PRLog - Jan. 10, 2014 - Many people are familiar with the Biblical story of Joseph. Joseph was a powerful dreamer. His dreams were so enthralling and exciting for him that he rushed to share them with his older brothers and father. That action ended up enraging his brothers so much that Joseph ended up being sold as a servant, after being held in a pit. Interestingly, in a large number of houses of worships in America, dreamers are still held hostage in similar pits. That is the sentiment of Author Emily (E) Claudette Freeman in her new book, WHEN I DANCED WITH GOD.
When I Danced With God encouraging spiritual dreamers
Freeman notes, “I knew that I had to write this book. It was a clear mandate. I struggled with it however, because I still believe that dreamers – although they are called forth and pointed to – in the dispensation of the law and grace, are not respected. Dreamers are a strange lot of folks. Because many dreamers flow with the gift of prophecy or correction, we are group of people that the Kingdom probably largely wishes we would stay asleep. Dream interpreters however are respected. But, how can one have an interpretation if no one dreams? I also struggled with it because while a lot of things I saw in dreams and visions were clearly for me personally, there were some strong indications that they were for others as well and what I received from them was not always nice and fluffy.”
Even with an increased level of intimidation upon her, Freeman’s work is sparking conversations about awakening dreamers for those who read it. Dreamers, according to the Biblical definition, are part of an elect group of people through whom divinity has promised an outpouring. We find this understanding in the Old Testament book Joel in verse 28 or chapter two: “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions." Freeman believes that there are profound and even provocative messages resting in the minds of dreamers who struggle with whether or not God speaks to them in such a way. Freeman says resoundingly, yes He does!
“In our quest for the most contemporary trend for “the one” with “the sound” that carries the popular and astute, profound and uber-intellectual musings about Christ – we often miss the very knowledge of Christ. I found this to be true for myself and I know it to be true for so many I have spoken with. Not that the matters of Christ are not of intriguing depth; but the essence of the matter is God is such a Master Communicator that what must be conveyed to you (or to me) can be done at our individual level of understanding. Thus He will speak in a language that is understood to each of His earthly and angelic children. That language for me has always been dreams. Interestingly, I did not know it was a language I was well-versed in until I was well into my 40s. God speaks to me in dreams and in visions.”
The dreams chronicled in WHEN I DANCED WITH GOD cover selected night conversations, as well as visions of Freeman’s over about a four to five year period. Some of the dreams are liberating, while others are jolting:
In the dream, my mom, my sister, my son and I were driving to Georgia to see a building or place near my hometown. It was a pleasant drive; Isaiah (my son) was full of questions – like always. We were laughing and joking about that and the possibilities of being able to do great things with this building or place.
I was driving and as I slowed down at a stop sign I looked towards the passenger door; I noticed a white woman walking towards the car. I was thinking she was going to walk past us, so I didn't move. Instead she yanked the passenger door open where my sister was sitting and yelled into the car in a non-female voice, “GIVE US THE KEYS! GIVE US THE KEYS!”
I'm thinking she's talking to my sister; but for some reason my sister turns around and looks at me. I look at the woman, who never reached for the keys in the ignition; but who is now looking straight into my eyes, and yells again, “GIVE US THE KEYS!” I felt this rush of fear in my stomach and I woke up. Immediately, I started singing some song of encouragement and eventually fell back to sleep.
Just recounting this dream still jolts me. Imagine that – it presented itself as a singular woman but then announced that it was coming in the fullness of something else, demanding the keys. Even more jolting is that what I recognized as keys in the natural – the car keys – were not what THEY wanted!
This excerpt from the dream GIVE US THE KEYS is just a taste of what is unveiled in the book. Some of the dreams also include interpretations from Freeman’s council of interpreters;
While Freeman prepares to host several events based on dreams/visions and interpretations like those in When I Danced With God; she is simultaneously introducing three invigorating journals: If I Write It, It Can Heal – which is a collection of her blog posts dealing with various matters and chronicling more dreams; The Morning Hour: Arise, Write, Release – quips, poetry, mini-inspirational essays and scripture; and Fabulous You Power Nuggets – brief self-esteem and spirit boosting quips. Each journal engages readers and pulls them into the writing process with blank thought-processing pages.