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To control the mind in all states of consciousness, one must harness and discipline the senses and bring awareness into a state of uninterrupted concentration. ï ï

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them toward his spiritual destination. In the dream state we have access to the subtle ele-

ments, or tanmatras, the creative essences behind the sensory potentials of sound, touch, sight, taste and smell. The sensory potentials of the dream state are U

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of the waking state, but require some cultivation of the mind and perception to access. The dream state provides access to worlds of subtle perception, imagi- nation and creativity. These are great realms of art, vision, inspiration and joy. Cultivating higher sensi- bilities and artistic expressions can help us reach the higher levels of the dream state. Certain occultists pursue astral travel—waking and

moving in the dream state and the astral world. They realize the reality of the dream state. While they may have various psychic abilities, they can still be caught in subtle ego, illusion and desire, which are consider- able in the dream realm. There are various meditative approaches that teach

us to manipulate our dreams in order to transcend the outer idea of who we are. Some yogis learn to awaken in the subtle or dream body and visit the subtle worlds for higher knowledge and experience, without being trapped in its illusions. Others seek to circumvent the dream state and go directly into formless levels of awareness beyond any imagination. Note that imagination, called vikalpa in Sanskrit, is ô

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master. There are two aspects of the yoga of dreaming. 3

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state (which usually puts our dreams to an end). This does not mean being aware in our waking ego in the dream state, but holding to the witnessing conscious- ness, detached from body and mind, being aware that we are dreaming. This allows us to transform our dreams into tools of deeper insight, recognizing that dreaming is but a creation of our own mind. The second aspect of this yoga is to dream our

highest spiritual dreams and aspirations, which is closely connected to bhakti yoga. It is to cultivate the higher powers of imagination, the visionary pow- ô 3


mind and hold to the inner light. Remind yourself that you are nei- ther body nor mind, which are but your instruments. You can also contact that doorway to the clear light of awareness at

the times of sunrise, noon and sunset. The Gayatri mantra is used for that purpose, directing us not only to the light of the outer Sun but to the light of the inner Sun, the light of consciousness behind the dualities of the outer world. A mini-waking and sleep or birth and death happen with all

the different movements of our nature. This includes the opening and closing or winking of the eyes, and each breath, with its inha- lation and exhalation. Yogis know how to cultivate these points of 3

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Dream is the best state in which to dream our highest dream, which, if we go to the core of our hearts and the eternal wishes of our souls, is that of communion with the Deity in divine realms of pure energy, light and happiness. Bhakti yoga has a special resonance with the higher aspects of the dream state. Enjoying devotional music, man- tra and chanting before sleep can transform the dream into a natural state of worship. Creative visualization is very helpful, particularly visualizing the Divine with our inner eye. Performing manasa puja, or mental puja, is excellent for spiritualizing the dream state. As you fall asleep, call to mind the image of the Deity and commune with it. You should pursue your highest dreams in life, which are to com- mune with the greater universe within our own hearts, worshiping the Divine in the form that your heart most aspires to.

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