We live in the fabric of imagination, our portion of infinity.
We live in the fabric of imagination, our portion of infinity. We experience its multi-faceted landscapes and express this in terms of what we have learned. One way to work with imagination is through dreams, these being the stuff of imagination; in essence, they are one and the same.
The following suggestions may help orient you.
1. When you recognize you’re dreaming (either during sleep or daydreaming), drop your awareness into your gut. Odds are you’ll find yourself centered in your head as you chatter on about everything.
2. As you enter the region of will, feel yourself tracking the dream images. Set the objective of stabilizing this visual stream into a story line, into a consistent dream environment. The procedure for this consists of simultaneously paying attention to yourself and the dream with the intent of participating inside the dream. This is more an athletic maneuver than an intellectual problem.
3. One of the more imposing obstacles to entering imagination is self-reflection. When the dream begins to shape up, you may reference the past, future, anxieties, joys, or what have you. After all, doing so is habitual. But here it is more than a distraction as you need to face into time, face forward into the emerging experience in order to fully participate inside the dream.
4. Experiment. Find exercises and maneuvers that work for you. These come of their own accord by paying attention to the entire experience—all aspects of what is occurring within you and of imagination. To give you an idea:
a. Meditate until you enter blackness.
b. Then intend a shift into imagination. For instance, imagine you’re walking down a street in a foreign country, dressed in native garb. From inside the dream, position yourself in back of yourself. Hang back so you can watch yourself walking down the street. Keeping focused on the goal of entering imagination builds unbending intent.
c. Imagine that energy bodies begin to rain from the heavens. An energy body falls a little distance away but directly in front of you. Inside this energy body is a version of you, dressed as you are, and looking straight at you.
d. Place your attention inside the version of you that is walking down the street. Then transfer your attention to the version of you that is inside the energy body, and then perceive the dream from that vantage.
e. Use this imaginative play to get a sense of transitions so you may surface inside the dream itself.
5. During these shifts, especially if you fully enter the dream, you may find yourself in a high-energy, high-potential zone where anything can happen. It is as though your assemblage point is free-falling. Until cohesion stabilizes, you remain susceptible to any entrainment influence. The slightest fluctuation of thought or feeling can end or re-define the dream.
6. You may also feel movement, from floating to high-speed travel. Allow these sensations. Breathe easy and stay relaxed. You want the transition to begin and to end with your awareness inside the dream. Being overly concerned will bump you out of the dream. With practice, you’ll determine how to manage speed, just like learning to walk or run.
7. You may also experience a range of sounds and vibrations. It may even feel as though a train is rushing past your doorstep or a tornado is crashing through your room. This is normal. Let the fright go and move on.
8. Surf the transition. To ride the wave you have to navigate it on its terms, all the while remaining centered within and focused on entering imagination.
9. Initially, your focus was to enter a dream. At some point, aim for another goal in order to apply your new ability. For instance, when inside imagination gaze at the dreamscape in order to see. You’re in heightened consciousness by virtue of dreaming and this provides the wherewithal to become more proficient with your abilities. From within imagination, you’ll find seeing easier, keener, and more productive.
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