Wednesday, August 02, 2006


A person "thinks" and "feels" very differently in the nightdreamworld than in the waking state. So, the matter of "personal responsibility" is different. In a nightdream, you might not be "responsible" for a response that is only partly conscious. Many mysterious Mindforces are at work in the nightdreamworld. We can control some of them, but not all.

So, a person would not be responsible for a nightdreamact as he would be for a fully conscious one.

Psychologists still disagree re the complex interplays between the conscious mind and various levels of the unconscious. This is not a simple matter, and has no simple black-and-white solution.

The mystic defines "evil" in a very simple and straightforward way: It is going against ahimsa. It is voluntarily and deliberately creating harm to another being. That harm can be physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional.

If nightdreamsex would hurt the life-partner or Love-partner, as likely it would, and the dream were lucid, the probability of dangerous, hurtful
error would be much greater.

The mystic does not deal with "sin" in a traditional sense, but defines it, not as rebellion against Love (God), but tends to see it as error. The Greek word means "missing a target," and so, implies error and ignorance-- miles away from deliberate cruelty or rebellion in intentional antiagapic activities.

Deliberately to harm one's Love-partner in the "lucid dream" situation would be such a "sin." But it would not, perhaps, be an error if not reported to her. For the real damage does not come by the dream, but by sharing its contents with the beloved. So, if a person makes this dreamerror, he might double his error if he reveals the hurtful fact in a misguided attempt at "honesty."

Mystics are not moral/ethical absolutists. In this case, not revealing the potentially harmful dream would be an act of Love towards one's Love-partner. It is not an activity with a hurtful motive; and so, it is morally justified. It is no lie, but a simple omission.

All errors, or "sins," occur first in Mind. Jesus equated "lust" with "adultery of the heart." But, we must look at the whole story. When we do,we discover that Jesus was quicker to forgive sexual sins than those of selfrighteousness. He actually forgave, on the spot, a woman caught in adultery; he was known to forgive sins on the spot, or, at least, to inform people that their sins were forgiven.

Goddess has instilled within us such powerful sexual drives, inflamed by powerful hormones, that it does stand to reason that she would have a special soft spot in her heart for these "sins." Her forgiveness is easier, quicker,and readier for these than other imperfections. We should try to imitate Her, in other-forgiveness and selforgiveness as well.

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