Dream Yoga (Part 2): Lucid Dreaming for Lucid Living.

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Dream Yoga (Part 2): Lucid Dreaming for Lucid Living.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

(Carl Jung)


01 "SRI YANTRA FLOWERING of LIVES", @eric-boucher's photography.jpg

("SRI YANTRA, FLOWERING of LIVES”: For centuries now, this technological invention has been tested and proven over and over again empowering the ones meditating on its form which hold the innate powers to liberate the mind. Photography by: @eric-boucher.)

INTRODUCTION

To this classic quote from Carl Jung, I can hear, screaming in the back of my head the one coming out of Dune: “The sleeper must awaken!”

Some readers might ask, what’s the point? What is it about or how to get there, maybe even dare to ask why one would try to awake???

This series underlines the potency and potential this door available to you in your every night dreaming as one of the fastest path to your own awakening. From lucid dreaming to lucid living, the path toward the within first opens up on the realities of what we are as a human being, as a person and, eventually, as the retreat within goes deeper and the waters of your mind settle, not only can you reflect with great clarity, but from this stand point, you can see deeper, much deeper in to the nature of what you are.

The light of understanding finds itself reflected and, more importantly, the depths where shines knowledge from there depends on that process. It is, mathematically speaking, a function of it.

For instance, the science of Tibetan buddhism and its yogic practices have been systematically used for centuries and are ingrained in my being deeper than any of my words can express. The fundamentals of this movement of the mind and awakening of consciousness through awareness arousing have been discussed in this latest series of mine discussing the power of imagination, the process toward recognizing that one is dreaming and, ultimately, the awakening within the dreaming. From here, I started discussing dream yogas, exercises a dreamer does while being aware, fully conscious that one is dreaming, and exemplified through personal stories occurring during practices while sleeping. Eventually, this series is going to be moving toward the same regimen in both realms of the sleeping nights and so-called awaken days allowing, thus, the subject of consciousness to rise to the surface of this matter like a crown on the majesty of your being.


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("Conscious Awareness Emerging” as a radiant light beyond the realms of shadows. Photography by: @eric-boucher.)


As years passed by, I quickly realized that the nature of my experiences, or at least the perspectives where I live them from, hardly related to the ones experienced by the people I shared life with. I first tried to find points of connections with members of my family, then my friends and community, and, to my great surprise, they had no clue what I was talking about! Meanwhile, I totally understood where they came from… Since then, I took the vow to help people reunite with all, all of us as one with reality, back with the oneness where we come from. The nature of my mindset being settled into oneness understood the realities of duality, as well as pluralist realities, but I had not yet discovered to what extent the people surrounding my every day life were disconnected from themselves and this non-dualistic reality I feel from and understand from, a space from which every single one of us have access to, especially in the arms of Morpheus while we are aware of our dreaming.

It is only by the time I came to college that I realized that my experiences as a human being had more in common with what people referred to as mystical experiences. Einstein referred to this experience as “the root of all true science” while being “the most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience”. Since I had came across what people called mystics when I was in grade 6, a subject which quickly became a focal point for the spiritual path I just pointed at, I understood what the people referred to. This being said, it dawned on me that most other people around me weren’t aware or didn’t feel or acknowledged their connections to experiences they, themselves, have which allows one to realize their oneness with the web of consciousness, embracing all of our cosmic realities and beyond…

Back when quantum physicist Max Planck said “all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration”, I wonder maybe if he didn’t yet fully comprehend then, too, that the nature of the universe he spoke of is in essence holographic and to what extent it can be understood as a reality we are all partaking in the co-creation of, living with and within in constant infinite interactions emerging from a non-localized energy field that includes all times past, present and future… Meanwhile, this monumental grand-father of quantum physics strongly believed of matter as being a “derivative from consciousness”. In his words, again, “we cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness”. In fact, as every scientist having delved deeply into its subject would admit, the deeper you search into the mechanics of nature, the Universe (or Polyverse for that matter), life, reality, the more it starts to look like a great thought rather than a great machine…


03 "Shadows of the Great Machine of Time", @eric-boucher's photography.jpg

("Shadows of the Great Machine of Time”: “The deeper one delves into the mechanics of nature, life and reality, the more it starts to look like a great thought rather than a great machine…” Photography by @eric-boucher.)


DREAM YOGAS (Part 2)

We have now finally reach a point where we are going to emancipate on what we have learned and where to go from there.

I will propose you a few exercises to delve into while exemplifying them with experiences of my own. Sharing some of these stories relating to many aspects of what we have discussed already might help you shed light on questions you might have been asking yourselves about the techniques used, maybe it will raise questions you had not yet foreseen…

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery everyday.”
Albert Einstein

As soon as you awake in your dream, you start talking to people, animals, plants, rocks, the sky whatever. The surprising thing is that some, if not all of the above, will potentially be willing to exchange with you. Asking them targeted questions will allow you to expand on the energies you are embodying within the dream thus allowing you to form a much more concrete idea of what you are experiencing.

I thought I’d present you a few of the classical questions I have played with over the years to which answers beyond me keep on surprising my awareness. So, here are a few question exercises to get creative with and learn from:

1- What am I? Who am I? What is my name?
2- Where am I?
3- When are we or what time is it, if there is time or time markers such as seasons in the dream you are in?
4- Why am I here? Or, what is my purpose for being here?
5- Where is home for me?
6- If you are human, who are my parents or sister and brother?

I’m pretty sure this is plenty to fiddle around with and enjoy an array of answers that will blow your mind. Remember to keep a record of your findings in order to place them into proper categories!


04 "Once in a Blue Moon", photography by @eric-boucher.jpg

(“Once in a Blue Moon” we experience a phenomena that blows our mind right out of the water’s of what we perceive as possible, getting us outside of the realms of our habituated awareness… As the movie Dune says, “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” Photography by @eric-boucher.)


I remember, once, when I was told about this trick. I went to bed, started dreaming and almost automatically became aware that I was dreaming. I reminded myself that I was going to try to ask a specific question as to who I was to the people or characters I’d come across, a couple of by-passers who were walking in the wide open spaces of a beautiful park filled with leafy trees, a few laughing children and me, seemingly to my senses, standing there just watching them come by…

Their answer, to this day, is still one of my favourite example of unexpected answer. They first looked at each other wondering why on Earth, if it was Earth, I was asking them such a trivial question. You know, when one eye brow goes up and the other is going down as if you were almost winking: Looking back at me as if I was a total fool, they answered in unison “You’re a flower, of course!?!” Before I could even ask more question, the comical situation sent me right out of my dream, sleep, and back behind my eyes into my bed, laughing out loud.


05 "The truth in the Eye of the Beholder", photography by @eric-boucher.jpg

("The truth in the Eye of the Beholder”, photography by @eric-boucher.)


Sometimes, just wondering about the question will actually give you answers too!

During the day, I had read through the articles in the SARSHOG (“NEWS” in Tibetan), a Tibetan newspaper I used to get through mail and posted directly to my home, in Terrace, Northern British Columbia. That night, before going to bed I was still thinking about the plight of the Tibetan people that followed the Chinese invasion in 1950 and started meditating on their people and, especially, the nuns and monks that are still out in there in the territories occupied today by China.

Moving from my usual daily awakened state in complete awareness through the intermediary state all the way into sleep, I woke up in a dream floating above a large forest of stunted evergreens. It also almost looked like a planted forest because it was so even as seen from above like this, but it wasn’t! It was a very old forest in a cold climate and/or a high altitude location through which a straight double-lane highway was cutting through. No traffic what so ever and, among the vastness of these particularly empty spaces, only one thing stuck out: A strange looking gas station with an eery feel to it.

Automatically wondering to myself where I was, two phenomena happened simultaneously: While I could feel that I was in China, I didn’t know why I was finding myself there. Right away, as if attracted by my wonderings, the mind’s eye moved into a small building that looked like a shed from the outside but, inside, were two Tibetan monks in a really rough shape, battered really… I asked them their names and, as soon as I was told, I flew out of the shed quite spontaneously and found myself returning to the enclosure of my body, in bed, in my bedroom. I slowly got up, went to the living room and wrote their names as to make sure that I wouldn’t forget…

Recounting the dream to Toby, my wife then, she asked me what I made of it, if I believed it to be relating to a past life or something like this. I told her I didn’t think so but maybe?!? Meanwhile, there were no signs telling me it was the future or the past, was it the present somewhere else, China for instance? I left the note in my drawer and never looked into it any more up until we received the latest Sarshog a month or two later: As I flipped through the news, I suddenly came across the name of two Tibetan monks who had been executed after months of imprisonment! I have to admit, my jaw dropped on the spot and as abruptly as the joy I had transformed into deep sadness and grief arising to the surface of my soul.

We never really know what is going to be coming our way on this journey of inquiry and one thing almost for certain, it will challenge you to keep an open mind. I can easily imagine what René Descartes would have said in relation to the answer(s) given to any questions you will be asking, “put that knowledge between parenthesis” and question it, inquire as to what this answer is about, what does it relate to, where does it fit in the paradigms of your experiences and, if it doesn’t fit anything, it doesn’t mean that it is meaningless. You simply haven’t came across its meaning yet. Put it in a special category of unknowns. As time goes by, more experiences will come by in the form of dreams, thoughts, visions that may or may not allow you to realize parallels maybe even points of connections between these newly acquired realities and the ones experienced in the realms of what one would call dreams.


06 "Out of Life's Realms into day Dreaming", photography by @eric-boucher.jpg

("Out of Life's Realms into day Dreaming”, photography by @eric-boucher, on North Beach, Haida Gwaii. This is the sunset’s reflection on the watery mirror of Naikoon Park’s revolving sands. As the angle of the sun meets the Earth’s curvature over Dixon entrance, at the exact point where the Prince of Wales and Dall Islands intersects the sun’s beams, the rays dissect into multiple flares over the southern Alaskan Pan Handle skyline…)


“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery everyday.”
Albert Einstein


Well, it had been a slice since I had produced another chapter of the “Dream Series” and I hope you will enjoy the results of your inquiries among our oneiric journeys. Again, I will encourage you all to share the results of your discoveries either right here in the replies and/or in the form of posting to which you can link us to. I would LOVE to read what you are discovering and how these exercises are affecting your every night life as well as your day life because the end game of dream yoga is lucid dreaming for lucid living.

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This is a very well written and illustrated post. Informative too for those who have (ears to hear? eyes to read?).

Thanks for putting it so clearly.
Upvoted and re-steemed

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Wow, coming from such an avid reader and experienced person, I am humbled by your powerful words... Thank you so very much for the kind words, upvote and resteem as well @onceuponatime, namaste :)

I'm glad I followed you Eric, as I'm only recently active on Steemit, and I'm fascinated by lucid dreaming. I will look for your Part 1 post on this subject now.
I became interested in lucid dreaming a few years ago, because I had a few spontaneous lucid dreams. They intrigued me so much that I wanted to have more, but despite putting in a lot of effort, I only succeeded in having a couple of brief ones. Eventually I stopped trying. Maybe I'll try again sometime.

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It all started 2 months ago with: https://steemit.com/life/@eric-boucher/life-will-seem-like-a-dream
Then, I went I simply had to go on with: https://steemit.com/life/@eric-boucher/turning-dreams-on-off-like-your-iphone-to-becoming-oceanic
From there, the lucid dreaming portion started: https://steemit.com/life/@eric-boucher/7tuanr-lucid-dreaming-the-art-of-summoning-dreams-to-the-surface-of-one-s-mind-and-know-that-you-are-dreaming-part-1
...And so on, till now. If you want the other ones, I can either send you a link like I just did, but you'd be getting it more easily by checking in my blog, they are well marked from there on.

I can't tell you how touching it is for me to be of help in this matter as it is waters I have been swimming in for a very long time... the first few articles will definitely help you realize your hopes of triggering lucid dreaming, becoming fully aware within them and start to interact with all its elements.

Looking forward to reading about your experiences here on Steemit and, as soon as you post it, make sure you send me the link. I want to read it too!

Have a wonderful day and night, keep your smile and taking good care, Steem on and, above all, thrive on!

Namaste :)

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Fantastic! Thanks for these links Eric.

Very awakening post. I haven't fully read yet but I understood many things and I like the concept of lucid dreaming. The film "Waking Life" firstly made me aware of lucid dreams and secondly, this post did this. I will fully read it for the whole experience. Thank you for the post and it has to be seen by more and more people. Having control of ourselves is the most important thing in life.

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This is a brilliant response, thank you! I hope you will have time to read the previous articles as they give the full guidelines and introduction tot he practice of dream yoga.

I have to take it as a great compliment to come up to par with "Waking Life" as it is such a powerful movie, extremely well done graphically speaking as well as for its monumental content. Much gratitude flows out your way for this... I hope you have resteemed the article in order for it to be seen by more people throughout the whole platform, maybe even shared it on other sites too??? ;)

Thanks a lot for reading this and it warms my heart to know that it has helped you in moving toward the within. Namaste :)

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You are welcome and thank you as well for your reply. I definitely resteemed this post as it is very helpful for everyone and I wish more posts like this here :)

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Thanks a bunch for the generosity of your words and the kindness of your heart for resteeming the article as well, it is all really appreciated, namaste :)

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Namaste :) I like to promote everyone who creates the value for the world and you are one of them. I experienced how bad my life was when I couldn't control myself and how it ruined everything around me. The help is in awakening our consciousness. When we are aware what's happening, then we are able to make right decisions in every moments of life.

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Graceful and powerful words you are sharing with us here. They reached my heart like bulls eye into the joy of it!

Much gratitude is flowing out your way right now, thrive on and namaste :)

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I am grateful for it :) I love sharing my thoughts that come instantly in my head. I believe that they are always genuine

Really wonderful yoga post, Eric! As a fellow yog(ini), I appreciate this. I am upvoting, following and resteeming! I like the parentheses idea a lot and utilize it a lot in my questing. Ah la la ho! @dakini5d

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I love your reply, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts on it. Namaste @dakini5d! :)

Enlucidating! will be trying this for sure! thank you @eric-boucher

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I look forward to reading the results of this either here on Steemit.com/@avila.photo or in the comment lines right here.

Thanks for the kind words, namaste :)

namaste
how are you? Resteem your post. Excellent photography. Be well off.

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Thank you so very much @akilasultana373! I'm glad you appreciate both the post and its photography. I am doing very well, thank a lot. I wish you the same and much gratitude for the resteeming of the article as well.

Namaste :)

great contant friend.i alredy resteemed this post....i like your post friend

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Thanks a lot for the compliment and the resteeming too! Namaste :)

When sleep isn't sleeping anymore, but an escape to a wonderful place :) Yet another post I bookmarked for future Ema to read, over and over again. Thank you!

I never go to a particular place when I am lucid dreaming, I seem to just wander in the air along with big giant cats or weirdly shaped chairs. What I do recall is names, numbers and even some glimpses of the future.

Much love! Namaste and Happy Tuesday!

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I have the feeling this article will ring with you deeply and can't wait to read more from you on this topic... Soon, I hope!

Much gratitude for the kind fuzzy warmth your presence here makes me feel, namaste :)

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Pretty soon :) Je t'envoie plein de gros bisous!!!

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En français!?! Tu me touches le coeur de tes surprises, namasté :)

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Je parle un peu de français ❤ :)

your every part i seen done..i think you are great photographer in steemit..thanka for sharing my dear...✌👌👏✌

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Thanks a lot for the very kind words, I really appreciate, namaste @nnajmull :)

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you most welcome dear...where are you live in??

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British Columbia, Canada, what about you?

your creation is so nice ...thanks for your blog OldfashionedEnlightenedAllosaurus-small.gif

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Thanks for sending this note to this person from whom it is the very first time I get a comment from. I was not aware of their spamming yet, namaste :)

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Thanks a lot, I also appreciate the special sharing of your own! Is it your family pushing your VW Van in the Mojave Desert??? Namaste :)

This post is so well written and thoughtful..
can you please proofread my post https://steemit.com/religion/@supriyo/under-all-the-glitter-and-gold-most-religions-have-wisdom-to-be-explored-interesting-facts-about-hinduism
let me know your views

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Hi @supriyo!
First, I want to thank you for the very kind words referring to the article, much appreciated.

Secondly, I am not sure about what you mean by proofreading your article... I read it and there's a few linguistic changes that could be used here and there, but it is easily comprehensible. It is great to know that you are on the eternal quest toward self-realization as it is all of humanity's destiny to go through this process, in due time... The sacred science of yoga practiced in India has brought forth in humanity's history the understanding of the energies creating the universe after perceiving it through our chakras system which, in itself, is like a antenna and a rod to transmit and receive information from. This study also has the potential to bring you where we are going within the realms of this little series about dreams meditations and some of its yogas.

Namaste :)

He who seeks always finds. I found you. Thank you for your article. I will certainly try to manage tonight.

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I hope you had a great time in your practicing the dream yogas... It only becomes easier and easier as you practice, especially if you have followed the guidelines I offered in the previous articles. Let me know how it went, I look forward to it.

Namaste :)

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Tonight I did not succeed. I kept asking myself the question: "Who am I?", And for a long time I could not sleep. And the whole night I dreamed of how I am betraying my wife with another woman in front of my little child. I remember some images. I spoke with that woman, but about what? I do not remember...

Namaste.

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You started to succeed, congratulations!

Step by step, you are moving into awakening within the dream... Did you read the other articles that are introducing this topics? If you scroll up to the second person that commented on this post, @natubat, you'll see my reply and the links to the first parts. There's so much to it... Don't worry about "Who am I?" This is an eternal question that only opens up on where we are going anyway. Ask other people within your dreams "Who am I?" as this is for them to let you know... Seriously, check out the other articles, they'll bring you up to speed with where we're at right now. I'm glad you were actually able to remember parts of your dream. I this case, guilt and desires are at play within yourself, spurred by judgments supporting the guilt.

Keep it up, dreams are an extremely powerful door to walk through. Namaste :)

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Thanks, I found the links. I will continue to realize myself in dreams.

Namaste.

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Unfortunately this is your first article, which I read. Be sure to write to you in the morning about how it went.

wow nice photo dear @eric-boucher i like it

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Thanks @shahin24! Namaste :)

Dream Yoga is common in every human life

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If people only knew... ...And practiced! Namaste :)

@eric-boucher Great post! :D

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Thanks a lot, coming from you, it is an honour! Namaste :)

I really like you post :)

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Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Namaste :)