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Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu – Brief Remarks

Posted by Raul Barral Tamayo en Martes, 6 de febrero, 2018


© 1992, 2991 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Michael Katz
Editorial: Snow Lion.

In Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gives instructions for developing clarity within the sleep and dream states. He goes beyond the practices of lucid dreaming that have been popularized in the West by presenting methods for guiding dream states that are part of a broader system for enhancing self-awareness calledDzogchen. In this tradition, the development of lucidity in the dream state is understood in the context of generating greater awareness for the ultimate purpose of attaining liberation.

This revised and expanded edition includes additional material from a profound and personal Dzogchen book, which Chögyal Namkhai Norbu wrote over many years. This material deepens the first edition’s emphasis on specific exercises to develop awareness within the dream and sleep states. Also included in this book is a text written by Mipham, the nineteenth-century master of Dzogchen, which offers additional insights into this extraordinary form of meditation and awareness.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is a Tibetan master of the Dzogchen tradition. He is a professor at the Oriental institute of the University of Naples, Italy, and the author of many books.

Michael Katz is a psychologist and certified Yantra Yoga instructor who has lectured widely on lucid dreaming. He has practiced Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen since 1974.

Comments extracted from the book, they could be right or wrong, you decide for yourself:

  • Our dreams may in general be grouped into two main categories: the more common types of dreams arising from karmic traces and other types of dreams arising due to the clarity of mind.
  • Like ordinary dremas that have karmci causes from past lives, clarity dreams of previous karma can reawaken.
  • One may develop these practices more easily and speedily within the Dream State if one has the capacity to dream lucidly.
  • If you persevere in this practice of recognizing the state of natural light, it will progressively become easier to repeat the lucid recognition that you are dreaming.
  • Normally, for a practitioner, one of the principal ways that signs of progress manifet is through dreams.
  • The final goal of dream practice is to make dreams become awareness and, there, at that ultimate point, dreams actually cease.
  • One must resolve with full intention to progress on the path towards full awareness and lucidity within dreams and never be distracted from the one-pointed intention, “I will be aware of dreams”.
  • Ultimately, one is able to experience with certainty that nothing exists in truth.
  • If you dream about a place or a thing where you have been in the past, this usually reflects a repetition through karmic trace; if you dream of a place or a situation where you are not and have not been, this reflects a desire or a wish.
  • You may sometimes discover something about the future. Dreams of clarity are linked with our innate wisdom and the karmic seeds we have created through our experience with meditation practice and the positive actions we perform within our life.
  • One person can have some results while someone else has none. There is no guarantee. But if you follow the transmission the precise way, you can have many experiences.
  • Are you always lucid in your dreams? Not always. It depends on the circumstances.

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