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Dream Yoga is an ancient lucid dreaming practice that views dreaming as a meditative path. In Tibet, this practice arose several thousand years ago as the Indigenous B npo culture blended with the Buddhist colonizers from India.
As such, Dream Yoga represents something very rare in the history of civilization: arguably one of the only Indigenous knowledge bases still intact within a state-level religious institution. While Tibetan Buddhism maintains the perspective (and all the trappings) of the priestly class, its practices are shamanic to the core.
At the center of the practice of Dream Yoga is the meditation that our senses deliver up a piping hot slice of illusion, and nothing more.
Not that illusion isn’t real; it’s as real as we believe it is. Rather, our senses and thoughts are reflections of a deeper reality that lives in a realm that cannot be known in the usual ways (reason and the chatty liguistic mind). This is the realm of transcendence, of non-duality, and of the clear light. Tibetan dream yoga practices are designed to help seekers open up to these realizations, not through metaphor or parable, but through the fire and ice of experience.
Me? I”m not there yet. I”m still playing around in the backdirt of transcendence, kicking up the treasures and the coprolites of illusion. But these practices are sound for anyone wishing to train their minds at any level, without the dogma. Dream Yoga is also a great antidote to the Western conquest of lucid dreams.