Why we dream.

Last night I had a dream that was so real and vivid, it was an all-encompassing sensory experience. I was eating octopus. It wasn’t what I wanted or what I thought it was, and the sudden realisation I had tentacles in my mouth was disgusting. I ran to the bathroom and spat them out in the sink.

I still remember the taste, (I know, weird thing to dream about – and it was more twisted than that with a flavoursome freudian skew but I’ll spare those details). It was disgusting and bits and pieces were stuck in my mouth. I vividly remember reaching my fingers into my mouth and pulling tentacles out, throwing them into the porcelain bowl. The resounding feelings were shock and disgust.

Dreams fascinate me. Many people have gone down in history theorising their purpose, right from being that which our subconscious cannot integrate from our day thrown back up to us calling out for healing and understanding. Others say that it’s relating to ourselves and our life in metaphors, with hidden meanings and messages. Others have said they are meaningless.

But what if they were our teachers? For years now I’ve been enthralled by the idea of the dream reality. A Course in Miracles teaches us that Oneness is literal and our reality is smoke and mirrors created by a single thought. That none of it is real and it’s all a fantasical light show created by yours truly. And when this idea triggers people, it’s hard to fathom that it could possibly be true.

Yet our dreams occur each night, at the transition from one day to the next, offering us an experience of a reality where, in the thick of it, we do not know we are dreaming. We forget. And the people in our dream seem separate to us, they chase us, they harm us. Our emotions feel real, we feel hurt, shame, sickness, panic. All of the emotions of life. We feel real fear for our safety and often we live within the confines of what we believe to be possible, using our legs for running or finding a car that we can drive.

And then we wake up.

The relief, it was just a dream.

We let go of the pain the other people or characters in our dream caused us (even if they were people from our current life) under the rationale that it was just a dream. There can even be some embarrassment when we study the phenomena that we created all of it ourselves. No-one else was there at all. The pain, the shame, the chase – was all played out by characters we’d created, puppets that we were leading. But it felt so real, didn’t it?

It really felt like they were doing something to me!

But it was all me.

There is a great Taoist parable called The Butterfly Dream. It goes something like this;

Once upon a time I had a dream that I was a butterfly, fluttering here and there, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was only conscious of my happiness and experience as a butterfly and unaware of any other life I may have been leading. Soon enough, I awakened. And there I was, a man again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming I was a man. Between a man and a butterfly there was no distinction.

Some time back when I was deep in meditation I had an experience where I was confiding to my trustee guides that people had been mean to me. I was very upset and stated my case. My perspective then zoomed way out and I saw that I was the only person and I was asleep. There were many guides and angels by my side, encircling me with love and support, yet I was asleep and I was the only person in the cosmos. The only human in existence. No one could have possibly done anything to me in reality because it was only me. There was no-one else.

I feel the purpose of our dreams is to serve as a constant reminder that while this reality may feel real, it is not. And we’ve been missing the message because we’re lost in it. We’re lost in the dream. We are convinced it is real. My story is real. My pain is real. How could it not be?

What are your thoughts on the dream reality?

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Something gone astray

healing-love-poetry-poem-spiritual-awakening-spiritual-awakening-wake-up-self-love-relationships.How do we forget so easily

a love that is for us?

We remember what we need to do

and say and be and get.

Yet loving us seems too far fetched,

or hard or something bad.

But it isn’t til we’ve gone astray

and become desperate in our days,

that love finds our heart decayed

believed void of any light.

Yet it’s been dimmed due to neglect,

and years spent shunned in shame,

still never let your mind tell you

that it’s too late for love to show.

For it’s love within that knows

it’s been there all along.

And now it’s time to take a hand

and follow down the path,

for where this track leads you to

is bliss bursting from within.

By Sharon Cavill

 

 

 

Experiences we don’t understand

spiritual awakening, kundalini, meditation, awakening, awake, psychic, help, how to, awakenMore people than ever are having spiritual awakenings, and even though these awakening experiences can be sudden and seemingly out of the blue, they offer us a taste of a euphoric reality that can be hard to come back down from.

Essentially the process of spiritual awakening starts with the simple recognition that there is more going on in our reality than what we can see or experience physically. It’s the acceptance that there are things going on which we cannot see and can easily miss unless we tune into our more subtle tendencies.

The more often you can acknowledge that there’s more to life than meets the eye, the higher the chance you’ll begin to notice the unseen forces at play.

While holding a sense of awareness about what is going on in the unseen reality helps you live in a more awakened state, the spiritual awakening experiences that many people are experiencing usually come on a lot more suddenly and (seemingly) out of no-where.

What’s a Spiritual Awakening Like?

While the experience can be different for many people there are often commonalities, such as experiencing an overwhelming feeling of love, unity and understanding of people and reality.

Often the loss of feeling bound within the confines of your physical body. People can experience feeling limbless or no longer wholly physical, like experiencing yourself or the objects around you as the millions of particles which are actually moving and vibrating extremely closely to each other as opposed to thinking and seeing everything as solid.

The feeling of love is often overwhelming. You may cry or laugh, you may barely be able to move while the experience is taking shape. It may only last a minute or so yet feel like a life-time as your sense of time becomes warped, as if you lose time or time no longer exists while the awakening is taking place.

Oneness. Often in spiritual awakening experiences you understand oneness. And not only as a concept, but as a reality – understanding this is actually our reality even though previously we’ve thought of ourselves as separate and at times, alone.

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Often awakenings are experienced as short but incredibly intense experiences which open up our eyes to the unseen reality. We can experience a sudden awareness of ourselves as a Soul as opposed to a diminishing physical body, and the experience may force us to doubt our views of the way we believed the world worked on a fundamental level.

These experiences are important because, even though the intensity often dissipates not long afterward, we are left with a fundamental shift in our perception of the world. One from which it’s hard to come back from or deny to the occurrence of.

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With more of us experiencing awakenings I feel it’s important to talk about them – so we can realise that we’re not alone – and that we’re not going crazy!

I’ve had many awakening experiences over more recent years, and I’m becoming more able to live in a more awakened state – which for me, is the goal. Once your awareness of the world shifts, it’s hard to go back to your normal life, and you’ll most likely want to feel more of that euphoric love, and less of the separation and negativity that you held before.

Often after an awakening experience people might feel their life is dull or lack-luster. And this is okay, there’s no need to make any radical decisions just yet (unless there is:). Get to know your new altered state, your new views and perceptions of life. Ponder what makes you tick and where your true interests, passions and love exist.

Take it slowly.

Discover your new interests and find people with whom you can share them with.

The limitless result:

I’ve found once the awakening experience has settled you have the awareness and ability to experience more joy, peace and love in every situation, than you did before.

Every moment becomes one of uniqueness, opening up to be explored and devoured.

So take it easy with yourself and know that you’re not alone. These are exciting and intense times for all of us.

Have you experienced moments of complete euphoria, love and oneness?

What has life been like for you post spiritual awakening?

 

With love,

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Ps. if you’re interested in having a spiritual awakening, and gaining deeper insight into why you’re here, why not try a one-on-one session via skype with me? I offer free skype consultations to meet and discuss this further.