One night I closed my eyes just for minute and then was woken up the next night by my scared home-folks.
They got worried that I slept many hours without even moving. And in fact waking up was a big disappointment, because like always I got carried away somewhere so far and beautiful that I didn’t want to leave.
It was dreaming beyond a lucid dream, which is not the first time to happen to me.
I take dreams seriously because I have seen worlds in there, both angelic and dead, been around and returned.
Roughly speaking, there are two realities – the wakeful state reality and the reality of sleep.
Potentially, both open entries into enumerate other sub-realities, but here I’ll talk about those you enter in a sleep.
Most of us were trained to think that in the day, while you are awake, everything you see, hear and interact with is real. It’s real, for everybody else can see it and experience it together with you. There are witnesses to this ‘normal’ reality.
If there were no other witnesses to what you saw or heard – that was a mere figment of your imagination.
And that was the case with dreaming. Since no one could share your in-sleep visions and adventures, so anything you saw in there was a senseless illusion of your tired brain.
You grew up forgetting most of what you dreamed and learned to sleep with no dreams at all.
Those who still believed the world of dreams was interesting, kept dreaming and maintained the ability to remember their sleep events.
Some took it further and accepted the world of sleep as a self-standing and way more enlightening realm.
I always was a vivid dreamer, always getting answers, signs and realistic interactions in my sleep. With age that skill developed.
Years after, I discovered the works of Carlos Castaneda which became a revelation. There I found the answers to my questions about the nature and depth of dreaming and confirmation of one’s ability of actual controlled out-of-body experience in a sleep.
Carlos Castaneda, Latin-American anthropologist and mystic went beyond a mythic Toltec legend and, among many other incredible revelations, described his own experiences of an intentional lucid dreaming, making Indian esoteric practices available for the understanding of the Western world.
He displayed that with a certain flexibility of psyche, one can engage into a conscious dreaming and intentionally trigger one’s traveling into the realms of various depths, to get insights, interactions and hopefully come back safe.
In fact, anyone can have rare experiences of ‘paranormal’ sleep. The only difference is that a random dreamer has rather seldom and lower density lucid dreams comparing to those experienced by sensitive dreamers.
Sleep puts your body to rest, but what’s more important, it puts your brain into an inactive mode. The brain that is conditioned what to think and to believe since childhood. And together with it, sleep tunes out your inner dialogue and reasoning that always go on inside your head while you are awake, and stand in the way of intuition, insight and clairvoyance.
Your physical body sleeps, and your spirit stays in it (as you are still alive), but what detaches and gets to ‘travel’ is your astral body - a ’vehicle of consciousness’, your double, or Linga Sharira – in different terms, that has a transcending ability and on its trips keeps most of your energy and awareness with it.
The less you adhere to the conditioning, the lighter and more perceptible your psyche is, and so is your thin astral body.
So the lighter astral body has more chances to actually travel while you are asleep, get amazing interactions and return you some shocking experiences on awakening.
Unlike a usual dream, lucid dreaming is never fragmental or chaotic. Your body sleeps, but You are awake and everything around feels physical real, but in some other alternative reality – because it is alternative. It’s when you enter a place, move around, talk with people and control what you actually say or do.
Oftentimes you may ‘wake up’ in a sleep, walk around and think you are really awake, but then something around may seem weird and get you suspicious – often some unusual objects. Even though, everything is real – your room, your bed and even you sleeping on it. And here is where you have to get smart and wake your sleeping body up by getting back to it.
I had times when I’d wake up and go around my apartment doing the usual morning things, but then I’d surprisingly see a dog passing through my corridor (and I don’t have a dog), or some people in other rooms of my house, which are not supposed to be there, and here is where I’d start wondering what’s going on. Then I’d return to my bedroom and see myself still sleeping. That’s where I know I have to get out, which is not an easy thing to do once you are in there. You practically have to drag yourself out of that sleep, or have someone doing that for you.
When you sink into that dreaming, your actual sleep is deeper than normal. You may fall asleep unplanned and that sleep may last longer than your usual sleeping hours, while you yourself may appear lifeless and breathe superficially.
So waking up of that sleep really leaves you feeling like you’ve been ripped out of somewhere deep and for a while are not yet fully back to your senses, because you really need time to return completely.
Apart of simply waking up in sleep in your own room and town, you may have a total different kind of lucid dreaming. It’s when you really get transferred somewhere far and unusual and everything around feels real and almost physical, but so odd like it’s a real different sphere of being – angelic, dead, inorganic, or beyond that.
The experience of lucid dreaming sounds fun and a bit scary, but in fact it’s not always fun as it seems, because it has strong influence on your psyche and is rather energy consuming.
Such dreaming may take you to some nice captivating realms you wouldn’t want to leave, or on the contrary, show you some frightening spheres or entities you have no protection from in there. And as you are traveling on your pure energy, it may leave you completely drained and weak on awakening, feeling tired, or on a verge of a nervous breakdown .
People with a sensitive psyche are often prone to weird experiences in their sleep. And sometimes their night body gets so agile that it may insinuate itself into a dream of another person and involve that person into a shared dream. Then the two people may experience a very similar night vision, see each other in that dream and share the same talk, but that’s another subject already.
In any case, I don’t advice sensitive dreamers to sleep all alone, or go to bed too tired. And it’s always better to have somebody around your sleep to make sure you wake up in time and return to your senses quick enough.