Chapter 18: The Mind Is a Deceiver
Dreams disappear when you are aware, visions become more clear and solid when you are aware; they are not shy. They are part of reality, they are predictions, they may be glimpses of your future. Dreams belong to the past, visions belong to the future. They are opening doors of the unknown. And if you can see clearly, your path is made very simple. So they are of a great help.
But remember the distinction, that awareness makes them very solid, real; they don’t disappear, they become perfectly clear. And soon you start discovering that what you have seen in your visions comes to be true in life.
Dreams are simply repressed parts of life.
They are intuitive, and once you have become aware that you have seen them before.. For example, in the vision you see a man that you have never seen, and the next morning you open your door and the man is standing there. The vision has prepared you for something. The man is no ordinary man, there must be something significant. He is a guest to be honored and respected. Your intuition has made you already aware of it, that he is carrying a treasure for you. Something is going to happen with this man, something is going to transpire between him and you.
In fact, most of the people find their master through visions. Thinking is of not any help. What can you think about a master?
And the people who go to a master through thinking always go to a wrong person, because thinking is a by-product of the society.
You are born in a Hindu family or a Christian family or a Buddhist family - those families have given you a certain idea of what a saint is. Your thinking cannot go beyond it, and if you go through thinking to find a master, you will end up with somebody who is trying to be a saint according to the expectations of the society. He is not really a saint; he is just rehearsing a part that he wants to play in life.
Only through visions do you come across beings who are not according to your expectations. In fact, they have nothing to do with your mind. It is through the tremendous sensitivity of your intuition that you start seeing something of the future. It is through the height of your awareness that what is future for others becomes present for you.
For example, it is like this: A man is standing by the side of a tree, and he looks at the road - the road is empty. He looks behind him, at the road that he has traveled - it is empty. He looks ahead to the future, the road that he is going to travel - it is empty. But at exactly that same moment, another man is sitting in the tree. He has a bigger perspective, he can see more of the road.
He sees a horseman coming closer to the tree. That horseman is present to him, but that horseman is future to the man who is standing by the side of the tree. So what is future to one man can be present to another: it depends on his height, on his perspective, on his alertness.