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People talk about the laws of nature as they are fact but, in truth, there is nothing fixed about nature because there are no laws only perceptions of a single principle.
Nature is versed in the interplay of opposites becoming equal and opposite again. Take a circle, left and right move opposite from any point on the circle but eventually find themselves becoming a mutual point once more. This is the notion of YinYang, not as it is often described “Yin and Yang” as this implies two separate events.
You see the separation between opposites is illusory. Take left and right – outwardly speaking they are mutually exlusive but inwardly speaking, one implies the other because you can’t have left without right and vice versa, so neither can come into being without the presence of the other, they are mutually interdependent like all aspects of matter.
What we observe in nature, therefore is transient, constantly changing form but what underlies this eternal movement is pure stillness…This is the wisdom of martial arts. When studied correctly, it yields a journey into the primary principle of existence – energy or the interplay of opposites. Please watch and share out this video I have crafted to share this simple but powerful truth, thank you
As ever, I will let the video do the talking here, but please allow me a moment to introduce to you the wonderfully insightful author Robert Waggoner. It has been a few short years since I first picked up his wonderful book “Lucid Dreaming – Gateway To The Inner Self” and I still regard it as the single most intriguing inquiry into the dream world I have ever encountered. I expect most of you have read the book but if you haven’t I can only offer my envy as you get to experience the story for the first time – enjoy and here is a discussion recorded at my studio one recent late evening with Robert…
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Ever since I first encountered lucid dreaming, the possibility of becoming self-aware in dreams there has been one question that has stood out from all the rest in my mind and that is “Who dreams the dream?”
In other words who is this self that becomes aware..?
Well the only way we could perhaps approach this answer is by looking at the other, because self and other are like left and right – they go together. Like black and white or up and down you can’t have one without the other, they are mutually interdependent
So in order to determine the nature of myself, I decided to question the other. Specifically, upon realizing that I was dreaming I would approach the other beings in the dream and ask them “Do you realize that this is a dream?”
Now that’s a very curious thing to ask someone
I mean if I asked you that same question right now, you’d probably think I was crazy. You might think that you are crazy
But let’s take a moment to consider this
You see although outwardly, left and right are opposites, inwardly one implies the other, because you can’t have left without right or black without white, the two come into being at the same time. You couldn’t have left come on to the stage of the Universe without right, it just wouldn’t make sense and neither could you have self coming into being without the presence of another.
So inwardly we are entangled in some kind of bizarre mutual dance and it is this dance that I refer to when I say we are dreaming
When I say that this is a dream, what I mean is that we are one consciousness masquerading as the experience of many in order to have a sense of the other
So, to answer the question I first posed “Who dreams the dream?” It is the dream that dreams the dream itself and you are that dream, you have just chosen to forget it in order to have the experience of the other
But you can’t forget forever because forgetting and remembering go together, they are mutually interdependent and so soon you will have to remember again until you forget it all over and play the game of hide and seek again
So for now, at least, it is time to remember and this is precisely the purpose of my experiment The Mutual Dream Experiment, to allow you to investigate the nature of the other in order to understand the mystery of the self..?
Try this little experiment – Breathe in… Now breathe out… Just follow this cycle passively and as you do so, ask yourself “Am I the in-breath or am I the out-breath?”
The fact is that neither can exist without the presence of the other. Left only comes to exist through right, hot only by virtue of cold, light emerges from darkness and so forth, polarity is a fundamental truth of our world, so what should we regard as real?
No state in the Universe is constant, the in-breath becomes the out-breath, night becomes day, hot becomes cold, the only thing that can prevail is change…
In meditation we learn to focus our attention on the the gentle flowing of the breath and in doing so, we learn to become the change. Where change prevails, there is no place for the mind to attach and label, here we can start to dissolve the dualism in our consciousness…
The deeper truth we are being exposed to here is not always apparent at first, what in fact we are contemplating, in truth, is the essential nature of paradox. Between future and past, between waking and slepping lies the infinite now, the eternal dream, where time and space conduct themsleves in a controled chaos, this is the true essence of our being.
The quest we must follow, however, leads us not just to recognise this place, but ultimately to accept and fully embrace this constant state of flux. Only then can we come to live as, and not just inside of the Universe, but the cost is not cheap, we must come to embrace death, for otherwise, life would simply cease to exist.
So the next time you feel pain, know that it is why one has pleasure, loss preceeds gain and terror will some day give way to awe, this is the Dao, or to put it in the words of the briliant Mr Miyagi “Wax on…Wax off…Breathe in…Breate out”
25 years of martial arts training and I ask myself what is the lesson I have learned, what is the great teaching that years of mindful practice can offer you?
In a word…nothing!
Emptiness is a word that many of us feel uncomfortable with, why would we strive to be empty? To be empty is to become a well of potential, one that may be filled when needed with whatever it is we seek to know.
I am speaking of a state that is so profound that it is only ever experienced and cannot be truly grasped in intellectual concept. When we talk of emptiness, it is hard to conceive of how anything could be truly empty, physics won’t allow a space to be truly empty, there would still be ground zero oscillations, so what is empty, when I say that “I” am empty?
It is something deeper than matter, deeper than mind that I hold up to you, my essence, my being, my spirit if you will. To be empty of attachment and intent is to be truly aware and it is this state that I strive to achieve when I balance my posture against my opponent’s will, it is here that I find the true intention of his actions, not biased by the delusions of my own prejudices.
Meditation is the key to holding this space and this can be a hard task for us Western minded folk, but fear not, help is at hand. I discovered my inner place of rest in a float tank some years ago and I want to share this secret with those of you lucky enough to have access to such technology.
Flotation is the royal road to relaxation and I have the privilege of being a member of the UK’s largest center, www.floatworks.co.uk .They have an incredible set up and I am glad to see them making such progress in bringing this practice to public awareness, in the way that they have for the last few years, my own interest being prompted by them.
Meditation comes in many forms and is the key to any kind of self development and anything that helps you center your awareness is welcome at my table. There is an old Eastern sentiment that “the center of everything is nothing” Perhaps but of of nothing comes everything, the choice we make is how to bring the events into our awareness, start empty and learn to know things as they are, not as you want them to be…
For those of you who take this subject seriously….
Reward yourself this November and book yourself in for 2 full days of lucid consciousness exploration led by some of the worlds finest lucid dreamers and astral travelers.
Gateways of the Mind Conference
The Royal Geographical Society, London, 3-4 November
An exploration of Lucid Dreaming & Out-Of-Body Experiences.
Cultural Practices In Perspective.
At this event you will be able to:
– Find out exactly what Lucid Dreams and Out of Body Experiences actually are from the experts.
– Discover the differences in the realities encountered in states and how they relate to other similar phenomena such as astral projection
– Uncover why ancient cultures have been using their own techniques for millennia and what the significance of these are for NOW and in relation to the modern view of non-physical consciousness exploration
– Learn those techniques of both the elders and the current mavericks and induce your own lucid dream or OBE experience
– Be amazed at what can be achieved in these realities and what the real and tangible benefits are to you in our daily and waking life
– Meet fellow consciousness explorers and join a growing global community that’s waking up to the possibilities of being asleep!
Your journey awaits. Dont delay!
Book your ticket now – http://www.archetypeevents.com/tickets
Why You Should Be At Gateways, According to The Experts!
– “To me, this seems a once-in-a-lifetime event! To collect together some deep explorers and thinkers in the realm of lucid dreaming and OBE’s with an audience of deep explorers and thinkers seems a global happening.” Robert Waggoner
– – “It’s going to be amazing! This is the first time ever that lucid dreaming and OBE exploration has had such a high profile platform in the UK. I believe that lucid dreaming will be a household term within the next 2 years. We are reaching a tipping point and the Gateways of The Mind conference is going to help make this tipping point happen.” Charlie Morley
– “Gateways feels like an event for people interested in cultural exchange and learning something that can have real value to the world. And simply because Gateways is like nothing else happening right now.” Graham Nicholls
– “We are entering a new period, The Sun Of Darkness. For us darkness means what is hidden, including the dreams, so now it is time to share the knowledge about the dreaming because people will be looking for new order of consciousness” Sergio Magana
– “Gateways of the mind conference will provide the opportunity for many people who otherwise would not hear of dream yoga to understand its importance and benefits.” Dr Michael Katz
I am urging anyone interested in the altered state of mind to come to the ground breaking Gateways of the Mind conference in the Royal Geographical Society in November (3-4th) www.gatewaysofthemind.com
Why? Because they are really pushing the boat out here on the subject and inviting in some top speakers from around the world and what’s more they are putting together a really professional show in a super setting!
I have the pleasure of being able to do a little spot myself there and will be talking about my own involvement in The Numinous Place (www.thenuminousplace.com).
I can say, with great joy, that I see a great future for this space and I consider Gateways to be exactly the kind of activity we need to move forward into a credible position. The conference will be held over 2 days with a workshop on the latter end, for those who want to spend a little more time getting into some practice.
With a thoroughly eclectic list of speakers from very different back grounds, it stands to reason, that no matter who or what you subscribe to, my feeling is that you will find something to interest you here. If anyone wants to speak to me personally when there, feel free to get in touch either before or at the event.