Story 3 - A Dream About Love.
"I understand, Erica," was my reply. "Dreams are too personal."
She shook her head. "Sometimes our dreams have a higher source than ones own conscience. I will tell you the dream if you promise not to judge me by it."
I raised my hand, "I swear I won't. How can I judge you by something you have no control over? Who knows were dreams come from? We collect information that gets stored away and gets compiled into the strangest constructs."
"The dream was strange and profound, Peter. I was visiting an oriental village located in a valley between two canyons. The village was isolated from the outside world by steep mountains surrounding it, and by tall cliffs rising out of the depth of a fast flowing river that flowed through the canyons. The village that I found myself in, was built on a hillside. I found it to be a beautiful place of flowers, lush vegetation, terraced gardens everywhere that cascaded right down to the river. On a rocky outcropping near the village, overlooking the river, was a temple.
"I saw one of the villagers coming by. I asked the villager to whom the temple was dedicated. He didn't understand the question. He looked puzzled. Then he began to smile. He asked me to sit down with him on the nearby rocky ledge overlooking the river. Evidently, he felt that my question could not be answered without me first understanding the history of the village. He said that the original builders of the village had arrived a long time ago. They had escaped when their land became surrounded by war. Hastily they had put together a flotilla of makeshift rafts, piled their belongings on them and set out into an uncertain future. That's how they survived the war. The valley became their place of refuge. Unable to go back, the valley became their new home, a place where they could live in peace. But it presented challenges."
Here, Erica paused as though she was searching for a way to continue the story. Suddenly she smiled and went on.
"My dream about the village became a series of fragments of those earlier times that the villager was relating to me. The settlers found life hard when they arrived, but they had each other. They also understood that if they supported one another to the fullest extend possible, they would survive and prosper once again. In order to assure that this would happen they developed a code of honor that they all committed themselves to. The code required that all individual needs be met by the whole community, with everyone supporting and enriching one another to the fullest extend possible. The goal wasn't to support a community as an entity in itself, which then would dominate everybody. Instead, their goal was to develop a commitment to support one another, and thereby enrich one another's life, and the life of the community. The code of honor that they all had committed themselves to, assured that not a single person would be left out, and no one ever ruled over them."
Here Erica paused once more, then continued softly, "To my surprise the requirement of the code was understood to extend also to the villager's sexual needs. Under this code no one owned another person. Neither did any lord or king own their lives as the royal rulers had before. They had escaped this scourge. It had become repulsive to them on any level. Still the human need had to be met. In celebration of their new found freedom they wowed to purge every last vestige of the old notion of ownership of another person from their conscience. They continued to honor the bonds they had established before, but not the ownership
notion which created boundaries. So, they made a commitment to eradicate the
boundaries and extend the principle of their bonds so that these bonds would embrace
everyone in whatever form that appeared appropriate according people's
individual needs. This code of honor was their commitment to assure that there would be no abuse within the framework of their newly established
freedom. They felt that this would result in a higher form of civilized living
built on principles, rather than the enforcement of formal boundaries."
She explained that the villagers appeared to
have recognized a principle that is rarely recognized, even today. "They
seem to have recognized that the solution to a problem must always be sought
on a higher level platform than the platform on which the problem is defined.
They extended this recognition even into the sexual domain and found a
principle that elevated the entire sexual scene to a higher level of
perception than the one that had prevailed before."
Erica said that she found their approach
revolutionary, because it enabled them to approach the sexual question in a
human manner. She explained that there exists only one major aspect that sets
the human being apart from the world of animals and other forms of life.
"We call this element our cognitive powers. We have the ability to see
with the mind what the eyes cannot see," said Erica. "This gives us
the ability to discover principles, and the discovering of principles, in
turn, raises our platform of living to a higher level. For example, in very
early times someone may have observed that it easier to move a heavy object by
placing something round beneath it, over which it can roll. Evidently the
human mind extended that idea by seeing the operating principle that was
involved, which became the foundation for the technology of building wheels.
That technology uplifted the entire civilization of mankind. That process of
seeing with the mind, of 'seeing' the principles of the universe that no eye
can see, is a uniquely human quality. No animal has yet created the technology
for building wheels. Humanity alone has this ability to uplift its platform of
living to a higher level by discovering and utilizing universal
Erica paused as if she was searching for words.
" In my dream the villagers approached the sexual dimension within this
framework," she said. "In the animal world, sex is for procreation,
period. But we are human beings. We can uplift any idea to a higher level by
recognizing associated principles that the eye cannot see. We see a unique
beauty in our diversity, a lot of which is sexually defined. We cherish that
beauty, enrich it and embrace it, and in this framework of enriching and
embracing, love becomes defined. With this discovered principle of enriching
and embracing elements of beauty that define our world, we enrich or lives,
and with it we enrich the world in which we live. In this context the human
dimension of sex is no longer just an element for procreation, but pertains to
principles that enrich our existence. You said as much yourself on the beach,
when you warned me that you wouldn't be able to keep your eyes of me, which
really was an acknowledgment of that principle. It appears that the villagers
in my dream understood this, thus they made sure that this higher level aspect
of embracing their humanity that defines us as human beings, would not be
hindered, but be advanced by all possible means.