By Michael Katz
In Dream Yoga and the perform of normal Light, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu offers directions for constructing readability in the sleep and dream states. He is going past the practices of lucid dreaming which have been popularized within the West by way of proposing equipment for steering dream states which are a part of a broader process for boosting self-awareness known as Dzogchen. during this culture, the advance of lucidity within the dream kingdom is known within the context of producing higher information for the last word goal of accomplishing liberation.
This revised and improved variation comprises extra fabric from a profound and private Dzogchen booklet, which Chögyal Namkhai Norbu wrote over decades. This fabric deepens the 1st edition's emphasis on particular routines to enhance information in the dream and sleep states. additionally incorporated during this ebook is a textual content written by means of Mipham, the nineteenth-century grasp of Dzogchen, which deals extra insights into this outstanding kind of meditation and expertise.
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This surprising notion lasted the whole day and into the night, whilst I ready to fall asleep. I resolved to stick to Rinpoche’s directions for constructing understanding and prayed for his suggestions. That evening used to be strange additionally. I fell asleep, yet quickly turned acutely aware that i used to be dozing. I lay in a awake luminous country. It was once my first wide awake adventure of yogic sleep and the typical mild of the brain. because of my very own mind’s obscurations, i didn't make nice development within the perform of dream yoga and the perform of typical gentle. actually, have been it no longer for the single adventure I had had, I most likely might have relegated the complete subject to the area of yogic feats, past the ability of normal humans. It was once a few years later, in the course of a twenty-one day solitary retreat, that I had one other event with yogic dreaming that was once fascinating and transformative. After weeks had elapsed, my retreat had deepened significantly. each one evening I Dudjom Rinpoche’s directions for constructing the skill for dream yoga. The extensive meditation perform prolonged to 10 hours an afternoon, and my brain grew to become better. i used to be interested in an effort to take into account as many as 8 desires an evening. in this specific evening, I abruptly had the conclusion that i used to be either asleep and conscious that i used to be dreaming. on the immediate of the conclusion, the colours of the dreamscape turned startlingly vivid and extreme. i discovered myself status on a cliff and looking over an unlimited and lovely valley. I felt comfy and delighted, and that i reminded myself it used to be just a dream. I appeared out over the stunning vista for a little while after which resolved to head a step additional, actually and figuratively. If it used to be really a dream then there will be no for the reason that I couldn’t fly. I leapt into house yet, rather than flying, i discovered the dream remodeling once more. nonetheless lucid, my information looked to be on a stairway. My physique used to be now not within the dream yet i used to be relocating up the steps. I had long gone up one step and used to be making my manner up one other while the dream replaced back. This time it used to be simply black with out imagery whatever. I resisted the impulse to open my eyes. honestly, i used to be doubtful what to do, yet i needed and willed the imagery to come after which without notice i used to be again at the stairway. This recurrence of the stairway imagery lasted in simple terms momentarily after which I woke up. the entire adventure were attention-grabbing. I nonetheless give some thought to it essentially the most significant studies of my existence. The lama who supervised the retreat likened my event to having handed a using try out. hence, i've got had many lucid stories in the course of dream. I can’t say that they happen every one evening, yet they do ensue frequently. Their frequency raises in periods whilst I perform meditation intensively, equivalent to while in retreat. additionally, if I wake up and perform meditation throughout the evening i locate that I usually have lucid desires upon returning to sleep. Over the process time, i've got additionally had desires that have been psychic in nature. for instance, whereas on retreat, I dreamt of my lover.