Dreams are fascinating. Have you ever woken up from nocturnal adventures with a feeling that you’ve been busy all night flying around, solving puzzles, and meeting strange characters whether you remember it all or not? Have you ever woken up with an answer to a problem that was driving you crazy the night before?
Much has been written on dream phenomenon and it’s importance to the psyche. Among other things it’s a place to process feelings and events, and even to connect with a larger sense of knowing. Sometimes dreams can be lucid. In a lucid dream you wake up while dreaming and are able to be a conscious active participant.
Waking within a dream is one thing. What about going into a dreamlike state of consciousness while awake? I’m not talking about daydreaming at work, although this is related.
How do you get there? First, the brainwaves are slowed by repetitive sound such as drumming. In other words, you relax. A calming voice can help too. When I guide a journey I use vocal tones and drumming to find the place between sleep and a waking state where the mind works in images.
Why go there? Just for fun? Actually, many people experience some hesitation about going into this deeper state of consciousness, at least the first time. I think it is the inherent fear of the dark within our own selves. The subconscious was deemed by Freud and others to contain fearful repressed desires and memories.
So again, why go there? Besides fun, which it is. This is a way to access a more powerful experience of yourself. It’s a way to access parts of the self that have split off from neglect or trauma and bring them home again. It is a way to become whole.