What got me practice Tibetan Dream Yoga

“Iguana bites those who don’t dream.”

– a man from “Waking Life”

 

Lately I often receive this question. Therefore, I decided to recap my thoughts.

1. Embracing death

Since my mid 20’s, I was keen to find a way of internalizing the notion of death, theoretically, emotionally, and physically. That intellectual curiosity became a fatal matter to me after dad’s death. I was immersed in a deep and stumbling exploration of death and life during the grieving and coping process . Tibetan Buddhism is one of few extraordinarily logical systemic (different from “realistic” or “viable”) methodologies that explicitly deal with death. Not all but many parts of the philosophy resonates me. I can easily relate to the world view that Tibetan Buddhism offers. Furthermore, I would like to cultivate capability of facing my own death, the art of dying. Tibetan Dream Yoga gives me a tangible technique for that. Every night, we are in a state as if we were dead. How to treat that state of mind and body and how to apply it to the time of our death?

2. Being in action for 24/7

Tibetan Buddhism utilizes the time of dream and sleep, in addition to the time we are awake, in order to optimize their practice. I hear that top-notch professionals and experts (e.g. musicians, athletes, dancers) spend in average 7 hours per day in practicing their skills. My instrument is neither a piano, a violin, nor a tennis racket. It’s my mind and body and its relationship. I want to excel at being connected to the consciousness and body all the time and expand the capacity. Why not practicing 24/7 as there is a method already!

3.  Sleep is the most stormy time

The more calm, aware, and alerted I became able to stay during day time owing to my practice of meditation, yoga, and intellectual and spiritual journeys, I noticed that I felt most exhausted right after sleep, that is, when I woke up in the morning. My karmic traits; fear, anxiety, concerns, anger, past memories, unconscious influences from internal and external worlds, innate body functions, etc. were unharnessed. The purification and detoxication happened during sleep, though it was nothing like nightmare or anything. More like a lot of hard core exercise done, my body sensed. My ability of being meditative and mindful was all gone during sleep, because I was asleep! How could I maintain it? In general, it’s considered to be impossible. But, hey! Tibetan Buddhism has developed a way of advancing dreaming and sleeping time.

Last year, finally, a serene pond of inner peace was discovered within myself. I know how to get there, as long as I’m awake and conscious. How wonderful it would be to take a a walk there while I sleep as well. I’m determined to become, “I’m asleep and yet conscious.”

 

 

 

 

The night sky

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In the study of psychology, there are multiple layers that divide the consciousness and the unconsciousness. In other words, there are boundaries or films between the two.

When I explore human consciousness both during day and night without a premise of the notion of the unconscious, I come to see a different structure of the consciousness.

The human consciousness is like the night sky. Thoughts and emotions in our waking life (conscious realm) are the first magnitude stars. They are in the visible spectrum even in an urban area unless it’s terribly cloudy.

Past experiences and memories or subliminal information that “unknowingly” influence our cognitive activities and dreams during sleep (unconscious realm) are the fourth of fifth magnitude starts. Our eyes fail to capture unless we go to countrysides with less urban lights and clearer air.

All the elements exist over the sky even if they are merely luminous residual of ancient materials that vanished millions light years ago. We need to arrange a certain condition and circumstances in order for our eyes to see light of all the stars that affects our human mind. There is no boundary between the consciousness and the unconsciousness. It’s just the consciousness. Regardless of the gap in magnitude of brightness, we will be able to look at weak light, as long as we practice.

 

意識と無意識はいくつかの階層によって分かれているというのが、現在の心理学的な見方だ。言い換えれば、意識と無意識の間には境界線か膜のようなものがある。

でも、「無意識層」という概念を前提におかずに、寝ても覚めても意識を探求していると、違った意識構造が見えてくる。

意識とは夜空のようなもの。起きている間の思考(意識化されている領域)は一等星。雲で空が覆われていない限りは、都会からでもキラリと光っているのが見える。

自分が気づかないうちに影響されている過去の体験やサブリミナルな情報、寝ている間に見る夢(無意識領域)は四等星や五等星。空気が澄んでいて街の明かりが少ない場所に行かないと肉眼では捉えられない。

あらゆる要素は常に空の向こうにある。それが何億光年先で、太古に物質は消えてしまい光だけが残っているにせよ。私たちの意識に影響し、構成する「星」の光をすべて肉眼で捉えるには、それなりの環境と目を整える必要がある。意識と無意識なるものがあるわけではない。すべては意識。光の強さの差こそあれ、弱い光でも、整えれば見抜けるようになる。