"Dreaming is a route to power for a
We are always dreaming!
Like dreams that happen to us at night, synchronicities, fantasies and
symptoms are daytime manifestations of the deeper dreaming reality we call the
unconscious. Each of these experiences are dream doors; they take us out of our
thinking mind to explore unknown aspects of our world, the unconscious wholeness
that is "dreaming" into the realms of matter and psyche. Engaging
Engagingour bodies through Sentient Awareness, we track this dreaming all day long, before these energies appear in our day and night dreams.
"Our unconscious existence is the real one and our conscious world a kind of
illusion, an apparent reality constructed for specific purpose, like a dream
which seems a reality as long as we are in it… Unconscious wholeness therefore
seems to me the true spiritus rector of all biological and psychic events.”
Sentience is a transpersonal awareness; it is our physical
experience of undifferentiated consciousness, the unconscious, and connects with the underlying
sentient reality from which our universe arises. When we engage Sentient
Awareness to explore deep and subtle physical experiences and their relationship
to this underlying reality, we enter a process don Juan
and Arnold Mindell call “dreaming”.
We catch experiences that "flicker" at the edge of awareness and focus on them. We look for subtle signals; energies that are the furthest from our ideas of ourselves, the most irrational and unlikely contain the greatest power to transform our worlds. We know that everything we experience is an aspect of ourselves, even the most difficult to comprehend or accept expands our definition of wholeness, for ourselves and the Earth. Through our bodies we join the Earth as participants on a global stage, we engage in Earth Dreaming.
“Learning to dream is not haphazard but active and deliberate. You consciously
intervene with spontaneous experiences, combining altered states of
consciousness with wakeful interventions and, above all, noticing which are
primary and close to consciousness and which are secondary and far away. The
warrior senses something unknown to her and consciously decides to use her
second attention to explore it. She feels her way into processes, selecting
events and experiences according to the energy in them. The events that are
strangest and furthest from awareness, the most unearthly secondary processes,
are the ones with the most power. “
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.