Reconnecting With Faded Dream Characters By Using Psychic Arrows And Ropes

Yesterday, I wanted to experiment with the dream character of one of my favorite American writers who had faded to some extent because I don’t connect with him often since I feel a bit confused about his dream character. By the way, he is one of the most expressive, bold, and creative characters I have ever encountered. Another thing that makes my dream characters fade away to some extent is the fact that I actually play with many dream charactersits like having a Rolodex filled with business cards.

So I had time to think back about some of this writer’s writings; obviously, I started wondering who he really is and how he is doing. Next thing I did was open my imaginary screen and visualized inputting his name and mine in with my imaginary Joystick. Read “Sword-Yielding Hero Who Protected My Lucid Household“. Then, I thought about how this dream character does not appear so easily; and, I also thought about his interesting way of using humor. This is when I realized that I need to do something comical to bring this entity. Thus, I imagined using a bow to throw arrows in different directions inside the screen. I also pictured that there are ropes attached to these arrows; and, then I took each of these ropes with my hands and tied them to my back. After envisioning all of this, I placed one of his booksthe one I had been readingon my tummy and fell asleep.

Ah! Life felt so good when this dream began. During this dream, I was walking right next to him. Wherever he would go, I would be there too. He observed lots of people as he walked; and, I checked them out too. At some instances, I felt that I was holding his arm while talking to him but I cannot be 100% sure. I felt very delighted and safe while I walked with him. He mostly talked and laughed, which is what made this dream so breathtaking. His dream character was still pretty hard to see because it was a faded one to begin with. But, it worked out pretty well due to my psychic arrows and ropes.

Try this technique when your dream characters fade away. Maybe, it will work for you as well!

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Do You Feel You Are Being Isolated From A Group?

If you feel that you are being isolated from a group by a couple of people—it is possible that they are your loved family members or close friends—who could also be your friends, then it is time to walk away from them. My experiences have shown me that dysfunctional families function like a cult. There is always one person almost everyone follows more. Within a family, it is easy to brainwash people because sometimes all you have to do is make somebody just sit in their room all day.

There are many hard-to-notice ways of isolating someone who is close to the abuser(s). One way is to constantly group with others and neglect the victim. Another method is to point fingers to the victim so that he/she may start feeling disconnected. Picking fights with the victim during travel is also a very popular method because the victim is already been considerably isolated from his/her usual setting. Telling the victim that he/she is forcing suffering upon himself/herself by boycotting the rest helps abusers showcase the victim as “ugly duckling” who is very unfit.

The same set of mind games apply to the Muslim families who are dysfunctional in nature but fail to acknowledge this issue. Remember its easier for the Muslims to hide that they are abusing someone because they can easily go around pretending to be religious. I myself have witnessed a Muslim man who used to beat his kids at home and then pray five times and fast throughout Ramadan like nothing happened. I have also witnessed how young Muslims walk away from prayers simply because within an abusive household, prayers can be considered as a type of Activity Pedagogy, which is designed to brainwash people—if they walking away in such a setting, then they are probably really smart. Also in some households that are chronically ill, methods of abuse don’t stop but evolve. For example, all Muslims are aware of right of education and job. When the victim was young, he/she was being abused by the relatives who attempted to prevent and discourage him/her from having a job. But, when the victim grew older, he/she was told to hold a job but then isolated in other ways such as victim blaming or silent treatments. Do you see now why it is tough to point out to an abuser who just happens to be a “practicing” Muslim? Same applies to people belonging to other faiths who appear righteous and caring to outsiders.

Read article “Top 10 Brainwashing Techniques” to learn about more brainwashing techniques. If you are being abused at home, then you can create your checklist about tactics that have been used on you so far. Trust me!  Its better to realize that you are being brainwashed and reprogrammed and not grown properly than to just ignore this painful fact. Victims of abuse don’t like to admit this because they don’t know the next step in their lives. Teaming up with another victim of abuse or almost anyone from within your community will help you voyage appropriately within this “new and truer world”.

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Narata Storytelling Cards

I wanted these the “Narata Storytelling Cards” the second I saw them because I have learned over time that I don’t know all the stuff. I am lucid so I can clearly see certain things that fascinate me a lot such as plots and creatures. I have been practicing how to write a good novel for some time; I have first drafts of a couple of novels; but, I still have to finalize the content.

Over time, I realized that I needed to learn new complex things as if I am starting from like grade 5. I worried a bit about how I would achieve this goal. The answer came to me as easily as a dream comes to me! I just somehow happened to find illustrated books that had really less text and lots of images and games including cards inside them. These included Lady Hestia Evans’ “Mythology: Greek Gods, Heroes, and Monsters” and Albert D. Schafer’s “Illusionology: The Secret Science of Magic”. When I am browsing through these books, I am not just reading text and looking at images, I am also cherishing my curiosity by holding cards and toy paddles. This is when I realized that for some reason I had the need to play with things while I learned new concepts.

This new knowledge is the reason why I almost froze with delight when I saw the “Narata Storytelling Cards“. “Narata Storytelling Cards” are the brainchild of Rolf Jensen (the father) and Kent Jensen (the son). Rolf Jensen is an experienced Illustrator who specializes in cartoons, storyboard work, and book illustrations. Kent Jensen started his artistic career when he was only 16; he specializes in movies, commercials, music videos, and short films. Learn more about the creators by visiting this webpage.

These cards offer an enigmatic game to the users because of the creative categories that include character, creature, and society; a basic yet exceptional layout that activates memory nodes through cues like title, image, and associations (words like spy, bystander, and observer); inherent “multiplying ideas” potential that can be sharpened through training on Plotting; and, an innovative variety through Expansion Decks, Board Games, and Software.  Sounds slick, doesn’t it!

So you must be asking yourself: I already know so many things; I already have so many books; I have access to all sorts of libraries, movies, and video games; so, why do I need these cards? Well! Here is why I strongly recommend that you get these cards.

  1. Dealing with less data improves your focus by unclogging your short-term memory so that your long-term memory, which is used in retrieval, may remain uncluttered.  This way, it is much easier for you to integrate concepts to create something more elaborate. Think back to how you answered really tough exam questions pretty well simply because you used index cards while studying!
  2. As you pick 3 or 4 of these cards to play, you still get to focus on each card one by one. This way you are more likely to generate more ideas rather easily. Its the same as reading one book at a time!
  3. Try to see lots of things at the same time while focusing on each card one by one. You are more likely to learn about each card even though you have picked up 3 or 4 of these to play.
  4. Cards create the need to learn more by letting you see less. You are also more likely to use paper and pencil to write about what you have learned by reviewing that particular card simply because you are using your hands to play. I have found that writing with paper and pencil helps me memorize and integrate information better than using the computer.
  5. Its very inspiring to sort through so many characters and concepts really quickly.  Brainstorming improves because its like the “Think Aloud” method when two people generate ideas by throwing all their thoughts out. Only this time, the other person is the card.
  6. Playing with a deck of cards stimulates continuous learning because the mind is bombarded with multiple sensory triggers like touch, color, words, and images; a fast-paced environment where you are just looking at multiple cards not only add confidence in one’s thoughts but also provide fuel for generating new concepts pretty fast.
  7. Taking a nap is a well-known brain hack that enhances productivity. I usually play cards on my bed; so I believe that after playing with these cards, I am very likely to take a productivity nap. This should help me think, learn, and dream faster.

Woah! The “Narata Storytelling Cards” are so super cool that I just generated such an interesting blog post while I am super sleepy. I suggest that you purchase these cards by participating in the “Narata Storytelling Cards” Kickstarter campaign.

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My Imaginary Boxing Gloves

A while ago, I was scrolling over a book, which was written by one of my favorite American professors, as well as thinking about professor’s work in general when I fell asleep—I have met him only once so far in real life. Some days afterwards, I had a funny dream. I saw this professor bring boxing gloves to me so that I may spar with him. He actually said, “Come Arzoo, box with me”. I won’t be discussing the rest of the details here due to time constrains; but, know that we did not end up sparring in this dream. Just a couple of days ago, I felt curious enough to think back to this dream. I was about to fall asleep when I cued my mind to think about boxing this professor. I hit him rather harshly with these unreal boxing gloves; after all, I was just learning to take down almost anyone. I had a funny dream after doing this.

Professor appeared in my dream right after a queer scene about a cat running away from a farm of some sort during an eerie night while everyone waited for a world war to approach. I could see the professor through some kind of TV screen; and, there was some blood on his face. He was still alive; but, he seemed badly wounded and very exhausted. The second I woke up, I felt like he was thinking of committing suicide; I was stirred enough to wake up because this intense dream made me feel very uncomfortable. Just before I woke up, I heard a voice say, “It’s Emma’s War, Emma’s War”.

Here are my thoughts about all of this.

  1. I somehow injured the feelings of the dream character of this particular professor. Thus, he showed how he felt about this through his wounds. This means that he must be like this in real life as well—there was just a strong hint of reality about all of this.
  2. It is possible that my dream character is directing me to read a story book since this professor also loves storytelling. I researched the net and found out that there is actually a book called “Emma’s War”. So those voices I heard while I was half awake and half asleep are actually an example of telepathy. “Emma’s War: A True Story” is written by an award-winning journalist “Deborah Scroggins”. Funny thing is that this book discusses the life of Emma during the Sudanese famine of 1988; read Geraldine Bedell’s article, “A good woman in Africa” to learn further. Therefore, these voices are somehow giving me a major clue about my book “She: The Mirror“; this novel is going to show the story of the protagonist as it enfolded after 9/11 and inside Canada where colored people especially colored women are usually ignored.
  3. Another important thing I have learned is that my other dream characters are somehow very much attached to the dream character of this particular professor. This clearly showed when all the animals became really quiet and sullen; a cat disappeared in the middle of a very cruel dark night; and, animals’ sad feelings engulfed the entire night as bugles of war boomed somewhere. I can’t believe my dream characters declared a world war! Hahaha!

Reality is that I absorbed this dream really slowly because it happened very quickly. I even envisioned putting ointments and bandages on the dream character I had mistakenly injured. I haven’t yet received a dream about what was gonna happen next though; so I am just going to wait on this for now. And, next time, I won’t be playing like this with this particular dream character because I have realized that strong emotions of my dream characters can brutally injure me. I can feel heavy draining pain in my mind if any of my dream characters get injured or complain about something.

Obviously, sparring is okay as long as your dream character does not complain about it. I have sparred with dream martial arts partner before. They are really fast; and, they can receive hits pretty well, which is why they convey something. But, the professor is choosing to share deeper content like books and emotions. Lucid dreams are training grounds that let you do a whole lot of stuff including learning about the dream characters who represent your heroes, foes, and loved ones.

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Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr 2019

I am celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today with some of my family members. We all dressed up today because we wanted to take pictures of the family with my one year old niece Myah. The breakfast included smooth sweet Saviya that were drenched in milk; I ate these with a French Vanilla. Soon some of our relatives came home with Indian sweets. So I tried a couple of these scrumptious delights as well.

I was very excited today because spending quality time with my family matters a lot to me. The best part was helping my sister-in-law get ready for this event. Since she  is Canadian, she has never worn Pakistani jewelry and bangles before. So I rummaged through my and my sister’s selections and found her something exciting to wear. Her necklace was made up of beige beads and there were golden charms dispersed through the beads; the rather long earrings had three golden charms and some material that had the same color as the beads. She wore some white and golden bangles on one hand; and, a red golden set in the other.

I wore a pink dress that has golden embroidery in the front and the back; this dress is traditionally referred to as Shalwar Qameez; the Dupatta—its like a really long scarf—also has golden embroidery. I wore golden bangle set on one arm and a large Indian Kara—really wide bangle—on the other arm. The golden bangle set had white and golden bangles; and, the wide and thin bangles were mixed to make the set appear balanced. The Indian Kara was also golden in color and had a very nice colored shape in the centre; the shape was similar to a flower; surprisingly, this shape splits into two parts when one opens the Kara in order to wear it. The bindi—jewelry for the forehead—was the prettiest one. I had to use pins to pin it to my hair; funny thing is that I find bindi shockingly lovely because it sits in the center of my forehead.

Lastly, I took some selfies after family photograph session was over. I thought to share these here.

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Angels Whisper During Sleep

You must have read somewhere in my blog that I believe that I have been visited by angels during sleep. See blog post “Influence Of Angels on Lucid Dreamers and Telepaths“. The angels can whisper to lucid dreamers while they are asleep because their REM deep state sleep lets them visualize these entities to some extent. Here are two strong reasons why I feel that angels visit me during sleep:

  1. I once saw a very tall dark creature standing next to me. It told me that it was the Keeper of some sort of ethereal boundary. This creature stopped me from flying and playfully threw me on my bed, which somehow got covered with roses. I named it “Dark Giant”; and, I feel that I have seen him before. Read “Lucid Dreamers Can Get Visions Of And From the Angel of Death“. I believe its the same creature I saw when I was a child. Read “Dream Character: Dark Giant“. I wonder if I am more perceptive to angels because I am pretty smart or is it because I escaped death (lethal chickenpox) when I was a child!
  2. Some of my dreams actually come true. One of these dreams were about my visit to the 2108 Parliament of Religions and meeting a team of dignitaries. During the dream I saw some faces; but, I did not realize whom I saw because all of these faces were new to me; when I met the speakers, one of them namely Dr. Craig Considine reminded me of one men who visited me during this dream. Read “Proof That I Can Move Forward In Time By One Year“.

The reason I am wondering again about how angels visit humans during sleep is that recently I had a very scary dream about young men being eaten by a large dark monster. Read “Spooky Dream About Dark Creatures Eating Young Men“. After having this dream, I felt worried enough to browse online to see if a natural disaster is going to hit this planet—nothing made sense although I did find an article titled “10 Major Natural Disasters Predicted In The Near Future“. I also somehow developed a gut feeling that this dream would one day come true although I have been hoping that it wouldn’t because it seems to show some sort of tragedy.

Today, after resting for a bit, I started thinking that this dream data was masked on purpose. Thus, I asked myself why would angels choose to hide some data in this manner? This is when I recalled learning in Islam that disasters are a natural part of our life on this planet Earth. Calamities teach lessons and test humans to see which one would become better; which one would become worse; and, under what circumstances would one change. This is why some catastrophes witnessed during dreams can’t be interpreted until its too late.

Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) once said the following:

“Angels come to you in succession by night and day and all of them get together at the time of the Fajr (early morning) and Asr (afternoon) prayers. Those who have passed the night with you (or stayed with you) ascend (to the Heaven) and God asks them, though He knows everything about you well, “In what state did you leave my slaves?” The angels reply: “When we left them they were praying and when we reached them, they were praying.” Source Angels: Guarded by Angels; Religion of Islam

Oh! here is a wicked thing that you can learn only from religious scriptures, which are usually discarded by most of us nowadays. Before you read religious information, know that this is what you will hear from those around you if you failed to do what you wanted to do: “You are a loser”; “You just don’t know how to finish your tasks”; and, “Maybe, people don’t like you enough to help you out.” In contrast, this is what Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) would have told you:

“Whoever intended to do a good deed, but did not do it, it is written for him as a complete good deed. If he actually performed the good deed then it is written as ten good deeds, or up to seven hundred times or more. If a person intended to do an evil deed, but did not do it, it is written as a good deed, while if he entertained the thought and acted on it, it is written as a single evil deed.” Source Angels: Guarded by Angels; Religion of Islam

I feel at peace after reading about angels because this way I know that someone is watching over me—those angelic energies that surround me aren’t just wild imagination.

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Why I Believe Some Or Perhaps Most Pakistani Households Dismiss The Females

Just recently, a friend of mine talked me into communicating with a Pakistani-Canadian Medical Doctor who was looking for a wife for her son. Initially, I wanted to ignore her request to connect with this woman because 1) I had already decided not to marry inside my culture; and, 2) I prefer talking to guys before bringing in the parents.

My experiences have taught me that some Pakistani households are extremely abusive and very dismissive towards the female gender. I have been walking away from them for a very long while. I am very much convinced that some of them are very dangerous for the girls and women. There is no way that you can sit and breathe properly next to them.

After my friend pushed me, I decided to talk to this woman on the phone. This is when I had to listen to a whole lot of garbage. Just be patient as you read this because it is very hard to read into what this lady is actually saying.

When I told her what my designations were, she seemed blank and did not understood what I was trying to convey. I attempted to briefly explain to her about my career; but, when I said that I am a Certified Technical Writer and Certified Event Planner, she became dismissive in nature. Yes! It was very scary just talking to her over the phone. She ignored my explanations by saying that anybody can be an Event Planner. This is how they are abusing the women! It was clear to me that she did not knew what these careers mean; where such professionals work; and, what their salaries are.

One important step that I took while talking to her was not to reveal too many details like where I work, my future projects, and my writing blog. I hid this on purpose because I wanted to see her genuine responses. I briefly talked about how I am running a Facebook group for abused women because I have chosen to be a Women Rights Activist; and, then I talked about the sensitive issue of rape. She said that personally she would not like to talk about it; but, if a victim feels differently, then she will support that person.

After this rather insignificant conversation, I never received another call. Of course! I am very happy that she never called again simply because I did not like the fact that she was trying to show support of such a challenging issue as rape while sounding so ignorant about my education. At one point, after listening to some minor details about my career, she probed me rather intrusively, “Yeah! But what is your education?”

Now all this won’t ring any bell inside your minds  unless you have dealt with Pakistani narcissists before. Every culture offers a different kind of abusive environment; what is being said and how it is being said is conveyed through the entire society somehow. Thus, Pakistani narcissists mistreat and neglect in a very specific manner. For example, one of my male relatives used to say to me that he wonders if I will ever be able to stand at reception of a privately owned business granted that he helps me start one; he stated this after he had learned that I have been successfully able to manage large teams and multiple departments at work. He acknowledged that I did all this hard work at a great company; and, then he added doubts inside my young mind in a demeaning manner.

Please notice that it is very hard to catch what they are actually trying to say and that you can only understand what is going on after you have seen this kind of attitude being repeated many times.

Here are other some other things I have found out about Pakistanis.

Some or perhaps most of them have a very closed attitude towards divorced people—I am concerned because I know that creating a void around divorced people harms the society by injuring them first. Read “ENFPs Are Designed To Create Clash of Ideas“.

Sometimes narcissists family members gang up on a single victim. This has happened to me; through experience, I have learned how to use certain techniques to daunt them. What’s interesting is that I can perform these techniques while feeling pain; but, these narcissists actually feel happy and relieved when they point fingers at me. Read “I Have Learned How To Make A Narcissist Feel Sorry“.

Pakistani media including YouTube videos share extremely misogynist concepts with their broad and diverse audience. You can see this when someone as young as Rahim Pardesi—he is a British Pakistani—makes fun of the female gender on YouTube. Read “Rahim Pardesi’s “Nasreen” Comedy Show Is Misogynist In Nature“.

Another valuable notion that I have learned while dealing with abusive Pakistani families is that they openly support men and boys more; but, when the females complaint about this attitude, they say, “But, I support you as well. I don’t ignore you”. Then they go around saying five prayers and fasting full-time after admonishing the victim not to seek a Councillor or a Therapist to discuss the troubling issues that she has been forced to face.

Yet another thing that I have learned through personal experiences is that Pakistani narcissists actually love bomb under the pretense of religious obligation.

Victims who have trauma may never have the right amount of support because they are usually surrounded by multiple bullies who are all versed in different tactics which they apply one-by-one on the same victim.

These are the reasons why I am choosing to walk away from the Pakistani culture despite the fact that I have spent a significant portion of my life in Pakistan; I have been raised as a Pakistani; and, I  have been surrounded by Pakistanis all my life. Although most of the abuse that took place inside the household has stopped, I still face lots of uncertainty. Mostly, I am afraid of being sexually violated because that happens a lot in Pakistan. Read my experiences “Some Of My Brutal Mental Images Of Men“. Know that I am not walking away from them as a Canadian but as a HUMAN! Read “Why I Plan to Marry Outside Pakistani Culture?” And, know that I am very proud of the fact that I have written this all based on my experiences. Writer Faiza Ilyas notes the following in her article “Every second woman suffers domestic violence in Pakistan“: “…experts expressed concern that the country had not a single designated functional trauma center despite the fact it was among the top countries in the world severely affected by violence and terrorism.”

Here are two more helpful articles:

Domestic violence: victims are left on their own in Pakistan
93% of Pakistani women experience sexual violence

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Nature of Socrates’ Opposition to Poetry

Note: The following question was assigned to me in one of my undergraduate Philosophy classes at the University of Toronto.

What is the nature of Socrates’ opposition to poetry? Does he succeed in convincing you that it builds up the wrong parts of the mind? Refer to the Allegory of the Cave.

Below is my response to this inquiry.

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite. – Paul Dirac (1902-1984)

Thus, Dirac stated that the exact nature of poetry is confusing in a sense that even though it discusses known phenomena, people are still unable to grasp the true meaning. This idea conforms to Plato’s discussions in Chapter 13 of “The Republic.” Socrates, Plato’s teacher, believed that representational poetry is merely a distorted representation of the reality, and thus it should be banned in his ideal community. By providing the analogy of the bed and the bed-maker, Socrates defined three types of creations and craftsmen. The Progenitor is the genuine creator and only the objects created by Him, like the bed, are genuine. He can thus create not only the only real objects but also the actual form of the objects, which is the underlying meaning that determines an object’s existence. The manufacturer or the joiner can make objects only after he has learned or understood this underlying idea of the true form—note that learning is not always equivalent to understanding. The objects thus created by the joiner are representations of the true form. Socrates referred to the third type of the craftsmen as “the representator of other’s creations.” This craftsman provides a representation of the objects that belong to the visible realm only. Since his work lacks the understanding of the true form, the truth is manifested in a distorted manner. In my opinion, not all representators lack the understanding of the true forms. For instance, a poet might have understood the true meaning of reality and then chose to describe this meaning through poetry. But, still the meaning of reality, as perceived by the poet, cannot be conveyed to the readers since poetry stirs imagination by providing multiple ways of interpretation. Yes, there are some poets who don’t understand the meaning and try to write about it, and thus they end up distorting the true form. And then there might be some poets who have actually understood the true form but were unable to describe it. The point I am trying to make here is that there is something about the way poetry is written that somehow distorts the meaning of the phenomena discussed. This has nothing to do with the fact that poetry involves metaphors or complicated literary devices; this has more to do with the fact that for every poet, there is a fundamental challenge to take the experience of the self and jot it down into a piece of paper.

Let’s go back to the Allegory of the Cave:

AND now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: –Behold! human beings living in a underground cave, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the cave; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.

I see.

And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.

You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.

Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave?

True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

And of the objects which are being carried in like manner they would only see the shadows?

Yes, he said.

And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?

Very true.

And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow?

No question, he replied.

To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.

That is certain.

And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled sudcavely to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, -will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?

Far truer.

And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?

True, he now

And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he’s forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities.

Not all in a moment, he said.

He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves; then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled heaven; and he will see the sky and the stars by night better than the sun or the light of the sun by day?

Certainly.

Last of he will be able to see the sun, and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place, and not in another; and he will contemplate him as he is.

Certainly.

He will then proceed to argue that this is he who gives the season and the years, and is the guardian of all that is in the visible world, and in a certain way the cause of all things which he and his fellows have been accustomed to behold?

Clearly, he said, he would first see the sun and then reason about him.

And when he remembered his old habitation, and the wisdom of the cave and his fellow-prisoners, do you not suppose that he would felicitate himself on the change, and pity them?

Certainly, he would.

And if they were in the habit of conferring honours among themselves on those who were quickest to observe the passing shadows and to remark which of them went before, and which followed after, and which were together; and who were therefore best able to draw conclusions as to the future, do you think that he would care for such honours and glories, or envy the possessors of them? Would he not say with Homer,

Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, – and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner?

Yes, he said, I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner.

Imagine once more, I said, such an one coming sudcavely out of the sun to be replaced in his old situation; would he not be certain to have his eyes full of darkness?

To be sure, he said.

And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the cave, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.

Source: Allegory of the Cave

Now, I am going to discuss my understanding of this allegory. The prisoners represent those individuals who cannot understand the truth. The people behind the wall are thus the painters or the joiners who haven’t understood the form but have only learned it or they may have some understanding of the true form. The puppets made by the poets are the “representations of the others’ creations” and thus can be regarded analogous to the poetry written by poets. But the puppets made by the joiners who reside in this area of the cave can be considered analogous to faulty objects made by bad manufactures. The shadows casted by the puppets are analogous to the distorted meaning conveyed by the poetry. The deficiency or the lack of understanding thus prevents these people from reaching the surface. They will remain there until the passionate part of the mind forces them to try to locate the source of the true form. The people at the surface are those joiners who have actually understood the form. The objects made by them are most nearer to the true form. And the Progenitor is the one who created them all—the visible realm including the objects and the people—and also created the true forms of every existing object— the intellectual realm. Thus, according to my interpretations of this particular allegory, the works of the poets or the bad joiners do not provide enough motivation to the people who can’t understand. Even, if these prisoners were able to see the surface while they were imprisoned, they still would have remained ignorant of the truth. The only motivation that can actually set the prisoners free can thus come if the Progenitor wills it so or if people from the surface come to their aid. Just simply viewing the truth can’t help one to understand the true form. You have to be actively involved in the process of learning to understand the true form. There are still some people who may choose to remain ignorant even after understanding.

According to Socrates, the painters and poets are representators of others’ creations and are thus two generations away from reality. Their work thus doesn’t lead to the understanding of the true form. It is only a manifestation of the appearance—the visible realm—and not that of the true form—the intellectual realm. Thus, Socrates categorized painting and poetry as that part of the visible realm that is made up of images and can be understood by conjecture. It should be noted here that he didn’t specifically say the poets or painters should be classified here. Thus one can safely conclude that some poets and painters might have some understanding of the truth, but their work can only represent the appearance of the objects and not the idea of the truth. Socrates is of the view that even the work of the joiners is not fully real. “…wrong to attribute full reality to a joiner’s or any artisan’s products, doesn’t it?” (597 a, pg. 346). Also note that Socrates decided to ban only representational poetry and not all poetry. Socrates’ implied view is that only representational poetry distorts the truth. But, I think that other types of poetry, those which do not distort the truth, still can’t convey the idea of the truth as effectively as other types of education can. According to Socrates, poetry doesn’t actually benefit any class of the community. He is implying that it is in reality a recreational tool and not an educational one. Even though some forms of poetry are good enough to be read, excluding representational poetry, the only purpose that can be served by them is psychological satisfaction. But this psychological satisfaction doesn’t turn the mind upward. Poetry, especially representational poetry, is only an illusion. It can satisfy only the desirous and thus the most rebellious part of the mind. It provides no education for the rational part of the mind and gives wrong education to the passionate part of the mind. Thus, the passionate part may become subservient to the desirous part of the mind. However, I tend to disagree with Socrates here as well. Proper representational poetry may stir the passionate part as well as the rational part of the mind. Originally, while studying Socrates I felt compelled to agree with him but today after writing poetry myself, I feel differently. I think representational poetry is a strong educational tool if used properly. True, poems about love and romance won’t do anyone any good, except for stirring some imagination. But deep poems like war poems are likely to motivate the readers to act in a beneficial manner. Yes, poetry is just another shadow of the cave where the prisoners are held, but it is strong enough to motivate them to struggle towards the light.

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My Psychic Experiences With My 1 Year Old Niece “Myah”

My niece is 1 year old now. I mostly receive sensations from her when I think about her. I feel like she misses being held by me. These are very light vibes/rays of energy that I can sense whenever I am thinking about her and even when she is not near me.

Before she was born, I dreamt that my younger brother and his wife had a baby. I believe that in my dream she was playing on a slide with my brother while my sister-in-law waited at the end of the slide for them. I also saw them leave together with the baby.

I have talked about how I saw her before she was born. See post published on Oct 29, 2018. Oh! I deleted one post because I got scared of how I predicted something about the baby. Later, I gave up on this irrational fear because I had already safely shared my thoughts with some of my family members. I repeated what scared me on the tweet (second one here) I made on Oct 10, 2018.

I said that she looked like a boy. Now, check out her face (first picture). She looks just like my younger brother (the kid in the center, second picture).

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My niece “Myah”.
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Starting from left to right: Me (Arzoo); one of my younger brothers (father); my older brother

Don’t you love telepathy that takes place between relatives and loved ones? I have been receiving telepathic signals from “Myah” before she was born. Scientific research points to the fact that babies exhibit brainwaves that are similar to those seen during the REM sleep while they are still in the womb. Read article “Do Babies Dream?” I now wonder if those dreams about a certain guy I met at “The Parliament of World’s Religions” are actually predictions of the future? Dunno yet! Well, back to “Myah”. Check out how I spend quality time with my adorable angel. Read “My Niece ‘Myah’“.

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