I’ve been slow to post these last couple weeks — mostly because I have been planning my wedding: T minus 12 days. This is a different kind of threshold than the lucid portals I usually write about, but like all dreams I’m doing my best to walk with open eyes and an open heart.
And that’s really what DreamStudies is all about: tending to our dreams, intuitions, and visions so we can participate more authentically in the world.
Which reminds me: I was asked recently at a party about the quickest way to have more lucid dreams, and without thinking I said back, “Try being more lucid in your waking life.” That’s the plain truth and it stings.
But in a good way.
Because when it comes down to it, as passionate as I am about exploring lucid dreams, vision states, and altered states of consciousness, I don’t pursue them often. Generally, I content myself with that which comes to me. My rationale is that these transcendent experiences are really the fruit of the real work, which is trying to be aware and open, every day, in good ole consensual reality where the trees don’t talk back and I can’t fly whenever I want.
I’m no enlightened being (I’m a dualistic dude at the core, for better or worse) but I have seen enough to know that this world matters, our participation in this world matters, and, perhaps most importantly, how we treat the people and creatures in our lives matters.
And I feel so much gratitude that I’ve met someone who shares this perspective, and is willing to walk down the path with me.
So thanks for your support, and I promise more piping hot slices of DreamStudies are coming your way after I walk through this next threshold. And maybe one day soon I’ll be ready to divulge how my wedding anxiety dreams have been an important teacher in this process.
Uh, but not yet. See you on the other side!
Congrats! I wish you both a lovely shared lucid dream together.
Ryan! Congrats on getting married, very cool my friend, I wish you the best!
Also, WOW – the sites been redesigned since I last visited, it looks fantastic.
Dungan, Best Wishes! You sounds like a pretty cool dualistic dude! I’m tickled to find your site. For many years I dream pretty much nightly and can remember them in detail. Sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes a curse. Next weekend I’m doing a perfomance called “Telling Dreams” at a woman’s Healing seminar in Tallahassee, Florida where I will be simply sharing a “big dream” and encouraging women to look to their dreams as a possible avenue for healing. It should be fun. Take care….I’ll check back on your site soon.
Laurel Clark says
First of all, congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Do you know about “the ring dream”? There is a very profound spiritual dream that occurs when someone makes a commitment to Self, receiving a ring on the right hand in the dream … it is a kind of “aha” dream that signifies an internal initiation.
Your website is wonderful, informative, attractive, and professional!
Ryan Hurd says
thanks KMG and Ben for the well-wishin’!
LuciBeth, can’t wait to hear how the performance went.
Laurel, I’ve had several ring dreams in the last two months. when I have a moment, I’m planning to look back at the process of getting married and how dreamwork helped me prepare emotionally and archetypally for this amazing life change.
Love the website — much more user friendly. The picture of the ring says it all. 🙂
Ryan Hurd says
thanks, Ma. love showing off the wedding bling.