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The Way of the Dreamer

by Jim Morris

According to quantum physics the universe has as many as ten dimensions. Humans perceive three, four if you count time as a dimension. Conscious dreaming expands one’s perceptions in ways that seem to add another dimension to life. Perhaps that is an accurate statement, as well as a metaphorical one. Whatever else it is, dreaming is a path to adventure, healing, and enlightenment.

Among the greatest proponents of dreaming as a spiritual discipline were the Toltecs of ancient Mexico. There are three aspects to Dreaming, according to the Toltecs, and to those who practice a modern version of their wisdom. The first is one’s normal perception of waking life. It is a basic tenet of Toltec thought that we are dreaming all the time, that we project our personal dream onto the landscape like a movie on a screen. Modern science has recently confirmed that the mind continues the cycle of dreams during waking life.

light1Consider that the reality you perceive exists exactly the way you see it nowhere but in your own mind. No one else sees the same object from the same angle. No one else has your experiences exactly the way your have them. You have no assurance that when you see green others see green and not what you see as red. And as you gather opinions and judgments about life, no one else projects the concepts and misconceptions you have formed, consciously and unconsciously, exactly as you do, onto life as they see it.

Your total worldview is your Dream, and it fits into the matrix of Dreams that forms the worldview of mankind, the Dream of the Planet.

Toltecs strive to be aware of this, and to re-conceive the world as they perceive it, so that their Dream is a happy one.

The second aspect of Toltec dreaming is to become conscious within one’s normal nighttime dreams. This is called, by some, Lucid Dreaming. There is considerable work involved in achieving this ability, but there are great rewards. To become lucid in one’s dreams is to become powerful in them. Nightmare creatures can be overcome or won over. Tigers can be made into kittens, and monsters into puppy dogs.

• Why see ugly when there is beautiful weirdness to behold?
• Why walk when you can fly?
• All the love you’ve ever dreamed of is there to experience.

And this consciousness of control in dreams can be carried over into waking life. You might not be able to turn an elephant into a giraffe, but you can turn an onerous task into a piece of cake by simply changing your attitude towards it. The fears that you have confronted in dreams will not be waiting for you in waking life.

light2The third aspect of dreaming a la Toltec is a course of study, called Dreaming, introduced to the United States by don Miguel Ruiz. He learned it from his mother, dona Sarita, a nagual woman in the Eagle Knight lineage of Toltec “sorcerers”.

In association with don Miguel, under the name Toltec Dreaming, this teaching is presented by his son Jose Luis Ruiz in San Diego, and also by Barbara Emrys in Las Vegas.

Similar programs are taught by Rita Rivera in Connecticut, Gene Nathan, MD, and Oksana Yufa, at The Spirit Recovery Ranch( in Tennessee, by Hunter Flournoy, also at The Ranch, by Barbara Simon in Los Angeles, and by Sheri Rosenthal, DPM, in Florida.

This is usually a three-year course, one weekend a month, a year at a time. It consists of a series of guided and unguided meditations, conducted normally from the sitting position, and normal classroom instruction-normal in the sense that there are teachers and students, but unusual in the freewheeling, informal, and joyful atmosphere of the classes. There is an immense amount of love generated and shared in these classes.

What is taught is not so much facts as attitudes, so that one increases Awareness, achieves Transformation, and learns to alter the events of one’s life with one’s Intent. The monsters that kept you in Hell become horses you can ride into Heaven. The ego that whipsawed your life, and everyone else’s life, into tatters goes on the back burner, and what’s on the front burner is unconditional love.

You acquire the consciousness that life is something you live, not something that happens to you. You know that happiness is a choice, and choose it.

There are many teachers and programs that explore the fifth dimension of dreams, and maybe some that move into sixth and seventh dimensions as well. Among the Toltecs are the students and heirs of other lineages, Carlos Castaneda and his successors, and Victor Sanchez, Theun Mares, and others.

There are two basic approaches to Dreaming, the scientific and the shamanic. In actuality they are not very different. The differences are in terminology, and in the myth structure to which one ascribes credibility.

light3The leading proponent of the “scientific” approach is Stephen LeBerge, Ph.D., of Stanford University. Dr. LeBerge explores and teaches “Lucid Dreaming” in lectures and workshops worldwide. His students have achieved remarkable control over their dreams, and have a lot of fun flying and having dream sex with the hotties of their choice. They have also reported transcendent spiritual experiences. Their reports are enthusiastic. They enjoy godlike qualities in the universe of their dreams.

A more spiritual approach to lucid dreaming is taught by Lama Surya Das, a Tibetan Buddhist, born Stephen Miller on Long Island. He teaches lucid dreaming to explore higher consciousness.

An organizational proponent of the scientific approach is the Association for the Study of Dreams. The Association has “scientific” members who insist that dreams are the random firing of neurons and “shamanic” members who believe, and have a lot of data to back up those beliefs, that dreams free one from the limitations of space and time and open into the worlds of astral travel, spirit guides, communion with the dead, travel into the past and future, soul retrieval, and, well, virtually anything you can imagine.

light4Perhaps the leading proponent of the shamanic approach is Robert Moss, an Australian, now a resident of upstate New York. After successful careers as a history professor, correspondent, and novelist Moss followed the prompting of his dream guides and started writing and teaching full time on the subject of dreams. He is author of both fiction and non-fiction books on what he calls “Active Dreaming”, and has an audio course, as well as teaching workshops. He has started dream groups around the world. His approach is broadly shamanic, taking lessons from Siberia, Africa, and South America. But his primary source is what he calls the “Dreamways” of the Iroquois.

The kinds of dreaming he espouses seem endemic to the entire native population of the Americas, but his explication of them is uncommonly clear, complete, and engaging.

On his audio course, “Dreamgates”, he tells this story. “After a workshop I was approached by a left-brain type, who said, ‘Bottom line it for me, Bob. What’s this about?’

“Well, my name is not ‘Bob’, but I went with the flow and said, ‘Remember to have fun.’
“So he wrote in his notebook, ‘Have fun!’
“And I said, ‘I don’t think you’re getting it. It’s not about programming an hour to have fun. It’s to Have Fun!'”

There are many ways to dream. To ignore them is to live a life that is to some degree impoverished, when riches are free and lying about in one’s own consciousness. But whichever approach you might elect to follow, the bottom line is to have fun.

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Lee McCormick is the co-author of Dreaming Heaven: The Beginning is Near (Hay House), the powerful Journey Book, DVD and meditation that enables you to walk in the footsteps of Lee and his fellow guides as they take you on a journey to your authentic self by following the pathways of the great mystery school at Teotihuacan, Mexico, first created by the Toltec masters thousands of year ago. Lee is the founder of The Integrative Life Center in Nashville, The Ranch Recovery Center in Tennessee, and The Canyon Treatment Center in Malibu, California, and has been a creative force in the Mental Health and Recovery scene for more than 15 years.

He is also the executive producer and has a leading role in the documentary Dreaming Heaven. Lee has led many journeys to Teotihuacan, that astonishing place of power, and he has developed a far-reaching relationship with the mystery of the shamanic world that is present there.

Wisdom: Lee, please tell us a bit about your background so that we can get a sense of the man behind the movie.

Lee: My introduction to what Dreaming Heaven is about really began in a large part when I was 40 years old and checked myself into a treatment center. That was the beginning of my realization that who we are as human beings and the larger reality of what’s going on in our cultures, communities and families is so much more than what we typically give any attention to. In that early recovery process, I began to question everything. The ‘official story’ is not really true. It may be what the people are wanting to believe, but what we believe and the truth don’t necessarily have anything in common with each other. This was 17 years ago and I just consumed all kinds of self-help or spiritual books.

Two years after I got out of treatment I had the inspiration to start a recovery program that was a broader perspective on healing and recovering our authenticity as opposed to the disease of addiction based philosophy. What we suffer from as unique individual people is a lack of authenticity in our lives and a lack of faith in ourselves. ‘Give it to a religion, give it to a faith, give it to a practice, give it to a program’, but it’s all externalized and so it causes an underlying anxiety. We’re always searching for more and are trying to get the next or the best or the better. The unsaid aspect of our culture is that we’re not good enough just as we are. Continue reading

Working with the Stones

Over the years of living with healers, teachers, Shaman, Curanderas, There have been a few consistent threads that give life and power to the practices of healing and transformation.

For many years now I have spent time in Mexico and Peru serving as a bridge between the worlds of the people who journey with me and the light, wisdom and energies of the sacred places we visit. In our film Dreaming Heaven you can see a few of the ceremonies and practices we use to support awakening to the power each of us hold deep inside.

Our deep seated power is our connection to the light of Creation, the Spirit of life itself. We are that light, we are the energy and consciousness of Creator embodied in Human Form, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God. Years ago while on a journey in Mexico with my teachers I encountered a stone statue of a Ancient Toltec God.

This statue was not more the 30 inches tall, simple carved stone of a Being sitting full body, head, face, arms on the thighs in a meditation like pose. But it wasn’t the image that was so powerful it was the presence emanating from the stone figure.

This statue was alive energetically, you could feel it, in fact you could feel a presence the moment you walked into the room where it was displayed. I was amazed, intrigued, humbled by the feeling of consciousness that was there communicating to us.

As I asked about this crazy encounter I was taught that consciousness is energy, emotion is energy, our beliefs are simply energy, our bodies, stories, roles all are varying applications of energy and light.

From this experience we developed a practice to support our letting go of energies, emotions, stories of suffering that we know no longer serve us in our life. It is very simple this offering of the Stones.

First you get very clear on what you wish to release, connect to the full body of energy, emotion, memory of the situation or belief you wish to release.

Next you find a stone to serve as the vessel of your practice, the object that you will transfer this energetic into literally. Continue reading