24 - Dreams

TALKS By NAMGYAL RINPOCHE

Toronto 1971
Rab Wilkie (Editor)
Ken Long (Scribe)

12Apr71, Monday
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Saturday night, at 1am and/or between 3-5am, do some purposeful dreaming and record your dreams. Before sleep, put in the idea that you will contact a friend on the dream level. Later, check it out with that person.

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14Apr71 (Wednesday)
DREAMS

You cannot truly understand other people, have clear insight of them, nor can you have self-mastery, without mastery of dreams.

Exploration of dreams creates emotion, feeding the depths.

During the early life, dreams tend to be karmic. Until age 30 or so, Freudian dreams predominate. Jungian dreams come later, after the sexual drive has been fairly well satisified. Jungian dreams are archetypal, raising question about an evolutionary purpose. Colour appears more strongly.

A clear colour dream promotes Vision. Problems are either already resolved or on the way, showing the way, to being resolved. At the beginning of therapy there is usually a statement of the problem and how to work it out. Paths of self-development can be clearly expressed at any cycle-shift, during a change of life. Problem dreams are never clear, and show a blockage in your being.

To find a path to pursue, look at the clear colour dreams which show something resolved. Ask, 'What shall I do?' And an answer can be shown in dream. You go to messy dreams to find your repressed unconscious problem. In the clear colour dream, the colour that dominates may show a primary need or concern. Dissect the material of the dream, categorise the bits.

Dreams release daily tension and anxieties. Nightmares are a release. Dreams come in intermediate states, not deep sleep. If there's relief from a nightmare during the morning after, it's a release of psychological masochism. If there's no relief, there's still too much guilt associated with the problem, so you're wary and a worrier.. looking for the deeper problem.

Dreams are comprised of separate pictures - stills. Dreams may pulsate - one dream reoccurring several times. Mind creates a story, tying the pictures together by a narrative, usually to cover up the actual content of the dream.1. In a mixed dream, use the clear part to work on the unclear part.

A dream is a statement of the way a person feels he is in daily life.

If in recalling, you are drowsy, visualise red at the Throat Centre or white at the Brow Centre. If sleeping lightly, use blue.

Dreamwork is best done in tranquil surroundings, like at the meditation centre. Try to wake up after every dream. Recall dreams, but forget intellectual diagnosis - allow it to speak to you. Don't "interpret", just focus on making clear what is unclear. Just recall, especially at first. Get at the overall feel of the dream, at the emotion. What is the degree of anxiety? Once a problem is resolved, you find that it will never re-appear.

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