Dreams, The Royal Road to Enlightenment

 

Photo: Jean-Bernard Restout "Morpheus" (PD)

From Reality Sandwich

An upcoming conference at the  Royal Geographical Society in Kensington Gore, London, titled “Gateways of the Mind” will feature a select coeterie of the world’s leading dream researchers. Setting it apart from other conferences on the subject is the speaker selection, which includes a number of psychologists and researchers who straddle the scientific, devotional and initiatic divide in an attempt to explore the Mysterium Magnum of our sleeping state.

“A third of our life is spent sleeping — this relates to approximately to 25 years of the average person’s life! For most people this is either a blank void or a time when the best we can hope for is some confusing and often incomprehensible dream memories. What if we could utilize that one third more effectively, so that it becomes as important a part of our lives as the other two thirds, which we spend physically and actively awake?

For millennia ancient cultures such as the Toltec of the Mexica/Aztec tradition and the pre-Buddhist Tibetan Shamans known as the Bonpo (amongst others) actively engaged their dream states and realized the incredible creative and spiritual potential when the physical body is asleep, a potential that is far greater than that which we ordinarily have in our waking state.

An exciting and unique new event, “Gateways of the Mind,” taking place on the 3rd-4th November 2012 in London will, for the first time,  bring together some of the foremost practitioners of these ancient traditions, and show how our ancestors were experienced conscious explorers of the dream state and paved the way not only for their modern day disciples, but also for the many other experienced practitioners who are now teaching in the west… ”

Read more at Reality Sandwich.

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  • Liquidstar

    The title of the article becomes somewhat ironic when compared with the statement “,,,we could utilize that one third more effectively, so that it [dreaming] becomes as important a part of our lives as the other two thirds,,,” as this exemplifies 19th century englightenment principles of rationality, progression, production and productiveness etc.(linear thinking at it’s finest!). Who is to say that this time/altered state isn’t already as important? It is strange to see the values of one state specific consciousness considering the subjugation of another.   The research is important and good, but why attach these biased values upon it?

  • RPM

    I agree with Liquidstar that dreaming is no less or more important than the waking state of consciousness.  However, just as life seems to be more productive or affective for those that are more alert, awake, aware or responsive to/in their environment in a wakeful state, the same must also hold true of dreams.  

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