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Thomas Maples

Inpirational Words of Wisdom…

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?

A Philosopher’s Stone

There is something extraordinary in these words. They gently remind us that the doors to what is perceived are not always what stares us in the face. I cannot help but wonder if Pierre Teilhard de Chardin read this philosophy before making his bold statement that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

What are the doors that exist between reality and the inner world that creates its premise? Remember, you cannot view reality from outside yourself. If we did, the mind would regard itself as insane. Outer reality must bend to the mind’s inner workings to make its presence felt. Therefore, in essence, we create the very facts that we experience.

My son the other day had a problem. He wishes to create a reality that is not yet present. Here I see patience, practice, and perseverance as being a primary topic of concern. He wants something now that is not present. However, to receive, there must be a ceremonial practice undertaken to create the means for the man he wishes to become. From this perspective of perseverance, a caterpillar becomes the butterfly, or a man emerges from the boy.

“Am I a man that dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?” Maybe I am both. The caterpillar of my soul years to return to that cacoon-like state so that it may emerge to take wandering flights of fancy to chase the heights of my dreams.

Namaste, my friends. May blessings find you on your journey to advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.

3 comments on “A Dream is But a Dream…

  1. jbrianw – I'm old, opinionated and a fair hand with a camera
    jbrianw says:

    Take it one wing beat further. What happens when your spiritual/dream world begins to share this worlds reality? To not only share it but to be indistinguishable from it. For some who have entered onto the path that takes them into Dementia this is their reality. I’m told that it’s scary.

    1. Dr. Thomas Maples – Stockton, California – Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and the founder of The Stockton Therapy Network. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has helped many people resolve interpersonal conflict, heal from the emotional distress, and overcome mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and issues that result from personality disorders. He also specializes in helping couples resolve interpersonal problems, marital discord, and parent / child relationship conflicts by helping his clients identify the sources of relationship conflict, find areas of growth they can agree to engage, and setting a plan to enact those changes to assure relational growth. As a researcher and writer, Dr. Maples focuses on developmental, analytical, and psychoanalytic methods of psychology. Through his writings, Dr. Tom has helped countless people understand, plan, and implement effective paths to reach optimal psychological, spiritual, and physiological development. "Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams."
      Dr. Thomas Maples says:

      This can be the case. But only if we let it. For those going through dementia, I recommend Wayne Dyers work on audio,. Especially his later works. Divine Love especially. His collected works on audible. He has a very beautiful way of looking at our aging process. One of he most beautiful that I have seen as it takes into account the beauty behind the harsh realities present. Hope all is well and that this can help.

      1. jbrianw – I'm old, opinionated and a fair hand with a camera
        jbrianw says:

        Only if we let it? There’s no way that I know of to stop the progression of Dementia. I partook of W.D. an found him regurgitating classical ancient wisdom wrapped up in a pseudo church and living quite well off of his devotees If he has helped you I’m happy for you. Personally I’ll stick to the time tested wisdom and teachers,

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