Published on Aug 17, 2014
Published on Aug 17, 2014
Allow me to draw your attention to an apparently surprising thing. If I told you that now, when you are reading these lines, you are in fact asleep, you would certainly believe that I have gone mad.
You are awake, you are concentrating your attention to reading, and you are aware of your environment as well. You can see the furniture of your room, you can hear the call of the birds from the nearby forest. You are also aware of your thoughts and emotions. How can anyone claim that you are asleep at this very moment?
Naturally, you – just like everyone else – sleeps at night. Yes, sometimes you see dreams while you sleep, but right now it is daytime, you are awake. So how could you see dreams?
I believe that you do not only sleep at night, but also during the daytime. I believe that in your present state of consciousness, your greatest illusion is that you think you are awake. I believe that in your present existence, your greatest illusion is when you think that you are alert.
What I see is that in your present state of consciousness you are asleep, and at present you are dreaming, and what you see and hear are all parts of your dream.
Your nighttime sleep is only different from your daytime sleep in that in the night your dreams are less active. During the day, you imagine a whole world around you, and you play an active role in that dream. Your personal history takes place in that world, and identifying with that world shapes your personal identity.
At present, you are dreaming that as a part of your personal history you are reading these lines while identifying with the role of the spiritual seeker, and you are outraged by what you are actually reading.
The question may arise, ‘why do I claim that you are asleep and dreaming now?’. Well, from the state of consciousness I call Alertness, I can see that you are asleep, you believe yourself to be a separate self, you are a captive of the works of your mind.
What is the evidence for me to say that you are now asleep and, as a citizen of a dreamland, you are dreaming that you are awake?
It is because you are not present. To be present means that you are fully alert, attentive, and conscious in the present moment. Whatever you do, you do that fully consciously, you focus your entire attention on that particular activity.
Do you feel free to declare that you are present in every moment of your life?
What does it mean to be awake? It has happened to all of us that we have come under the spell of a moment, at some time during our life. A beautiful landscape, a sunset, a beautiful piece of art, the rhythm of music enchanted us. It may even happen that we are just lost in the silence of a peaceful moment.
The identification with the forms and shapes loosens a little bit for a short while, and in that instant, we may experience an entirely different state of Consciousness.
How deep you sleep may depend on how realistic you find your dreams, how much you identify with your identity embedded in your personal history. The less alert you are, and the deeper you submerge into your dreams, the more isolated, solitary and individualistic you will become.
All those different and separate worlds are created by the mind, which generates the state of separateness: the Ego, which appears as the focus of our identification with our thoughts and emotions. Thus everybody has a separate identity, personal history, individual world view and methods of action.
Sometimes suffering alarms you from your sleep, but then you hasten to return to it, and start a new dream, a new objective in life, new ideals, passion, ambition that confirms your connection with your identity, rooted in your personal history.
The reason of you sleeping is that you are not alert, only awake. Only one dimension of Alertness is present in you. Although you are able to focus your attention on your internal emotions and your environment, in your present state of Consciousness you are still powerfully identified with your mind and its functions.
You are therefore drifting on the stormy ocean of your thoughts and emotions day by day, and the space necessary for the emergence of a contemplating Witness is missing from you. You still identify with your thoughts and emotions. These generate the dreams of the Mind, in which you live as a separate self, and try to find the ways of safely navigating your life on the stormy sea.
In this separate state of Consciousness, the lack of Alertness may appear as a desire for freedom. This desire emerges from your real self, as your mind remembers its origins. This atavistic memory of the ancient past is the quiet attraction that will eventually take you back to Silence.
This deep desire will only cease if you become alert again, that is, you will not be awake but also alert. Then the Consciousness awakens to its own existence in the human form you at present call yourself.
Only giving up the struggle with the thoughts and emotions and the recognition of the futility of insisting on them will bring you the real freedom, The freedom of independence of the functions of the mind.
Alertness, the awakened Consciousness, the world of internal silence are all beyond the functions of the mind. If you wish to reach beyond the identification with your thoughts and emotions, if you recognize the functions of the mind and the intensity of your identification with them loosens, you may become alert again, in the quiet, pure space of Consciousness.
In this way, the third dimension of Alertness, that is, the contemplating Consciousness, appears in your life. This the original state of our existence, the pure Consciousness, the state of the witnessing Presence.
This article was excerpted from the new book by Frank M. Wanderer, Ego – Alertness – Consciousness: The Path to Your Spiritual Home.
Frank M. Wanderer Ph.D is a professor of psychology, consciousness researcher and writer with a lifelong interest in the mystery of human existence. His work is to help others to wake up from identification with personal history, the illusory world of forms and shapes, and to find their true Self in Consciousness.
In his new book, Ego – Alertness – Consciousness: The Path to Your Spiritual Home, Frank shares his insight on 3 distinct stages in the evolution of the human spirit, and as we evolve beyond the workings of the unconscious mind.
“The truth is that we are the incarnation of Life, we are born into this world as a result of a miracle, and later we are lost amidst the multitude of teachings and dogmas. We identify with our beliefs and we forget who we really are: the pure, unconditioned consciousness. This is the essence of Frank M. Wanderer’s teaching.” ~ Ervin K. Kery, publisher
“Ego – Alertness – Consciousness: The Path to Your Spiritual Home” is available here on Amazon.
About the author:
Frank M. Wanderer, Ph.D is a professor of psychology, a consciousness researcher and writer. With a lifelong interest in the mystery of human existence, Frank’s work is to help others wake up from identification with our personal history and the illusory world of the forms and shapes, and to find our identity in what he calls “the Miracle”, the mystery of the Consciousness.
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Rose Rambles – Lucid Dreaming, Anticipated Events, Based on dream Symbols – 3-22-16
Dream Interpretation and Precognition
When we close our eyes, chances are good that a dream may flash through our subconscious mind. Sometimes the dreams make precious little sense, with fragments of incongruent information muddled in a confusing yet fantastical ensemble of storytelling. Our dreams mirror our fears and aspirations, our anxieties, our goals and so much more. Sometimes our dreams are merely ways of replaying the day’s events in a manner that our minds see fit. Of course, there is meaning to every dream, however insignificant it may be. If one considers that dreams are akin to an alphabet of the unconscious mind, it becomes possible to piece them together in such a way that meaning can be found. Unfortunately for the vast majority of us, dream analysis is an alien concept and most of us resort to conjecture about what our dreams mean, if anything at all.
Do Our Dreams Conjure Up Things We Can’t
Symbols We Dream About and the Meaning behind
There are scores of symbols we dream about and each of them has a meaning that
dream interpreters have been able to piece together. One of the most common dreams
we have is that of being chased. This dream is common across many cultures and it is
symbolic of being pursued. The threat may be real or perceived that way, and is an
allusion to tension in your life. If you happen to dream about babies, this is about your
desire to have kids. It is also reflective of your desire to create a fresh new start in
your life. Other symbols such as crosses have different significance depending on
your religious persuasion. It may be an allusion to balance or it may be a reference to
a new part of your life that is about to begin. One of the most common dreams is
about death. But death is not about the end of all, it’s about a new beginning. There is
no real psychic prediction associated with death. And if you have recently lost a loved
one, a dream about death could simply be your mind and your heart trying to get you
to come to terms with things.
There are dream interpreters out there with the skills to accurately evaluate dream
symbols and how they are likely to predict future events. Online dream interpretation
by chat is increasingly being used as the preferred medium for dream analysis.
Psychics have long since delved into the cryptic art of dream analysis. Finding
quality psychics is no mean feat, and for that reason, dream analysis requires the
services of seasoned professionals with years of experience in the field. Dream
analysis advisors unlock the mysteries that are buried deep within the subconscious
and they endeavor to unravel the undiscovered nuggets of insight, wisdom and
imagery that comprise the juxtaposition of our present reality and the world we will
face in time to come. Psychic dream analysis can certainly be a powerful tool that
enables us to understand what we are going through and what we may possibly go
through in the future.
The imagery that we conjure up in our dreams takes on many different shapes and
forms. Sometimes the images are iniquitous and they come to us in the form of
demons. It is foolhardy to assume that demons represent ‘Demonic Possession’ since
they are nothing more than repressed emotions. We should always be cautious in our
interpretation of symbols lest we assume something that has absolutely nothing to do
with the images that flit through our minds while we are asleep. There are scores of
symbols that we may dream about which evoke fear and loathing within us, such as
the act of killing in a dream. In fact, dream analysts believe that dreams of killing are
merely desires to rid ourselves of an aspect of our character or personality. It may be
that we feel a particular hostility towards another individual and the strength of
emotion is such that it is represented by a strong act such as killing. Nudity could be
perceived as yet another lascivious desire, whereas in truth it is merely a revelation of
our true self to the world. Before we delve into the meaning of symbols in our dreams
and how they may come to represent tomorrow and the day after that, it is important
to understand that interpreting dreams and symbols is an art form that requires the
talents of the crème de la crème!
Abraham Hicks – Lucid Dreams
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