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While You Were Sleeping
This week's spoonful comes from Mark Prophet, quoted in The Masters And Their Retreats. It's a bit longer than usual but Mark has such a way of telling stories I couldn't bring myself to cut any out. :-)
I remember several years ago, when I was staying at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago attending a special convention there. I went to bed one night, and as I was leaving my body, I remembered the trip across the face of America as though it were an actual plane ride. And pretty soon I was in New York and circling around and I came down to the Empire State Building.
Of course, as you know, there is a huge antenna on top of the Empire State Building. And so I came down on that antenna, and I placed my feet on it - one foot, I should say. And as I placed it on there, I got scared, I don't mind telling you, because I realized that there was the street below. I had not even thought that I was traveling out of the body. I thought that I was actually physically on this tower, and I felt that at any moment, if I slipped, I might crash down to the street and get hurt.
So eventually I did slip. I slipped off it and there I was. It was a fog, and I was falling in this fog. The next thing, I said, 'For goodness' sakes, I don't have to fall.' So we crossed the Atlantic Ocean, went over to Paris, like Lindbergh, you know.
What did I say to myself on this occasion? I said, 'Why, that's only a dream.' I woke up and I remembered the details. But I said, 'It's only a dream.'
Then I went down in the elevator the next morning. There right across from me at the breakfast table was a little old lady, probably about seventy-five to eighty, maybe even eighty-five. At that time I was not a vegetarian, and I was having my bacon and eggs with coffee. It tasted pretty good, and I was really enjoying it. This lady had ordered a little breakfast of fruit, and she sat there, sipping her coffee and eating her fruit. And she kept looking at me. She sat there with what you'd call a Mona Lisa smile, you know.
And I said to myself, 'What in the world is going on with this lady? Why is she looking at me like that?'
Well pretty soon she looked at me. 'Ahem.'
I said, 'Yes? How are you?'
'I'm fine,' she said. 'By the way, I was really amused last night when your foot slipped off the top of the Empire State Building.'
Now, was it a dream? You decide.
The point is, I knew I was not alone because others were with me. And the thing that you have to realize is that God is not limited by your body.
Just because he created your body does not mean that your soul is in that body like an imp in a bottle, and you can't get out of it. Of course you can get out of it! You get out of it at death, don't you? When you lay your body down at night you can also get out of it. And where do you go? Well, you go where God wants you to go.