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All confused: Was it a movie, a story I read, or a dream?

I woke up from a long dream of several stories and I am deciding: “Was the last story a modified version of a previous dream, a story that I read, or a movie that I actually saw?”

It took me a while, laying down with eyes closed shut, to come to the conclusion that it was a version of a movie that I saw more than a year ago:  I had waken up at 2 am and watched a tough movie on a cable channel.

The movie had already started and I have no idea what decided this guy to investigate the off-road locations in the south-west of the USA.  He is driving a 4-wheel truck accompanied by a girlfriend.  Apparently, the guy picked up the girl on his trip and they hit it well, doing ravenous sex in all places and shapes.  They speak English, but I am under the impression that the director is not a US one.

The two travelers stops in motels, in isolated tiny one-street towns, empty of people and desolate.  They go out just to find food and stroll hand in hand on windy empty streets.

They are getting lost in the nowhere, away from any main road.

A truck of three “desert billies/bullies” is bumping their truck.  Possibly, this couple might have angered the tough ignorant guys in a previous truck chase.  The desert billies force the travelers to stop.  They emerge with baseball bats; they hit the guy to the ground and force the girl to watch her guy being raped and they left.

The girl is frightened and doing her best to get her guy in the truck and find a motel.

The guy refuses to get up from bed for three days and the girl is going out to bring him food and tending to him discreetly. Then the guy finally gets up after feeling physically healed and stabs the girl several time to death and then commits suicide.

Was he eliminating the witness to his feeling ashamed as he acted a king before being raped?

Now back to my dream.  It is starting fantastic.  I am watching a giant carousel (half a mile in diameter) turn on an inclined hill.  There are 10 giant “Virgin Mary” statues illuminated from within and from the ground and followed by giant other statues such as castles and knights…

I am stretched on the ground with a couple of female cousins watching the carousel and shooting the breeze in this cool night by a factory.  Two blonde girls have joined us.

A limousine stops, all lights up and horn blazing.  Half a dozen women wearing black for Halloween, or maybe be nuns for I am sitting with a previous nun, jump out and the blonde girls joined them in the limousine.  Two beautiful brunettes in the limousine join us.

The dream switches to another scene.

Now the manager of one factory, adjacent to another factory, is asking the other manager why he is starting before schedule.  Apparently, the two factories allocated separate schedules to be run.  The two managers are conversing and posturing.  One manager is baring his chest and showing off his chest muscles and abdominal muscles.

Scene three:  The other manager is raping the show-off manager and another guy is watching coolly the event.  The raped manager is slaughtered with a knife and wrapped in transparent white plastic bag.

I step in and carry the body away and then shoot the two guys with small-caliber bullets:  They seem unaffected and walk to their factory.  And I woke up and I am deciding: “Was the last story a modified version of a previous dream, a story that I read, or a movie that I actually saw?”

I make sure to read for an hour after I wake up from a long dream, usually ending with a terror section.

It is possible that you discover a relationship of what you are reading with your dream.  This exercise will encourage you to recollect your dream.

If the dream is a horror one then, you have no interest faking to bury it deep into your “subconscious”:  The dream will re-surge in another version or even an exact replica later on.

If the dream is wonderful then, you will not recapture the continuation of the story after you go back immediately to sleep:  Most probably, if you resume the lovely story then, you are reconstructing a story from your conscious desires, camouflaged in a semi-dreaming state.

A mystic trip or voyage of pilgrims to sacred destinations requires a long preparation.  For Moslems, to be eligible for undertaking the haj to Mecca and Medina, he must have paid off all his debts; he must have reconciled with his neighbors; he must have put in order his relationship with the members of his family and business. 

A Moslem must have satisfied his civic duties; for example, be married and preferably with children, and earning a good living: not many people can afford going to pray at Al Kaaba.  If the neighbor or a member of the family is in distress then, it is sufficient cause to postponing the haj.

Before going on haj, a Moslem must have memorized all the required prayers during the 13 days of haj, have exercised the proper ways to the “zikr” or how to focus and meditate repeating the words and sentences “There is but one God Allah”, bismillah Allahu akbar, soubhan Allah for over an hour.  The goal is that on reaching the 10th level of zikr you should be thinking of God with every breath you take and go on with business as usual while God is present in your dealings.

The haj purifies you of all sins committed, but it does not necessarily render you a better person:  If you go to the haj a hypocrite, you return a hypocrite; if you go a scoundrel you return a scoundrel unless you prepared well for the haj.  The haj is not a goal in itself: a haj done with bad preparation and without proper piety is worse than not going to the haj.

A Moslem, regardless of genders, going to the haj must leave enough money to his family and leave no debts:  Thus, only the well-to-do can afford the expensive trip to Mecca.  When you board the plane, you are already dressed in the “ihram”; the ihram is a two-piece of white cloth with no sewing; one piece is wrapped around the loins and the other covering the left shoulder.  The ihram could be used to covering the dead body.  Many Moslem friends ask you to think of them in your prayers:  Prayers done on behalf of others (the sick and elderly) are more efficient for people in distress.

The most repeated chant is:

“Labbayka la homma labbayk (Here I am facing you my Lord)

“Labbayka la charika laka labbayk (You have no associate)

“Inna le hamda wa niaamata laka wal molk (To you praise, grace and sovereignity)

“La charika lak (You have no associates)

The first day of the 13 days of haj starts by the “tawaf” or walking around the Al Kaaba seven times and then drinking from the well Zamzam.  This is the mini-haj.  The greater haj is done in the desert to Mina, Muzdalifa, Mount Arafat, dilapidation of Satan with stones (and the consequent deaths by trampling), and then back to Mecca for more tawaf.  Many resume their trip to Medina,which requires more control to getting into that first city-state of Islam.  (The next part will describe in more details the haj).

When I hear people going on pilgrimage to a “sacred location” I assume that they know the consequences of being trampled and submitted to all kinds of humiliations in foreign lands.  It is normal human behavior to snap in a “sacred environment”, for example a football field, believing that whatever you do during the ceremony is holy and sins are forgiven.  When amid a crowd of million, there is high probability that many will snap, stab, rob, hurt, or trample people.

I prefer that every Moslem State build its own local copy of Al Kaaba for the pilgrims not able to afford this expensive and long pilgrimage to Mecca.  The local cube Kaaba will be shrouded with the black veil without the gold strings and tents erected all around the kaaba for an overnight sleep, at most.  Thus, the poorer Moslems and citizens of other religious denominations will be walking around the local kaaba, pray in their tents facing the Kaaba, and not having to stone any columns representing satan.  Since no sandals should be lost then, no sandal merchants should be allowed in the vicinity.

The only requirement for pilgrims is to sign an affidavit that, on returning from this mini-haj, they should return the favor to those kind-hearted people who were of service to them, instead of hating them.  If they insists on being called “haji” then, a certificate of “national haj” could be delivered, at no cost to the tax payers.




December 2010

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