Sally Gross wrote:A beginner's question which I have, which is perhaps not completely on topic but which has been exercising me for a very long time, concerns the status of dreams and waking visions. I am not in fact prone to visions, but had one -- perhaps a hypnagogic experience, but perhaps not -- when I was very little, and have never been able to forget it. There are also two dreams from my teens which were very striking indeed at the time, which I have never forgotten, and which felt as if they had a special significance. The two dreams stand out in my mind as "big dreams". It says something that I recall them vividly four to five decades along the line. It has felt for some decades as if they are relevant to my attraction to the Dhamma/Dharma, though I have never actually sought explicitly to interrogate them with this in mind. The discussion of dream-yoga brought these to mind, and make me wonder whether I should seek advice concerning them now.
If you establish a relation with a teacher, so that he knows you are not one of those people who care too much about each and every dream, are always seeing signs in the clouds and all that jazz, then asking can't hurt. It wouldn't be my first question, but if you feel it may be important, it can't hurt. You are the judge of that.
Knowing you for a while and being well aware of your intellectual finesse, well grounded attitude and solid knowledge about the Buddhadharma, if you asked me something I would always try to give you the best possible answer in all seriousness, since you are not a frivolous person in any way. That has shown in each and every participation I read from you since we first met in E-Sangha. Not being qualified to answer in this case, as in many others, I must leave it to your own discernment. It can't hurt if you feel it may be important. And if you feel that it may be important, it probably is. I say this because I have a strong impression that you're not the type of person that wonders too much about trivialities. Just pick an appropriate time to ask that question to someone qualified to answer, I think. Perhaps ChNN himself, after he knows you a little. I'm just saying... because it could be pertinent to ask right away, I'm not sure, but if i was in your shoes, I would do as I said above. Trying to predict ChNN's answer or guess what he would think or do is way beyond my grasp. But it can't hurt if you feel it may be important.