Lucid DreamingPart I, The Muse
Lucid Dreaming: Mentor, Muse and Medicine
Part I: The Muse I tumbled out of my dream bed and saw my physical body lying there asleep, only then did I realize I was dreaming. Free and feeling quite buoyant, I went to a tall mirror and with only a thought, I willed two large white-feathered wings to grow. I turned and soared through the window, feeling the wind on my face, breathing in the astral air, aromatic and full, and I flew until my vision became a clear, infinite white space. I landed and cast my request aloud to the dreamscape, “Show me a piece of art to create!” At once, before me a magnificent painting was floating: the inside of a very old Italian cathedral, a massive stone citadel held up one of the gothic arches. I zoomed in on the face of the citadel, an old wise man with long hair and deep luminescent icy blue eyes. Up to his chin was a pool of dark water that cast an eerie tone on the piece. I stood there, examining every detail about it, astounded at its intricacy and emotional depth. The painting disappeared the moment I had taken it all in, and instantly populated the space with a sculpture of a tiger, fully formed with marvelous detail. Instead of fur, it had lotus petals of a fractal nature covering its body. I walked around it, animating its head rocking back and forth. I was so excited that I woke myself up with both of these iconic images forever burned into my mind.
This was the first of many times I glimpsed my inner muse in a lucid dream. This is an initial Call to Adventure. The aim of this series is to illuminate the value of lucid dreaming and envision practical ways in which we can apply it in our lives. Anyone can learn to lucid dream. Through this practice, we naturally enhance the quality of our life. The deeper beauty to the art of dreaming is the organic nature in which it unfolds, akin to the rhythms of nature, like a warm summer night of star gazing or the life of a plant whose pulse appears timeless.
After a night of lucid dreaming, I begin my day with heightened energy, and into a penetrating atmosphere of accomplishment before I even get started. The majority of lucid dreamers engage lucid dreaming as a recreational activity, a way to experience fun and play. While play is absolutely valuable in and of itself, especially within young developing minds, I see that many do not even consider that there is a larger spectrum therein that is largely untapped.
Lucidity is, from my vantage point, one of the greatest allies to the artist, the entrepreneur, the innovator, the peacemaker, the healer and the seeker. In Salvador Dali’s autobiography, he describes in detail lucid dreaming practices, allowing his liminal vision to directly inform his legendary iconic paintings. Nikola Tesla, similarly, kept a journal that reported how he would continue his work in his “astral” laboratory, then awake to apply the dream solutions, which resulted in an incredible free energy system.
This could be the end of writer’s block, or of any creative block. Imagine an endless source inspiration, visions, ideas, inventions… Dreams have informed art throughout the history of our species. Truly, you don’t need to be an artist, in the traditional sense, to empower big work in the world. The muses are available on the front lines of all things creative, should you be humble enough to follow through and bring the work to the dayworld…
Continue on to the next level where we meet the Mentor…
Originally posted on Aluna’s Dreambender blog