Kabbalah: Twilight of Consciousness

Living Inside Your Dreams

"Twilight of Consciousness," by publisher and author Robert E. Zucker, examines the dream state and how to achieve astral projection using simple, easy to follow, techniques.

Twilight of Consciousness“I am dreaming that I am dreaming.”

A lucid dream is unlike the normal dream where you are caught up in an endless flow of uncontrollable situations.

Lucid dreaming happens when you have full awareness and can actively participate in the dream. It is more than just a vivid experience– it is life-like.

How many times have you wanted to change the contents of a dream and all of the sudden a new world emerged? In a typical dream, the dreamer is usually unaware of the dream environment.

When the dreamer reacts in a conscious, or lucid manner, to the surroundings of the dream, a phenomenon takes place in the dreamers’ experience. This is the sensation of dream-consciousness.

When a lucid dream occurs, the whole experience becomes more than surrealistic. Momentarily, the dream becomes almost indistinguishable from the ordinary waking reality.

The sights and sounds of the dream feels like an actual, conscious experience. That spark of awareness can cause the experience to become more than just a dream.

Awareness of being in a dream while it is happening does something unusual to the quality of the dream. It no longer seems like a fantasy stage production with touches of reality thrown in to keep it believable. For a moment, the dream is not a dream. It seems real.

With this acquired awareness, you can become deliberately involved the scene. The realization you are somewhere else, participating in some strange environment rather than lying in your bed sleeping changes the dream into an experience rarely forgotten– you dream that you are dreaming!

Once the thought comes to you that you are having a dream, you have access to supernatural powers that can change in the dream environment. A whole new form of consciousness arises into awareness. Becoming aware of yourself and your surroundings while you are dreaming changes the quality of the ordinary dream. In a lucid dream, you can actually feel an apple you pluck from a tree. You might be able to touch, and feel, a table or a wall as if it were real. Or, your hand might pass through it.

As long as you continue to remain aware and alert while you are still dreaming, you can have control of the dream sequence. The skill is to maintain that awareness as long as possible without drifting back into unconsciousness. This takes practice.

The phenomenon of lucidity arises when sleeping habit patterns are broken and the conscious mind begins to perceive from a new perspective. This experience is similar to a “peak” or “enlightened” state of mind. Awareness supersedes normal attentiveness.

Some skeptics believe that lucid dreaming is not a sleep state, but one of “brief wakefulness.”

In most dreams, the dreamer is carried along a continuous flow of situations and reacts to them without much attention. The dreamer rarely realizes that they are in a dream episode and continues to operate as a puppet in a show. When the dreamer realizes that it is only a dream, absurd incongruities are suddenly noted as a feeling of “reality,” or in the skeptics’ views– “wakefulness”– begins to encompass the dreamer.

While you dream, you may let many unusual things pass by your awareness that would seem out of place if you were fully awake and observing the same experience. Most people barely give any intention to dreams while they are happening, and they lose out on this extraordinary experience.

The sight of something that is absurd or ridiculous may suddenly gain your attention and bring about a vivid dream experience. Dreaming of being 8,000 miles away from home in a dense African jungle trying to elude of a large pack of angry chimpanzees should be some clue that this situation must be a dream. Dreaming of running down the street naked while no one pays attention would be another clue that you are only dreaming.

To induce dream awareness, the dreamer simply needs to be aware of the dream while it is in progress.

The elusive dream becomes lucid. Everything in the dream is there to see, here, taste, touch, and experience. This phenomenon occurs more frequently during early morning hours and usually happens without expectation.

Anything can help spark conscious-dreaming. The smell of a rose, the sight of an incongruity in the dream, a frightening situation, or the touch of an object may be enough to “awaken” the dreamer to the dream.

New possibilities begin to unfold with this realization. Within a moments decision, those stampeding chimpanzees can be instantly turned into a stream of trickling water or a luscious flowerbed. You can transform that reoccurring dream about being naked on a city street when you realize that you are just dreaming this anxiety. When that spark of awareness occurs while you are dreaming, it is sometimes enough to make a conscious decision and alter the dream.

If you dream of being confronted by a hungry dragon who is contemplating you as his next meal, the mere acknowledgment that is only a dream can give you that desperately needed superpower to garner your strength and divert a possible nightmare. Being lost on a crowded street in some obscure dream-created city can be turned into a flying dream that projects you above the people and buildings into the clouds and soar to a new adventure.

However, when someone obtains lucidity on a dream, the mere realization is enough to flood the senses and cause the dreamer to lapse back into unconsciousness. But most of us just say, “it was only dream” and let it pass away. A lost opportunity.

When I’m confronted with a frightening situation in a dream– being chased, lost, or in immediate peril– I try to imagine different surroundings and the threat morphs into another scene. If it is really frightening or endangering, I will wake up immediately. After awakening, remnants of the nightmare may still remain long enough to remember what scared me so much.

Any unusual occurrence in a dream can trigger a lucid dream experience.

Lucid dreaming will enable you to taste that apple you pluck from a tree or you can reach out to touch a wall to feel the plaster or brick against your fingers. Maybe you can even see, and sense, your fingers move through the wall. In a recent lucid dream, I held a butterfly in my cupped hand and actually felt the sensation of it fluttering its wings before I let it go and awoke with a smile.

Awareness of dream imagery, while it is unfolding almost like hallucinations, have often been attributed to the mystical visions of prophets, seers and clairvoyants. Many scientific and religious discoveries arose from the depths of the dream world.

The ancient Egyptians practiced dream awareness religiously. The “Egyptian Book of the Dead” explained how the gods were revealed through dreams. They believed that dreams gave warnings, provided advice, and foretold prophecies. The Egyptian word for dream has a similar root meaning of the word “to be awake.” The Egyptians practiced an advance form of dream travel with the knowledge they gained from their observances.

The Yogi’s of Tibet and India attain a dream consciousness state to experience great visions and perform extraordinary feats. The ancient Chaldeans devised a magical science from the knowledge of the dream state. Our Western civilization today seems to ignore the importance of the dream and imagery processes. We may be depriving ourselves of expanding a huge reservoir of human potential.

Everyone is capable of achieving awareness during the dream and “projecting,” or sending, their souls to travel through the Astral World.

When you open the door into the Astral World, suddenly, your whole concept of dreaming changes. Once you realize that you are dreaming while the dream it is unfolding around you, the existence of this and other planes of consciousness become apparent.

If you become more aware of your dream experiences, they will no longer be a secluded part of your life. It takes a bit of practice and patience to regain that awareness of your dreams.

When you reawaken yourself to your dreams, an awareness of your subconscious can help balance your whole personality as well and as evoke extra-sensory events in your waking life.

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