Ancient Art of Lucid Dreaming - Funzing Talk in Bristol Wednesday March 7th 2018
Physical health, emotional wellbeing and cognitive functioning are inextricably entangled within the altered state we encounter in dreams. Sleep states can be easily optimised through good practice and conscious effort, but in the modern world, we often find ourselves rushed out of bed, over-stimulated, caffeinated, light-polluted and essentially not ‘fully present’.
The effect sleep has upon our happiness and fitness is woefully underestimated by contemporary zombie culture. To return to a more natural state, we have to find a way to dis-engage from the unnatural rhythms of technology and re-harmonise with biological rhythms set by the cycles of the planet. To be healthy, our circadian clock should be set by the natural phases of light and dark experienced as Earth rotates on its axis.
With each new rotation of the Earth, we emerge from darkness and enter light. As the Earth turns counterclockwise each day, we are carried about 24,900 miles, at 600mph (in the UK) and Earth orbits our Sun at 67,000mph. We live in a rhythmical, cyclical, fractal, vibrational, electrical universe - there is a living pulse. Our existence is miraculous, divine. Our perception however is manufactured. Experience, culture, language, habit and practice are the forces that have sculpted our perceptual apparatus over time and this ‘hardware’ defines the bandwidth at which our awareness is set.
If we can find a continuity, a bridge between our waking and dreaming body, we can work towards integrating our spiritual, physical and emotional selves. We can bring some wisdom from the infinite divine into the finite physical life we experience on Earth. We can sleepwalk with open eyes through the many veils that obscure us from The All. The current psychedelic renaissance aspires to these same great goals, but I believe the dream state (especially lucidity), with a bit of luck and patience, is the ultimate safe, wholesome and integrative psychedelic experience. This initiation into divinity was the highest purpose of the ancient practice of Temple Sleep. At the core was a very strongly held belief that sleeping and dreaming could permit an individual to make contact with the Gods and in doing so, change physical reality.
For more information and to buy tickets visit The Funzing Experience website - Ancient Dream Practices.