Travel with your dream body
Lucid dreaming in the sorcerer’s tradition
Lucid dreaming gives you a great feeling. If you dream consciously, you have control over events. Or at least the realization that you can control the situation. There will be a day that you can instruct yourself to dream about something; to fly like a bird or to meet a deceased loved one.
In my book the Dream Artist I reveal unique steps for lucid dreaming, knowledge that sorcerer Vidar passed during my initiation into the sorcerer’s world. In the next article I give you an impression of the first steps on How to Lucid Dream in the sorcerer’s tradition.
Why would you want to learn more about lucid dreaming? Well, the purpose of human is to master lucid dreaming shamans say. One becomes the dreamer and the dream, to be a living dream weaver that experiences one's own dream.
Learning to dream consciously really starts with attentiveness, being aware of your surroundings and your actions in daily life. And by writing down your dreams and to leave no detail behind it becomes clearer what has happened in the dream and that gives you an overall awareness. If you are aware of this reality and consciously deal with your dreams, you will find out that your dreams develop and that you become conscious in your dreams.
With the techniques described below you build so much energy to develop a dream body by which you can travel outside known reality to the boundless second reality of dreaming and creativity. And it finally takes you to totality where will you experience and be aware that you are creating your own reality.
Ordinary dreams and dreams of the spirit
Before you get more information about traveling to the second reality and the totality, it is necessary to indicate the difference between ordinary dreams and dreams of the spirit.
On the way to totality you will learn to master your dreaming; one of the first steps is that ordinary dreams will come to a halt and will be replaced by dreaming of the spirit. Ordinary dreams should come to a stop and disappear because they take up too much energy and contribute to nothing valuable. Stopping ordinary dreaming comes gradually in your process of learning to control your dreaming better as you learn the art of mastering lucid dreaming.
Stopping ordinary dreaming means that you must fixate the images in dreams; watch the images intensively, that starts the movement by which dreams develop themselves into dreams of the spirit.
Unpleasant dreams disappear when you look right through them and change into images of beauty. When you fixate these images, all that remains is beauty, and the fear of certain situations will disappear. And that’s what you need because to be able to travel in the second reality, you have to release your fears.
To give you an idea of traveling to the second reality: The Totality consists of the first and the second reality. The characteristics of the totality is twofold. The first is created by the creative energy of the first reality and the second by the creative energy of the second reality. Imagine a circle with a line in the middle, one half represents the first and the other the second reality. Then draw a dot in the middle. The dot represents the totality of the Self. Your dreaming creates the first reality as well turning around your totality.
When you start dreaming, you become conscious of your dream body. The totality creates a dream body to travel from this reality.
With your dream body and your intention, which is the energy used to create, you will not only travel from the first into the second reality, but you will also reach the totality of the self. If you're ready then you discover that you yourself are the creator of the two realities.
Finding the dream stone
With the following exercise, you make the first step to develop a dream body.
Take any kind of stone and study it in detail, you need to know it inside out, every line, every dent, every outline. Visualize the stone between your inner eye - the place between your eyebrows. You have to know every spot, dent or drawing from the inside and from the outside. Practice as long as it takes to get it in your mind and aim at finding the stone in dreaming within the next ten days. And then you start counting down the days until you find it. When you don’t find it within that time then you start all over again, until you get it right.
Before going to sleep you look at the stone in detail and place it somewhere near, close your eyes and visualize the stone on the inside of your inner eye, between your eyebrows.
Then it is important to become conscious of the moment right before you fall asleep. At that specific moment you visualize the stone immediately inside your inner eye and you will find out that you get dream flashes which you can fixate or stop as an exercise in order to start mastering your dreams.
It’s actually enough to have the intention to be conscious and that you will stop your dreaming before falling asleep. Attempt it.
Aim to wake up consciously every morning and let your inner eye visualize the stone. Pick up the stone and move it closer from an arm’s length to the tip of your nose as if the stone is coming towards you. And do not forget to repeat to yourself that you will find the stone.
The bridge between reality and dreaming
Put attention at the top of your list. Make a habit of observing your surroundings in detail and try to do acts which are usually done by the automatic pilot, as conscious as possible and imagine you are dreaming. Of the daily - even the simplest acts that you usually do without thinking - you need to be conscious.
Before going to sleep rewind all the images of the previous day from the evening back to the morning. You gradually notice that these exercises have effect on your dreaming because as a result you literally have a retrospective view of those daytime images in dreaming. Not long after, even in dreaming, you will observe every little detail in your surroundings thoroughly.
Your dream body has to be on it’s full capacity to travel to the boundless second reality of dreaming and creation. You are developing your dream body by bringing experiences, objects or specific acts or movements conscious from dreaming into the reality and vice versa.
For example: If you see or find a shell in your dream then you harden your dream body by taking a similar shell with you and put it on special place in your home where you collect these dream-items. With that you make a bridge between reality and dreams.
Be impeccable both in the every day reality as in dreaming. This trains your attention which has to be perfect. Through attention you shall build on your intent because with that you travel into the boundless unknown.
Review The The Dream Artist
"Dreamshield has an engaging narrative style and tells stories that are engrossing. There is a lack of literature on female sorcerers and this book makes an admirable effort to fill this lacuna. When, at the end, she attains “totality,” the reader will share her exaltation." ~ Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Alan Watts Profess of Psychology, Saybrook University.
The Dream Artist, A true story of initiation into the sorcerer’s tradition by Elizabeth August, Dreamshield. The author gives us a glimpse into the very real world of lucid dreaming and astral projection. Her direct experiences with a modern day mystic, Running Deer, takes the work of Castaneda one step further. In The Dream Artist, she reveals unique steps to mastering lucid dreaming and traveling to the unknown.
Alysa Braceau, Dreamshield lives in the Netherlands (Europe), she is mother of a 9-year old daughter. She studied social legal studies and a (freelance) journalist and publisher. Besides that she has a healing practice and gives workshops about the Art of Dreaming.