Friday, February 17, 2012

Facilitators:  Charlie Coon and Ron Marshall

“Lucid Dreams and Consciousness”

“If you were to say, I want to become a lucid dreamer, how should I go about it? The first lesson in there is about how you develop dream recall. After you’ve got a sufficient level of dream recall you start studying your dreams for the dream signs; what’s dream-like about them? You then start doing exercises that use your focus in your mind on your typical dream content, becoming more reflective and developing your ability to have specific intentions that you carry out in the future and so on.”
---Stephen LaBerge

This is a program I recently facilitated at the Pillar Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lucid dreaming may have a very significant role in the future awakening of consciousness.  To dream lucidly simply means an awareness while dreaming that you are dreaming.  The "flying dream" is an a type of lucid dream.  The Awareness and the dream itself are the two polarity players.  Similarly, in waking life, awareness (the recognition of "I am") and the external reality form the polarity.  These relationships are basic to the meaning of consciousness, and at the individual level involve nothing more than an intention and persistence!! Stephen LaBerge is a pioneer in this field, and other names are Robert Waggoner and Robert Moss.  These persons and their works are easily found on the internet...

Saturday, February 11, 2012


"Let the great soul incarnated in some woman's form, poor and sad and single, in some Dolly or Joan, go out to service, and sweep chambers and scour floors, and its effulgent daybeams cannot be muffled or hid, but to sweep and scour will instantly appear supreme and beautiful actions, the top and radiance of human life, and all people will get mops and brooms; until, lo! suddenly the great soul has enshrined itself in some other form, and done some other deed, and that is now the flower and head of all living nature."

---Ralph Waldo Emerson, Spiritual Laws

I attend an Emerson discussion group in Colorado Springs, and we are currently reading the "Spiritual Laws" essay from which the above is excerpted. The life force, or the Light, within the human being, and within the work being done, are on display!  Perspective is everything... When we place ourselves close to the mops and brooms, we probably feel drudgery and pain. Emerson allows us to see through the elevated perspective of the eyes of Dolly and Joan, and the Light appears. The Polarity view would say that both perspectives are necessary and that, in reality, one perspective does not exist without the other.  
Would Emerson agree?