"If we cannot carry our practice into sleep," Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche writes, "if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake."
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
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To help you reach your dreaming body, I want to recommend this book. What I like most about the book is that it focus on being lucid (present) on our reality (collective dream) as an important way to get to our dreaming self, our lucid dream. It also stresses that although this life is a "dream" we still have to take responsibility for our actions, especially when they affect our fellow human beings; for, as you know, our egomania can turn this dream into a nightmare of overwhelming suffering.
The dreaming attention is a gateway into Infinity, and the benefits of contacting your dreaming body are many. And I quote:
". . . consciousness is then not bound by space and time and personal history, and the dreamer can meet with real beings, receive teachings from real teachers, and find information helpful to others as well as to him or herself."
"Using the dream to develop freedom from limitations, to overcome obstacles in your...
I intend no disrespect to this wonderful author and these special practices, I only offer this caution for those who may not be Tibetan Buddhists.
I bought this based on the glowing reviews, but I was surprised and disappointed when I read it. This book is entirely steeped in Vajrayana practices and in Tibetan cultural references. Maybe everyone who loved it practices Tibetan Buddhism, complete with with complex visualizations, Guru Yoga, and other exotic practices. If you are one of those people, this is a 5 star book full of wonderful teachings. If you are any other type of spiritual seeker, (for reference, I am Theravada Buddhist, though I have been "empowered" to practice Dzogchen and other forms of Vajrayana Buddhism, I don't practice those activity), or if you are just curious about lucid dreaming, this book really isn't for you. Do you want to visualize Tibetan symbols at various chakras as you fall asleep, and then wake up several times during the night to...
Finally a book on dreaming by someone who actually knows the true nature of the mind. And you don't have to be a buddhist, or wear the cultural clothing to take advantage of the practical advice contained within its pages. There is an excellent glossary for the more technical terms, though I have to say that the guide to Tibetan pronunciation left me more mystified than illuminated. (For example: Dzogchen - Tib., rdzogs chen). How the heck is rdzogs chen any clearer than Dzogchen?
If you read carefully, you will discover a wonderful road map for the awakening mind.
A tid-bit that has already worked wonders for me is the technique of blowing blue smoke up the central channel to dispel laxity. Here's the full quote:
"The second obstacle is laxity. It manifests as an internal laziness, a lack of internal strength and clarity. When you are lax in practice, you drift around, clouded and perhaps comfortable, even while attending to the object of attention...
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