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Short film dreamt by Aaron Paradox.

Dreaming hero wakes up and sees the Dreamer himself. Is he? Time freezes and we are seeing things as they are. Are we? Narrated by British-born American philosopher Alan Watts.

Narrated by Alan Watts audio courtesy of alanwatts.org.
Music: “The Way” by Zack Hemsey.
Sound design by Jacob Thomas Czech.
Additional 3D Animations by Mike Winkelmann.
Dreamer’s voice by Paul “Bear” Vasquez.
Visuals and animation by Aaron Paradox.

Have you ever had such a dream, not just a vivid dream, but a highly detailed dream in which you suddenly realise you have ALL the power in the Universe to create whatever it is you wish? You are fully engaged and aware that you are in-fact inside your own dream!

This phenomenon is called Lucid Dreaming.

When lucidity hits the dreamer’s experience, a sudden wave of pure realisation gives rise to a limitless expansion of freedom.

In that very moment you become all that there is to become. You transform back into your true-self. This is of course without the help of man’s forced limitations- including the confines of a hologenetic illusory construct, A.K.A ‘The Matrix’ we live in. (Or if you prefer, ‘The Matrix of the Mind…’)

The lucid state is an individual time for extreme transformation (or playtime for some!) Whether it’s for recreational use or for self-realisation upon a spiritual path, either way, it’s totally fine and is your secret private time that is there for you to discover and experiment.

What Can I do to Boost my Lucid Skill and Life Path?

Thousands of years ago ancient tribes and traditions knew that the ‘Dream World’ was quite literally another layer of reality that coexists with the physical dimension that we all live in today. They speak of it as if it were as ‘real’, if not more real than the physical world, (Unlike today in the west, we refer to dreams as just dreams.)

Ancient texts claim to reveal hidden ‘dream’ science that they understood for the development of their spiritual growth, in which they could bring back extra-ordinary abilities and skill-sets. Whether it is because they unlocked this within themselves or acquired this completely from the dream world is debatable. Be your own Guru and decide for yourself.

My take on this is that we already have the special abilities within ourselves, it’s simply a case of remembering and unlocking. The Lucid Dream world, in which one becomes conscious within their dream state, is simply a direct launch pad in opening these special parts of you.

The ancients also meditated within the lucid state, as they understood that this was a direct way of being in that space of pure-self with no barriers. When they sat and were still for a length of time within their lucid dream, they claimed to have gained a quicker route towards enlightenment. Almost like a fast-track way to self-realisation.

One can propel quicker along the spiritual path much more directly when meditating within a conscious dream.

I have experienced this a handful of times, and each time is different. The other night I became lucid in my dream. I was presented with a beautiful circular fountain and resting on top of its crystal clear waters was a beautiful lotus flower. I remembered my objective in which to meditate within the lucid dream. I sat onto the edge of the fountain, clasped my hands and closed my dream eyes and drew my focus to my breath. I suddenly felt a whoosh of ecstasy running through my veins, pure blissful energy circulating rapidly around my dream body. It was too much for me to stabilise as the feeling kept on growing and growing! My dream body reached its limit and I snapped back to my physical body back on Earth… Fully relaxed and feeling blessed for such a profound experience!

Please test this for yourself and see what results you may get. I would love to hear all of your different lucid experiences.
Instead of running through the dreamscape like a headless chicken, why not try a more Yin approach to dreaming and meditate mindfully within the lucid dream itself?

Please share.

Namaste,
Nick x

Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film.

Written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast. This cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays a professional thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “inception”, the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious.

Dominick “Dom” Cobb and Arthur  are “extractors”, who perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets and extract valuable information through a shared dream world. Their latest target, Japanese businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe), reveals that he arranged their mission himself to test Cobb for a seemingly-impossible job: planting an idea in a person’s subconscious, or “inception”.

Robert Waggoner ‘Lucid Dreaming — Gateway To The Inner’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘Lucid Dreaming — Gateway To The Inner Self’ talks about his early dream experiences and how he discovered Lucid Dreaming after reading Carlos Castaneda. He quantifies the scientific evidence that now exists on this subject and explains why he feels that Lucid Dreaming is a revolutionary tool to explore the actual nature of reality. It can clearly show shadow issues and the limiting nature of self-attachments and may lead to an experience of non-dual awareness.
‘Something pre-exists the sense of self. The making of the ‘I’ is a mistaken perception, the source of a whole series of errors.’

lucid dreamingLucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self

by Robert Waggoner

Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is the account of an extraordinarily talented lucid dreamer who goes beyond the boundaries of both psychology and religion. In the process, he stumbles upon the Inner Self. While lucid (consciously aware) in the dream state and able to act and interact with dream figures, objects, and settings, dream expert Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected. He was able to interact consciously with the dream observer — the apparent Inner Self — within the dream.

At first this seemed shocking, even impossible, since psychology normally alludes to such theoretical inner aspects as the Subliminal Self, the Center, the Internal Self-Helper in vague and theoretical ways. Waggoner came to realize, however, that aware interaction with the Inner Self was not only possible, but actual and highly inspiring. He concluded that while aware in the dream state, one has both a psychological tool and a platform from which to understand dreaming and the larger picture of man’s psyche as well. Waggoner proposes 5 stages of lucid dreaming and guides readers through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to a new level. Lucid Dreaming offers exciting insights and vivid illustrations that will intrigue not only avid dreamworkers but anyone who is interested in consciousness, identity, and the definition of reality.

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Dr. Stephen LaBerge is a world renowned expert on lucid dreaming. His groundbreaking research at Stanford University demonstrated the validity of lucid dreaming to the scientific world, and his books Lucid Dreaming and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming are best sellers. Dr. LaBerge is a dynamic speaker, known for his humor and ability to stimulate thought and to make scientific concepts relevant to the individual. Through the years his research team has developed highly effective techniques, including technological aids, for building lucid dreaming skills. LaBerge also has extensive personal experience with lucid dreaming, having learned to have lucid dreams at will. He is an unabashed advocate of lucid dreaming, believing that the world would be a better place if more people developed the art.
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Edgar Cayce and Astral Projection

Today scientist and the medical world have verified the reading of one of America’s most remarkable men, Edgar Cayce. Cayce discovered at a young age that he could go into hypnosis and travel to other dimensions to obtain psychic information on any subject. He claimed that anyone could do what he did with the proper training and attunement.

When Cayce would go into a hypnotic trance, he would go through a process practically identical to what has been described by Astral Projection practitioners. Here’s a verbatim account of Cayce’s waking description of his journey in the trance state, taken from comments he made at a public lecture:

“I see myself as a tiny dot out of my physical body, which lies inert before me. I find myself oppressed by darkness and there is a feeling of terrific loneliness. Suddenly, I am conscious of a white beam of light, knowing that I must follow it or be lost.

“As I move along this path of light I gradually become conscious of various levels upon which there is movement. Upon the first levels there are vague, horrible shapes, grotesque forms such as one sees in nightmares. Passing on, there begins to appear on either side misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. Again there is change and I become conscious of gray-hooded forms moving downward. Gradually, these become lighter in color.

Then the direction changes and these forms move upward and the color of the robes grows rapidly lighter. Next, there begins to appear on either side vague outlines of houses, walls, trees, etc., but everything is motionless. As I pass on, there is more light and movement in what appear to be normal cities and towns. With the growth of movement I become conscious of sounds, at first indistinct rumblings, then music, laughter, and singing of birds. There is more and more light, the colors become very beautiful, and there is the sound of wonderful music. The houses are left behind; ahead there is only a blending of sound and color. Quite suddenly I come upon a hall of records. It is a hall without walls, without ceiling, but I am conscious of seeing an old man who hands me a large book, a record of the individual for whom I seek information.”

On other occasions, Cayce “felt himself to be a bubble traveling through water to arrive at the place where he always got the information” according to records in the A.R.E. library. In another instance, he “went up and up through a very large column”, passing by all the horrible things without coming in contact personally with them, and came out where there was the house of records. Cayce stated that as he ascended the column, there would be beings on either side of him calling out to him for help or trying to get his attention. Cayce knew that any deviation from the column and the beam of light would mean he would not be able to return to his body. It, the column, wound around on a wheel like the Rotarians have. Ultimately, Cayce felt very secure traveling that way.

Edgar Cayce was talking about passing through the lower astral planes. This can be done by anyone, according to Cayce, if the proper “attunement” is made. Cayce also mentions that this is done by everyone when they fall asleep and enter the realm of dreams, only it is done subconsciously not consciously. It is a place where a particular desire has been overemphasized while in physical life. Because Edgar Cayce had approximately 14,000 of these experiences, it is very likely that Cayce holds the record for the number of near-death experiences in one lifetime.

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The practice of Phase states of the mind is the hottest and most promising pursuit of the modern age. Unlike in the past, the notions of ”out-of-body experience”, “lucid dreaming” and ”astral projection” have already lost their mystical halo, and their real basis has been studied in minute detail from the most non-nonsense approach. Now, this phenomenon is accessible to everyone, regardless of their worldview. It is now known how to easily master it and apply it effectively.

The first words of Carl Gustav Jung’s Red Book are

The way of what is to come.

What follows is 16 years of the psychoanalyst’s dive into the unconscious mind, a challenge to what he considered Sigmund Frued’s — his former mentor’s — isolated world view. Far from a simple narrative, the Red Book is Jung’s voyage of discovery into his deepest self.