The Power of Dreams and Visions by Tricia Hague-Barrett

When one looks back at the early history of the Bahá’í Faith, there were many souls who were made aware of the tremendous Revelations still to appear, and which had appeared already.  These pure souls were ready to immediately take the vital step towards not only recognizing the Faith when it appeared, but also”to be ready to step out to assist the spread of the Teachings of The Báb and of Bahá’u’lláh.  Of course, in the land of Persia, there were those who practiced the interpretations of dreams.  We have heard many of these dreams throughout the Writings, and still the dreams come.


“Know that the power and the comprehension of the human spirit are of two kinds: that is to say, they perceive and act in two different modes. One way is through instruments and organs: thus with this eye it sees, with this ear it hears, with this tongue it talks. Such is the action of the spirit, and the perception of the reality of man, by means of organs. That is to say, that the spirit is the seer, through the eyes; the spirit is the hearer, through the ear; the spirit is the speaker, through the tongue.”
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith – `Abdu’l-Bahá Section, p. 326)



‘Abdu’l-Bahá continues:  

“The other manifestation of the powers and actions of the spirit is without instruments and organs.”

I used to have so many dreams that I took to having a notebook next to my bed so I could record them on waking, however much to my disappointment, this is no longer the case, with dreams few and far between.  But those dreams I have had, have stayed with me right throughout my Baha’i life.  I never really know which category my dreams and visions belong in.   I will share one type of dream I had.  Others I shall share from time to time.


Years ago, I had a repetitive dream for two weeks straight.  I was sitting in front of a mirror, putting my makeup on, (aged 14) and the mirror cracked into millions of bits, and each splinter of glass moved like it was alive.  It moved in slow motion and became a huge big spider.  The spider was all shiny of course, but it turned into a black hairy tarantula spider and moved towards me, and I entered its mouth screaming.  Once I got inside I turned to run out, and I found myself inside a cave, with rocks coming down outside and blocking off the entrance.   


Now heck, that dream was so real, and scary, and I was terrified of spiders back then.  Needless to say, at the time, I tried not to go to sleep, but alas, back it would come.   Years later, I realized that the spider represented the belief that there was no God, and that trapped me in the belief system of my parents. It also represented to me my attachment to materialism, to alcohol, and drug addiction in later years, as well. Why I had the same dream every night for 14 nights I will never know, but I came to terms with it in due course after declaring.  I literally was trapped in that way of life.  Trapped in a prison of self.  My guess is that I was being forewarned by Bahá’u’lláh. 



“For example, in the state of sleep without eyes it sees, without an ear it hears, without a tongue it speaks, without feet it runs. Briefly, these actions are beyond the means of instruments and organs. How often it happens that it sees a dream in the world of sleep, and its signification becomes apparent two years afterwards in corresponding events.” 
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith – `Abdu’l-Bahá Section, p. 326)


Haifa, Israel.

“Furthermore man sees in the world of dreams. He travels in the East, he travels in the West, although his body is stationary, his body is here. It is that reality in him which makes the journey while the body sleeps. There is no doubt that a reality exists other than the outward, physical reality. Again for instance a person is dead, is buried in the ground. Afterward you see him in the world of dreams and speak with him although his body is interred in the earth. Who is the person you see in your dreams, talk to and who also speaks with you? This again proves that there is another reality different from the physical one which dies and is buried.”
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 109)

There are some who wish they could have dreams and visions but don’t seem to.  To them `Abdu’l-Bahá said:


“O thou beloved maid-servant of God! If thou art not seeing dreams (and visions), be thou not sad. Thou art going to see, whilst thou art awake. A wakeful eye is acceptable in the Threshold of the Almighty. Therefore, I hope that thou wilt open the eye of thine insight, travel in all the realms of God, see the splendor of the Kingdom and behold the effulgence of the Realm of might.” 
(Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 530)

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