Have you ever noticed that you can’t remember the beginning of a dream? When you’re dreaming, you never stop and think, “How did I get here?” You just take it for granted that there was a beginning. This is reality. It’s much like the waking life in that before the age of three, we don’t really remember much at all. One day we just arrived into our “dream of life,” not knowing precisely how we got here.
When we dream, our subtle or astral body becomes conscious, and the physical body is made unconscious. During the dream state, we perceive and create our world simultaneously. We do it so well that the mind doesn’t even know that we’re doing it.
For the Self Realized, what we call our life is really nothing more than a dream from the perspective of our higher Self. The phenomenon known as lucid dreaming is a dream state “self realization” where you awaken inside the dream. You become lucid to the truth that you are, in fact, dreaming, and when this happens, you feel empowered by this enlightenment. Your fears or anxieties instantly dissipate when you become aware of this truth. While lucid dreaming, because you know that it’s just a dream, you also know that you cannot die, cannot be harmed, cannot suffer–as long as you remain lucid. You become godlike.
When dreaming, the subconscious mind is motivated by emotion not reason. Because we perceive and create at the same time, our emotions become extremely powerful. If our waking life is stressful or problematic, the dream life will reflect this by playing it out on the dream stage. It will do this by communicating to us subtly, metaphorically, in an attempt to “wake us up” to the truth that it is we who are causing the problems to begin with. If we are fearful or stressed in our waking life, our dream life will reflect this, and will create stressful scenarios, i.e. “nightmares” that mirror our waking life.
Unfortunately, our species has become so accustomed to living a nightmarish life in the waking state that we have become desensitized to the reality that we are suffering at all. The nightmares then serve as attempts to awaken us to the truth that something about our waking life needs to transform, so that we can become conscious and evolve.
Practicing lucid dreaming is a powerful tool for becoming fully conscious and present during your waking life. You do this by programming your subconscious with a “suggestion” to become awake during the dream state. The 2010 movie, “Inception,” is a wonderful depiction of the power of lucid dreaming. In it, layers of dreams are intricately woven together to demonstrate that there is no limit to how many dimensions of reality your consciousness can permeate. There is a deep underlying truth to this concept that we are not beings of “bodies” but beings of Consciousness, simultaneously living in a plethora of planes or “realities” that encapsulate specific levels or frequencies of consciousness.
Spiritual Life Coach, Jason Lincoln Jeffers, is the founder of The Art of Transformation, a company devoted to teaching Spiritual Enlightenment to the masses. His Spiritual Life Coaching practice uniquely combines ancient spiritual wisdom with ego transcendence, holistic health, life path astrology, shadow & pain-body work, heart-based intention, the power of presence, and the law of attraction.