Dream Yoga Guide

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Introduction to Dream Yoga

People who meditate tends to see more spontaneous lucid dreams. This is no accident since since the stability of mind or inner calm and presence that is required in meditation is exactly the same process of self realisation that happens in a lucid dream when you become conscious and present in a dream world. In a lucid dream you are no longer a victim of your subconscious thoughts, emotions and imagery but know that you are really not affected by the dream images any more because you know they are an illusion. They happen only in your mind. This same thing happens in meditation but you are actually awake but no longer controlled by your habitual thoughts and emotional reactions but fully present and conscious of what is happening inside and outside of you. You are free and awake.

The word ‘buddha’ means the one who is awake. In Tibetan tradition the practice of lucid dreaming have been used for centuries as a meditation method to find this awoken and fully present consciousness. The practice is called dream yoga. It is not a physical yoga of bodily movement but the yoga of the mind. Word ‘yoga’ means literally to connect. In a yoga you connect your mind and body as a unified whole. In dream yoga you connect your wake and dream states as unified whole.

In dream yoga lucid dreaming is used to rest in a peaceful, luminous and joyful inner presence day and night. When you find this presence, that you have not really ever lost because it is your own consciousness. When you find this presence you can share the calm and joy with other people and all sentient being. In this way you will become a better and more friendly and gentle person who no longer acts from primarily selfish motives but can take into account the view of others and common good in any situation. You will come spiritually more mature person. You will do this deep from your heart without intellectual pretence.

Dream yoga will help you to become more connected to your inner self and to serve others as a more calm and joyful from more awakened and free place inside of yourself. In this way lucid dreaming and dream yoga can become a powerful tool for a spiritual growth to become a better more gentle and empathetic person for close and more distant people.

In achieving this free inner presence you will need a calm and stable mind that is practiced in meditation and lucid dreaming in dream yoga. Becoming conscious of your dream is not an easy task for many but most can achieve it in two or three weeks of intense practice. In a dream yoga your lucid dreaming will have a more profound meaning for your life than just playing and flying in your dreams. You can still do magic and fly, no problem, but your motivation to do it is is to become a better more benign person towards yourself and other.

You will be doing the dream practice to free yourself from all attachment and aversion to rest in a fully present and awake consciousness and in the effortless peace and joy of being it offers for benefit of others. This will give you a more deeper purpose for your lucid dream practice and for your life.

If you don’t have enough time to meditate and develop your mind and emotions to find deep inner peace and joy during a day, in dream yoga you can do it the whole night in your dreams!

Below you will find different subjects of dream yoga practice to become conscious and present in your dreams and in your life.

The secret of life that eastern and tibetan traditions have tried to tell us the humanity for millenias is that there is nothing that is stopping you feeling deep peace, satisfaction and joy of being in your life right now. At this second. There is no hurry though. You can take your own time.

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Did you think that dream yoga and lucid dreaming were night practices? Think again. When you are unconscious in a dream tossed by dream images, association of thoughts and emotions it is too late to do anything. If you want to become lucid and gain consciousness in your dream you need to practice during day. And dream yoga is about making your day better also not just your night.

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When are you present? Now? You might think so but if you consider your day most of the time your mind is somewhere else thinking and feeling its own thoughts and reacting to them like it would to dream images. Being present is crucial for spiritual growth. Otherwise your reactions come from habitual selfish thoughts and emotional reactions.

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In the second day time practice the same presence is trained but by turning your attention primarily inward to your own thoughts, emotions, sensations and reactions. You practice recognising your own inner life as a dream. In a dream after all, you dream your own thoughts and reactions too. Being present with them and noticing them when they are happening will increase your presence since you don’t any more go with your thoughts so easily to somewhere else but your feeling of presence will start to expand and be more open.

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How do you want to sleep? Do you want to sleep and dream the way you spend your day? Perhaps restless, agitated, hurrying too much and maybe a little stressed. If you think and feel these thoughts when you fall asleep most of your dreams will become like that. If you want to do seven or eight hours of restlessness meditation then you should fall asleep restless.

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The morning and or the moment of waking up is a good time to notice how your night went. You will concentrate on remembering your dreams. If you don’t remember your dreams how are you supposed to remember to become conscious of them? Everybody sees on average about one and an half hour of dreams every night. If you rise and go to kitchen the chances are that any dreams have already vanished from you mind in seconds after wake up.

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During night you will be concentrating on developing inner attitude and presence that will bring you a lucid dream. In a lucid dream you can strengthen your presence and acquire more stability so that your mind is no longer tossed as much with running thoughts or feelings. Of course you can play, do magic and fly if you like in your imagination.

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To have a lucid dream you will need to be fully energized, calm and feeling well. Lucid dreaming when fatigued is near impossible. So take care first that you get healthy food, get enough bodily exercise and that you are well rested and recovered from any struggles of life. There are many practices of body, energy and mind that you can do to find a deep inner balance and well-being that will make lucid dreaming easier for you.

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Without calm stability you will lose your presence and lucidity in a dream. Your mind will start to wander and stars to grasp or resist thoughts and emotions that rise in your mind automatically. The dream will carry you away unconsciously. To prevent this you need to learn to rest in one pointed mind for at least a couple of minutes or preferably more.

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After you experience deep well-being with a stable mind you will find a clear presence that might be more profound that you have experienced so far. Some lucid dreamers are familiar with the experience that you feel like you are more wake in a dream than you have ever been during a day. This is a deeper experience than just thinking that you are present. It goes all the way to the core of your being.

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The purpose of finding deep peace and clarity with strong presence in a lucid dream (or life) is that you can meet any fearful dream images, characters or situations fearlessly. After all they are happening in your own imagination so what is there to be afraid of.

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The purpose of lucid dreaming in dream yoga is to find freedom and flexibility of mind. This is done so that you are not taking yourself or your life with whatever challenges you are facing so seriously. You will deal with your life but you will be doing it lighthearted.

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Dream yoga has been thought throughout centuries in different traditions especially the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The first texts are from the 7th century and it was a one of the six yogas of the famous Naropa (1016-1100 CE). The actual experiential tradition is likely to go before centuries in the oral teachings.

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