I’ve been playing with the idea of lucid dreaming lately.
Not literally. Not with my dream-state, at night.
But with my waking state, during the day.
And the results are immediate and powerful.
I was introduced to this idea many years ago by Timothy Freke. He talks about our life as a lucid dream. (A lucid dream is one in which you know you’re dreaming while you’re in it. You can then make conscious choices.)
And my point about lucid dreaming is that even if it’s a scary dream, when you know you’re dreaming, you can enjoy it!
But whether a dream is lucid or not: Who is it that’s experiencing the dream? It’s YOU.
And as you know, your dream can’t hurt you. You are truly not at stake in it. You’re just experiencing it.
It’s the same with “real life“.
And whether your dreams are lucid or not, your life ideally is.
A lucid life means that at some level you are “awake” and aware enough to not be totally caught up in your story. At that level of consciousness, you can watch this life as if it’s a dream.
You really are not at stake in it. At least, not the real you, the YOU that you are in essence. You are immortal and cannot be touched by it in any way, shape, or form.
I’ve been working with this idea — that we are not at stake — for several years, and I now know it in my bones. You might know it as well. You’ll certainly know it when you “die”, but if you can believe this now, OH, how much more pleasant your life can be!
Still, I’m not asking you to believe this if you don’t want to. It’s great if you do, for life becomes a fascinating adventure rather than something threatening.
But even if you don’t, then for the sake of experiencing the release I’m suggesting, just see if you can pretend to believe it for now.
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.
Life is but a dream.
I’ve been so frustrated lately.
I went to the doctor a few months ago for an annual physical. I was very clear that was all I wanted, nothing more.
I’m now getting notices that I was charged for a LOT more.
I spent the last month being routed around to 10 different people trying to find out who to even talk with about this.
I finally hit on the right guy, only to find out that he doesn’t return calls. When I finally caught him “in”, he made phone appointments with me which he just didn’t bother to keep. Yes, he stood me up! Twice! I’m trying to find someone else to talk with but that’s been a dead end.
I’m feeling hung out to dry and completely powerless.
So that’s my story.
Today’s Lucid Dream (aka Life!)
But you know what?
It’s just a story!
And that’s okay!
No, I’m not going to drop it. I’m tenacious.
But the way I’ve found to work with it so as not to be completely frustrated and angry is to remind myself that it’s all a dream.
I am not at stake in this.
I am determined to continue to act with integrity. I am determined to not let him or that dysfunctional facility ruin my day — or even one more precious moment.
I mean, it’s a beautiful day, and I’ve got so much to be grateful for, not the least of which is this amazing adventure called life, whatever it brings, right?!
And so, I play with the idea that this is just a dream … and you can do this too.
It’s a different level of dream than you have at night, but still a dream. One difference is that at this level, things actually make their way into what we know of as form, as manifestation.
But it still doesn’t hurt you. It can’t possibly.
When you’re able to remember this (i.e. be lucid, and at some level awake, and know you’re not at stake), it helps you be present for the adventure.
In my example, it’s hard even for me to believe but I found myself actually enjoying the call I made to him this morning, telling his message machine that I didn’t appreciate being stood up. Yes, enjoying! And I don’t mean gloating, nor being “above it all”. I mean being totally there, allowing Presence to direct my words spontaneously, and appreciating it as part of this life I get to live.
And it wasn’t so bad!
And I’m not upset today. (Hallelujah!)
Dream Your Holiday
So I wanted to share this idea with you.
I know that over the holidays, especially, we can get stressed out even more easily than at other times of the year.
And this is a great way to turn stress into productive play.
To change our habits of upset.
To turn any kind of a nightmare into a dream.
It feels great, and I dare say that in my experience, it also helps what we think of as “the future” to unfold most gracefully.
So what do you think?
Do you buy it? If not, do you see how pretending to buy it and then acting accordingly might help?
Are you willing to try it?
I’d love to hear.
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Sweet dreams! ♥
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