Jun 17 2009

Night Classes, Part Two

For many years (perhaps as long as I can remember) my dream states have been quite active and ~ according to others with whom I’ve compared notes ~ sometimes unusual. As I grew older from childhood, I learned that there is such a thing as lucid dreaming — and that I’d been doing it for years. Not every dream is lucid, but I can often shape what happens in my dream states quite easily. I thought everyone could do this! Until I learned they don’t. . .

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

For many years I studied dreaming and dream states, along with consciousness, to learn as much as I can about the mind and how it works.  Such things have always fascinated me.  Many of the indigenous cultures have very clear ideas and instructions about the dream time, what it means, and how to work with it.  Most of the indigenous cultures also believe that the dreamtime is incredibly important, not only to our health and well being but to everything in the world.  The Australian Aborigine elders say that the Dream Time is real, and that our ordinary daytime life is the “dream.”

The Tibetans have a thing called Dream Yoga, and so do many other Asian cultures.  I’ve studied some of the Tibetan teachings about lucid dreaming, to my great benefit.  I firmly believe that it is a part of one’s spiritual development to work with the dream states, as part of learning how to control one’s thoughts and emotions.  When you can master your own inner landscape, you are truly master of your own destiny.

It is entirely possible to be conscious in your dream, to take actions of your own choosing, and speak to whomever you please, whether they are on the same plane of existence or not.  (Let this statement tantalize you to explore further, if you’ve not already done so before!)

What has been YOUR experience with dreaming and consciousness?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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