The Seventh State of Consciousness?
Lucid dreaming is being aware of the dreaming state, and also being able to exert some degree of control over your actions and the environment. Some believe that lucid dreaming should be the seventh state.
Lucid dreaming combines or overlaps two or possibly three states of consciousness. In lucid dreaming one is present, they “know” they are dreaming. This is the same as the waking state. And, at the same time, they are in the REM partition of the dreaming state, but also actively directing their reality as the Shamanic State. This is why some think it should be the seventh state of consciousness.
There are several techniques for achieving a lucid dreaming state. They all involve the development of intention. Some use a combination of mantra along with setting your intention just prior to going to sleep. You can practice this yourself. The dream state is the easiest place to begin the expansion of awareness.
Basic Lucid Dreaming Practice
The first thing we recommend is that you create and a spiritual journal. It doesn’t need to be an expensive journal. All you need is a cheap lined paper notebook. Something you can doodle and record your experience. Here’s more information about this on this link above.
Ten minutes before you go to bed bring set your intention to “remember your dreams.” We recommend using a spiritual journal and write it down in handwriting. This will help you visualize your intent. As you drift off to sleep repeat in your mind, aware in my dreams, remember my dreams.” First thing in the morning write your experience down, even if it’s just fragments or parts of dreams. If you don’t remember any dreams, write that down too.
As your intention becomes more powerful, you’ll remember more dreams. Soon you’ll soon discover, you’ll remember more dreams. And, the fragments will also be like pieces of a puzzle that will come together to form a pattern or message. The Universe is always talking to us and our dreams are one of the best ways to connect with this intuitive knowledge.
If you find that this method isn’t bringing any expansion of dream awareness, it may be helpful to use a mantra to help remove any barriers. A mantra is a vibrational formula normally based on the Sanskrit language. If you aren’t familiar with mantras then we suggest, “Om Kshraum Naraismhaya Namaha” The Mantra for removing roadblocks. Literal translation: “I salute AND manifest energy that destroys the seemingly indestructible.” You can find downloadable copies of this mantra on Youtube.
Practicing techniques for lucid dreaming have many benefits. You are training your awareness to be more observant. This will “spill” over into your waking consciousness. By placing your goals in your mind just before you go to sleep, you are exercising your intention. This results in general improvement with memory. You will be replacing negative self-talk with positive. There is something about writing things down that resonates with our ability to set things in motion in our sub-conscious. Last but not least you will hone your ability for lucid dreaming. Your dreams will be more pleasant, and you’ll remember them. You may also gain more control over your dreams.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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