As of late I have been in a slump. Intellectually I am always on top, but intuitively I’ve been cut off. I have racked my brain trying to find a solution to my issue and haven’t really come up with a lot…..until today.

I sat down in the theater style chair in the largest lecture hall at my university for an exam that I didn’t even know about. As usual I was there a half an hour early (a habit my parents taught me, work, class, movie theater, I’m always there early) so I took out my copy of “Programming the Human Biocomputer” by John C. Lilly and dug in. I came across a page in a section about the adaptability of the general purpose computer (in reference to a human being as a general purpose computer capable of being programmed) talking about belief. Let me quote the lines that really hit me hard in the moment:

Ability to achieve certain special states of consciousness, for example, are generally programmed by basic beliefs taken on in childhood. If the biocomputer is to maintain its general purpose nature – which was presumably there in childhood – we must recapture a far greater range of phenomena than we expect that we have available.

Obviously this paragraph mentions a common understanding in the “metaphysical” world, that children are more open to the possibilities and as we get older we become more programmed into narrow ways of thinking (remember the post about definition?). I am already well aware of that point. This statement was a trigger that got my mind considering my own beliefs about Astral Projection and the like. I was raised in a very religious, southern baptist household. My parents weren’t necessarily that strict or anything, but the point is that I was raised to believe that if things like Astral Projection did exist (which there was never any reason to believe they did), they were wrong. I can’t say that deep down I actually believed this stuff. By the time I was old enough to really contemplate the religion I was born into (maybe 13 or 14), I thought it was horrendously silly and didn’t even give it a second thought. Around that time I turned to science as the seemingly obvious alternative to religion. Again, I wasn’t satisfied with the answers I found. At about 16 or 17 I began experimenting with entheogens (psilocybin, lsd, dmt, mdma, etc.) and discovered a new option and things were never the same. For a number of years I truly believed in the otherworlds of the new agers and Don Juan Matus. Then my experimentation with illicit substances turned a little darker and my perception of reality shifted. While this time period was difficult for me and those around me, I still feel that it was necessary and I learned a great deal about non-attachment and dissociation. To move myself away from the habits associated with this experience, I renewed my interest in the metaphysical, which brought me back to my roots of altered states.

These scenes from my life were flashing through my mind and I had re-experienced my adolescence in a matter of seconds. Then the vision stopped on last summer and just froze in that perception for a moment. I took that as a cue to explore the feelings and perceptions before me because there was something there that I needed. I think that something a friend said is the best way to sum up my feelings in that moment, “People who believe that the otherworlds are really there are interesting, people who think it’s all in our minds are boring.”

As I contemplated the feeling deeper I felt a sense of awe and wonder. In that moment I felt like there was an infinite world to explore, beliefs to be shattered, possibilities that I couldn’t even comprehend. I felt like a child. With a flash, I was back to my present self, sitting in this lecture hall awaiting a psychology exam. I collected myself for a moment and considered where I was in my perception. I was bland, boring, closed off from the possibilities. I started to resent my psychological training as of late. I noticed that as I immersed myself more and more into the world of mainstream psychology, the darker my nonphysical life seemed. I should clarify that even now I am thoroughly unsatisfied with state of modern psychological research. All of the exciting new realms that were being studied in the 60’s and 70’s by people like John Lilly, Timothy Leary, Robert Monroe and their contemporaries is dead. As neurology grew with advancement of technology, the study of altered states took a back seat and was taken over by pseudoscientific psychonauts like Terence McKenna and psychology turned toward psychosis as a focus. For some reason, the nature of human consciousness was no longer as important as human behavior. And, as with the rest of medical science, research became focused on the symptoms and not the causes.

I have identified the shift in my own perception that led to my current “boring” state though. I have always been a bit of a solipsist (only one’s own mind is sure to exist, anything outside one’s own specific mind is unjustified and the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist) but this perception seemed to take over my thoughts in the spring of 2010. While I feel that the experiences of mind and imagination are still infinite in scope, this perception lacks a certain mystery.

I am reminded of a Rune Stone reading I was given about a year ago. It wasn’t a full spread, just a one rune pull thPerthoat was interpreted by a psychic reader that I work with. The rune stone that I pulled was Pertho and one of the primary words associated with Pertho is Choice or Decision-Making (make your choice, take charge of your destiny/mystery).  As you can see, the rune itself is two ends being pulled in different directions.  This is all the more relevant in light of the revelation I was having.  On one side I have the logical progression that my mind has taken over the course of my life.  In my present state I have really taken on the solipsist’s ideal and denied anything but what my mind “knows”.  On the other side I have the magical world of my imagination.  While I feel relatively secure in my logical solipsist perception, I don’t think I really believe it, something deep inside me disagrees.  Yet, I’m still not embracing the old feelings that made my imagination brighter.

After my life of perception flashed before me, with the prolonged stop on what I might call my most recent “previous self” (which all took less than a minute), I turned back to my book and started reading the next page.  You guessed it, BAM! another paragraph smacked me in the face.

These [beliefs] are disguises of and evasions of the ultimate dissolution of self. The maintenance of pleasure and of life are insisting on denial of death. If we stop at these beliefs, no progress in further analysis can be made. These beliefs are analysis dissolvers. They are lazy assumptions which prevent us from pushing deeper into self and avoid expending effort in this deeper direction.

Lilly was actually kind of dismissing the notions of new agers and the like (which in a way is what i’m trying to get back too, ha), but the statements were once again for a trigger inside me. I recall a podcast that I used to listen too, in which the host once said that he likes to try on new belief systems like a new suit. He wears it around for a bit and feels it out. He eventually takes it off either way, and the assimilation of the specific belief isn’t even the point. Just the act of being able to consciously choose to “believe” a new paradigm and dismiss it as quickly. That was a quality I once admired and strove to achieve, and i did for a time.

So, what conclusion have I come to? Well, I need to make a choice. When I first thought about making this choice I thought that I would have to choose between returning to my old ‘magical thinking’ or continuing forward in the hopes that my current perception will lead to something liberating (which I’m still sure it will). But after I contemplated it a bit more it occurred to me that I didn’t have to try to define myself in a particular perception, in fact that’s quite the opposite of what I consciously think (though what I unknowingly believe seems to be quite different, which tells me I need to do some inner house cleaning). I can just put on the old ‘beliefs’ to help jumpstart my connection with the intuitive otherworlds until such a time as merging that world with this other perception I have adopted recently becomes possible for me.

Tell me, does anyone else feel torn between two worlds? Do you worry about not balancing your presence between the two?

What is the “Non-Physical”? Pt. 1

This is a very loaded question and it will most certainly take a number of posts to cover.  So, this will be part 1 of my continuing exploration of both the physical & nonphysical and human consciousness.

To get this ball rolling I will focus on what seems to me to be the single flaw in questions on consciousness and reality, and the subject of part 1 of this topic.  Definition is the “Holy Grail” of explorations into our greater reality.  AP and LD authors are especially vulnerable to seeking definition.  When you consider the experience it’s difficult not to want to nail it down with something concrete and objective.  It doesn’t matter if you’re attempting to scientifically generalize the experience so that it can be tested by others or if you’re designating labels purely out of mystical lore.  Each of these scenarios is identical.

“But Rusty, surely you can recognize the difference between mysticism and science!”  Well, sort of.  I recognize that the nomenclature for each is different and that the two are often seen as being at odds with eachother.  But if you take a step back you can see that all these two disciplines really are is a collection of similar words and definitions in search of the same thing, the nature of our existence.  The obvious complaint here is that science is “a specific method by which objective events are tested in such a way as to be falsifiable and repeatable”, while mysticism is considered purely subjective and pseudoscienific at best.  Here is my response.  Science is based in metaphorical language, invented by humans, organized in such a way as to be generalized across time and culture.  But we know that isn’t really true.  Scientific paradigms change as fast as the seasons.  In fact, I propose that science is flawed in its central assumption, that matter is the foundation of our reality.  If this assumption is false, then any and every scientific discovery born from it is also false, which is essentially everything we believe we know about reality from a scientific perspective.  So my counter proposal to the primacy of matter is that consciousness is truly king.

If consciousness is the foundation of reality then it is obvious that nothing is objective and so nothing is concrete.   One of the most common responses to this theory is, “what about universal truths, like 1+1=2?”  The philosophical argument is that there is no reality that exists where 1+1 does not equal 2.  And I agree with that statement within the context of human cognition in what we call physical reality.  I specify human cognition because it is the focus of human consciousness that allows us to experience this reality as being concrete. You can also make inferences from this statement on the repeatability of scientific tests. The question is, “If objectivity doesn’t exist, how can different scientists perform the same procedure and get the same results?” Quite simple because they expect that they will. How about the opposite. How can multiple scientists perform the same experiment and NOT get the same results? Because they expected different results. Sounds horrendously simple, to the point of being instantly dismissed. However, this is just the essential principle. In order to actually apply this principle to reality you have to consider the infinite complexities that impact our perception and expectations. A plethora of variables come together to impact the expectations of experimental data. I might even go so far as to say that the more science becomes generalized (as it is increasingly becoming) the fewer discrepancies we will see between research projects. As the ‘jargon’ of science spreads around the world and infects everyone, results will become more uniform. I’ll come back to this point in another part of this essay.

No matter how you slice it, reality is slippery. As you will see in future parts of this essay, I propose that what we know as physical reality is more likely a nonphysical environment that we have become so focused on as to make it seem permanent. But in truth, the whole spectrum of our reality is formless energy, directed by thought and spawned from imagination. Relative to this, definition is then the scorn of true growth.

Oh My God! Negs Everywhere!

“I just know there is some evil entity around me.  I can feel it’s presence.”

“Well, my house is haunted.  We’ve seen shadow figures and felt cold air and our pets won’t go into the bedroom.”

“I think I’m possessed.  I get mood swings that just have no cause and I feel like I’m being forced to do things I don’t want to do all the time.  I just don’t feel like myself.”

I hear these declarations on a nearly daily basis.  I work in a metaphysical bookshop that carries not only metaphysical books, but also metaphysical/ritual supplies (oils, incense, candles, crystals and the like).  I very regularly receive customers who have come to seek  help in ridding themselves of “otherworldly” entities and the like.  These people are convinced that they are being ‘attacked’ in some way or another by an entity that is intentionally and very malevolently disrupting their life.

Also, as member of a forum based on ‘Astral Projection’, I see a lot of people writing horror stories about ‘Negs’ that attack them immediately upon exiting the body and blah blah blah.  To be honest, it’s all I can do not to laugh in these people’s faces.  But I usually refrain because I know that to them it is very real, though misguided.  So, throughout the course of this article, I’m going to explain the nature of ‘negs’ and other ‘malevolent’ entities.  [Note: this will become apparent, but remember that this is my experience/opinion and what you believe becomes very real in your life, so I’m not necessarily discounting any ‘neg’ experience you may have had]


The consideration of emotional energy is crucial to this explanation.  When I say emotional energy, you could take that to mean many things.  First, let me say humans have electromagnetic fields around them, generated especially by the heart.  In metaphysical fields you often find the inclusion of other energies, energies that are considered to be of a spiritual nature.  However you want to perceive this energy is of no consequence to me, so think what you need too.  The bottom line here is that our thought-forms (ie perceptions) effect the frequency of this energy field around us.  All thought-forms, no matter how seemingly benign, are charged with emotional energy, this is your personal power.  Were you to learn total control of this energy generation you could perform what people call “magic”, magic being  the manipulation of subtle energies.  If you are able to generate these subtle energies at will and direct them, you could easily influence your reality.

To fully grasp the importance of this “energy” you need to understand what impact it has on your perception.  This field around your body is interconnected with your perception.  In fact, I would say that the energy around you is a part of your perceptual faculty.  In addition to what we call “cognition” there is also an intuitive aspect to perception which is received through this energy field.  You “feel” your environment through this energy.  Furthermore, this energy field also functions like a mirror.  Your perception of your environment generates an associated emotional energy, which in turn moves out into the energy around you subsequently effecting the frequency of that energy.  Now your energy field is slightly altered and it then reflects that state back to your senses and the “feeling center”, the heart.  This reflection then effects your affect, it influences your perception.  It’s like a continuous loop, each cycle building on the one before it.

So, the frequency shape of the energy field around you has a big impact on your perception and therefore your contemplations (the thoughts that are spawned by perception).  Here’s the fun part, these energy fields around your body interact with the energies in the environment, which includes those of other people.  The energies of other people are often the ones that cause the most effect in our energy fields because of the emotional nature of people.  However, a tree for example can absorb strong emotional energy from a person and then you could inadvertantly absorb that same energy if you were in contact with the tree.  It’s actually less likely with a tree because they are very unique.  They are grounded and expanded simultaneously because they have roots in the earth to ground and leaves in the sky to expand.

Run with this concept a little bit.  You are constantly picking up energy from other people and places throughout your day. So what happens when you interact with someone who is psychologically unbalanced, or someone who has emotional disorders, let alone “normal” people?  That’s right, your energy field absorbs some of their energy when the fields interact.  Absorbs isn’t really the proper term however.  It’s more like your two fields merge with eachother and the separate frequencies begin to vibrate in harmony with eachother.  What is spawned from this is a new energy that is different from both of the original frequencies.  Now your energy field has been altered.  Your perception is now filtered through this new composite field.  You might notice this occasionally when you seem to have a very powerful emotion for no apparent reason.  Without proper grounding to release this energy it just continues to morph.

You can use simple grounding meditations to release much of this “foreign” energy.  This is possible because your genetics have an energetic aspect with your energetic blueprint encoded.  With the help of this genetic blueprint, you are capable of returning your energy field to it’s “natural” state.  Easier said than done, I assure you.  It’s one thing to release energies you’ve picked up during the day, but quite another to release old emotional wounds.  It should also be noted that if you don’t give your energy regular attention via cleansing (grounding) then these foreign energies become more and more ingrained in your frequency, thus altering it in seemingly more and more permanent ways.  It is possible to release frequencies that aren’t yours, but you will never return to the original frequency of your birth, and with good reason.  Evolution of your energy field reflects personal growth, but you have to determine what frequency adaptations are capable of harmonizing with the blueprint that represents your natural field.  You see, you want to morph your energy field for the purpose of self-discovery, but a part of that discovery is learning how to infuse frequencies that are complementary to your base frequency.  What that means in ‘laymans’ terms is to learn to be yourself and follow a path that highlights your natural state and expands on it.  This is a discussion for another time though.  For now, just know that you can release the frequencies that don’t ‘jive’ with your energy that you pick up during an average day.

When you don’t give proper attention to your energy (via grounding) then your frequency becomes a bastardization of your natural field.  You wind up with a hodge podge of foreign energies with no consistency.  This translates as cognitive dissonance, when your perception doesn’t align with your experience.  This happens because you have no real stability in your energy and therefore no real stability in your mind.  In my opinion this is the cause of many if not all psychological disorders, which is why medication isn’t terribly effective, yet electroshock therapy is.  Sounds crazy I know, but electroshock therapy ‘resets’ your energy field, giving you a fresh start in a way.  Though few ever use that opportunity to change, they just fall back into disharmony.

So how does this translate to ‘negs’ everywhere?  If you read my ‘Dream a Little Dream’ post, then you know that the substance of our material reality is born in the realm of our mind, the nonphysical.  This means that our perceptions are very powerful in many ways.  Your perception effects the energy field around you, which in turn effects subsequent perceptions.  They also have a large impact on your nonphysical counterpart (I don’t mean to imply that you have a physical and nonphysical being, you have a being that exists simultaneously in countless realities and overlaps through many).  Your energy field effects the way your awareness interacts with your nonphysical source, thereby manifesting these energies as ‘living’ thought forms into your reality.  I say living, because when these perceptions are highly emotionally charged (as they would be with a build up of foreign and disharmonious frequencies in your energy field) they can spawn thought-forms that seem autonomous, conscious.  Are you starting to get the idea?

So the punchline is, that all of these ‘negs’ that are attacking you are manifestations of your own congnitive/energetic dissonance relative to your innate frquency pattern.  It’s all your fault.  Ha.  Not really, but totally.  You exacerbate your vulnerability by not claiming these ‘entities’ as creations of your perception/energy.  When you consistently view yourself as a victim of these outside forces, that translates into your energy field as something similar to paranoia which in turn creates more and more of these ‘negs’.

The energies involved in things like sage smudging and other cleansing rituals are almost neutral in nature.  They act like universally adaptive frequencies that provide the compliment to your energy and essentially cancel it out.  The reason sage smudging and the like are often of little help is because they create a type of  ‘frequency vacuum’ due to improper use.  In order to successfully cleanse/ground yourself with these clearing techniques you have to make it a ritual in which you allocate your personal power (through attention) into the energies of the sage.  This way, you charge the sage with your innate energy and cleanse using your own energy instead of just wiping out all of the energies in your field.  It should be obvious then that the tools used in these cleansing rituals are useless because it is your personal power that really gets the job done.  Keep that in mind.

Let me be clear.  I’m not saying that there aren’t malevolent forces in the world, only that you are a powerful creature with the ability to be in harmony all the time if you learn to give yourself the healing attention you need.  Plus, nothing is really ‘good’ or ‘evil’.  All things simply operate from a unique scale and position and what may seem morally wrong to our cultural paradigms is just the way other entities function.  For example, if things like ‘negs’ did exist and they were feeding off of you, how is that different from you feeding on an animal? The ego just doesn’t like the idea of being food.

We call this beautiful, but this is the violent end of a life.

Dream A Little Dream

We all dream every night, whether we remember it or not.  This is an innate experience.  No human has ever had to join a mystery school or study esoterica to have a dream.  Yet, dreaming is hardly given a proper forum for research and study in our modern lifestyle.  At best, our science considers dreams to be the result of random neural firing in the brain.

Random neural firing?  What does that even mean?  Well, the scientific theory puts forth that when we sleep our body is undergoing regeneration, daily clean-up of the dead cells and useless information collected throughout the day.  So, as our brain is doing some much needed house cleaning (apparently achieved by firing the “clogged” neurons) we experience a fantasy reality called a dream.  Really?  That’s it?

For many of us, a dream does often contain remnants from our day, like the taxi ride you took or the book you were reading.  I believe these occurrences are the basis for the materialist view of dreams as lacking substance.  You have to understand the paradigm from which science operates.  Science is meant to be an analysis of reality but due to the limited human perception (ie, we seem naturally consciously aware of only our physical focus), the ‘nonphysical’ aspects of our life are neglected.  This seems absolutely ridiculous to me because our entire experience of reality is based on something that has no apparent physical cause (the mind).  But again, due to a lack of consistent and common conscious experience of things ‘nonphysical’, it is assumed that mind is also an accident, a “ghost in the machine”.  It’s understandable really.  I mean, what is the one thing you can’t touch with your fingertip?  The tip of your finger.  So it goes with mind (which is used here to mean consciousness as filtered through the ‘ego’).  You can contemplate mind, but you can’t really “put your finger” on mind and this leaves us using mind in every moment of every day without any real contemplation of that state of being.  Perhaps there are more devious forces at work, but we’ll leave that for another discussion.

If we step back from the modern scientific paradigm of reality being entirely based in material reality and posit a singular assumption, that mind is a non-local phenomenon, we can shed a different light on the innate experience of dreams.  When we put mind and subsequently consciousness in the “superior” or “commanding” role, then the innate experience of a dream becomes very different from the random neural firing that our best and brightest claim as the source.  What we’re really skirting around here is the existence of a nonphysical reality, which is the overall topic of research on this blog, but for the sake of this article I am only going to talk of the nonphysical in regard to dreaming.

In indigenous cultures around the world, dreaming takes on a seemingly superstitious connotation (to the western mind).  In these traditions, dreaming is often considered as much more than what [westerners] call ‘a dream’.  For example, Australian Aboriginals use the term ‘dreamtime’ which refers to a greater reality, a nonphysical reality that is home to what Jung terms Archetypes or universal symbolic energies/forces.  This is a quote from the movie The Last Wave by Australian director Peter Weir:

“Aboriginals believe in two forms of time; two parallel streams of activity. One is the daily objective activity, the other is an infinite spiritual cycle called the ‘dreamtime’, more real than reality itself. Whatever happens in the dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal society. It was believed that some people of unusual spiritual powers had contact with the dreamtime.”‘

In my experience, this ability to contact dreamtime isn’t a special skill reserved for the shamans and priesthood, but is in fact a natural ability possessed by every man.  It happens to be those born with very active ‘psychic’ skill and those chosen to become the shaman’s apprentice that traditionally are capable of making contact with ‘dreamtime’.  However, in both cases, deliberate contact requires training, the development of a skill.  Even those who appear to be some ascended evolution of our species must undergo training to learn control and focus.  So, I don’t see any reason you or I can’t learn this same skill through proper training.

Dr. Sheri Rosenthal, a master Toltec teacher and student of Don Miguel Ruiz (author of The Four Agreements), describes the concept of Toltec Dreaming or Active Dreaming:

“Toltecs saw [dreaming] as a twofold process. First, they saw that we were responsible for what we dreamed in our minds and that that was dependent on where we chose to focus our attention. For example, choosing to be happy is as easy as putting our attention on what is beautiful in life, rather than putting our attention on believing our fear-based beliefs and emotions. Even more important, they saw that we could use our attention to take our focus off of the world our physical eyes assemble for us and instead put our focus on the world we can see if we use our spiritual eyes.”

“Second, they saw that by changing the way we dream in our virtual reality (our mind), we ultimately change what we project out onto our physical reality. This, in turn, affects the entire way we co-create our lives (what we choose to create and manifest). For Toltecs, the goal was to be free to express their lives without the limitations of their programming, to be truly happy and express their unconditional love without fear. To do that, they needed to get control over their attention. This is where the practice of Dreaming came into play.”

In both of these traditions, dreaming and the “locale” of the dream environment plays the role of provider to the people.  These dream realms are the source of the manipulation of physical, objective reality.  As backwards as we may think these people are, their cultures have lasted for millennia, which puts our measly culture to shame.  I don’t believe these cultures could have withstood the ages of “conversion” attempts by dictatorial empires had their paradigm of reality not existed in close resonance with their experience.  I also feel that this is observable in our own culture.  We have a severe experiential dissonance relative to the “natural order” around us and this is reflected back to us in our reality.  Consider what both of these indigenous cultures say in regards to the formation of our objective reality.  The substance from which our objective experience spawns, exists in this ‘dreamtime’.  These cultures give proper attention to the ‘dreamtime’, we do not.  Subsequently, our focus is overwhelmed by physical experience or experience through the ‘ego’, our survival programs.  So, what little of our focus trickles through to the dreamtime is filtered through this dependence on survival mechanisms.  Now look at the reality that is reflected back to us, the reality that we have created by not attending to our dreamtime.  We live in a world of fear.  War, famine, pestilence, rape, murder, hatred and an endless roll of -isms.  We have learned to define ourselves through physical terms, through superficial qualities and this energy has become very powerful in dreamtime, thus we live in what can only be described as ‘hell’.

Let’s look at one line from Dr. Rosenthal’s description:

“For Toltecs, the goal was to be free to express their lives without the limitations of their programming, to be truly happy and express their unconditional love without fear.”

Siddhartha Gautama (or the energy he is supposed to represent) tells us that life is suffering.  However, the Toltecs express that life is not suffering, but rather the focus of attention in the human species seems to be directed toward suffering and can be re-directed.  Perhaps the Buddha was just misunderstood, misquoted or mistranslated……                 Yet , we suffer.  Our lives as humans are lived in subservience to the paradigm of a physical-only reality and we suffer for it daily.

Doesn’t it seem that there is a correlation between acknowledging this nonphysical reality and prosperous, purposeful life?  So how can we start turning our reality around?  By giving proper attention to our nonphysical reality, the apparent source of our life force, our experience of reality.  This is already something that we do every night, when we dream we are taking excursions into this dreamtime.  Does it make sense that a nonphysical component to our being needs rest and regeneration like our physical body?  No, of course not.  Our nonphysical aspects aren’t subject to the reality of the physical.  We’re in a whole different reality paradigm here.  So why would our mind shut off when we went to sleep aside from those random neural firings that it trys to decode?  IT DOESN’T!

When we sleep, our focus of attention leaves the physical (because it’s not needed) while the body undergoes automatic processes of recuperation.  However, due to the rampant denial of all things meta-physical (beyond physical), it’s like our mind has been programmed to just completely turn off our awareness of the nonphysical environment when we sleep.  But this isn’t irreversible!  The trick is to just start giving your dreams more attention.  The simplest way to do this is to start a dream journal.  Write in it every morning as soon as you wake up.  Doing this consistently tells your subconscious that your dreams are important to you and you wish to strengthen that connection again.

So, once you start interacting with your dreams again, how do you make sense of them!?  Recall what was said of the aboriginal view of the dreamtime, “Whatever happens in the dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws….[of your reality]”.  So these seemingly random and abstract dream memories must be important to your life as a ‘multi-dimensional’ being because this is the source of values, symbols and ‘laws’ in your reality.  Why, then, are our dreams so difficult to make sense of?  Well that’s the key phrase right there, “difficult to make sense of”.

As I have stated, the dreamtime paradigm is very different from the paradigm we hold of our ‘physical’ reality.  For example, communication in the nonphysical is non-verbal.  Human language is one of our biggest limitations.  It is ultimately impossible to articulate perceptual experience into words.  This makes the true communication of an experience to another person beyond fathomable.  Seriously, have you tried to explain experiences of the ineffable to another person?  It can’t be done.  The reason is that most of that experience happens through perception, through feeling and intuition, which are qualities that are beyond words.  Now, extrapolate that concept to dreams.  Your dreams are coming from a place of pure perception.  Your ‘ego’ free self experiences these messages and fully understands their nature, but then it has to find a way to get that message back to your conscious awareness.  Not an easy task, I assure you.  Your physically focused awareness thinks in terms of language, in terms of linear memory.  So, when your mind returns focus to your physical awareness after a dream (it’s really all happening simultaneously) it uploads the experience into your physical brain for processing.  You might wonder why this step is even necessary.  Because of that dependence on the survival programming of the ego, we are caught in a very limiting dynamic between mind and brain, self and body.  Our ‘ego’ self has more control, or rather we have little control, of our focus and so dictates the allocation of personal power/attention.  Bless our non-local mind, it does it’s damnedest to get these fundamental messages about our experience in reality past the firewall of the ego.  It’s efforts are certainly not in vain, as we do remember dreams.  But in order to understand the message provided, we must understand how our dreams wind up the abstract messes that they are.

The process by which an abstract concept is solidified into linear thought relies on a person’s memories.  Your memories, though they seem entirely linear, are much more than just a visual representation of an event.  your memories hold power, they hold the entirety of the perception of a specific event.  Naturally, the very emotionally charged memories are easiest to find in the file cabinet.  But your recent memories are often easy to access as well.  When your brain is trying to make linear sense of these nonverbal messages it’s receiving, it has to find a way to translate an experience it doesn’t have ‘record’ of, an experience it has never experienced.  The only way it knows to do it is by translating it into memories of your experiences that have a similar perceptual energy.  It scans your brain for a memory that most closely expresses the perceptual energy in the nonverbal message.  This includes all memories and the entire perception related to them as well as all thought-forms you remember (your contemplations and imaginings).  Maybe I have a dream where I’m flying in space.  You’re first reaction might be that this translates to something involving exploration or something to that effect.  But, if I create an abstract representation in my mind (if i imagine the same scenario) and I analyze how the scence affects my perception.  How does it make me feel, including sense memories and intuitive “knowing”.  Perhaps I don’t feel explorative but rather serene, a very different feeling.  It’s not the literal dream that needs to be interpreted, it is the feeling of the dream.  And a note on dream interpretation.  I hope this bit has made clear the personal and subjective nature of dream environments makes interpretation by anyone else but you and your intuition is utterly useless.  This entire process is your brain’s way of trying to make sense of a perception it has never had before, then we have to dig deep within our memories/subconscious to find the reference.

There is an aspect of this ‘dreamtime’ that I have thus far neglected to mention.  The impression one gets of the contact that these indeginous peoples make with ‘dreamtime’ is much more conscious, controlled and intentional; they are consciously aware, they are actively dreaming.  There are many names for this experience, Astral Projection, Soul Travel, Out-Of-Body Experience, Phasing, Journeying, etc.  As I will surely explain further in later posts, there is no difference between dreaming, lucid dreaming, OBEs or any of the other terms.  Each term is used (erroneously in my opinion) to describe what is just a different degree of focus strength.  A ‘dream’ is like the first moment after you wake up when you’re not entirely aware of your surroundings or even if you’re actually awake yet.  Lucid Dreaming might be considered as being like the moments after you’ve been awake for a few seconds.  Your awareness is there, though it’s still a little foggy and you probably couldn’t perform any complex cognitions.  An OBE then would be like “full waking awareness”, you are fully aware of your surroundings and have full cognitive capabilities (though they may feel a little different).  Still the same experience though, but as I said, more on that later.