Lucid Dreaming Techniques

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I’ve been fascinated with lucid dreaming ever since I had one many years ago, getting back to that state of consciousness and mastering the ability requires great patience. It seems as though the more I try, the farther I push myself away from dream consciousness. Whenever I am lucky enough to find myself aware of the dream it’s only but an instant before I awake. What is even more frustrating is  I can never remember what it was that brought about the awareness in the first place.

In addition to the practice of lucid dreaming for the past several months I’ve been trying to catch myself falling asleep. A better phrase might be, I’ve been observing my sleep process. Its been several months now and unfortunately I seem to be at the same place I was months ago. I will say this however, I’m not discouraged. I’m guessing once I am able to flick the switch “0101 0101 111 01”, it will only take the once and then instantly I will have mastered the technique. (I’m guessing.)

In any case I’m always on the hunt for new methods and tips so I thought I’d share an interesting website I came across tonight. The website offers 6 basic steps to lucid dreaming, let me know if anyone has success.

Peace,



Zencast 186 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.5of7, Gil Fronsdal

Speaks on what is possible with right speech, using your imagination to envision what is possible for us as individuals and your relationships with other people. Can one speak in a way that allows you and others do develop? Is there a way to speak so that there is more harmony between individuals and the community as a whole?

In any case I’ll let you listen to this Zencast and make of it what you will, as always your comments are welcome.



Zencast 185 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.4of7, Gil Fronsdal

In this episode Gil begins to talk on the ethics of right speech, this episode is more focused on what to avoid as opposed to what to act on. Gil then goes over some of the different ethics: taking care of yourself, minimizing harm for others, etc.

One of the more interesting precepts with regard to taking care of yourself is to be mindful that you never lie. This precept in particular I take a great personal interest; I’ve been especially mindful of this in the last year of my life. Telling even what seem to be harmless or little lies can definitely come back to bite you when you are most unexpected. If one is truly mindful and aware of their speech one would never lie, not even the little lies.

One of my favorite stories that Gil gives in this episode with regard to lying is that even in the society of the Devil the one precept that they follow is that there is no lying. He then explains that even in a society such as the Devil’s there needs to be a level of truth otherwise even that society wouldn’t function.

Ah yes… the truth shall set you free indeed.

In any case I’ll let you listen to this Zencast and make of it what you will, as always your comments are welcome.



Zencast 184 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.3of7, Gil Fronsdal

Welcome to number 3 of 7 in this Zencast series on mindfulness of speaking with Gil Fronsdal.

The focus of this talk is on the dangers and opportunities in speech. The idea is quite simple, if one can understand the range of opportunities and dangers in speaking then perhaps one will find it easier to communicate others. It is also pointed out that how someone speaks is a good indicator of how someone feels about themselves.

In this talk Gil says a wise person avoids what is harmful to ones self and others, a wise person engages in what is beneficial for ones self and other people. This may seem like common sense to a lot of people but when it comes to speaking a lot of the times we forget how harmful words can be.

It seems as though a wise person is someone that understands clearly what it is that causes harm and what it is that is beneficial when speaking. This understanding and awareness of ones speech brings about a wonderful ability to communicate from a place of clarity and compassion.

Enjoy the Zecast as always feel free to leave comments or ask questions.



Zencast 183 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.2of7, Gil Fronsdal

Here is the second audio Zencast on the topic of mindfulness of speaking. This particular chapter in the 7 part series is probably my favorite.

Gil starts of the conversation by reminding us that right speech requires awareness and mindfulness. He then goes even further and asks that you acknowledge the relationship between you and the person you are talking to. If you examine closely you can see that there are 3 parts to your relationship. First there is you, secondly there is the other person to whom you are speaking and lastly there is a third entity which is the actual ‘relationship’ between the both of you.

Both people have their wants, needs and agendas but if you are mindful of this then the health and vitality of the relationship can thrive because you are aware that your individual needs aren’t always what is best for the relationship.

Later Gil also asks you to look at why you say the things you do, what are your intentions? From the simple and mundane statements you make throughout the day to the more intimate conversations if you can look at why you said what you said closely and with care it will bring light to your intentions.

Gil gives a wonderful example of someone telling their friends that they found this great new restaurant and they had the most wonderful dinner. Gil then suggest perhaps if you were the person in the example there could be several reasons why you said it. Perhaps you just wanted to share the information with your friends or perhaps if you go deeper and examine it, maybe it was your intention to point out sub-consciously that YOU are a good picker of restaurants and YOU are very good at this.

The example is a bit silly but I’ve applied this practice to my own life and I can tell you first hand that if you examine why you say the things you do, you’ll find out a great deal about yourself. We’re all a bit silly!

Enjoy the Zecast as always feel free to leave comments or ask questions.



Zencast 182 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.1of7, Gil Fronsdal

Gil Frosdal begins this 7 part series on the topic mindfulness of speaking. Gil starts off by sharing some personal stories from his life to illustrate the effects of speech. He points out that sometimes one can say something they didn’t mean to say and those effects will last for a great deal of time, perhaps longer than anticipated. If you consider this then its fair to say that being mindful of what you say is very important so that you don’t say something that you will regret.

We’ve all been involved in heated debates, arguments or conversations and we’ve all probably said things to others that we later regret.

Wouldn’t it be nice to never say something you’d regret again?

After listening to this entire series on mindful speaking I’m confident that with practice and mindfulness it is possible to speak in a way that you are in control 100% of the time. The mindfulness that is required to manifest ‘right speech’ takes awareness and practice, equally listening is just as important.

One of the most helpful tips I got from this first audio lecture is to pause before you speak. Something as simple as this allows you time to gather your thoughts and compose yourself so when you do speak you speak from the heart and with compassion.

With that said I’ll leave you to the audio lecture. Please to comment if you have questions or would like to share stories of your own with regard to the topic.

Peace,



I used to Climb Trees

Earlier in the week I was walking down the street practicing mindfulness. I just have to say I don’t particularly like the phrase “practicing” anything but I feel this is the best choice of words to communicate my frame of mind.

With that said… there I am walking down this neighborhood street in Tempe, Arizona and I walk by a tree. This tree I’ve passed by for several weeks now but there was something drastically different this day. To tell you the truth I’m not sure if I noticed the tree or if it noticed me.

So there I was… standing still, motionless with the exception of an occasional batting of the eyes so that I could maintain this new clarity. There was a fantastic calm and abundance of energy looking at this beautiful tree. There it stood leaning back with a lazy posture amongst the grass hugged by bushes and inhabited by a family of singing birds… there it stood alone, just like me.

As I’m observing the beautiful brown bark, green leaves and crooked twigs a rush of thoughts and emotions flooded my mind… I smiled!

I was taken back to a time in my youth were there wasn’t a tree safe in my neighborhood… if there was a tree it was going to be climbed. In what seemed like several minutes was in all actuality just a few seconds, now I was continuing on with my walk (to the bus stop).

As I sat on the bus and reflected on what had just happened and wondered to myself, when did I stop climbing trees? It has been several years since I climbed a tree… why?

I remembered how exciting it was to climb trees, the adventure I enjoyed it immensely. Up in the trees there was a different world, a different perspective, peace and quiet.

I miss those days, sitting up there squatting on my perch like a wild monkey away from the household chores, homework and the bully on the bus. I miss my sanctuary and I wonder if I can find a similar solace now that I’m an adult.

Do I have it in me to climb a tree and leave the troubles, anxieties and responsibilities of this so called life down there. Can I find my way outside of all the distractions so that I can see clearly what is really happening in the world?

I think I can…

I know I can…

Only now I don’t have to climb up a tree to get to that place, the tree and I are one… like I notice the tree, the tree notices me, I’m a reflection of the tree and the tree is a reflection of me. My sanctuary isn’t up in the trees anymore but rather inside myself, its just a matter of taking the time to go there NOW.

Seeing that tree, taking notice, being aware and observing the way I did was a reminder that I can be here right now any time I want and right now is where its all happening, this is where its at not back then or tomorrow but right now.

In order to live a life of virtue and bring about the change that is needed in our world it will be from minds that are aware of this. The change that is coming, the change that is happening right now is being nurtured and cared for by the minds that are here right now.

There are those who are still unaware there are those who still walk past the tree without taking notice but now isn’t going anywhere and the people that have awakened to the now will still be here when those are ready to be here now too.

Namaste,