After the hurly burly of daylight hours, I look forward to nightfall with untold joy. The joy is boundless not simply because, t almost 70, I would be able to give my bones and muscles some rest in which my nerves, brain, the heart and other vital organs would also be revitalized. It is during sleep that the human body produces the largest amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which supports the repair of damage in the organs. Imagine a mother car flung up and down every day and not taken to the mechanic for the repair of any fault(s) it is complaining about. Such a car may sooner than later get off the road. So it is with our bodies.

In my active work years as a young man, I easily broke the Law of Balance in respect of work and rest, arriving form work at about 3:am, yes 3:am, almost every day and  being at my desk in the office for those nasty but important management meetings which began at 11:am. The energy and fire of youth in the adrenal glands bounced off the shocks easily absorbed them, like the brand new shock absorbers of a motor vehicles. Buy, as we say, no one can cheat Mother Nature, and, so, in time, the wages of sin began to fall in place, resulting in those symptoms of aging no one advancing in year’s wishes to experience when the day of reckoning or the season of bumper harvests arrives.

In Nature cure, sleep is often called Dr. Sleep. But not all Sleep is Sleep, as this column explained last Thursday stating the differences between the four stages of sleep and suggesting, for example, the use of the herb VERVAIN to achieve STAGE 4 SLEEP or Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep, as it is also called, to overcome insomnia. In Stage 4 Sleep, a great event envelopes the body and the soul. And it is to this great event I joyfully look forward to when nightfall approaches. For, in deep sleep, the energy bond or “cement” which holds body and soul together relaxes its hold, the body falls sleepily apart to rest and to heal itself, while the Soul, released somewhat from the body and its Union with it, becomes free and journeys out of the body in what we call dreams. The deeper the dream, the better it is for both body and soul. I dream a lot, and joyfully look forward to nightfall when I know I would dream again.

In respect of my dreams, my wife gave me the nickname Joseph the Dreamer. Remember Joseph in the Bible and in the Quran? The last of 12 children, he was the most beloved of their father, dreamt that the 11 sheaves of wheat of his brothers bowed before his own sheaf of wheat, and that the sun and the moon (representing his parents and 11 stars his brothers) bowed before him. In jealousy and outrage, his brothers sold him into slavery and lied to their father that an animal killed him in the fields. Meanwhile, they sold Joseph to Potiphar, a captain of the pharaoh’s Palace guard in Egypt. Potiphar’s wife wanted Joseph to sleep with her. He declined, and she set him up for attempted rape of his mater’s wife. Joseph was cast into prison. There he met the baker and the butler of Pharaoh. Both men had dreams they could not interpret. Joseph told the baker he would be executed, and the butler that he would be freed. The baker was later hung on a tree for bird’s to feed on, and the butler was freed. Joseph pleaded with the Butler not to forget about him whenever he returned to the Palace. In the Palace, the Pharaoh had a dream neither he nor his wise men could interpret: seven lean cows ate up seven fat cows. The Butler told the King there was a man in prison who could interpret the dream. Joseph was brought to the Palace and he interpreted the dream to mean that seven years of bountiful harvest would be followed by seven years of grave famine. Joseph was released by Pharaoh to help the kingdom avert the fortold seven years of grave famine. The job placed him next in command to the King. Overcome by famine, his brothers were to travel to Egypt, the land of plentiful food. They came personally in contact with Joseph but did not recognize him, and bowed before him… to fulfill two of Joseph’s dreams which outraged them. Meanwhile Joseph got them to settle in Egypt, and that began the story of the Children of Israel in Egypt.

Story has been told to emphasis the importance of sleep for a “sound mind and body” for it is only in sleep that we dream bountifully, and dreams connect us to the world beyond the reach of our physical senses, to forewarn and to guide us. Thus, people who do not sleep well or soundly are not only likely to suffer health mishaps, they are also likely to become like rudderless ships at sea, tossed hitter and titter by the waves, because they have no guidance from the beyond and focus on earth.

I became interested in dreams when, in the 1970s, I read in a pamphlet produced by some young Nigerians abroad an article titled THE LORD GIVES TO HIS OWN IN THEIR SLEEP. The article explained the roles played by the frontal brain (big brain) and the back brain (small brain) in our lives. The frontal brain is the seat of thought, the intellect and serves day consciousness. The back brain is the spiritually-receptive part of the brain. The body and the Soul generate energy or radiations which hold them together in a flexible union. If the radiations of the body weaken either from shock (as in an accident, aging, malnutrition and disease, or lose of the will to live) the Union may collapse or death of the body may occur, as the soul, finding the earthly casing no longer usable for anchorage on earth, floats away. And the body falls apart in death because, in this circumstance, it is no longer animated by the soul. If the Spirit, which resides in the soul, loses the will to live it would pull out of the union with the body, and death of the body would similarly occur. But if the union weakens only to permit sleep, the soul floats away to experience life beyond the terrain of the body. That is why you may find yourself in a dream ponding someone or screaming and your body is doing exactly the same things simultaneously in its sleep on the bed. What is going on is that the experiences of your soul are being relayed to your body, through a broadcast system of radiations.

In picture form, what the soul is experiencing is relayed to the body in bed through a “cable” which connects the body and the soul. This “cable”   is known as THE SILVER CORD. It is like the unbiblical cord which connects a baby in the womb to the mother. To deliver a woman of a baby, this cord had to be cut or severed. That’s what happens in death. The body and the soul are separated with the severance of the silver cord! As pictorial images of the soul’s experiences outside the body are relayed to the body through the Silver Cord, a point of body/soul connection known as the SOLAR PLEXUS, they journey through nerve fibers and the bloodstream to the back brain, the Spiritually-receptive part of the brain. Here, these radiations are converted to pictures, which we remember vaguely or sharply when we awake from sleep. Whether what we remember would be sharp or dull would depend on many factors, including the nutritional status of the back brain. It is interesting to note that Science has linked Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep stage to deep or restful sleep and dreams. For the physical eyes closed in sleep actually move hither and thither as the soul eyes move when the soul is outside the body. If we look up or sideways in our so-called dream, the closed “sleeping” physical eyes in bed move likewise. This shows that something is being broadcast from somewhere to the body which is assumed to be asleep in bed. The body is, in this state, somewhat like a radio receiving set or television set receiving a broadcast from a broadcasting station which had loaded the broadcast message or electromagnetic waves. Think of the SMS message you send and received on your phone every day, and you may begen to understand what happened to you when you dream. Thus, I feel personally bad when I cannot vividly remember a dream because I know I have frustrated someone on the “other side” trying to reach me. Don’t we feel bad when we dial someone’s number and it doesn’t go through or he or she missed the call, or the network frustrates the effort?

REM SLEEP

According to Wikipedia, “Rapid Eye Movement Sleep is a unique phase of Manahan sleep characterized by random movement of the eyes, low muscles tone throughout the body, and the propensity of the dreamer to dream vividly.” From medicalnews.com, we learn:

“Rapid Eye Movement sleep is one of the five stages of sleep that most people experience nightly. It is characterized by quick, random movements of the eyes and paralysis of the muscles. The amount of time spent in rapid eye movement varies significantly with age, it normally makes up around 20 to 25 percent of an adult humans total time spent asleep (an average about 90-120 minutes) and about more than half of an infant’s.

In www.scenedialy.com, we understand:

“Rapid Eye Movement is the stage of sleep characterized by rapid saccadic movement of the eyes. During this stage, the activity of the brain’s neurons is quite similar to that during waking hours. Most of the vividly recalled dreams occur during Rapid Eye Movement Sleep. It is the lightest form of sleep, and people awakened during Rapid Eye Movement usually feel alert and refreshed.

My dreams I dream a lot, as I said earlier. Sometimes, the dream breaks, like a film break, when a noise disturbs me or I feel pressed to wee.  I am not surprised, from the explanations of dream aforestated, when I go back to sleep and the dream resumes from where it was broken off. I know someone is at work. I am not a stranger to Out of Body Experience (OBE) during sleep. (This is a matter for another day).

I know it is possible to a achieve day consciousness during dreams. By this, I mean you are dreaming, and you make yourself realize you, the human spirit, are the one wherever you find yourself in that dream, and that your body is lying asleep, resting somewhere. In that conscious state, you can will yourself to go anywhere, seek solutions to problems which bother you in day-conscious life. But many people, for good reasons, are too frightened to venture it. Maybe I picked courage from the teaching that there is no division between the world of our physical senses and that world we call the “beyond” because it is indeed, beyond the reach of physical senses as both worlds are of different consistencies, or at different energy of vibrational level. We should remember when it comes to energy levels that we were thought by the Lord Jesus 1000 years on years on earth are like one day in the beyond, which means the earth exist on a very low energy level. Therefore, sluggish vibration of the earthly eye cannot see beyond earthly forms that are vibrating on a much high frequency.

In my view, many people misunderstand the spoon and metal-bending psychics of the 1970s, the most notable among them being Yuri Geller. Geller was branded by his critics as an illusionist and stage magician. What did he do? He claimed to have psychic powers or supra normal or beyond earthly powers. On television, he would ask his viewers to hold spoons, keys or any other metal objects in their hands. And, with the powers of his mind, he would cause those objects to bend in their hands! I believe the Disciple of the Lord Jesus on the Day of Pentecost heard the different languages spoken by the motley crowd who listened to them not with their physical ears and understood them not through rational thought but through non-physical senses which came alive in them. In my dreams, I make a distinction between black and white situations and dreams in colours. The former may be impressions of the frontal or intellectual brain flowing backwards. Colours dreams, on the other hand, are more likely impressions from the soul flowing to the body through a process of radiations via the silver cord at the solar plexus, the nerves and bloodstream, to the back brain from where the pictures impressed on this spiritually sensitive part of the brain are transported to the frontal brain, where they are decoded into thought and words. Watch your dreams. Words are not spoken in many. You just know things you need to know! I would like to share some of my dreams

GEN. OLADIPO DIYA (RTD)

Before Gen Sanni Abacha arrested Gen. Diya (rtd) his deputy as Nigeria’s military Head of State, on coup plot charges, I saw Gen Diya in a dream. Till this day I have not met him in person. The setting of that dream was Kings Barracks, Iyaganku, Ibadan, where I lived with my policeman father and step mother in the 1960s. There are 27 room and palour units in every block. We lived in Room 8 on the middle floor of a two-story blocked 2 joined to blocks I and 3 on either side by spiral stairways, Gen. Diya, in military uniform, was fleeing from fellow soldiers who wished to capture him. He ran up the stairs from Block 1 to our floor. He ran inside our palour. My heart was racing. I thought guns would soon roar if they found him with us. They may kill us. Somehow, he disappeared through the concrete decking to the upper floor. His would-be assailants, missing him, ran down the stairs to Block 3 in pursuit of him. When I woke up, I told my wife Gen. Diya would soon be in trouble, but he would survive it. Soon, he was arrested. But when Gen. Abacha had him sentenced to death, I thought the dream would not come to pass. Then Abacha died mysteriously and Gen. Diya was freed.

OLOROGUN MICHAEL IBRU

Two days before his death, I saw him in a dream which I relayed to Mrs. Bukola Azeez, Chief Executive Officer of BUDGET TRAVELS, which is beside my office. Olorogun was to have a birthday party, and I was to take a beautiful cake to the venues. I hadn’t seen him or spoken with him for about a decade, so seeing him was a surprise to me. He looked elegant and betrayed no signs of the ailments which had plauged his health for some time, especially Parkinson’s disease. I walked past him to a room where a woman to receive the cake was waiting for me. The door was locked. I called her on my cell phone. But rather than the phone showing me a key board by merely thinking of this woman, her photograph came up on the screen. She was in a private scene so I quickly turned the phone over. To avoid the scene. When she was done, I gave her the cake and left. Two days later, Mrs. Azeez broke the news of Olorogun’s passing to me!

Sound Sleep and dreams are important for sound health and a focus health life. As we shall soon see most of the foods we eat today make it impossible for us to sleep soundly.

To Be Continued…………………..