Saturday, September 25, 2010

How About our Dreams - Are These Revelations?

In our day and age it is common to heat people in casual conversation share their dreams.  Often they see them as direction for God even when they are seeking clarification from a friend.  What are we to make of this common occurrence?

Elder Macarius give the following advice:
It is dangerous to assume that our dreams are revelations: this leads to spiritual pride.  Ponder calmly: is it likely that a heart and mind, both fully under the influence of all the wildest passions, can truly mirror divine revelations?  Does not such an assumption betray undue reliance on your own worthiness? For who can esteem himself worthy of such grace?

Reference: Russian Letters of Spiritual Direction, p100 

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