The Practical Aspect of Oneiric Personalism

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There are no practical rules of conduct, resulting from the belief that the world is my dream.

One could totally withdraw from active life or could become very active.

One could become a saint or a rascal.

[Nevertheless, I do not know any happy person who hates other persons].

One could choose one or more options from many shades of gray.

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The Ethical Aspect of Oneiric Personalism

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I will list ethical rules important to me – as to an oneiric personalist. Perhaps they would also be of interest to some other persons:

Only a statement which is certain can be of absolute importance; uncertain statements can be (at most) of relative importance.

[This is not an ethical thesis, but is has ethical consequences.]

The world is my dream – this is certain.

I dream that I am a person – this is an interpretation of the sentence: the world is my dream.

 

I will not divinize any person.

I will not try to feel appreciated at the expense of any person.

I will not be burdensome to any person.

 

 

 

 

Divine Grace – from the Perspective of Oneiric Personalism

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Divine grace is:

  1. from the perspective of the person I am in this (dream)world – the unearned favor of God (it cannot be bought, extorted or mooched off), divine grace begins from the point where human possibilities end, yet humans have to cooperate with grace in order to succeed;
  2. from the perspective of Dreamer – the result of the paradoxical game played between Dreamer and nothingness;
  3. neither the result of a lottery nor a decision;
  4. inconceivable to any mind.

These two perspectives (1 and 2) complement each other.

God and Dreamer as two Aspects of the Absolute

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My relationship – as Marcin D. – to God, is the mirror reflection of my relationship – as Dreamer – to the World, which is my dream.

As Dreamer, I am the Creator of the whole (dream)world; as the person I am in my dream (Marcin D.) – I am merely one of the created objects.  There is nothing special about Marcin D.

God and Dreamer are just two aspects of the Absolute.

God could be called the absolute object, Dreamer – the absolute subject.

The Absolute is not in any relationship, because nothing exists beyond It (in other words: only the Absolute exists and only nothingness does not exist).

The Absolute is inconceivable to any mind.

The Soul as an Image of the Holy Trinity

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The concept of the Holy Trinity has fascinated me since my childhood. That’s why the protagonists of my novel meet, i.a, Augustine of Hippo, and talk with him about this mysterious issue:

“Do you agree that we have memory, understanding, and
will?”* Augustine asked.
“Of course, these are elements of our inner life.”
“Thus note that, in fact, these three differ from one another.
Yet, they do not cause division of the soul, as they do not constitute
three souls. They are part of one life. Two of these – memory
and understanding – serve us to understand things. The will, on
the other hand, allows us to use and enjoy them. These three are
interwoven: I remember that I have memory, understanding and
will; and I understand that I understand, remember and will; and
finally, I will that I will, remember and understand. Memory –
understood as a substance – does not differ from the soul, whereas
memory perceived as an activity of the soul remains in a relation
to it. The same is true about understanding and will, as both manifest
a certain relation to the soul. None of them is greater or lesser,
nor is any of them prior or subsequent. These three constitute
one being, one life, one soul and one substance, just as the three
divine persons are one God.”
“A very interesting analogy, indeed. Which of these powers
of the soul correspond to which divine persons?” Philip asked.
“Memory is to God the Father. Understanding, whose fruit
is the word, is to the Son of God. The will, whose fruit is love, is
to the Holy Spirit.”
(Marcin Dolecki, Philosopher’s Crystal)