Our Mind's Propensity for Dreaming is greater than the Desire for Sleep. What are the implications?

9 Responses to “Our Mind’s Propensity for Dreaming!”

  1. on 26 Dec 2018 at 6:09 pm Keshav Howe

    My experience is that the "need" to fall asleep with eyes closed is superseded by a stronger and more persistent pull to take in life's changing content through the eyes of a silent, awake, and aware witnessing presence.
     
    When faced the choice between remaining true to the painful emptiness of all that it thinks it knows, and the peaceful feel of being part of something grander; the separate self starts to take on the role as communications director for the silent witness of life's changing content. In that role, it consciously chooses to move through life as the narrator of a lucid dream of inter-dependence; with eyes wide open.
     
    In other words, eventually, we all bump up against our eternal nature. Here at home, there is plenty of work for all.

  2. on 26 Dec 2018 at 12:59 pm missy

    I have to say that I am always amazed at my deep sleep dreams and I record those I remember with eyes wide open. I plan to review those recorded this year and follow your question Keshav, about sorting out the messages from pure presence? I like the thought of “the dream who bumping into its eternal nature” like I want to witness that and remember being there. Well of course I can because I am there ha! The snake chasing its tail. Namaste.

  3. on 20 Dec 2018 at 11:30 am Diane

    While listening to chants a few moments ago I fell asleep and dreamed that I was on the ground with my parachute behind me. I was about to jump when eagle swooped down and took my parachute away! I realized that life doesn’t require a safety net and that when we spread our wings and fly into the unknown we need to take a leap of faith ! And that not knowing what is going to happen is the key to dropping all filters and only then are we in pure innocence !

  4. on 19 Dec 2018 at 7:07 pm Diane

    My conditioning is the culprit for this . I understand thirst it usually takes 21 days to break a habit and it is my experience that replacing a habit is easier by replacing g it with a new habit. Diligence in silence and stillness seems to be the antidote to dreaming , and remembering to be totally present to what is showing up in life is the tool I have in the world of form to assist with this.

  5. on 14 Dec 2018 at 4:15 pm Keshav Howe

    An "unnecessary part of life" really rings true. Particularly, when it becomes Self-evident that all thoughts are after-thoughts, enamored with commenting on what should or should not have happened while it was time traveling – during the timeless space between thoughts.
     
    So, even the idea that "I am choosing to think this thought," is just another thought (another after-thought).
     
    When faced with longer periods of time out of work, even the imaginary "separate sense of self" eventually starts to figure out how to surf its way though life's vicissitudes – without attaching to a particular point of view.

  6. on 14 Dec 2018 at 9:05 am sasanijjs

    Last nights energy session was a clear reminder of this. The energies and support found in those spaces are truly magical. Mind wavered back and forth from pure vibrant stillness and agitation. After experiencing this freedom, agitation rapidly becomes an unnecessary part of life. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work with these energies.

  7. on 11 Dec 2018 at 1:55 pm Keshav Howe

    A simple truth arises when attention is undivided: When I smile the whole world smiles, and when I frown the whole world frowns.
     
    Conscious or lucid dreaming is the way that our separate sense of self opens to the vastness of realty beyond the purview of language or mind.

  8. on 10 Dec 2018 at 6:14 pm Keshav Howe

    There is an ongoing belief that the primary benefit of sleep is the biological need of the organism to recuperate from the wear and tear of life.
     
    My work with meditation, however, points to an even more overriding, ongoing, and compelling need to bathe in the waters of deep, still, and undivided peace.
     
    During deep and undivided sleep we do not just return to unconsciousness. During deep sleep, we are inspired to rejuvenate ourselves in the pristine embrace of Pure Undivided Consciousness.
     
    It is obviously very unnerving for the dream ego to keep bumping against its eternal nature. However, as we continue to consciously open to subtler layers of Super-Consciousness, our movement though life evolves into a peaceful and fluid waking dream.
     
    The ultimate role of the lucid dreamer is to turn life into a lucid dream stage – with eyes wide open. It is my experience that only then can we begin to sort out the messages constantly being broadcast by Pure Presence to the separate sense of self.

    The shift in attention from the personal to the intimate, is part of an ongoing invitation to acknowledge all the ways that we can routinely allow "our" attention to wander away from the present moment. All the while, being aware that a free mind, is free of distractions – or a point of view.

  9. on 08 Dec 2018 at 2:39 pm sasanijjs

    I have noticed especially with energy work, that mind is more comfortable in story/ dream, which ironically causes more agitation than sleeping/stillness. There is such a deep level of vastness within that space that there is a sharp recoil. I am always amazed that mind prefers to sit in a place of filters than experience the bliss that radiates from stillness. I have noticed that mind attempts to find anything that might be of benefit to a separate sense of self as a tool for holding. As Keshav has said ,“this just isn’t the right moment to die.”

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