(Francisco de Goya, c.1797)
"Capricho 43, El sueño de la razón produce monstruos"
by Francisco Goya - www.cervantesvirtual.com
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
One of my web development clients submitted a support ticket specifically for me recently. In it, he wrote that if I were to make a minor feature addition in his platform, his “little nightmare” would be over. I was happy to oblige, of course.
But his phrasing stuck with me.
The world and the mortal cycles are illusions from the perspective of eternity, so we say they’re dreams. When we get caught up in little conflicts between our egos and the manifestations of the dreams, are they not little nightmares?
I realize my example is plebeian, but that’s exactly what I’m talking about – little nightmares.
When in service to one another and to God, aren’t we destroyers of little nightmares? In small, human ways we’re light workers. Since that work is mundane compared to the healing miracles of the holy prophets, perhaps I should say we’re little light workers.
Thoughts of the lessons we are taught through life come to mind. With those also come thoughts of liberation, for isn’t liberation freedom from nightmares? Yet, why would prophets and saints bring miracles to correct big nightmares if those illusions are no longer relatable to their holy compassion? The nightmares that arise within the dream are corrective and karmic, falsehoods though they are, and compassion recognizes nightmares in order to dissolve them with the truth. One can recognize nightmares yet be liberated from them.
Perhaps the little nightmares are training for our destined combat with the big nightmares. The Dalai Lama said, regarding the tragic murder of monks, “This is why we practice.” Our meditative and spiritual efforts remove the conditioning that allows nightmares to obliterate our hearts. Don’t our little efforts to support each other have in them a similar element of training?
Perhaps we must defeat little nightmares before we’re ready to fight the giants?
After subscribing for recurring donations to the ASPCA, I was confronted with pictures of abused and suffering animals everywhere I went on the Internet through the subtleties of Google Ads. At first I was a little bothered, but now I understand that I have to be willing to look at nightmares. Perhaps our work with little nightmares prepares us mentally to delve into the bigger ones?
If we focus on negativity, we encourage it – but that doesn’t mean we should blind ourselves. Let’s allow whatever arises to come into our awarenesses. Let’s be willing to see little nightmares, so that we can do what we can to correct them – so that they dissolve before the holy light.
Let’s be little light workers until we can bring miracles.