My friend Matthew Joyce sends the following, which I am happy to post.
I’ve been really enjoying the material that you and Rita have been covering. While you’re on hiatus so to speak I was wondering if you’d be interested in posting the attached on your blog. It’s my riff on your material that came through when I woke the other morning. I was going to post it as a comment, but realize it’s a bit too long for that. So I thought I’d offer it to you as a potential guest post if you do that sort of thing. It won’t hurt my feelings if not. Anyway, take a look. I’d be curious what you think.
by Matthew Joyce
Our dream world and the outer world are the same in ways most people never suspect. In a dream you are all aspects of the dream. You are the main character, the supporting characters, the scenery, the force that drives the action, the opposition that creates the plot, the director, and the audience or the observer who watches the dream.
In the dream the participant is highly invested in the situation just as in waking life, while the observer remains detached and unaffected by the outcome. For the observer any outcome is acceptable because it remains untouched. Its overall attitude is “Let’s see how this plays out.” Yet the observer is also compassionate and cares for the participant, wanting the best outcome. The participant may be participating in a pleasant scenario, a confusing one, a frustrating one, or a nightmare. But no matter what happens, the observer remains OK. From the observer’s point of view all is well. All is always well, even if it doesn’t seem that way from the participant’s point of view.
You, the participant, generally only realize that all is well until you wake up. At that point you recognize the dream for what it was—an experience of a small piece of your much larger awareness. However, by not realizing you were in the dream and not recognizing that you had the power to change it, you have lost that opportunity to create something new. That opportunity is gone forever. Nonetheless, the potential skill of lucid dreaming remains with you always.
As the dream world is to the waking world, so too is waking life to the greater reality of All-D—all dimensions of space, time, and consciousness. We exist in far more dimensions than our waking life can conceive of. And we generally only access those dimensions and levels of awareness that are always available to our Higher Selves when we die and drop our physical forms. But it’s possible to access those dimensions and perspectives while still alive.
And in the same way that we can explore the greater reality of All-D while awake and in physical form, we can also use the technique of lucid dreaming while we are awake. That is taking control of our lives (the waking dream) by recognizing we are all aspects of our reality in the same way that we are all aspects of our dreams, and then changing the reality to suit our desires,. In other words, we can alter our waking physical reality in the same way we alter a dream. Because once we recognize that we are not just our limited waking selves but also integral parts of our Higher Selves within the All-D, then we can also realize that the same rules of lucid dreaming apply to lucid waking.
The secret to lucid waking is to marry your participant and observer awareness together in the same way that you do in a lucid dream. In a lucid dream you first recognize that you are dreaming, which is an awareness of the observer, and then you, the participant, decide to act and change the dream to your liking. You can marry your waking observer and waking participant in the same way by bringing your awareness to the mental gap between any given stimulus and your response. This is called mindfulness, which is a foundational technique for mastering your life.
When you are mindful you take stock of all you are aware of in a given moment and make a conscious choice about what you want to do next rather than simply reacting, acting in an unconscious way, acting out of habit, or acting out of expediency. Your awareness of the mental gap between stimulus and response creates the opportunity for your Higher Self to provide guidance and help you take action that serves the greatest and highest good. The more often you live in the gap of the now moment, the more often your Higher Self can guide your life. And thus your waking life can become an expression of a life lived through you by your Higher Self.