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Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit is an autobiography written by Maria Isabel Pita. In this autobiography, Maria shares her experience with lucid dreaming and how it brought her back to Christ. The description of this book caught my attention for two reasons: 1) I have always taken an interest in dreams and their meanings and 2) I knew right away I could relate with the author on many levels.
The definition of lucid dreaming is when someone is dreaming and they are aware of it. When I first started reading the book I did some research on lucid dreaming and was drawn even more towards it due to the possibilities a person has in their dream state. For example, from what Maria wrote and what I found on the internet, flying is a popular thing in lucid dreaming, if you can will it, you can do it. The author mentions how the term ‘lucid dreaming’ is relatively new but the actual practice has been around for thousands of years. This was a hook, line and sinker for me. Dreams and history combined? That is intriguing.
Maria’s first dream that she writes about, is the dream that started her on her journey back to Christ. This is a journey which happens over the course of five years. What begins as “beginner” or unintelligent lucid dreaming over the course of a couple years becomes intelligent lucid dreaming. Meaning Maria could lucid dream often and she knew she was doing it. As we continue into the book, Maria’s relationship and feelings towards a man she has come to know as her “guardian lord” grows. He played a key part in her dreams along with many other people Maria knew and people she did not know. However the feeling of immense love towards this man and that he felt for her was always palpable.
Over the course of the five years, on her journey, Maria finds herself tested by entities she identified as either being the Devil or his minions. As I would read through these stories I could feel fear for the author. However, the way the author perceives the dreams when she wakes as pointing out her own flaws made sense and was symbolic. The symbolism throughout the story was evident, the good and the bad. All the people she saw in her dreams, from family members to people she didn't know all played a role in rediscovering her relationship with Christ.
Throughout all of Maria’s dreams as she suspects who her guardian lord is and as she finds people who also lucid dream the reader is drawn further into Maria’s dreams. And I liked that it made me think and think hard about my faith which is I say I can relate with the author. Like the author, I also grew up Catholic, but as I grew older I lost my way. Reading about Maria finding her way back was very much inspiring to read. I will say, however, that I found myself questioning the validity and truth behind what Maria was saying. A few instances seemed crazy and made me skeptical although I would like to believe what was written because anything is possible.
In her autobiography, Maria Isabel Pita, references several other works I found to be very helpful throughout the story. These references related to her dreams and how she perceived them and I believe it added to the story and kept it interesting. It also gave me ideas for additional works to read. All in all I enjoyed this book. It was humorous, it was inspiring and most of all it made me think. I rate Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit by Maria Isabel Pita a 4 out of 4 stars. This is a book I would recommend to any reader that has an interest in dreams and believes in Christ. I would check out more of Maria’s writings and would buy a physical copy of this book.
Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit
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