The Spiritual Need For Sleep
About nine years ago I was surfing the web, bored and looking for some interesting reading material. I came across an article about sleep. I don't recall exactly what scientific journal it came from but I do recall the site had short articles on a number of studies and scientific discoveries. I passed up the sleep article in favor of one outlining the discovery of another plane in our universe bringing the total number to a recognized eleven. I remember going on to read about the ever expanding universe. As I wasn't in the habit of reading scientific journals, I clicked off the page and was preparing to exit the site when the sleep article captured my attention again.
It was a relatively short article that gave me pause. The article claimed we don't have any documented need to sleep, yet every human being does so. The piece went on to say that though there is no scientific reason for understanding why we sleep, it acknowledged the results of sleep deprivation. What little bit of research has been done, coupled with the relatively few controlled studies have shown that the physical body and its organs do not require sleep in order to function. It remains to be discovered on a scientific level, that which causes us to need sleep at regular intervals for fairly common lengths of time. (6-10 hours, depending on the individual and the personal circumstances)
While there doesn't seem to be a physical need for sleep, all indications point to an emotional or spiritual need. The brain, nor any other of the body's organs cease to function because an individual passes into the unconscious realm of sleep. The brain must continue to function in order to pass messages to the rest of the body's organs, vital for sustained life. The lungs are never rested, the heart continues to pump, etc. However, there is proof that marked use of muscles gives positive results to both spirit and physical body. Those individual who do not make use of their bodies in a positive manner tend to become weaker and more prone to illnesses. (You don't use it, you lose it)
It's been proven that sleep deprivation does have negative effects on both spirit and body. It has been proven that dream deprivation has the same negative effects as sleep deprivation. There is a definite link between the two.
While I was pondering these mysteries co-mingled with the facts, I wondered why my son-in-law seemed to have such an extreme need for sleep. It was chuckling to myself as I thought about it because his constant complaints about needing to sleep were a family joke. In truth, he really did want to sleep more than anyone I had ever known. It was if he couldn't function for an eight hour day of work unless he had twelve hours of sleep behind him.
As these thoughts were sliding through my mind, I felt a sort of rush of what I can only term “inspiration”. Suddenly insight and knowledge was just pouring into me, filling me up. The sensation threatened to spill if I didn't do something to release the pressure. Frantically, I scrambled to bring up my word processor software in order to write the words that were tumbling around in my brain. The faster I typed, the faster the information seemed to flow. The rational part of my brain kept trying to make sense of what was happening. Two years before, I had begun on a personal quest for understanding and enlightenment in regards to all things spiritual. I had since been privy to some amazing experiences. I sensed that this was but another of them. The following information was put down as fast as my fingers could go.
Replenishing the Spirit
We as humans need to recharge our batteries on a spiritual level. The need manifests itself into a physical need, else the most stubborn of humans, those who have no conscious belief in Spirit, would never take the time to sleep. The physical need for sleep is merely a built in safeguard against the unknowing suicide of the spirit.
Studies have shown that we all enter into dream phases during sleep. It has been suggested that the Rapid Eye Movement witnessed of those in a dream state, is actually the unconscious mind watching images passing before them, as though they are accessing information on an unconscious level. This statement is an accurate truth. We, as humans in our physical form, must return to a higher consciousness, or plane of existence, in order to refresh our spirits. It is as those who honor their commitment to their religion by making weekly trips to their worship centers. They emerge with positive feelings toward life. There is a lightness of spirit, a positive outlook on an emotional level.
The brain can only process that which it is conditioned to understand and comprehend. If it isn't conditioned to understand French, then information coming in the form of the french language would not be comprehended. It is for this reason humans do not have total recall of the hours during which they are asleep. The remembered or recalled jumble of images, feelings and thoughts are merely the fragments of understanding and comprehension. These remembrances so often seem to border on the fantastic or impossible because they are but pale bits of filtered truth compared to the true messages the spirit has received.
We call these episodes of remembrance, dreams, passing them off as products of our imaginations. If the brain is not conditioned to understand, or be open to any possibilities other than that which we have experienced in the physical sense, then those images and feelings are simply our interpretations of what we have experienced during sleep. We analyze that which we do not understand, putting it into a perspective which makes more sense to us. Because the brain may be unable to process much of the information, there is much of what we experience, left out of our analysis, thereby, creating disjointed, confused dreams of which we can not make much sense on a literal level.
We have an innate need to refresh ourselves spiritually. When the need becomes overwhelming, we fall asleep. This is why some people are able to sleep almost anywhere, and why those who have been diagnosed with depression, seem to need an extreme amount of sleep. This is because they need to have more contact with positive energies in contrast to the negativity abounding in their perception of their world. The survival of their spirit can only be assured through repeatedly recharging themselves with the kinds of positive energies only found when they are asleep. Psychics, mediums, and spiritually aware personalities are rarely diagnosed as having depression. It is because they are able to willingly seek a higher level of consciousness during times other than sleep mode.
There can be stated many objections to the outlined truths as presented. All human beings are subject to need of sleep on a physical level. No one has ever been able to give up sleep entirely. Even if we have the will to attempt to stay awake, we will eventually suffer the effects of lack of sleep. Even those of celebrated psychic talent or mediumship find they must eventually give in to the need for sleep.
There are those who suffer from physical ailments. It has been shown that a patient who does not get sufficient rest during the illness or following surgical procedures to rectify illness, may suffer serious physical consequences.
To understand the magnitude of the phenomenon known as the need for sleep, we must first understand that there are two areas to be addressed. First and foremost, we are spiritual beings. The second is that we are also physical beings in the sense that we are mortals on the earth plane. Our physical bodies are simply the machines by which we live on this plane. Just as we would maintain our cars, we must maintain our physical bodies. There is the need for preventive maintenance, repairs to damaged parts and even replacement of parts if necessary to maintain a physical existence on earth.
Science has shown us that physical matter as we know it, is really simply energy vibrating at different speeds and levels. Our bodies and organs are made up of energy vibrating at a slower level than that of our spirits. An example of how vibration effects the illusion of solidity can be used by incorporating a regular household fan. When the fan is tuned off, it is obvious that there are solid metal blades which one could not throw a small projectile through. However, there are spaces between the blades which would allow the projectile to pass easily through to the other side. The fan turned on to its lowest speed would give the illusion of having more blades with less spaces between them. These spaces would also look smaller than the spaces when turned off. And it would be possible to throw a projectile through these same spaces when turned on to the lowest setting. As the speed of the fan is increased, the illusion of a solid ring of blades is given, with no discernible spaces between. And the faster the blades are turning, the less likely it is that a projectile with pass through a space without bouncing off of the blades. If the speed of the projectile aimed at the fan is increased in proportion to the spinning blades, it will have the ability to pass through the spaces between the blades.
So maintaining our physical bodies is a necessary practice if we are to continue our lives in a physical form on earth. But it is our spirit which controls our bodies. Our spirits are also believed to be made up of matter. The difference is only in that the matter involved is vibrating at a much higher frequency. Basically, our spirits are the spinning blades of the fan, while our bodies are that of the projectile. Yet for us as beings, we are not two separate entities, but one, dependent on the other for survival on the earth plane. When our physical bodies wear out, or are damaged beyond repair, our spiritual beings shed the body, as a snake would shed its skin. We are then moved on to another plane of existence. This plane of existence would be in agreement with the vibratory level of our spirits. As spirits, we continue to move upward, ever seeking that plane which would make us one with our Creator. Knowledge is the key to our spiritual existence. Not a knowledge as we know it in our physical forms, but the knowledge required to move continually upward. As our knowledge increases, so too does our level of vibration. In this way, we are conditioning our spirits for the continued journey ever upward.
This thirst for knowledge is what causes us to sleep. In a conscious state, we would not be able to recognize or process the information given to us. Due to our own fears, beliefs, and interference of conscious thought, we would find ourselves doubting knowledge we might be given. We would question our sanity. We would blow off this bestowed knowledge as either fanciful daydreams, or simply not be able to process it altogether. But it is this knowledge that is the energy which allows us to get through yet another day on earth.
One of the symptoms of a person who has been diagnosed with mental depression, is the increased need for sleep. The medical field attributes this need as merely a mental need to escape from the realities and responsibilities of life. They claim it is not a real physical need. I believe it is just the opposite. I believe the spirit's need for an energy boost manifests itself as a physical need for sleep. It is a way to shut down the negative thoughts of the individual in order to receive much needed knowledge for continued survival under circumstances which affect the individual. It is this bestowed knowledge which helps the spirit to carry on the work of controlling the physical body.
But it is a catch-22 situation. While the spirit hungers for the knowledge which is it's energy source, the mind of the afflicted individual can only process that knowledge which his brain has been conditioned to process. Therefore, the need to sleep is repeated, often in what seems to be an endless cycle. However, though there are many cases of extreme depression resulting in either death, or a lifetime of misery, there are more cases which end in a relatively short period of time. Most humans suffer from a form of depression at least once in their lives. And most times, there is a lifting of the depression which is not attributed to anything other than a change in the circumstances of their lives.
The changes come about because they have made use of the knowledge bestowed on their spirits. While most people will attribute their release from depression to an event in their lives, few realize that we are given guidance by spirit guides from other planes of existence. This is not to say that the changes are effected by these guides, as we all have free will. But rather, we are benefited by their wisdom and suggestions when we choose to act on them. Those who suffer a lifetime of the misery of depression, are those who have yet to develop a faith or belief in an existence outside of the earth plane. How can they possibly process or believe a knowledge which comes from something they have no faith or belief in?
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