In the last issue of "Community ConneXion" I talked
about how my groups and I are learning more and more how to "follow
the dreaming." I find it very curious as I notice that a
part of me is shy and somewhat inhibited about fully coming out
of the closet, so to speak, and giving voice to that which my
friends and I are discovering - something that is in the nature
of a revelation.
We are discovering that
just by hanging out, without our needing to do anything, a deeper,
dreaming process unfolds in us and through us. It is something
that we are simultaneously dreaming up as well as being dreamed
up by. At any point, just as the pendulum with the strongest swing
entrains the other pendulums, someoneís dreaming process gets
activated and everyone else gets dreamed into that personís dream,
playing whatever roles are required for the unfolding of that
activated dreaming process. And of course, the role we get dreamed
up into by the field is magically not only the role that others
need us to play, but, at the same time, is the very role we need
to step into and unfold for our own deepest healing. Do we need
any more proof than this about the interdependent, nonlinear,
atemporal, and acausal nature of our mutual dreaming process?
Noticing how we are
all fluidly dreaming each other up is the very act which changes
the dreaming from a situation which gets acted out unconsciously
to an opportunity where we can transmute our wounds on the spot
and wake up in the dream together.
Once we begin waking
up together to how we've been just picking up roles in each otherís
process, we can unfold our roles with grace by fully participating
in the role that is dreamed up for us while at the same time not
identifying with it. Once we realize how we are all eachotherís
reflections and see how we are all dreaming up our shared reality
together, it makes no sense in light of our transparent dream-like
nature to personalize or solidify oneself or seeming others. Our
situation is not serious but actually a playful play whose nature
is love. With awareness of the dreaming up process, we discover
that instead of getting hooked in reactivity we are given the
real-time opportunity to transcend our wound right then and there
and genuinely heal.
We discover that we
can put our dreaming together in a way where we can literally
dream each other awake, becoming an in-phase dreaming circle,
which is literally an organism of a higher dimension. One way
to imagine this is when a bunch of lucid dreamers come together
in a dream. Their way of following the dreaming actually supports
the dreaming, for they in essence learn and discover how they
can dream each other up to the highest unfoldment in a way that
helps everyone. Likewise, we discover that we can much more easily
snap out of our nightmarish trance of fear and separation by co-operating
and putting our energies together based on the truth of our situation,
which is that we are not separate but all interconnected by a
love which knows no separation.
Imagine hooking up with
a group of people who are discovering this revelation together.
Watch out, though, for when you start imagining what this is like
you might find it happening right in front of your very eyes.
is an artist whose medium is dreaming. He leads "Awakening
in the Dream" Groups every week in Portland. A healer,
he is in private practice, assisting others who are also spiritually
awakening. He is the coordinator of the Portland PadmaSambhava
Buddhist Center. He can be reached at (503)234-6480.