Dream Yoga or Lucid Dreaming – What Will You Choose?

In a post I published earlier on the importance and significance of the reality checks for lucid dreaming, I shared a realization I had about what differentiates our waking life from the dream world.

This new way of looking at my dreams made me more curious and with a little research I found that dream yoga was the answer to my questions.

As a lucid dreaming beginner, I was obsessed with doing things in my dreams that is impossible in the real life like flying, going to beautiful places, meeting people from my past, visiting my childhood house etc.

However, with time, experience and knowledge gained from some very awesome lucid dreaming based products, I learned that lucid dreaming can also be used for various higher purposes like problem solving, personal development and even spiritual growth.

Talking about spiritual growth, I always thought that dream yoga is not much different from lucid dreaming, but I was wrong. Even though both involves conscious dreaming. they are two entirely different processes.

Lucid Dreaming and Its Purpose

People who love experimenting with their dreams for enjoying it or those who are willing to explore the dream world to get some real life benefit from it are the ones who intend to become lucid dreamers.

From fulfilling various desires in the virtual world to getting answers from the higher self, lucid dreaming can be used for a plethora of purposes. Nowadays it has become popular that athletes can practice in their dreams and it is a great arena for honing one’s skills.

When you think about the possibilities, it is endless and any good book or material based on conscious dreaming will teach you about it.

Dreams are created by our subconscious mind and the act of becoming conscious in your dreams establishes a direct connection between your conscious and subconscious mind, that alone makes it a practice that can potentially be used for getting better in any area of your waking life.

You can also use this skill to have some profound spiritual insights and it is also said that meditating in dreams is much more effective than the waking life.

But when it comes to a much deeper level of spiritual quest, like to understand the true nature of reality and to know what creates your life experience, you need a different approach. That’s when dream yoga comes into play.

Dream Yoga – A Self Realization Tool

Tibetan ancient dream yoga is actually a way of realizing the illusory nature of one’s life that creates suffering and pain by understanding the similarity between dreams and reality since everyone’s life experience is always subjective in nature.

In the Tibetan culture, a qualified teacher passes this to his pupil as an “enlightening experience” where he shows him how what we perceive as the “real world” is just another wave arising in our consciousness like the dreams.

They also believe that when one dies he goes through a similar stage as dreaming, so this is also a preparation for a conscious death, wow that’s interesting, isn’t it? Well, for me it really was an astonishing thing to know.

What they basically do is that they first begin it just like the lucid dreaming process by remembering the dreams and becoming conscious while dreaming. Then gradually they learn to heighten their awareness to a level that they can be in a dreamless sleep and still be completely aware.

Right now, it is hard for me to even imagine what that would be like.

After that, they take this awareness into their waking life and use it to dissolve all the attachments they have formed in the world.

The concept behind this says like the way whatever happens in our dreams appear so real until we wake up, the attachments we have formed in the waking life are also of similar nature.

 

For more information on dream yoga you can read the book by Andrew Holecek “Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep” or if you want to go deeper and learn lucid dreaming to further take a step towards your spiritual journey then his program “Dream Sculping” will help you.

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8 thoughts on “Dream Yoga or Lucid Dreaming – What Will You Choose?

  1. EoinMc

    I came to lucid dreaming purely by accident nearly 40 years ago. At first, I found the experience terrifying and didn’t know what was happening or why it was happening.
    Over time I began to realise that it was triggered by relaxation techniques I was using before falling asleep. I also realised I could control it to some extent – I lost my fear – and now I enjoy the experience. I have had some very profound lucid dreaming experiences that have helped shape my spiritual perceptions and concepts.
    For one thing, I have lost any fear of death.
    Mind you, I can’t say that the same for the circumstances of my death when my time comes. I’m not a big fan of pain – but as for death itself – it doesn’t bother me.

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      I think the techniques you used might have helped you to stay more aware which in turn resulted into lucid dreams.Like you I too have had some very interesting experiences which has given me a little glimpse that fear of death is unwarranted since it is pretty much like sleeping, of course we are not talking about the pain xD, and I don’t think we really need to because it’s all future.

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  2. LDStudio

    Hi Hari…as someone interested in what happens to our mind and soul when we dream, I found this post extremely interesting! I took a dream course in college years ago, but it never touched on ‘lucid dreaming.’ And, as a beginning practitioner of yoga, I am intrigued by dream yoga. I look forward to learning more on your site!

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  3. Brandon

    Hey HARI, lucid dreaming has always been an interesting subject for me. I’ve actually had a couple of experiences with this and It was phenomenal, to say the least. It didn’t last for long, maybe 2 minutes but it was an interesting experience and something I want to have happen again 🙂

    I actually KNEW that I was dreaming and I had some people coming to try beat me up, yet it didn’t phase me one bit because i knew it was a dream. It was very weird but awesome at the same time.

    Keep doing your thing man, amazing post!

    -Brandon

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Oh yes Brandon you can have that kind of dream again and control it as well, that’s what lucid dreaming is all about. Like you, I too had a dream where some people were about to beat me up then all of a sudden, I got to know that I was dreaming, next I flew away man..it is really a lot of fun once you learn it.

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  4. Dave

    I’ve had lucid dreams in the past. I actually know I’m dreaming. But I’m not really sure how to do it on command.

    Whenever it happened, it was usually something I was intensely thinking about. But that doesn’t mean everything I concentrate on results in a lucid dream.

    It would be nice to do it whenever I wanted.

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