The Still Open Question

The Dream


This is a dream I had almost forty years ago. not easy for me to ignore, reading today's headlines. I had had many encouraging, enlightening, dreams before this. This one occurred at a time when I was asking for guidance as to how I could make best use of my life, and I was not expecting or prepared for this:

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I am attempting to swim in a crowded, public, swimming pool with little room to move.  On the surrounding deck, persons wildly chase one another, yelling and screaming. Some fight, and some even run across the surface of the pool from one side to the other, without getting wet. The heat, the noise, the pushing and shoving become intolerable. I stand up in the pool, and as loud as I can, bellow "Stop! Either swim or get out!" I am surprised as it suddenly becomes quiet, and all but a few exit the park, making it possible for those of us who really want to swim to do so. 

A man walks through the water up to me and looks straight into my eyes, and states my full name, conveying that he knows me well. He turns, and I follow him out of the pool. We appear at his huge rural estate. We tour his large ranch-style house, the many barns, storage and equipment sheds, and the huge acreage. "I will show you what is going to happen soon,” he states, “sooner than anyone now thinks possible." 

He begins describing a large variety of extreme events which I experience as if I were there among those undergoing the calamities.  His explanations and presence as they occur one after another provides the understanding and assurance required for me not to panic along with them.

He states that these events will continue to increase in frequency and intensity, world-over as I experience ever more destructive and disruptive conditions. this leads to a culminating period he says will last for three-and-one-half years when all social structures and sources of supply everyone has come to depend upon, will no longer exist. The extreme conditions, some never before seen on earth, now make any further preparation impossible. He straightforwardly states, "Everyone will go insane." 

He states there is now only one still-open question. At the end of this three-and-one-half years, will any life still remain on the planet?

The answer, he emphasizes is totally dependent on whether or not those of us who understand what is occurring, and the certain outcome if enough persons do not choose to DO what they know to do, and can do, to see that as much life as possible survives this culminating period. If enough do not DO enough to provide shelter and suitable conditions for life during all this travail, there will be no remaining life left on Earth at the end of this three-and-one-half year period. 


The open question, he said, is not whether or not these events are going to happen... or how they can be prevented from occurring. They are all the direct consequences of human choices and actions, already set in motion. No one can realistically expect that the complex inter-woven cause-and-effect chains of events created by all humans together, will not continue to play out just as they are already doing with increasing rate and intensity everywhere on earth, as anyone can plainly see.

He explains how all humans together, have each one of us, by our choices and actions, have, over time, taken upon ourselves the responsibility and fate of all life on the planet, not just human life. We have made, and continue to make, what we see occurring around us. In the exact same way it is now up to us, in very human, down-to-earth ways, to determine whether or not all life will become extinct on the planet. 

If we do not supply sufficient means to survive this period, and re-establish sustainable  conditions for life to exist it will not occur. If we do, it will happen. Not by itself.  "Will those who know what is occurring, and the seriousness of the results, chose to do what they know to do, and can do, to see that life survives? If they do not, the outcome is certain: extinction of all life on the planet."

The outcome, he explained, cannot possibly be known ahead of time because it rests on free, voluntary, strictly human, volition. If adequate conditions for safety and survival for life is in place and available, the answer will be “Yes”. If not, “No”. 
 

He specifies several underlying attitudes and discernments required to sufficiently address these otherwise devastating conditions, without which the correct decisions, motivation, and spirit will not be sufficient to begin and complete what needs be done for

~ It is important that these dire events not be perceived as punishment from God or supernatural beings. 

It is not for us to presently judge whether or not another living being or organism is worthy, or not worthy, of living. If this distinction is drawn, not enough life will be saved. Rather help save all that can be saved, not just what we deem worthy of survival. (Serve I all)

Any and all humans have participated in making these events. The goal is not to just save oneself or one's immediate family, but all life forms, as many and as much as can be saved, all interdependent for survival. Assigning blame and guilt can only hamper and dampen the initiative and good-will required. Without it, failure, he said.

 
~ The end-result is not only not knowable, it is not Fated, Predetermined, or Predestined. 

To think otherwise destroys will, motivation and energy. It is we alone who each are determining the results by our efforts: it is my responsibility as to what to do or  not do that creates the future.   

~ No super being or beings and forces will intervene, prevent, or  influence the consequences of our choices.
 
Consider what is occurring now. The process remains the same.
Who, or what, is now causing, preventing, increasing or decreasing suffering and death? Human beings. Our choices and actions. Assuming or hoping other persons, or beings, will step in and save life on earth will certainly change the final outcome.  What is required for survival will not happen unless we ourselves do it.

He did not state
what needs to be done, or how to do it. He said this too, is an issue of human choice and volition, according to each individual's powers of discernment and talent, not according to someone else's views or talents outside one’s own being. Just thinking about it, is not enough, but choosing what to do, and actually doing it according to ones own choice, knowledge, experience and ability. 

He takes me to a room where a small group of persons stand together, talking, then turns and leaves. By this time I am thoroughly shaken, feeling at loss as to what I could possibly say or contribute. They all turn to me, and I timidly state, “I am Gerald Alan Brittell”. There are snickers, and someone says, “Oh no you're not, you are ____ _______”, a man at the time whom I have somewhat adopted  as a guru. When I hear the laughter, I understand I myself have yet few ideas, and goals of my own ... I am not yet ‘my own man’, as the saying goes. 

I awaken.

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Note:

I had this dream/vision about 40 years ago. I have tried my best not to add to, nor leave out anything I recall in this telling.

Probably fortunate for my own sanity, a short time after awakening I had little memory of the details of the many dire events which I saw occurring in the dream. I do however remember clearly what this man of the dream told me, though the exact phrasing, may not be identical.

Every day since, this dream has served as an important backdrop in my life ... it was this vivid and convincing. It has given me a receptive eye for what is required for survival, and a continuing interest for possible alternative ways we humans might be able to survive without dependence on our very vulnerable present sources of supply and support.  

I want to hear and see what others are hearing, seeing and doing, concerning these times. Please feel free to contact me if you are so inclined with any question or comments.  
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Gerald Alan Brittell  
July, 2019

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