Life Is But A Dream
What are dreams? For many, they are just weird scenarios that play out while we sleep. Some people even claim they do not dream at all, or at least, can never remember them. In yoga, as in many other spiritual traditions, dreams are a gateway to the depths of the mind, a place populated with the fantastic and frightening totality of all there can be. Dreams are like a movie with an infinite budget and infinite cast and infinite scenes. And you are the director, the star, and the audience, all at once.
Through the process of yoga nidra, yogic sleep, we can learn to consciously relax the body and induce a trance-like state that gives us conscious access to the usually subconscious regions of the mind. If consciousness is likened to an iceberg, the visible tip is waking consciousness, the mass of the iceberg below may be dreaming consciousness, and the expansive ocean beyond may be the unconscious mind. We are all individual icebergs floating in the same sea. It is because of this fact that we may pick up ideas or play out scenarios in our dreams that seemingly come from beyond what we usually consider ourselves to be. With practice, we may even learn to shape our crystallized forms, and even melt back into the sea, only to reform again, anew.
Lucid dreaming is being able to control one’s dreams. It is a skill all may learn with a little persistence. Simply begin by recording your dreams upon waking each day. You may not remember much at first, it may not make any sense, but that’s okay, just jot it down anyways before rushing off into your day. Later, when you are about to sleep again, review your notes from the night before and make the conscious decision to remember your new dreams in the morning. Continue this process for a few days, and eventually you will begin to remember more of what transpires in your sleep each night.
Now, deepen your practice by making further intentions before you sleep. “I will dream of so and so.” You may find you begin to shape your nightly adventures. The final step is simply to make the intention of “I will realize I am dreaming while dreaming”. With practice, this will happen, and you will find your dreams to be a fertile ground for exploring any of your hearts desires (anyone you like…), any problem you face in waking life (practice for the big game/test/meeting), ad infinitum.
Why does this matter? If you watch a scary movie and then have a scary dream, you can see the connection between waking and dream life easily enough. But what if that connection was not just one way? What if by mastering your dream life, you could in time master your waking life? This is dzogchen, the ‘great perfection’ of lucid living, and perhaps one day, it will be the usual course of life, and not simply a dream.
Sweet dreams to you all!
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