Visit from Mom?

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I had a very vivid dream a couple nights ago.  Mom was a core part of this dream.  While like most of my dreams, the details are vague, I do remember her and I interacting for “a long time” (in dream time.)  It is not unusual for Mom to visit my dreams.  It occurs every few weeks, where she is a major and powerful presence in my nighttime visions.

This time was a bit different, however.  I awoke from the dream, in the middle of the night, and I was distraught.  Not that the dream was unpleasant at all.  In fact, just the opposite is true.  She was a positive and calming presence in the dream.  But when I awoke, I was overcome by the impacts of her absence from my life.  I was a mess! 😊  In that moment, I missed Mom so much!  So, I do what I often do in such moments.  I asked for Mom’s presence.  I sent her a “message” telling her how much I missed her.

And my prayers were answered.  As they almost always are with such requests.  A powerful, calming presence graced me.  I felt an overwhelming sense of peace.  I felt Mom’ presence almost as if she were there.  It also helped that my cat, Chloe, came out from her nest under the blankets to lay on and knead my chest.  (I’ve always jokingly suspected the Mom has possessed Chloe. 😊)

I do not claim to differentiate the “real” from the imagined in this circumstance.  I recognize that the brain has many potent tools at its disposal.  This sense of Presence could easily be a mechanism that my brain used to calm me, lower my heart rate and blood pressure, and bring me emotional peace.  But, I feel it is entirely valid to also consider that Mom’s presence was real.  Perhaps, she really did respond to my pleadings and visit me.

I don’t have a clear, logical description of what such visitation and presence might look like or function.  I don’t need to.  I can consider the possibility, without the need to choose between my logical/scientific self, and my spiritual self.  I believe in Transcendence!  I don’t claim to be a great philosopher, but still this belief is rooted in logical thought.  So, I refuse to dismiss the possibility of Mom’s Presence just because there are alternate (and unproven) hypotheses as to its origin.

I fully accept that I may be constructing my own Immorality Project (per Becker’s excellent book, The Denial of Death.)  But I also recognize that the philosophy of the Scientific Method has limitations, and, while quite valuable, it is only one of many attempts at finding Truth.

While I do not state unequivocally that Mom’s visitation was “real”, I recognize that there are many aspects of this Reality/Truth that Science is incapable of addressing.  So, I view my thinking on this dream and my reaction as exploring other ways to address these gaps.

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. 

— Paul Strange

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