures. But on the other hand, maybe the dream flowed from the infinite Mind of which all our minds are some small part, and, if so, it was a gift and calling.”
“The boy had a fabulous sacred studies teacher, Rev. Rod Welles, an Episcopal priest who loved the Buddhism of Alan Watts, and the boy told him about the dream over a formal Sunday dinner in the school’s large North Upper dining hall. North Upper was as elegantly constructed as the great dining hall in a Harry Potter novel, with sweeping varnished wooden beams pointing skywards, and oak tables and chairs in which sat five hundred young boys—a dozen boys per table—all suited up and just returned from mandatory Sunday chapel. Rev. Welles listened carefully, nodding his head, and said, “Well, in scripture an angel is a symbol of protection and brings messages, and light blue stands for purity and truth.” The other boys rolled their eyes and smiled, but no one actually laughed because they agreed that the boy was an okay kid, even if a bit ethereal and independent.
“Who knows, maybe there is synchronicity at work, and a youth on a ledge awaits you somewhere in the future,” Rev. Welles added. “Anyway, it’s just a dream. But it could be from God; it could have a true message and reflect something more than your own classroom worries about that ‘swirling downward vortex slowly sucking you into an immoral universe,’ as you tend to put things.”
Then Stephen we fast forwards to an unexpected but destined cross-country road trio to have a spiritual journey that led him to the discovery that a powerful force carries us towards our destinies.
“Surprisingly, the answers would come three thousand miles away, at the Pacific end of Route 80, and then a few months afterward up in Oregon. He had to travel far before he could know what the words “If you save him, you too shall live” meant, although he had not been sure they meant anything at all until some powerful westward events unfolded. The dream recurred in the boy’s sixteenth and seventeenth years. He had felt all along that normal pursuits were pointless. He did not want to be another J. P. Morgan, the most illustrious graduate of what everyone called “the” school, and he disliked every form of class elitism. God calls who God calls, regardless of money or family. There was nothing competitive in the boy, and he figured that it is better to always be kind than to always be right because most people are struggling with things hidden from view. More than anything, he feared being slowly digested by an immoral world at the cost of his soul; evil meant giving up on his sense of inner connection with the infinite Mind in a world where a lot of people wrongly assume that Matter came first in the universe and explains all. The boy could see that Mind came first and from it all things derive.”
This is a book and a story for those who hold onto the deep mystery of the divine original Mind “in the beginning,” sustaining all that exists, and within us all. It is about God, love, and synchronicity experienced in a new way, framed around an uncanny series of episodes that began with the dream and its alluring message: “If you save him, you too shall live.” This is a story about synchronicity, not luck; it is about perfectly timed occurrences that flow along too miraculously not to be planned by a cherishing universal Mind, with which the boy felt a secure oneness.
We take the journey so that we can encounter others who are placed in our path and through whom God works. Encounters can be routine, but some are absolutely pre-arranged.
Sheryl says “Of course this divine intelligence allows us free will and we discover this inner soul connection to the divine at what ever time in our life journey that is appropriate for us. In my case as an empath and sensitive child seeing faces at my window at night and feeling a touch on my arm which I couldn’t understand I came to know in time much later in my life that Spirit was always close by and I was always following the intuitive thoughts that seemed reasonable and helpful though I wasn’t in a religious or spiritually minded family and didn’t know about an afterlife or soul journey at that time. In actually I have come to see we are each of us on a spiritual journey even those who may not know it for we are spiritual beings having a physical life at the moment and the experiences and people we met are part of our life plan to remember ultimately our divine eternal soul life.”
Thinking how many religious beliefs fit into this understanding of Universal Mind or Source Professor Post wrote, “There is a chorus of agreement affirming Post’s view of infinite Mind, a universal One Mind that subsumes and unites all individual minds. This view is threaded from antiquity through the present. As Plato wrote, “Human nature was originally One and we were a whole.”
- Hippocrates stated, “There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy.
- Pico della Mirandola, the Renaissance philosopher, believed that the world is governed by a “unity whereby one creature is united with the others and all parts of the world constitute one world.”
- In the nineteenth century, the German philosopher G. W. F. Hegel called distant mental exchanges between humans “the magic tie.” He believed that “the intuitive spirit oversteps the confines of time and space; it beholds things remote; things long past, and things to come.”
- Arthur Schopenhauer, also in nineteenth century Germany, suggested that a single event could figure in two or more different chains of circumstance, linking the fates of different individuals in profound ways. He believed in a form of communication that took place between humans during dreams.
- Walt Whitman, America’s nineteenth-century bard, proclaimed, “All these separations and gaps shall be taken up and hooked and linked together…Nature and Man shall be disjoint and diffused no more.”
- His contemporary, philosopher-essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote, “There is one mind common to all individual men…[a] universal mind….” Emerson called this universal mind the Over-Soul which, he said, is “that unity…within which every man’s particular being is contained and made one with all other….[W]ithin man is the soul of the whole…the eternal ONE.”
Sheryl says “In other words God is within us and we are within God never separate only the outside world and societal or parental or religious training or indoctrination makes that separation of the physical and spiritual world so.”
Professor Post write, “Read on if you have had a premonition about a loved one imperiled far away, or suddenly encountered someone who was the perfect person to give you, at a desperate moment, exactly what you were praying for at the time. Read on if something that turned out to be absolutely true dropped into your mind as if from heaven, because you had no reason to think of it and it was way beyond anything you ever studied. It felt more like an invasion than an intuition. These things occur because our minds are part of the one cherishing Mind, but we have not yet fully awakened to this so we doubt our spiritual essence.
Read on if you have suddenly felt surrounded by an overwhelming energy of love that warmly and surprisingly revealed the innate dignity of a person near you for whom you had no personal affection or friendship, so that afterwards you determined to be kinder to that person than ever before, and you in fact became so enduringly. Any legitimate experience of infinite Mind has to become active in creative love, and never in destruction or hate. Sometimes what happens is so completely unlikely that it can only have been caused, although not in the usual sense of a material causation. It is pre-arranged so perfectly with such unbelievable timing and love that it could not be mere coincidence.
Professor Post wrote a clear understanding of God and the oneness of being, “Sir, God is an infinite universal original loving Mind that is all around us and within us, and all of our individual minds are a part of God’s mind like small flames in an eternal fire, which means we are all connected with God and one another and even with nature, and that explains spirituality,” answered the boy.
Stephen writes of the blue angel of his dream even though he might not have believed in angels at that time. He wrote, “The boy considered the blue angel to be a symbolic expression of infinite Mind trying to break through his worldly consciousness and awaken him into awareness of the vast nonlocal Mind that underlies the universe and of which our minds are some very small part. This Mind is also a field of love in which we are all interconnected with God and one another, and it is the sole source of all that is perfectly wise, enduring, energetic, and pure. Such spiritual love is not comprised of the same uneven emotional “stuff” of human love, which is always making exceptions, and lacking in wisdom, reliability, and purity. Mere human love turns easily to indifference and even hatred or violence, which is why the world keeps burning. We need something higher.”
Cathy Chaplin of Highview Residences which care for Alzheimer patients in London and Canada writes “Mind” as Stephen G. Post so beautifully points out is more than tissue neurons and matter. Sharing Professor Post’s three decades of experiences with those he refers to as deeply forgetful people Stephen shares that we can see that our souls remain whole despite the advance of deep memory loss.
Sheryl tells Stephen the story of a client a nurse who was sending her daughter who was having anxiety off to college for a spiritual reading and healing session. During the healing session Sheryl heard a song and told the young girl what she was hearing humming the tune and the girl started to cry. She said her grandmother had Alzheimer and no longer knew who she was. Sheryl instantly responded that her grandmother’s soul spirit memory within was exactly the same intelligent person who loved and knew her and while her physical brain had been affected, her eternal source of life and Mind were young healthy and aware. Sheryl asked the girl to sure to tell her mother the message of love from her grandmother that would never change.
When asked why he choose to refer to the boy who had the dream instead of using a nameStephen tell us something about his time in school and why he was called the Boy….“Well, I run cross-country well and do cross-country skiing, because that’s more me than the team stuff, and it keeps me independent. People call me ‘the boy’ because that’s what the cross-country coach, Señor Ordonez, calls me when we’re out running. ‘Okay, Boy, up the hill,’ he yells out. He never calls the students by their first names, only ‘the boy so-and-so,’ like ‘the boy Smith.’ But he just calls me ‘the boy’ and says that’s all I need, because my older brother was in school there a couple of years ago and he already claimed ‘the boy so-and-so.’ Plus, he and I are not much alike, and Señor Ordonez liked my brother a lot.” “So people just refer to you as ‘the boy’?” asked the professor. “Yes, they do, or at least many do, and I like that because Rev. Welles says that we should all go through the whole course of our lives staying a little childlike, keeping connected with the child within us all, like Jung wrote. That’s our true self, the self that isn’t beaten down by disappointments and loses the mirth and joy of the child.
Professor Stephen G. Post might like readers to take away with them after reading God and Love on Route 80 what he writes below, that our inner child or soul being should be loved and honored…He wrote,” The students all smiled and discussed this inner child, and they said that if he could stay spiritually young all his life it would be great. Rev. Welles chimed in, “You just have to put aside all the pressures of life and look deep into your soul and remember yourself as an innocent happy child and connect with that image. We all are only here a while anyway, and we are spiritual children so long as we don’t get completely bogged down.” “And that drop of the Mind within us that we talk about in philosophy class that is beyond time and place, that is really the child within,” offered the boy.
We thank you Professor Stephen G. Post author of God and Love on Route 80 for a wonderful merging of spiritual religious artistic and philosophical insights into how to listen to and create an extraordinary life experience by being aware of the Universal mind and connection to all living things.
In summarizing today’s episode of Healing From Within we have discussed an interesting dream that captivated a young boy’s heart mind and soul encouraging him to explore his inner needs and pay attention to the messages of the Universe God the Divine as he sought to find the life that best suited his proclivity for infinite healing love and a purposeful not necessarily materialistic life style.
He traveled across the country on Routes 80 all the way to San Francisco where he finally met up with the dream he had been having for years.
He wrote, “From the park he started to walk toward the Golden Gate Bridge, heading north. Usually the bridge shone orange-gold in the sun, but it was too early in the morning, maybe about eight or so, and there was no sun, just thick silvery-gray fog. He walked along the wide pedestrian path on the west side of the bridge, its edge rimmed by nothing but a breast-high metal fence, and just below it a thin ledge buffeted by a swirling moist wind over the Bay. He could only see about eight feet ahead through the thick silvery mist as the walkway flattened out when he neared the center of the great span. He felt very high up and much removed from the world. The boy was startled when he glanced to his left and saw somebody just a few feet away, on the other side of the railing, standing on the little ledge and leaning outwards. He looked just a few years older than the boy, with stringy blond hair and a thin face, and he was staring intently downward. All was quiet. For one intense moment, the boy’s eyes and those of the youth met, and then the boy spoke softly, “I really and truly hope you don’t plan to jump.” “Why not?” lamented the youth. “Life is just nothingness.” And then, desperately shouting at the top of his lungs out across the miles of empty space, he impressively recited Shakespeare’s monologue about despair: Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. We have the same problem,” said the boy. “We could trade places more or less. Nothingness, chatter is all there is out there. Nothing is real. It’s all idiotic, whatever side of the railing you happen to be on. Your feeling this way is a good thing! It means that the infinite Mind is at work, cutting you off from silly goals so you can be free. We are both free. Look at me. All I’m doing is following a blue angel dream all the way from New Hampshire via Long Island and a stolen car on Route 80 for the express purpose of running into you at this very moment and in this very place. What a setup. This place right here is a holy place, a sacred place, and this is where I was going on my dreamy pilgrimage.
What’s your name?” the boy asked. “Harry,” the youth responded, looking confused but curious, “What the hell is a blue angel dream and what do you mean about following it across the country? You are weird, man. And what the hell is this Route 80 business? Maybe you really should be out here, and not me!” Harry exclaimed, smiling just a little. “Hey, Harry, we are all out there at times, just like you,” replied the boy. “Let me tell you about the dream and how I got to be standing here talking with you. Just promise that, if I tell you this story, you won’t jump while I’m telling it. I need about a half hour.”
Well the Boy followed his destiny and saved Harry as had been foretold in dreams he had for years.
Stephen and I would have you pay attention to your own intuitive nature and try to follow those instincts that lead you to happiness and being of service to others. The noise of the outside world does not have to dictate what you deem valuable purposeful and useful to your own soul development Trust the plan be courageous and live life boldly.