I started to climb the steps, and as I did so I emerged into a dark universe filled with stars. I could see the Milky Way clearly arcing over the cloudless sky. There was a platform near the middle of the pyramid, with columns on either side of the platform. There were two thrones on the platform; the stairs continued up the pyramid between the thrones. On the platform was various religious artifacts (an ankh, a christian cross, a Star of David, and a few others I didn't recognize), and there stood Anubis and a small dog-like creature that was a cross between a hippopotamus and a monkey/dog crocodile, with medium-length wavy red beard. It acted kind of like a cross between a loyal dog and an excited monkey, but it was fairly hideous to look at. (Apparently this was Ammut, eater of souls). Ammut's face was broader and shorter than a crocodile, more like a hippo but with sharp teeth. As I recall the name sounded more like "Hammut" or "Hanuman."
Anubis looked pretty much like he did in most representations of him - he had a black dog's head with pointed ears, similar to a doberman; a black man's body, and white Egyptian clothing with gold trim. He looked on me kindly and said:
"Good to see you again! Back for more eh?" Anubis was friendly and warm towards me as if we were old friends.
He stood behind a scale and reached out and took several balls of light from my body and placed them on the scales in front of him. He produced a large white feather, much larger than an eagle feather, and placed it on the other side of the scale. Ammut looked up happily wagging its tail, and I patted it on its head, scratched it behind its short stubby ears. The skin was leathery but smooth and soft, like a baby's skin.
The scale balanced, and Anubis smiled and said "excellent!"
I asked him, "What does this mean, exactly?"
"It means you get to choose your destiny, my friend! Please continue up to the top of the pyramid."
I walked past my two friends, up the stairs that went between the two thrones. When I reached the top of the pyramid, I found myself transported to a small Egyptian village, in the center of which was an area with tables and chairs, and a large rectangular area with medium-sized driftwood tent poles and canvas walls. A lovely trellis covered the top of this area, and palm fronds filtered the sun. The temperature was warm but mild, a cool light breeze blew through the village.
As I neared the table a man named Michael (who was also wearing egyptian clothing) motioned for me to sit down. He pulled out several glass vials (similar in size and shape to a large test tube) from a canvas bag and handed them to me for inspection one by one. Inside each glass vial was a cloud with a picture of a life story inside it, playing out as in a movie.
"You might be interested in these" he said, handing me two. Inside one, I remember an African woman carrying a child. "A harder life but less of an overall challenge" he said. I don't remember what was in the other vial, but I remember chosing this one. I recall the pleasant salty smell of a beach in warm weather. "I thought you might like that one," he said, smiling.
"Is that your final choice?" he said. I indicated that it was.
"Very well, please sign here". There was a large vellum scroll on the table, and a feather pen next to it.
After I added a sign to the paper (I don't remember what it was), he said "Good choice my friend. I know you like a challenge. I will see you soon!" and the dream faded away, and I woke up, still remembering the lovely breeze and the love radiating from the beings I had met.