|Dream Working - Dream Walking
What is a dream?
night (or day, as the case may be), for at least a little while, our
conscious mind shuts down and our bodies rest. However, just
like the heart, lungs, and other organs, the brain is incapable of
truly shutting down. It must act, process information, maintain
careful control of autonomous systems, and be prepared to
bring the body to full wakefulness in the event of emergencies.
However, while it can sustain the body in a lower state of
activity, the fact is the brain is used to a certain amount of
constant stimulation. Therefore, while the senses are shut
down, the mind begins to stimulate itself.
The brain can draw from an enormous amount of information to
create scenarios for us to dream about. Every detail of
everything we have ever experienced is safely tucked away
somewhere within the brain. Despite our not having total recall
when we are awake, our minds do have total recall, and can
fabricate intensely real environments during our dreams. Why
the brain chooses to create the dreams it does is a matter of
considerable thought, and is the subject of a seemingly endless
array of books on Dream Interpretation. However, the fact is
that these dreams are not merely videos for us to watch
passively. While our bodies are shut down, the dream stage is
very real for us, and we can, if we wish, exert considerable
control over our dreaming.
For many years it was believed that a person only dreamed
during Rapid Eye Movement (R.E.M.) sleep; but recent studies
have indicated that dreaming can occur at any time during
sleep, and in some cases even outside of the normal phases of
sleep (i.e. during wake-up or in the moments just prior to
sleep). In fact, in some sleep disorder patients, dreaming
begins so suddenly that they literally experience dream and
reality sensory input at the same time just prior to sleeping.
Some instances of hallucinations are also being revealed to be
times when the dreams our brains create are overlapping on
our sensory reality.
Interestingly, the mind puts out a considerable amount of
energy during dreaming; at some points during R.E.M sleep, in
fact, the energy output of the brain is actually higher than
during consciousness. From the Pagan point of view, it seems
fairly clear that the Higher Selves are being called upon during
dreaming; and as a result, the brain during sleep tunes into a
common resonance to tap into the Higher Being.
What is the Dreamworld? Every sleeping, dreaming mind, as it
works toward reaching into the Higher Self, is tuning into mental
wavelengths of approximately the same frequency and
amplitude. Not exactly the same, but close enough that we can
see certain action/reactions similar to radio waves occurring.
Without getting too technical, the Brain at rest becomes much
like a kind of radio tuner, transmitting info into its surroundings
at a certain wavelength and frequency. If a nearby brain
reaches a similar tuning, signals could be exchanged, allowing
information to pass from one person to another accidentally. At
times, quite randomly, the tuning could be complete enough
that both dreamers experience the same or extremely similar
dreams. Needless to say, there are enough dreaming signals
circulating the world, and enough dreamers active at any time,
that information can be spread instantly across the globe, for
the most part. This has resulted in the existence of the
Most people try to associate the Dreamworld with the Astral
Realm. This is an unfortunate accident of thought, all too
common among Pagans. First, travelers in the Dreamworld lack
the characteristic ‘silver cord’ seen with Astral Travelers.
Second, the rules of the Dreamworld are far different from
those of the Astral Realm. Third, the Astral Realm is a far more
dangerous place than the Dreamworld, since the Astral Realm
is host and home to countless non-corporeal beings, while the
Dreamworld is host and home only to the human mind.
The fact is, the Dreamworld is better compared to a kind of
internet than to the Astral Realm. Each mind acts as a
computer within the net, and during dreaming, the connections
that exist strengthen sufficiently so that one can, with proper
exercise and/or training, send and receive dream information
from almost anywhere to almost anywhere. In my experience,
the Dreamworld seems to appear like a vast, brownish-black
emptiness dotted with numerous tiny static-like clouds that are
the dreams of others. I find that the space between Dreams is
lacking in anything material enough to work with, and that
Dreamweaving within the space between is often frustrating
What is Dreamweaving? At an early age, I was wracked with
terrible, violent, and recurring nightmares. They were disturbing
enough that I vowed to not allow myself to have them. I spent
over a decade wrenching control of my dreams from my
subconscious mind to my conscious one. This is the art and
magic of Dreamweaving.
Essentially, Dreamweaving is the ability to override control of
our dreaming minds and perform some sort of conscious
change in the fabric of our dreams. It can range from simply
forcing our selves awake from dreams to full-blown total
manipulation and control of the dream environment. It requires
a great deal of practice, but anyone can do it, provided they
have at least some degree of self-control.
What is a Dreamwalker? Dreamwalkers have existed for
endless ages, and have been both highly respected and
terribly feared in all cultures. In essence, there are some
individuals who are so adept at self-tuning of their minds that
they can begin sending and receiving dreams across vast
distances, using similarly tuned sleeping (and awake!) minds as
nodes. These people can, in other words, leave their own
dreams and visit the dreams of others. There isn’t really any
one type of person that becomes a Dreamwalker; in fact, we all
Dreamwalk at least once in our lives. However, with a great deal
of patience and practice, just about anyone can learn to
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