Dream Yoga: No Time to Lose

Actually, technically, you have about 25 years to lose to “mindless” sleep (assuming 75 avg lifespan with 1/3 of your life asleep).

In this video, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche gives a straightforward, pragmatic explanation of how mindfulness/”clear intention” before bed can carry our practice into this oft-neglected part of our lives.

Turn off [the TV] and tune in. Thanks for reading.


Calling all dreamers, especially the lucid ones

I find it fascinating how I accept the “dream logic” of a dream. One moment I’m rushing to a high school math class (at my current age), the next I’m trying to seduce Sylvia Plath by reciting her lines of her own poetry that she has yet to write. While the waking mind might not make such absurd leaps, it does share a common misperception with “dream logic”: The mind gets caught up in appearances, taking them as nightmarishly solid or gloriously true. Lucid dreaming can be a powerful tool to break through appearances and to empower oneself, to transform fears into adventures.

Whether asleep or awake, many of us sleepwalk through life. (I can’t help but think of Tibetan dream yoga here.) But we also have those “satori” glimpses, those awakened moments, which we can also reach during REM sleep. I had a lucid dream ten years ago that dissolved a deep phobia overnight. That dream is the impetus for starting this blog, a forum for dream sharing.

So, please, share a dream that had a significant effect on your life. Share it in a comment here, or e-mail me with queries or your dream tales. I am also conducting interviews in Southern California. Please see the About section of this page for further details.

Dreams can bring healing. They can influence waking-life creativity–and there’s plenty of proof on this point, from inventions and discoveries to music. Through dreams, many of them lucid, countless people have overcome great fears. And no doubt, they can be richly symbolic journeys, too.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a resource on dreaming and the techniques of dreaming lucid, you need to remember just one name: Dr. Stephen LaBerge. Check out his books, and check out Lucidity Institute.