Jim Shaw Dream Drawings
A few weeks ago someone was asking me why I work on OBE's and Lucid dreaming.
Here are a few more reasons which the Marquis dreaming reports confirm.
He used various devices to induce lucidity, he was a pioneer and wanted to understand sleep and dreaming.
After all we spend about one third of our lives sleeping, reflect on that for a moment ( we mostly forget about it ). Consider if you live to be 90 years old you will have spent about 30 of those years asleep ! When it is put this way doesn't it seem a shame not to invest in developing the ability to use this sleeping time. Instead of being lost to us sleep can be a time of adventure, research, personal development. ( just contemplating the possibilities excites me ).
Anyway back to the Marquis .
In one dream he found himself witnessing a woman being attacked on a deserted street by two masked assassins. With no weapon to defend her, he took a moment to imagine the "yatagan" sword that hung across the fireplace in his home. As soon a he expressed the desire the "terrible blade" appeared in his hand and he used it most effectively.
Even more interestingly in this dream he found himself pursued by a monster through a labyrinth of interconnecting rooms. Eventually summoning the will to turn and confront it, he saw it "whistling and cavorting in a manner which, once it had ceased to frighten me , appeared comic".The demon eventually faded into a "floating bundle of rags". In Tibetan Dream Yoga nightmares of this type are considered to be a great training ground for the bardo state (for more information click bardo ) . Even if dream yoga doesn't appeal it is clear from that dream that confronting one's fears dissolves them, isn't it easy to see how this can enhance ones confidence in dealing with life's challenges.
Top of his itinerary was identifying where dreams came from . He proposed that they were patched together from old recollections . To test this idea he would pause in lucid dreams to note details of his surroundings such as street names and shop fronts and on waking compare these with his diaries of his daily life.
This aspect of his research confirms my theory that lucid dreaming is another way to develop more interest and awareness in our daily life. Dreaming lucidly demands a high degree of self awareness and in paying full attention to all the events and surroundings of our daily life we become more lucid in all aspects of our lives whether we are awake or asleep.
Could keep going but my other commitments are calling . . . . . . . .