Awakening the Self

Awakening implies that we are asleep. Yet even in our sleep we dream. Our consciousness continues to create and interact with the dream figures and objects of our nether world just as if we were awake. We “wake up” in the morning and move into a different reality, making choices and interacting in the world and often feel as if we have somehow been informed by our dreams. If we could only remember our dreams and understand the symbols of our sleeping world, perhaps the dream experience might hold some vital information for our waking consciousness.

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Waking consciousness is just as obscure to many of us as is our dreaming consciousness. We search to understand our selves and others, trying to make sense of what transpires each day. What if we could AWAKEN enough to at least first ask ourselves some questions that will get us started on our journey to awakened consciousness? It is not so important at this point that you know the answer to these questions, because the value is in the process of asking questions. Each question leads to additional questions that will help awaken us out of our sleep.

  • Who am I?
  • Can I be Me?
  • What do I want?
  • Where will I go?
  • Who will go with me?
  • Why was I born?
  • Do I have a purpose?
  • Why do I react the way that I do?
  • Why do certain situations make me feel that way that I do?
  • How can I prepare for what lies ahead?
  • What am I missing?
  • Am I missing anything?
  • How can I reach my highest potential?
  • Are there tools that I can learn to help me to evolve and uncover the authentic Self that lies within?
  • What would it mean for me to live from my AWAKENED SELF?

 

Although we generally don’t ask these questions of our dream world, if we were to do so our dreams could lead us to creative and satisfying solutions that we know came from our own inner wisdom.

mindfulnessBeing conscious that our dream is a dream is a characteristic of lucid dreaming. We wake up in our dream but remain physically asleep. We are lucid because our awareness is similar to our waking state it is what we refer to as being conscious. Being lucid in your dreams allows you to work within a different reality where the rules of how the world works bends and we discover that time and space no longer constrict our abilities to know things and to be comfortable in the world. We can travel anywhere instantly, even to other planets or into outer space, cruising the galaxy. We can travel to different realities and meet up with people who we know have died and have conversations with them. We can fly. We can shape shift. We are super beings.

In a sense, we are beckoned to Awaken to both of these worlds. To Awaken to the messages of our dreams teaches us that these symbolic messages of the unconscious can inform us in a way that lead to creative solutions, greater happiness, and more peace in our lives. To Awaken to our daily reality would teach us to make more conscious choices that result in the kind of reality that we desire because we have come to understand the impact that being unaware has had on our lives.

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As we learn more about the cartography of the psyche, we use consciousness to determine how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. We “see” that there are factors that impact the reality that we experience and we begin to use our tools to reshape our perceptions that in turn, impact our attitudes. With these changes in perception and attitude, we create realities that are closer to our desires and trust our choices in the world because we understand that the things of which we were unconscious distorted our perception of the world around us. It fueled our emotional reactions and prevented us from consciously responding. We learn to be, rather than compulsively applying definitions to our experiences. We appreciate and take in what is happening in the moment and therefore reside in the eternal Now, allowing us to see the world as through the eyes of a child untainted and unencumbered. We stop applying our stories to what is happening and realize that the soul cages that we live in are not locked. We need only to open the door. The handle is on the inside.