Dreams and Dreaming

I’ve spoken to plenty of people about lucid dreaming, and it’s interesting to hear how many people have had lucid dream experiences spontaneously. It’s a lot more common than one might think, simply because it’s not something everyone talks about that often. Not many people realize it’s something you can learn to do intentionally and regularly, mostly these short lucid dreams get passed off as curiosities and aren’t very well developed.

There is usually a brief recognition that you’re dreaming, and without knowing what to do with it, you often end up just falling back into ‘normal dream’ mode. It doesn’t seem all that significant in the dream itself, and as a result is not always a very clear lucid moment when one wakes up. It’s really an unfortunate thing that we are taught dreams are not really important or significant. Most people don’t know what they’re missing out on because their ‘lucid moment’ didn’t result in anything particularly special.

So whether you arrive at that lucid moment in your dreams spontaneously or intentionally, the thing to remember is that it is *significant*. It’s *highly* important! You are doing something amazing, and you need to realize how amazing it is while you’re doing it, so you stay lucid, aware and conscious. You are experiencing a new form of consciousness! It isn’t every day you get to blend your dreaming and waking selves into a new identity that can be so self-aware inside a dream you know. Well, it isn’t every day to begin with, but it can be, and if you make it your quest, it will be.

This is why the attitude of ‘it’s just a dream’ will ruin your chances of becoming an expert dreamer. It makes dreaming seem unimportant. It derides the value of your own consciousness and makes a mockery of your own direct experience. You wouldn’t take half your waking life and say ‘nah, it doesn’t matter what I do so I think I’ll just wander around like a zombie’ (plastic people aside.) But this is exactly what one does to one’s dreaming life if it simply isn’t *valued*. Start valuing it and it will take you a long way..

It might seem a little strange to consider that you have more than one identity at first, but when we look at identity we realize it’s not a fixed thing anyway. Are you the same person you were yesterday? What about five years ago? As we see, identity changes over time. When we make the transition from waking to dreaming, we also transit from our waking self to our dreaming self so that we can operate proficiently in dreaming reality.

To ‘get’ this, let’s use an analogy. If you hold both hands out wide, one hand is your waking self and the other hand is your dreaming self. If you turn your head and shift your focus from one hand to the other and back, is either one ‘less you’ or ‘less real’? Of course not. Both exist simultaneously and are equally valid. So when we switch between our waking and dreaming selves, we are just changing focus. We may or may not remember we have another ‘hand’, another identity while we’re busy using the other one! And in the same way, your waking and dreaming selves are both still ‘you’.

One of the many benefits of lucid dreaming is that by training our lucidity, we are opening channels between our waking self and dreaming self identities, blending them in a way that will enrich the experience of both. We are integrating into a more whole being. We bring more of the creativity and knowing of our dreaming abilities into waking life, and the sharpness of conscious focus, intent and reflection into the dream world. And in the process, we get to explore lots of new ideas and have a whole heap of fun!

What are currently recognized as dreaming periods are the REM (rapid eye movement) portions of sleep. What is generally not known however is that we dream and have other experiences at deeper levels of the psyche that aren’t usually fully consciously remembered. Some of these are formless or imageless interactions. The information and experiences we have on these levels is translated into dream imagery at levels closer to our waking consciousness, and this is what is recognized as REM dreaming.

In other words, we still dream in non-REM periods, but these dreams are trickier to remember directly the deeper we go, because there the information we receive is usually too vast for our conscious minds to contain. So we translate it in symbolic form through the image-laden medium of REM dreams. And yet, as we stretch our dreaming attention and conscious capacity, we are more likely to remember more information from these levels, which is more akin to a direct knowing.

The confusion that REM periods and dreaming periods are exactly synonymous is one that has come about through the scientific study of dreaming from outside observation. But by recognizing that REM is associated with the scanning of dream imagery, it is easier to see that those non-REM periods of sleep are not necessarily ones of ‘unconsciousness’ but quite the opposite, they are periods of superconscious activity that escape our conscious focus, imageless ‘dreams’ of a magnitude that is mind-blowing to glimpse!

Manifest Your Dreams into Reality with a
Real Magick Shamanism Apprenticeship

Opportunity is a funny thing… it sometimes comes when you least expect it, but it always seems to come at the right time. So why do we hesitate?

The problem is not so much a lack of opportunity, but more that most of us are so busy floating through life half-asleep that we miss the opportunities that do present themselves… What wasted gifts! Well consider this your wake up call..!

All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between an average man and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so that when his cubic centimeter pops out he has the necessary speed, the prowess to pick it up.
– Don Juan Matus to Carlos Castenada, from Journey to Ixtlan

This could be your cubic centimeter of chance… a chance to have a chance…

What would you say to being able to make a real change in your life and the lives of those around you through the guided study and application of a practical and experiential path of knowledge? Forget all those fluffy sales-pitchy ebooks and wishy-washy scattered info you can find for free on the internet, forget the motivational speakers and the self-help pop psychology..!

Don’t get me wrong, all these things have their place, and there is some really interesting stuff out there that can really help, but let’s face it… most of these people are just offering you their brand of truth rather than helping you to find your own. And can pre-packaged truth really sit well with your soul?

The unfortunate thing is real quality teachers are hard to come by. In days gone by seekers of knowledge would travel far and wide to find a “master” or “guru” from which to learn.. it still happens these days, but not as much.. in these days where information is more freely available we are faced with another problem, we get so overloaded and distracted that we forget to focus on our own path.

Well, I’m going to present you with one possible path right now…

The opportunity to study magic and shamanism with an experienced teacher: Alan Joel. Alan has been a shamanic healer and practitioner for more than 20 years, and has been a mentor, teacher and guide to hundreds of students, helping them create lasting beneficial changes in their lives, families, careers and beliefs systems. He has studied in many faiths and traditions, and continues to create courses that offer students spiritual growth, self knowledge and much more.

Alan is currently offering a Shamanism Apprenticeship Class through the Esoteric School of Magic and Shamanism. If you’ve ever wanted to learn real magick this is your chance. This course is offered through a combination of home study material and weekly teleconference, making it available to you wherever you are! (And that means no having to travel hundreds of miles or halfway across the world just for an over-priced weekend seminar or retreat like in the good old days!)

You can read more about the Apprenticeship at the School site HERE

BUT, *don’t sign up there* for the Apprenticeship! Why? Because I’ve arranged an exclusive special discount offer for my subscribers (that means you!) which you can only get by submitting your application on the form at the end of this page.

PLUS as an added bonus I’m going to throw in a full copy of my Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection Course! Simply let me know once you’ve completed your registration and I’ll send you an access link to my course. Pretty sweet huh?

Apprenticeship Class Details

The first class starts on the Monday 9th of April and enrolment applications close this Saturday 7th of April, so act fast to secure your spot as there are limited positions available (so that the size of the class remains manageable.) Class will be held on Monday evenings at 5pm Pacific Time (PST) – so check your timezones..!

Payment for the class is by the month, try it out and see if it’s for you… and then continue your shamanic apprenticeship quest for a full 18 months! To give you an idea of the course structure here is how it looks (it’s recommended you plan to at least complete the Basic Magic module if you cannot commit to the full course at this time.)

Basic Magic – 32 weeks (8 months)
Tarot, Sonics, Spellwork – 8 weeks (2 months)
Basic Shamanism – 16 weeks (4 months)
Intermediate Shamanism – 16 weeks (4 months)

Normally this class costs $150 per month but if you sign up through the form on the bottom of this page it will be only $140 per month, an exclusive and substantial discount over the length of the course, and a sheer bargain for an apprenticeship of this nature and depth.

First month’s payment is due before the first class. After your payment has been received, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to access the teleconference center for class. Registration for this class is acknowledgement that you are 18 years of age or more and that you are agreeing to the Program Policies and Procedures.

If this opportunity feels right for you and you have the necessary speed and prowess to pick it up, get your application in as soon as you can. (Oh, I almost forgot to mention I’m doing this class myself, I’m pretty excited..! Look forward to seeing you in class!)

Please answer the questions below to apply for the Apprenticeship Program. You will be contacted shortly about the status of your application.

UPDATE: The class has now started, however you can still fill in the form and join the waiting list for the next class and you will be contacted letting you know when this will be.

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A few years ago I had the experience of dreaming in Zen! For those unfamiliar with Zen stories, they are often short but insightful tales about experiences that have helped people realize the truth… (I recommend Zen Flesh Zen Bones by Alan Watts, a great collection of Zen stories.)

But I was fortunate enough to bring this one back from the dream world! I saw it from the eyes of the characters and third person simultaneously, but here is my attempt at a written version… Enjoy!

…A travelling zen monk was passing through a city one day, when he was approached by one of the locals seeking his help. There had been a number of deaths in the city by poisoning recently, and the man knew of the particular shopkeeper responsible for supplying it. He was, however, too afraid to approach the authorities for fear he might be next. The monk assured the man that he would look into it, asks directions to the shop and proceeds to it.

Upon entering the shop, he approaches the counter and politely says “I require one dose of your finest poison thankyou.” The shopkeeper is visibly surprised at such a request from a monk, but is not in the business of asking questions, and after all, this could be a disguised assassin who it would not be wise to refuse. He recovers his composure, bends down under the counter and shortly produces a small vial for examination.

The monk studies the vial, and satisfactorily pronounces, “Yes, that should suffice for everyone.” The shopkeeper is again taken aback, and says quite seriously, “Sir, I do not think you understand. As you asked, this dose is for one person. It is not sufficient for more.” The monk smiles and replies, “No, it will certainly suffice. For you see, I intend to take this myself tonight… and tomorrow, everyone else will be dead.”

At which, the shopkeeper is enlightened, and never sells poison again…

Came across this one awhile ago… Wish I could remember where now. But it still cracks me up! And it makes the point so well too… how can we be taught to so flippantly ignore or devalue a huge portion of our inner experience? Should we continue to let the uninformed beliefs of society about dreaming influence the way in which we treat our private or public dreams? If that is considered ‘normal’, I’d rather be considered a raving lunatic! It seems a little backwards though, don’t you think..? Perhaps as this comic satirically suggests, the way in which people ‘usually’ treat dreams is just a little wacko.. At the very least, we might want to know a little more about what we’ve been experiencing in the period we know as ‘sleep’ before we write it off. Well, that’s what I think anyways. 🙂

It should really be emphasized that there is quite a difference between the realism of normal dreams and lucid dreams. Many people assume that because their normal dreams are often vague, dim, cryptic, even unpleasant, or otherwise just ‘unreal’ seeming, that lucid dreams are equally as ‘unreal’. This is definitely the wrong conclusion to jump to, and yet how many people dismiss dreaming practices as a result on the basis they are ‘just dreams’?

Fully lucid dreams are as real as waking life. We must simply understand it is a different reality, a different dimension of experience. Imagine if you went through waking life being drugged and were half-asleep like a zombie all the time, would you call your life ‘unreal’? If you stopped being drugged, you’d exclaim how real it is but you just didn’t know it! Can you see the parallel? The point is that no one can call dreaming reality ‘unreal’ until they’ve experienced it for themselves in an aware state.

Consider, all our senses, emotions, thoughts, feelings and responses in a dream are as though the dream were ‘actually’ happening. It is! Only upon later (poor) reflection we may call an experience ‘just a dream’. It’s not less real, but it is a more dynamic and fluid reality. And, when we become lucid, we usually find the acuteness and sensational aspects of the experience increase many times over, similar or beyond peak alertness while awake. Dreams are real, and we find this out directly by becoming aware in them.

“Some dream events are more vivid than waking ones. It is only when the personality passes out of the dream experience that it may seem unreal in retrospect.” – Seth, Seth, Dreams and Projections in Consciousness p.219