Look, in the soul there are 3 very well distinguishable degrees of vision and observing. The first one is purely natural, even in the dream of the material men of nature by whom the inner spirit is still resting as passively as the spirit of a plant in its wrapping of the germ in a grain of seed.
 The soul carries in himself, as a world in miniature, everything which the Earth contains and includes in and above it on a large scale.
 When during the sleep the sense organs of the body are resting as if dead and inactive, then the soul who cannot sleep or die, will view one or the other thing from the material images in himself, will bring them for a few moments to life and will rejoice if he encounters something which is beautiful and pleasant. But if he encounters something boring and ugly, he becomes afraid in the dream and he will do everything to get rid of the appearance which presses hard on him, by returning completely in the flesh of his body.
 What a soul in such first degree of vision is seeing in a dream, has then of course no objective but only a passive, subjective reality without any connection, for then he observes only images in a material manner from his own world and is thereby partly active and partly passive.
 When such a perfected soul has been released from its heavy body, its viewing becomes completely similar to God, and it will then become – if it wants to – all-seeing, all-hearing, all-knowing and all-sensing. But if so, how should it therefore lose its recollection, because it can and shall in its godliness, create its own world to live in?
 So that you can see and more deeply recognize, that what I just have told you is the fullest reality, I will for a few moments free your soul and the souls of some who are present here, and
you can in this state say, what you have seen and what you have heard and have observed, and thus it shall be!”
 At this point a few were placed in a bright magnetic state, and at first they found themselves in an unfamiliar surroundings, which all liked a very much, so much that they were begging Me to leave them forever in this heavenly region; because they did wanted to return to this world at all anymore.
 I asked them, if they could also see this world.
 And all answered: “Yes, Lord; but we see it as if behind us and we seem to look through it!”
 I asked them, if they could see the great city of Rome.
 All affirmed this and described everything they saw.
Earth and Moon, chap. 67
"The following is an account of particular visions, of good as well as bad people, which originate either from Heaven or from Hell. That is why it is absolutely necessary to obtain correct information, and instructions in proper behavior, in order to know how to conduct oneself in the presence of such phenomena.
There are many different kinds of visions. The most common and well‑known types of visions are nocturnal dreams. Here the question arises: Who actually dreams, and what are the pictures in dreams?
During an ordinary sleep, only the soul dreams. This dreaming is none other than a chaotic viewing by the soul into her own circumstances. But then dreams have no orderly connection with anything, and are similar to pictures in a kaleidoscope which change with every movement and never appear again precisely in the same manner.
The reason for this incoherent viewing of circumstances and circumstantial pictures is that the soul herself is not in contact with the outer world, and especially not with her spirit. These kinds of visions are of no benefit to the soul, except that, after such a dream, she should remember in what absolute state she is.
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