Hitomi and I have been interviewed regarding dreams and their relationship with reality.
Our answers have been featured on a Behind The Ears Programme for BBC Radio 3.
It is said that a big astrological event happened on Feb 4th this year, i.e. Neptune entered into Pisces. I don’t know much about astrology unfortunately, but my understanding is that for the next 14 years, themes such as spirituality, dreams, healing of soul, art, religious feeling, etc. will be coming more and more to the foreground in our awareness.
Many of you may have already noticed this tendency in the past few years. My feeling is that we will see an increasing number of business organizations, individuals and groups that feature all kinds of ‘spiritual stuff’ of both good and poor qualities so that each of us need much discernment in order to sift through them.
One of my teachers, whom I regard as practicing ‘well-grounded spirituality’ said the other day something that left me with an impression. According to him, we are in a phase where we have to wrestle with all the seemingly negative things in ourselves, tasks we haven’t completed, emotions, our shadow parts, etc.; that going through such process may feel heavy and make us feel as though we’ve gone backwards on our spiritual paths. However, actually, working on such things as well as dealing with everyday tasks such as cleaning and cooking, ARE in fact spiritual. The last part actually reminded me of zen teaching that includes everyday chores as integral parts of its spiritual practice.
Speaking of shadow parts, for the past week, so many people around me have been telling me about nightmares and nightmarish experiences they’d had (actually almost on the same day) and wanted to know what they might mean. For almost all of them, one of the background messages of such dreams and experiences seemed to be ‘to get in touch with the power behind what they regard as something negative and scary, and to use it wisely.’ As we enter this new phase, you may find the messages and information that we need for our personal and spiritual growth are knocking on our doors louder than ever before through dreams, synchronicities and daily encounters. We are often afraid of what may be standing behind the door, but you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you actually open it.
The year 2012 is finally here! The year that has been talked about so much because of the significance the ancient Mayan calendar
places on this period. Whatever the truth, personally it does feel like we are at the end of a cycle and it’s a chaotic phase before the new era takes a clear shape. Rather than feeling doomed about it, I feel it’s an exciting time when people and the world are becoming more and more open to new ways and visions.
In my last post, I wrote about the end-of-the-year cleaning inside and out, about letting go of the unwanted from our body, mind and our environment. This I’m sure is a process, rather than a one-time thing.
In the health-conscious circles, cleansing and detoxing seem to be in fashion. Although I think it’s important to fast and detox once in a while when we are too clogged up, it would be also senseless to be attached to cleansing or to not to participate in the not-so-clean world for fear of tainting your purity. I think the important thing is the ‘cycle’ of bringing in new energy, letting go of the old, and taking a good rest. For example, some people are addicted to colon irrigation, thinking they are cleansing. Instead, some of them are losing vital energy. In other words, they actually need adding instead of subtracting.
I say new energy, but it has always been with you, just hasn’t been accessible to your waking consciousness. One of the ways to access it is through the nighttime dreams. The new year’s dreams – dreams that you have around the new year and leaves you with impressions, are said to indicate your basic direction or energy for the whole year. If you remember your new year’s dream, here is one way to receive its message;
1) Close your eyes and remember the dream again, then pick one element of your dream that stands out, that feels rather mysterious, impressive, scary, or attractive.
It can be a character, action, incident, colour or atmosphere.
2) What is the ‘essence / basic energy’ of the element? If it’s a character, action or incident, express its energy with your hand, if it’s an image or a colour, try drawing a picture, to get to know the energy better.
Keep on extracting its essential quality until it doesn’t have negative judgment. (example; a monster chasing you –> power;
moving into a new house –> moving to a new phase in life; colour orange –> (for example) joy; a trip to Hawaii –> relaxation)
3) That’s the new energy that is available for you for the year 2012. Think how you would like to manifest or use it? As a reminder, try using the picture that’s similar to the dream image on the wall paper of your mobile (cell phone), or wear something with the same colour as the dream element.
May your year 2012 be full of joy and fulfillment!
In our particular case, Consciousness Technology refers to the process of creating tools that interact with our consciousness, for the purpose of self exploration and self transformation.
It is technology, because it uses an algorithmic, methodic approach, and relies on a combination of hardware and software for practical implementation .
It resembles Art, because just like Art, it aims to inspire.
It is like Psychotherapy because it offers insights into the deeper aspects of our psyche, and supports self-development and self-transformation.
It is educational from two perspectives.
One, is that every time you interact with it, you learn something new about your self.
The other is that after a relatively short time of using it, even if you were to take away the technology, you would still be able to use the algorithms which you more or less subconsciously “learned by doing” when you were exposed to it.
There are a few user requirements in order for the technology to be effective. They are:
You are more powerful, more capable and ingenious than you thought you are. All it takes for you to get in touch with your inner resources is a change in perspective.
Usually our best power is hidden in our ‘blind spot’, or the psychological ‘shadow’. One way to tap it is by trying our Ark Journey. After befriending the shadow, try to see where in your life you could use its power in a positive way.
We managed to get our boiler fixed finally yesterday after one month of having no hot water. On one hand, it’s terrible to have to bear with cold shower for a month, and it was, especially in those mornings when the temperature drop to less than 10 degrees (Celsius). On the other hand, we were actually lucky that it happened during the warmest month of the year.
Yet another thought that we had was that it is a reminder that we really have to deal with and let go of whatever is old and outdated, and it’s better to do it sooner than later (Really nice vintage antique stuff is a different story). The boiler that our landlady was holding on to for dear life was actually not even up to the current standard and had several problems in the past, had been told that it’s at its last breath. However, despite our plea to replace it, she just wanted to patch it up every time. By the time it really died, everyone including the landlady was on holiday so that it added to the inconvenience.
The problem, like a body symptom, is there for us to acknowledge that there is something to be looked at and dealt with, and if we just suppress it, it is due to erupt in a more unpleasant way later.
Many people are now saying that the whole planet is going through a big shift and the time is accelerating. In a time like this, things that need changing and clearing out would come out on the surface more often and quicker than before. In such moment, you might feel that things have become worse for you, or you have regressed, but things will be much easier later if we just take a moment and work on it, and let go of something that doesn’t work for us anymore, whether it’s attitude toward ourselves or others, life style, belief systems, or old emotions. That’s based on my personal experience, although I’m still working
Also dreams are good indications — If you are having dreams about death of yourself or someone, pregnancy, or childbirth, there is a chance that something old is dying and something new is about to come up in you. Watch your dreams, body symptoms and daily occurrences that catch your attention!
Dreams often have a much deeper meaning than assumed. The same dream image has different meanings for different people. This is why we need much more than a dream-dictionary to make sense of it.
Most of the time dreams reveal aspects of ourselves that we are not very aware of. It presents them as other people, places, or objects, like a magic mirror, where different part of our self can be interacted with and experienced.
Other times, dreams give you valuable information about situations you are confronting in life, that you may not be able to see with your day-to-day mind, but are aware of it at a deeper level.
Dreams are great tool to learn about our inner world. The dynamics of this inner world are always reflected in our everyday life.
For example, if you need to slow down a bit and rest, you may get a dream about someone being lazy. In real life, you may catch a cold. and be in bed for a few days, or something would happen that would make you stop what you are doing. Usually you get the dream first, and if you understood that your ‘wiser’ self is telling you to slow down, and you listened to the advice, then the cold, or other events may not be necessary.
But how can you get the meaning of the dream? Especially since ‘lazy’ is something bad you don’t want to identify with.
Well, the answer could be as easy as trying to find the neutral, non-judgmental idea that ‘lazy’ could represent.
This may not happen in one step, but a few, as in the following dialogue:
- What does lazy mean?
- Someone who doesn’t do things they need to do, but prefers to rest.
- So what is the less judgmental aspect of that ?
- Someone who rests.
Well, it’s not always as easy as that, you get the idea.