This is from the book "Adventures of the Soul" Journeys Through the Physical & Spiritual Dimensions, by James Van Praagh:
(These meditations are best used by recording yourself reading the following meditations into a recorder, such as the one that already exists on your iPhone. You insert your own personal information & then you play it back for yourself. Remember to leave yourself some pauses where they apply so you can reflect on each section. Feel free to change things up to reflect your own beliefs & goals etc.)
Your Souls Sanctuary
Imagine yourself sitting in an ornate gold chair that has a red velvet cushion. You are alone in a room complete & utter beauty, & soft sunlight is shining in the windows. A fire is burning in the fireplace, & it warms the room. The walls are made of stone that seems to shimmer, & when you look up, you can barely see the ceiling. There are several large oil paintings in the room, & you recognize them as significant locations from your life.
Walk around the room & take a long look at each painting. How does each location make you feel? Try & remember a cheerful time at each place. Lining the walls of this room are shelves, & they all contain framed photographs of you. Look closely at each photograph & acknowledge what age you are & who is in the photo with your. Each photograph makes you happy.
The shelves also contain mementos of your life that you have cherished. Pick each one up & remember how important it was in your life. A flood of memories comes to you as you hold each each object. One shelf holds several leather-bound books. Take a look at each title slowly. The titles are the different lessons that your soul has chosen to learn. Reflect on how you are performing each lesson.
Choose one of the books & carry it with you back to your golden chair. Open the book &, one page at a time, look at the photos inside. How old are you in the photo & who are you with? Are the photos telling you a story? What are you learning from the story? There is no judgment in this; you are merely looking & assessing.
When you feel that you understand what the book is telling you, gently close it & hold it to your chest. Look around the room & take it all in. Feel the love that the room is giving to you. The room loves to have you here. There is no hurry; you may stay in this room as long as you'd like. This your home.
When you feel that it is time to go, take a few deep breaths. In your mind's eye, envision your meditation space back in the human world & see yourself sitting in that space. Take the love you feel in the sanctuary & fill your meditation space with it. Slowly become aware of your consciousness in the meditation space. Take a few deep breaths & slowly open your eyes.
I really enjoyed this. I hope you will too. Please leave comments about your experiences with this exercise. I'd recommend reading the book too, which is real enlightening.
D1: Apparently I had just graduated. Was still at the graduation but the graduation was over. I was looking for my friends. Some of them were friends I had when I was a kid. I spent quite a long time looking around the campus & in the school. This was a long dream.
D2: Last day of school for some little kids. The kids didn't want to leave. I was talking to a bunch of them playing w/ their toys such as dolls. I am walking through the cubbies & little desks. We were cleaning up, too. There was a last day of school party going on all over the school so the school was in a disarray but in a fun way. Kids were just running everywhere, lol.
That last dream reminded me of being in Junior High. I only had 13 kids in my grade. The biggest class of all of the grades even through high school, lol. We had some fun times on the last day of school back then.
D3: Ended up in a house still looking for children some how but I was in a dilapidated home.
I think it was a house I knew as a kid. My sister had a classmate that lived in this house across from the school. I was just talking about it the other day.
Explanation of details-Blue
D1: I was in prison. I was the Top Dog. I had to figure expenses & inventory for the women. It was a lot like how I do my grocery list. I had to keep starting over because the numbers don't want to add up. Hello dream world, you can't add here! But things were happening so fast. I got interrupted & was told I had to finish in "the yard". Liz from Australia's Wentworth was with me now. She was the one who came & got me & told me we had to go to the yard to finish. I realized I hadn't brought my cigs with me but somehow Mike had bought them for me. Not sure why I was in prison. I start to realize I'm in a dream due to the numbers not adding up but the dream changed on me. I was in the yard but no fence in front of me & it looks the street I used to live on w/ my first husband but the apartment, which was actually 3 apt's in 1 house wasn't there or else it didn't register as there. It looks different now that it was remodeled. Then I woke up.
Wentworth is a lot like "The Orange is the New Black" but in Australia. It's on Netflix. It gives Orange a run for it's money. I think Wentworth is better now! After this dream I couldn't get back to sleep because my house was cold! How ironic is that? They didn't fix my air completely but because we had the window unit going & the temps outside dropped I actually got cold & couldn't sleep. So I got up & ate & stuff. Watched a movie & took a nap. Hence the next dreams.
D2: I was in a school but trying to pass as a kid. (Reoccurring dreamscape) Where I run into my 2 kids which I apparently have only in the dream. I ran into them at separate times. I have super powers! I'll be damned a non-lucid dream w/ super powers! Thanks Nebulus! I can run fast & jump high. It was a rush. Who needs lucidity when I'm doing all this shit. I just went with it! I can also make myself look real young. That came in handy. Too bad I couldn't get that super power in real life. I also had other powers I could tell. That's when things became more lucid & I started to have a little fun in the dream just for myself. I was popular too which was kind of cool. Basically half my dream was lucid. But I got awakened but not sure why. Probably just to pee because I felt like that was it. Usually something else wakes me up or my wbtb alarm. Usually Meesha Cat, but she was all calm today cuz I played w/ her earlier.[
D3: It started out as a chain of sorts because I only got up to pee. But now I ran into this boy but I was watching his life unfold. I was just an observer. He had super powers as I did before. He was dealing w/ bullies which was comical because of how he was handling them. He kept teleporting & me w/ him. His grandfather called him on the phone & I could see his grandfather too somehow. His grandfather told him he needed to trust the things he was telling him but I couldn't here everything. He said he would explain later & the old man had a wry smirk on his face w/ a wink, lol. During all of this the kid was displaying different super powers. Then I woke up.
After the big Spellbee challenge I haven't tried to do any totm. I'll do September though. I just needed some time off.
Explanation of details-Blue
I was up high looking down and I remember hearing a loud pounding which woke me up. I wasn't sure if the pounding was like the pounding on a door in my dream or if I heard it in reality. I like to think it was from the dream. A side note, my girlfriend told me she had a dream that I left the apartment door unlocked. Strange... I woke up about 1:45 am.
Updated 08-22-2016 at 05:53 PM by 59763
Where has the time gone? Feels like I haven't been here in forever. Guess that's a good thing? I'm not entirely sure what I should post or why I should. Maybe in hopes of inspiring those I follow to update their DJs? Where have my favorite writers gone? Have they grown a life? That would be disappointing. In all seriousness... perhaps that is the issue. The rising of responsibilities which detract from the amusement of dreaming and journaling. Who's got energy to dream when things like sustenance is of great importance? There must be larger issues we face than working on lengthening dream recall or dream control. Right? Perhaps that's my issue. I enjoy reading entries from people with depth of character, a sense of humor and impeccable wit. Those who are suffering as those are the people who know the vast spectrum of emotion. However, those are likely the people who must focus on survival and don't have the luxury of wasting hours of their life dreaming and documenting. A Catch 22, really. Where my peeps at?
Eh. Guess I'll update what I'm doing, even though I see this as a pointless attempt to re-grow some connections. I wrote a pretty spiffy paper on the Psychology of Dreaming (using scholarly, peer-reviewed research to link mental disorders to dreaming ability ((schizophrenia and autism to name a couple))). I was actually proud of that paper and shared it with my autism friend. Unfortunately one of my schizophrenic friends is out of contact so I haven't shared it with him/her (yet?).
Hmmm.... what else?
Oh, more shared dreaming. I'm surprised it's evolving and becoming more frequent. When I say more frequent, I mean it happens at least once a month, but no more than four times a month. It also has happened with three people on a couple occasions, so that was a rather nice development. It's definitely progress in the direction I want. However, now I'm running into quality of dreaming issues--similar to quality of life issues. Do I really care that I'm having confirmed dreams with people for the sake of scientific advancement? Maybe? Rather, that's not so much my focus at the moment. I mean, telepathy is a thing, as it spans across different people, occurs at varying times, so it's neither a hallucination or a mental illness (as the four Ds are absent xD distress, dysfunction, danger, and deviance). So yay! However, if telepathy is real does that mean some of these experiences are real too? Sure, I mean, it's an experience so it's real on a subjective level. Yet is there meaning assigned to these experiences--are there long-term consequences? For the sake of being honest, I think there are long-term consequences but denial is certainly a viable option for some.
Anyway. That dreaming group I'm a member of elsewhere has turned out to be a very rewarding investment of time and energy. What I wanted to achieve has largely been achieved. Except of course for making shared dreaming a reliable event--eh, that seems to do with two people being in an optimal state at the same time. Given the number of experiences I've had thus far, I'm less concerned with having shared dreams and more concerned with the meaning of existence. Also, I'm somewhat concerned with why I'm still being hunted in dreams. It's like I've suffered tons of trauma and constantly feel insecure regarding my survival and safety. That's my practical interpretation of things. Though given the validity that dreams can be shared experiences, I wonder if there's more involved with the open hunting season occurring in my dreaming.
Other news. Life stuff has become unbearably busy and somewhat stressful. Hence why I'm back here and writing; I find this very relaxing and a soothing experience. Weird, right? I just finished a ten page paper and I want to write MORE? Some people are weird, I guess.
Because my brother decided to leave his radio on super-loud before leaving, my dream was influenced by this christian talk-show. I dreamed I saw a city in the sky which I thought was 'The Kingdom of God.' I also saw these sheep being slaughtered by these large, black monster looking things.
I stood under the monster and it dropped and large axe on my left shoulder and through me to the side. I met this man who was babbling to me about consulting the FBI for direction on finding the place where Jesus died because it is a government cover-up or something bullshit like that. I saw blood trails.
I also dreamed that I had my laptop in my bed I was trying to check Reddit for something important happening to day. I had trouble getting to the website and it is my own fault I was not skeptical enough of my reality. False awakening then?
The bright side is that mindfulness meditation helps me fall asleep faster than normal and get these easy-to-remember dreams. Either way, I feel like I am on the right path to master lucid dreaming. The trade-off is that my non-lucid dreams are more 'adventurous' than my lucid-dreams which have mostly been featured in my own house.
Updated 08-21-2016 at 11:44 PM by 28341
I was on an Easter Field Trip. Never heard of that before but okay. We were taking kids using vans to a destination that wasn't ever revealed in the dream. First we stop at a gas station to for a bathroom break & then load the kids back up again. Then we went into an old grocery store. Looked like an old Safeway we had here a long time ago. The adults there I was now interacting w/ that had brought the other kids were ppl I hadn't seen in yrs. The kids were all going to find eggs & things to color them w/ etc. But I noticed that the cartons were odd. They had higher prices on some & I was trying to teach the kids the value of a dollar so to speak as we went along. They had didn't have the traditional dozen eggs, 18 count or 2 1/2 dozen flats we have here. They were like 4 count or random other amounts. Some were already colored too which would defeat the purpose of coloring later. It was a learning experience.
Not really sure why I had an Easter dream this time of year. Maybe because I was doing a lot of cleaning this weekend & found bunny fur behind a couch where Meesha Cat had been bringing her catches in & chasing them to that spot a couple of months ago. I had a rough night of pain due to doing so much physical labor in one day. I was doing extra decluttering of space in my house for meditation reasons & lucid dream reasons. They say clutter can block you &/or attract bad energies. It also creates low frequencies by hindering you to achieve higher frequencies for meditation & such.
Explanation of details-Blue
Met a man who was wearing a suit and a rainbow afro. Was a vivid dream but no lucid because I was a bit lax and impatient with clearing my mind. Nor was I fully relaxed as I should have been.
Will try again during the next nap.
There was caos in the streets. Women running everywhere. Mike & Meesha & I had to leave an apartment we were apparently living in. This strange dream continued in a second dream that I chained after my wbtb but lucidity still escaped me.
Meesha cat woke me up over & over. It seemed like every hour she was waking me up & it was really confusing my dreamscapes.
Explanation of details-Blue
I was trying to free some innocent people who were being held against their will by the government unjustly. We weren't in a building, we were outside & sneaking around to try & get them out. Some of the people who were w/ me thought it was too risky. It seems they were being outside in the country somewhere near where we were working. Still not sure what was the work we were doing. We were just there & it was in the camp where the prisoners were being held. I never actually got them out.
Meesha Cat strikes again. It's hard to hold on to dreams when she wakes me up cuz she likes to meow & waller my head & face, lol. I didn't do any wbtb's because I didn't have sleep yesterday I took my meds & got some rest. I was really exhausted.
Explanation of details-Blue
I couldn't fall asleep at all last night. My grandson started kindergarten today & had to daughters kids & her boyfriends kids off to school & film it cuz she had to go to work & missed it. I get excited or anxious & can't sleep when I know I'm going somewhere or someone like family is coming to me. I just can't sleep. Tonight might bring good dreams though because I will get quality sleep! I'm still hopeful.
Non-lucid: I was in a college w/ Melissa McCarthy. We were in an around the world culinary contest. In which one guy tried to cheat & we were very disappointed w/ him. I woke up before it was over due to my wbtb alarm.
I tried to go back to sleep but my phone was blowing up. The A/C guys were back to try & fix the new leak in our new A/C. It's evening now & it's acting stupid again already! I'm really getting tired of dealing w/ this shit. It's brand fucking new! Sigh.
Explanation of details-Blue
Had a hard, sleepless night. Nothing recalled.
Had two LDs this morning. All from the SSILD variation which I shall explain below plus a realization.
The lucid dreams were standard; I was in my neighborhood. The first lucid dream had me exiting a vehicle in my driveway and trying to go down my block. The second was me actually walking down my block during the evening time and into a house.
I spoke to a woman behind a glass window like I was in a office or something. I remember now, I was searching for a woman named 'Jazmyne Adams' and the office was a car directory or something. I wanted the secretary to do a reverse search on the name and find out information such as the where she lived, what car she drove, etc. She gave me something to sign and that was all that I remember.
I am always on the hunt for dream characters.
There was also another standard dream of me at school, at the end of the year. It is kind of ironic because right now it is the end of summer vacation - more or less - here in my part of Texas. School starts a week from today; on the day of my birthday. Anyway, I was in the principal's office collecting a trophy from an award ceremony that I missed.
Updated 08-15-2016 at 09:59 PM by 28341
Didn't wake up from my alarm and can't recall any dreams.