Main pointsDreamingThe witnessNon-linear realityUnconscious mindAwarenessRememberingControlThe bodyThe brainImpersonal beingIntentionThoughtMeaning
• Dreams are outside of ‘normal reality’ and the rules of normal or linear reality do not apply. Non-linear rules are not rules, but tendencies that function similar to the forces of physical reality (gravity, electro-magnetism).
• The state of awareness in dreams is available in the waking state.
• Dreaming practice is related to awareness, which is activated by intention as increased conscious attention in any state. In the waking state (linear consciousness) this is perceived as a thought. Remembering to be aware as a thought-feeling concurrent with an increase of awareness. This is to say that that thought-feeling it itself the increase in awareness. The frequency of this thought feeling is perceived as ‘dreaming practice’.
• Dreaming practice is the practice of increasing conscious attention (intention) of non-linear reality which is the source of all experience and perception. Without awareness there is no consciousness. Without consciousness there is no reality. Reality experienced from the witness state increases awareness and thus the dreaming state is perceived and remembered in the waking state of consciousness.
The question of dreams and dreaming is often directed towards the contents and events of dreams, rarely on the 'dreamer' and what it is.
This research is concerned with the identity of the dreamer, and how to approach the subject of dreaming from this perspective.
Dreams are an observed aspect of non-linear, impersonal consciousness called awareness. There is no personal dreamer, just as the observer of an event in physical reality is not the cause of it, the dreamer is not the cause of the dreaming. The dreamer is impersonal being, or the 'witness'.
Personal being needs a base, a body to identify with, just as a color needs a surface to appear on. The seeing of the color is independent of the color and is the same whatever the color. One needs an eye to see a color. The colors are many, the eye is single. To witness is to focus on the light rather than the object or the color.
Discovering the witness is the basis for subjective knowledge of the dream state.
The study of consciousness is beyond the model of subject/object (concerned with the observer and the observed). In awareness there is no subject/object distinction. This is an important point in understanding the impersonal quality of awareness called the witness.
‘Be clear and quiet, alert and detached, all else will happen by itself.’– M
Dreams are real, yet the reality dreams refer to is not an empirical reality. The fact of dreaming is not one that needs proof. Its existence as subjective experience is proof, Q.E.D.. Non-linear reality includes but is outside of linear time and space. It is non-quantifiable, and non-finite (ie. infinite) and an important subject of modern scientific inquiry. Likewise, non-linear reality is not a separate 'dimension', or one of several discreet states or planes of existence. It is continuous, changeless, formless, and contentless–analogous to water in the ocean's depth, which can be measured and mapped, but not truly divided. Non-linear reality is the source and substrate of linear reality (what is commonly referred to as the waking state).
'A knife cannot cut It, nor can fire burn It; water cannot wet It, nor can wind dry It.' (Bhagavad Gita 2.23)
Non-linear reality is classically know as ‘The Divine’. It is not unknowable, but unperceivable. To the mind the non-linear state is a theory; in itself – it is a reality. Just as light destroys darkness by its very presence, so does pure awareness destroy imagination (theory).
The unconscious mind has existence only as a functional means to describe conceptual possibility, or potential.The potential is unknowable. Only the actual can be known.
The collective unconscious and the archetypes are functional concepts and used to describe various qualities (in physics these are called 'attractor fields') of how the mind functions (collective unconscious) as a unified and impersonal 'field'.
Awareness means to be aware of being conscious.
Through implicit knowledge of the self the state of awareness is discovered to be an impersonal or witnessing state, and is ever present and accessible. Only the practice of awareness increases awareness (ie. meditation).
Lucid dreams refer to dreams where the witnessing quality of awareness is clearly remembered in the waking state (accessible by memory).
To remember dreams one only needs to consistently ask the question ‘is this a dream?’. This is not a special technique. It is the practice of being aware. Dreaming exists as a reality in the waking state of consciousness, but is not perceived directly. Increased awareness expands perception into non-linear awareness and thus the dreaming state becomes accessible in both sleeping and waking consciousness.
To remember something is to increase awareness of it and its likeliness of actualizing as subjective experience in consciousness.
Control of experience in non-linear states is an extended analogy that is derived from the semblance of control over one's physical body in the waking state, in time and space. The degree of control over one’s physical body is analogous to the ability or degree of control in dreams, just as control of the physical body depends on the laws of physics. The dream state has its own laws which can be understood, but not formalized as such. However certain principles can be described. You are reading them now.
The idea of a body in the dream state is an extension, an analogy of the physical body, and does not implicate the actuality of its existence, however it is helpful in underlining the difference between awareness and consciousness and that they extend beyond physicality. Awareness has no properties, no form or content. The domain of metaphysical enquiry is concerned with this fact, but this fact is only confirmed by subjective experience through pure awareness as the witnessing state, and is inseparable from knowledge itself.
The self (the body) comes into being when there is a need for it, ie. in the world. The witness is not a person. When there is a self, self-awareness is the witness. Thus, awareness becomes consciousness when it has a body. The body changes all the time. Awareness is changeless.
Awareness extends beyond the body whereas consciousness does not. Consciousness needs some thing to be conscious of (a body, things, thoughts, feelings, perceptions). Awareness has no properties, no form or content. The study of metaphysics is concerned with this fact, but this fact is only confirmed by subjective experience through pure awareness vis à vis the Witness. Awareness is inseparable from knowledge itself, yet is non conceivable nor perceivable. In this way knowledge of something is to become it.
The physical brain registers activity in consciousness but does not generate consciousness. This is a fact that is only confirmed by awareness of subjective experience, not scientific inquiry.
The mind describes the aspect of consciousness which is concerned with form and content–the thinking, feeling mind.
The brain perceives through the senses, the mind thinks and feels what is in consciousness, and awareness is witnessing this whole situation.
The brain is part of the physical body. The mind (spirit) is what the brain registers in consciousness in the waking-state.
The coma state is one where the connection between the mind and brain is suspended. In the waking or dreaming state the mind can become conscious of itself (as awareness), registered in the brain, and remembered.
The prevalence of non-linear qualities and experiences in dreams is partly due to the diversion of attention away from the physical body during sleep. Psychoactive chemical agents can produce similar dissociative effects in the waking state, yet they are not conducive to a permanent increase in awareness.
The dreaming state (a non-linear state) is impersonal even if the contents are thought to be personal, just as the thoughts, feelings, and experiences in waking consciousness are thought to be personal (a thought produced by the body itself). The quality of impersonal being, or the witnessing state, is the source of knowledge in the non-linear.
Intention is the key that unlocks the door to dream awareness. Techniques, practices, theories, and empirical knowledge are not always useful in non-linear states (the dream state), analogous to attempting to draw a picture on the surface of a lake.
Intention is activated via memory and familiarity. Will depends on the personality, whereas intention does not. Effortlessness is the natural result of intention, and is a sign of progress.
Conscious awareness of the dream state becomes clarified just as water becomes purified only when impurities are removed. Consciousness is purified when perception is corrected.
All thoughts are potential experiences and are concordant with the levels of consciousness, yet only actualized potential expresses the fact of existence as some thing or some event. A seed is not a potential flower. A flower exists as an actualized potential, but not as a latent seed. A more accurate way to understand thought is to realize that the conditions in which thought occurs, and thoughts themselves, are impersonal, spontaneous and contextual. Only after any experience is it thought to be personal, just as one wakes and says that the events of a dream happened in 'my dream'.
Thoughts manifest directly in physical reality in very high states of consciousness when awareness becomes aware of itself as a singular and continuous reality.
The meaning of dreams is an interesting subject for psychologists, therapists, scientists, artists, and spiritual students, but its goal (meaning) is limited to the domain of linear experience. Symbols and signs are representative of linear awareness, form and content, time and space. The dreaming state is beyond this, yet includes this. Meaning implies knowledge, but knowledge is not inherently meaningful and thus any attempt at codifying non-linear reality are not conducive to the increase of awareness necessary to consciously act in the dreaming state. Pure awareness has no meaning. It is a fact of subjective experience.