Dream Practice Session Notes

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    Sessions are unrecorded, but here are a few notes.



    A few things we talked about:



    Lucidity and or vs. Control
    Dreaming Cues
    Neuroscience (touched on)
    The role of Influence/Suggestion
    Similarities between dream views and Second Life
    Clarity/lucidity during 'dreamless sleep'
    Tools for remembering dreams (journals, recordings)
    Recurring dreams (touched on)

    Do you have the patience to wait
    till your mud settles and the water is clear?

    Can you remain unmoving
    till the right action arises by itself?
    -- Lao-Tzu

    Importance of sleep (circadian rhythms, adenosine)
    Followed up on week 1 exercise
    Intention and "pillow talk"
    Levels and kinds of lucidity (touched on)
    Awareness of awareness
    Ability to 'surf the dream'
    Recurring themes (houses)
    Setting the stage for good sleep
    "larks and owls" wakers
    "light and heavy" sleepers  
    “A solid answer to everything is not necessary.
    Blurriness influences one to focus.” 

    ― Criss Jami
    Checked in regarding dreaming - progress, patterns
    Recording and Recall
    Sleep cycles (Rapid Eye Movement - 25% of sleep for most people, non-REM)
    SWS (deepest sleep, slow wave sleep) mostly occurs in first few cycles
    Perception of not waking during the night, but most are
    Benefits of waking at night - nighttime/early morning meditation (amrit vela)
    Alarms, and not
    Checked in with ongoing dream reminders
    Combining techniques
    Mental investigation ("How did I get here?")
    Vivid and Lucid
    Intention and Suggestion
    Personal Dreamsigns
    Relaxing Expectations (5% of dreams may be lucid for most)
    Focus intention on the last few hours of the night/early morning
    Allowing rather than trying too hard

    “What if you slept

    And what if

    In your sleep

    You dreamed.

    And what if

    In your dream

    You went to heaven

    And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower.

    And what if

    When you awoke

    You had that flower in your hand

    Ah, what then?”

    ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Complete Poems

    Checking in on lucidity
    "Wake back to bed"
    Attention on the boundaries of sleeping/waking states
    Naps and dreaming
    Sleeping positions, suggestions  
    A few new practices 
    Importance of being relaxed, not forcing

    “Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious,
    and they must be brought into connection with action.
    They must be woven together. ”

    Anaïs Nin

    Dream Sharing Session with a few emergent themes:

    Sound (music, voices/words, nature),
    and whether one is hearing sounds or just 'knows' what they are
    Guidance suggested by dreams,
    Dream inventions (things that work in dreams but would not in RL)

    “If we shadows have offended,

    Think but this, and all is mended,

    That you have but slumbered here

    While these visions did appear.”
    – Wm. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


    Dream sharing session Part 2, with a few emergent themes:
    Common settings and roles (crowds, houses)
    Fear of looking at dreams too closely
    Responding to fear
    Healing dreams
    Passage of time in dreams

    Sharing of dreams
    Naps (comparing experiences,
    suggestions for duration, etc.)
    Guidance and trust

    “You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming?
    That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

    ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan



    Puzzling moments that open to/give way to lucidity
    Waking as soon as lucid 
    RL Movement
    Strong Boundary/Peaky moments
    Dream entities
    RL resolutions/insights
    Nap Zones!
    Nap Aversion 

    “Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.”

    ~Marsha Norman




    Remembering more/less detail
    Fragmentary dreaming
    Hypnogogic events (waking)
    Reminder of SWS (slow wake sleep)
    "Coalescing of a World" (as in SL)
    Flying to stay in a dream
    Walking (?)
    Places of power
    "dipping below the membrane"
    Revisiting times
    Restful dreams without storylines
    Transcendent dreams 
    Dream trickster
    Seeing as a game


    “In dreams no reasons are necessary.”
    ~Ashleigh Brilliant



    This was an interesting, and somewhat undefinable session.
    Still, some themes or overlap of dreams:

    Colors (red and white)
    Being "on the verge" of stable lucidity
    Testing the dream
    Handling an obstacle a new way
    Gender shift in dreams
    Throat chakra
    Memory in waking life
    Levels or Spectrum of lucidity
    Watching the watchers
    Sleep Apps


    "In dreams boundaries don't exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions.
    Even if there are, they don't hurt."      

                                                                      - Haruki Murakami



    Not assigning too much meaning 
    Dream guidance from elders or wise ones
    Physical sensations influencing dream content
    Repressed or shadow aspects (positive or negative)
    Houses and rooms
    Fear of losing one's place,
    Or going beyond understanding
    DIscoveries or breakthroughs/solving in dreams
    Meeting and forgiving people in dreams
    Permission or confidence
    Sleep amnesia and 'Priming'
    Joseph and Biblical dream insight stories


    “In dreams, we see in order to move and we move in order to see.”

    ― William Gibson



    Visitations (such as talking animals, familiars)
    Animals as energies or guides
    Horses, dogs, doves, etc.
    More on journaling, unpacking dreams
    (combine journaling with another morning
    activity, or jot keywords to jog memory)
    Drawing or painting dreams
    New dreams from recalled fragments,
    Continuing a dream
    Returning to a familiar place or feeling
    (bookmarking a dream - "dreammarks" or landmarks)
    Same characters showing up
    (sometimes as someone else)
    Physical symptoms of excitable dreams


    “Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.” -- Khalil Gibran



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