Bright Vision: A Dream
In the words of Joseph Wilson:
Sandy Kopf was a friend of mine for many years. She was both lovable,
and annoying as all hell. She had a way of getting me to share things
that I would otherwise have kept hidden. The Bright Vision described
in the following post of hers would have been lost had she not kept
it and kept encouraging me. On July 11th, 1999, she died in a tragic automobile
accident. I miss her.
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Subject: a dream/vision
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 01:24:17 -0800
From: Sandy Kopf
I am posting because I think I have something to share. I think it is something
important. This is about a vision Joseph had during the time I was with
Temple of the Elder Gods. I happened to find it today. It seemed important
and it seems important now. Here it is:
"I saw a rounded hill covered with dry brown grass. There were no trees
there was no wind. The sky was a clean blue and there were four small white
clouds above the hill. After a while, I sensed movement and saw that people
coming up the hill from the four directions.
"From the west came a red man and woman, from the north a white man and
woman, from the east a yellow man and woman and from the south a black
woman. All of the men and women were naked and they walked side by side.
person carried a large stone.
"As they came close to each other at the top of the hill, they stopped,
began to walk sunwise in a circle. Every once in a while, they would stop
of them would set down the stone he or she was carrying, then they would
around the circle again. The red woman set her stone down at the southwest,
red man his to the west. The white woman set her stone down at the northwest,
white man his at the north. The yellow woman set her stone down at the
the yellow man his at the east. And the black woman set her stone down
southeast, the black man his at the south.
"Then the people stepped inside of the circle of stones and joined hands.
heard a drum beating and they began to dance sunwise around the circle.
It was a
fun dance and they would laugh occasionally as they danced. I could
feel love and
caring radiate from the circle. Every once in a while the drum would sound
loud thump and stop and the people would stop. Each would be at one of
The first time they stopped they were all at the stones which they had
Each time after that they would stop at the next stone sunwise from their
previous position. Then the women would move around the circle sunwise
next woman's place. The people would join hands again and dance around
until the drum thumped loud again. This continued until each woman was
her original place. Then they danced again and this time when the drum
once loudly and they stopped, the men would go sunwise to the next man's
Again, this continued until each man was back at his original place.
"Then they held hands again and the people drew close to the center of
circle where they put their arms around the people at their sides. I could
They sat down and the dry brown grass turned fresh and green and flowers
around the circle."
'From Joseph Wilson, Night of January 19, 1985 C.E.'
At the time, Joseph commented:
'I see this dream as a hope for the future and as an outline for a ritual
hope to be able to do this summer. The people's nakedness seems to emphasize
only equality but, also, a removal of our self-protective armor, indicative
trust of each other.'
'We did do the ritual that summer and we did it in the mountains. I'll
forget it. We were in a campground with 150-200 people. They all gathered
and clapped and drummed and danced. We wore tabards of red, white, yellow
black to represent the people in the vision. It was an experience I will
Thank you Joseph, for sharing it then and for allowing we to share it now.
next day or two, when I have more typing time, I would like to also share
of my own that followed this one of Joseph's by only four days. Til then,
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Recently, when I think about this vision, I see something that either I
notice at the time, or is new.
In the center of the circle, a sapling is pushing up through the ground.