dreams and reality

October 7-8, 2021, Israel

The word Dream can be understood in two ways;

1. An ambition, a conscious choice, something we want and strive for, as in; I have a dream to earn my black belt.

2. Something that comes to us in a state of sleep or unconscious, over this we have no control.

What do dreams mean? Dreams that happen in the dead of night or in the early hours of the morning just as we are about to wake up, no one can say. The Talmud teaches that dreams "neither raise nor descend"  (Tractate Sanhedrin, 30), i.e. they have no practical meaning or applications but some rabbis take "precautions" and do take dream messages into account. Many psychics attach a great deal of importance to dreams.

I feel that dreams are something we are concerned about, as it says one does not dream about elephants going through a needle, i.e. we dream about our fears, our anxiety, our concerns. 

Now we need not delve into the spiritual meanings behind these dreams, only that we woke up upset, something bothered us. The question now is do we ignore it, get our cup of coffee and move on with our day, or do we think about it and more importantly act about it and try to resolve whatever is troubling us?

Is it a relationship from the past that still troubles us? Is it fear of a new relationship? Is it fear of missing a flight or fear of being attacked?

The classic karate message is always make it real, always imagine your opponent in front of you. This is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of training; to mimic the mental psychological state of an attack, to make it "real"; to feel the fear, for real, not just perform a mechanical movement. In a dream this can happen, and often does. and you wake up and wonder, will my gun defense really work? It feels real and so it is humbling. No one really wants to face the knife, or the gun. When we feel the fear, when it is for real, we become humbler and we strive for less, i.e. we change to simpler techniques and give up the ego based fancy trash that is taught by so many so called Krav Maga instructors.

We need to be different, not concerned with pleasing anyone, not concerned with how good or tough we look, but only concerned with the reality of the knife/gun/fist/Machete. 

We need to change the way we think.

This is how we train, we must truly feel it. We must eliminate the concern over the impression we are making or about to make. When we wake up in the morning, and get our cup of coffee, as I am doing now, we must take those dreams, those fears, those ambitions, whatever it is, and train and work to make our lives better. Those dreams are messages for us, from where? that you can decide, from your inner self, from God, from an ancestor. But it is a message; perhaps a warning from our inner beings, or long departed relatives or God himself, and the question now is, what will we do with it?

Where does it lead us from here?

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