Dream Yoga, Lucid Dreaming, and Tibetan Buddhism

During a moment when I really needed some guidance, Desperate, I said a prayer.  “I need a teacher!!!”    The very next day, I met a woman (through yoga ), who introduced me to a high Tibetan Buddhist teacher.  He is a Geshe. He currently lives in Spain and India. He studied directly under the Dalai Lama.– I have never met anyone so kind. So kind and wise. What a blessing.  He showed me divination, numerology, and astrology. He taught me several mantras. and new ways to meditate.  He also conducted several blessings on both my son and I. After these blessings, both my son and I experienced the most beautiful, incredible dreams.  My son woke up smiling from ear to ear and told me he “flew out the window and flew around the neighborhood until sunrise”. He recalls feeling a giant “pop” and then suddenly he was back in his bedroom.   He told me it was the happiest he has ever felt.  In my dream, I was floating in rainbows of warming colors. Blissful.

Blessings and Love

While the Lama was here teaching me, we discussed the power of dreams.  He said very simply, “Dreams are very powerful. As we develop, we can travel in our dreams, learn from our dreams, and yes, we can even fly in our dreams. “

“Your dreams can tell you what nobody else can”~ Swami Radha

Dream Yoga, or Lucid Dreaming, is when we are consciously aware that we are in a dream state.  We realize “Hey I am dreaming,” and then consciously, we continue to dream. Throughout the years,  I have had many magical experiences with my dreams.  Prophetic dreams too, some very powerful (those feel very different ).

About a year ago, I started recording my dreams. Dream Recall is said to be a step to learning how to lucid dream.  Lucid Dreaming,  also called Dream yoga, is something I have been working on.  And now, at least a  few times a month, I experience  lucid dreaming. Sometimes I try to lucid dream, and then I wake up and don’t recall having a dream at all.   Sometimes it works, and sometimes, it doesn’t. I am still trying to figure it all out.

Learn and grow.

Last night, I decided I wanted to lucid dream.  I set an intention. I drank a strong tea blend of skullcap, lavender, and oatstraw. Lights off, and in bed, I did some restorative yoga. I consciously slowed my breathing down.. and then everything started spiraling. I started moving into the spiral, a little scared, but I let go, and then I was dreaming. I realized I was dreaming.  I wanted to see an old friend and suddenly he appeared.  I wanted to go to the woods. Suddenly we were there.  I wanted to see my son.  He appeared in the woods, and was playing with his cousins.  I woke up, feeling both amazed and excited.  Hooray! Another lucid experience.

I recorded my dream in my dream journal, and then I started thinking about past experiences. Is lucid dreaming the same as having an out-of-body experience?   I don’t think it is.  I have read conflicting ideas about out-of-body experiences and lucid dreaming. They feel very different. When I was a teenager, I had my first out-of-body experience. It was terrifying. I woke up floating in my bedroom.  I looked down, and I saw my body.   Shocked and scared, I thought I was dead. And then, instantly, I was back in my body. Awake and breathing rapidly. That experience was real.  I was really floating.  

  I did a little research and learned that it was a fairly common experience. So the next time I had an OBE,  I was more relaxed and almost excited.  But still, intense.

There is a really great book called The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. It is a beautiful book. And very helpful. Check it out…and if you know of other books or resources, please share. Let’s explore the magic of our dreams.

 

We can learn and grow together. 🙂 We always learn and grow together.

Sweet Dreams!

~Tiff

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2 thoughts on “Dream Yoga, Lucid Dreaming, and Tibetan Buddhism

    1. Yes, I am learning so much about dreams.. About myself…I am learning to see the message. Sometimes the message is clear. Sometimes I figure it out later… but paying attention has made a huge difference. you are wise and wonderful. Thanks for reading blog and being so positive. 🙂 I look forward to connecting.. 🙂

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