excerpted from Spirit Wisdom II|
Every culture, from aboriginal tribe to complex civilization, recognizes the significance and esoteric mystery of dreams. History, literature, and poetry swarm with dreams’ prophetic and symbolic power. Modern western thought, its vision narrowed by the blinders of materialism, struggles to make sense of dreams. In one view, the purpose of sleep is to allow the body time to rest and heal, with dreaming a mysterious byproduct. Dreams are variously explained as the random static of neurological chaos; a means of emotionally processing the day’s events; or the symbolic patina on material rising from the deeper strata of the psyche. Whatever one’s view, all agree that the realm of sleep and dreaming remains a dark mystery.
The Wall of Illusion
You live in a “camouflage” physical system, meaning the swarming ocean of energy and vibration in which you live is never perceived directly. Creatures inhabiting such a system limit their perception to the few slender bands of vibration their senses perceive. Even these few fragmentary strands are not perceived “as they are,” but are filtered and interpreted by the brain to construct a cohesive picture of sight, sound, and tactile sensation. The result is that each species weaves its own fragmentary, hallucinatory picture of “reality” from the swirling clouds of vibration which envelop the earth.
The purpose of such a system is to emphasize the supremacy of the individual, by rendering invisible the cosmic web in which you are embedded; convincing you that “you” end neatly at the skin, separate and distinct from other creatures and the natural world. Not only do you not perceive the cosmic soup in which you swim; but your senses are tuned to block perception of the energy fields swirling around every living thing, plant or animal. Your senses tell you that you stand alone, distinct and separate; while in reality you are embedded in a swarming ocean of energy.
While your conscious mind clings to its waking perceptions as “real” and struggles to make sense of its dreamtime imagery, the fact is that you must sleep and dream because maintaining the illusions of physical life places great strain on consciousness, which must be “relieved” by restoration to its natural state. In other words, the realm of sleep and dreams is the native state of consciousness, and operates according to natural principles, whereas the illusion of physical reality is a self-generated hallucination which can be sustained for only so long before consciousness must seek relief from operating in such an unnatural state.
While you naturally focus on the externalities of life—your family and friends, career, money, health—there is a far deeper purpose to your being. This purpose was determined by your higher self before incarnation, was sculpted into your personality template at the time of birth, and remains the overarching blueprint of your existence. Chances are you do not know what it is; for it remains veiled from conscious awareness even as it informs every moment of your life.
At night, when you release the illusion of physical life and return to your natural state, you commune with your higher self to compare your experiences to the life theme and goals it has established. Progress and backsliding are noted; probable events are vitalized which will steer you toward relevant experience; and you draw upon the wisdom and experience of probable and reincarnational selves playing out their lives in private cocoons of history. All this occurs while also relieving the strain of the waking self’s daily journey through the unnatural realm of physical experience.
The Wall of the Self
Two “selves” are involved in the dream exchange: the authentic self and the waking self. The authentic self is the “real” you, a body of consciousness composed of your higher self, your reincarnational and probable selves, and the unique soul or individualized spark of consciousness that animates your mind and body. Probable and reincarnational selves, along with the soul, are embedded within the higher self, which in turn is cocooned within even greater bodies of consciousness. This is the real you, the authentic self.
The ego is one element of the waking self. The ego is tightly focused on me-me-me, on fulfillment of rudimentary needs for food, shelter, clothing, etc. Once those needs are met—or even if they’re not—higher levels of waking consciousness complement the ego’s feral focus; just as the brain holds varying levels of complexity from primitive brain stem to evolved cerebrum. Familial ties, friendship, the fruits of art and intellect and spirit—all these flow from the more expansive waking self.
For you to function at all effectively in the world of physical illusion, there must be a wall of separation between waking and authentic selves. You could not safely navigate through physical reality while your consciousness was bombarded with cosmic energies; your brain would collapse under the strain. The wall of separation is nothing more than a difference in the frequencies on which the two realms operate. The ego, holding the body’s safety as its primary concern, tightens its focus to the slow, dense frequencies perceived by the senses; while the faster frequencies of natural consciousness whir undetected. The wall is not so much a wall as a gap, a chasm between levels of frequency.
Three factors contribute to how permeable or rigid the boundary between waking and authentic selves will be: earth vibration, cultural cosmology, and personality. The earth rides crests and troughs of accelerating and decelerating frequency, bobbing through immense oceans of time as its core vibration quickens and slows. In an age of slower earth vibrations, the frequency gap widens, pushing waking and authentic selves farther apart. Life coarsens as inspiration and vision dry up. When the earth’s core vibration accelerates, the frequency gap narrows; with a narrower chasm to cross, waking and authentic selves communicate more robustly: life is buoyed by artistic and spiritual inspiration.
A culture’s cosmology, its fundamental beliefs and values, also influences the permeability between dimensions. Cultures rooted in communion with nature and spirit, who hear their ancestors whisper on the wind, recognize the sacredness of earth and its creatures, and seek visions and inspirational dreams, naturally enjoy easy communion between waking and authentic selves. Cultures strongly focused on material experience, carrying a sharp rational focus and a disdain for mystical insight, naturally close themselves off from easy communion with their authentic selves.
Finally, an individual’s personal psychology influences the boundary’s permeability. Each higher self carries its own vibration and intent, which in turn flow from a higher family of consciousness carrying a unique vibrational matrix. Each incarnation is established with a personality template sculpted into its auric fields, to tether experience to life theme. Layered atop this congenital constitution will be childhood experiences either embracing or ignoring the fruits of the authentic self: precognitive dreams, the presence of invisible “friends,” past-life recall, extrasensory perception. Taken together, the earth’s vibration, a culture’s cosmology, and an individual’s personality and childhood experience blend to determine the relative permeability of the boundary between waking and authentic selves.
Breaching the Wall
Before you can fall asleep, you must feel safe and secure; for the ego must be convinced to release its protective vigilance over your body’s safety. You lie down, laying your head upon or closer to the earth than during waking hours, surrendering to its deep, elemental pull.
The ego evaporates as you fall asleep. With no need to maintain sharp concern for your body’s safety, and with your consciousness flowing across the boundary toward its authentic self, the ego disintegrates. It doesn’t go anywhere; it decays into oblivion. Each morning, upon awaking, you reconstruct yourself, gathering together your store of memory, desire, and emotion, stitching them together into a cohesive personality which others instantly recognize from the day before. Each day you reinvent yourself anew.
With the ego’s low, earth-based frequency dissolving, consciousness is liberated to flow toward its natural frequencies. The early, light stages of sleep are a period of gradual acceleration of consciousness; the day’s experiences are processed during this transitional phase, teased apart into their physical/emotional/mental/spiritual components, examined for their relevance or irrelevance to one’s life theme, evaluated for their significance to life’s deeper purpose. In a sense, this is a period of sifting and sorting through the mementos and souvenirs of each day’s earthly experience, separating the precious from the petty.
The petty are immediately “discarded,” in the sense that they are dismissed from further processing. Those experiences ripe with significance are retained and passed on to higher levels of consciousness for more meticulous examination. This early, light phase of sleep still operates through the boundary between waking and authentic selves, and ensures that only deeply significant events pass through to higher levels of consciousness.
The phase of deep communion can be envisioned as multiple strands of consciousness, humming at varying frequencies, intermingling and exchanging tendrils of information across permeable boundaries. The energies involved do not meld into a homogenous soup of undifferentiated consciousness, but retain individual identity even as they strive to harmonize their vibrations to foster deepest communion. The waking self’s consciousness must “ascend”—accelerating its vibration—while the higher self “descends”—decelerating its furious whirl—and they meet on common ground, at a mutually compatible frequency. Other contributors, probable and reincarnational selves, do not slow their vibrations as much as they must purify their vibrational tones, shaking off the distinct accents of their private worlds.
Since all time is simultaneous, all probable and reincarnational selves live out their lives in the same “place” and “time.” What distinguishes one from another is the unique vibrational tone of each probable earth, which locks every participating entity into perceiving only activity occurring within that narrow slice of reality. Linear time is a track of gradually accelerating pulsations; here again, a participating entity chooses to be born at a specific moment-pulsation and rides the gentle acceleration over a lifetime’s span; any event lying outside that stretch of pulsation will be lost to the senses. In very simple terms, this is how probable and reincarnational selves live out their lives in other “times” and “places” even as the higher self perceives them as one simultaneous whirl.
In the dream state, these unique vibrational accents are sloughed off, like actors shedding costumes after a performance, the better to meet one another in a state of pure consciousness. No strand of consciousness married to form can ever completely release the residue of its earth-based form, and there is something of a United Nations atmosphere to communion among probable and reincarnational selves, each bearing the unique accent of its home reality.
Many factors affect the degree to which a given self can shed its earth-based identity and participate in deep communion. A physical body’s overall vibration falls somewhere on a scale between “dense” and “ethereal” based on its weight (overweight being a dense vibration); its health (illness or chronic pain tilts the scale toward “dense”); whether one ate a rich meal shortly before retiring; whether one impairs the body’s harmony through injurious diet, drink, or smoking; whether one is consumed with anxiety over the morrow’s anticipations; whether one tends toward spirit or vice. An overweight smoker worried about losing his job is less able to shed his earth-based energies and participate fully in deep communion than a vegetarian yogi meditating in stress-free reverie.
So probable and reincarnational selves bring lesser and greater degrees of openness and purity to their exchange during deep communion. The higher self, floating above earth-based activity, carries no residue from its realm and offers its pure, unblemished energy to each offshoot strand. It is each offshoot’s condition that determines its clarity of communion with its higher self.
Here is where this seemingly esoteric discussion meets real-world, practical application: your waking experience is profoundly influenced by the nocturnal process of deep communion, yet the purity and fidelity of that exchange is affected by the condition of your body and thoughts. Further, the waking self’s ability to translate insights gleaned from deep communion into practical benefit is influenced by the condition of body and mind.
In deep communion, the individual strands of consciousness rising from probable and reincarnational selves intertwine with strands flowing from the higher self, and at the point of intersection a rich vibrational dialogue ensues. Powerful daytime events, the body’s overall health, the swelling tide of thought—all these are carried as vibrational matrices flowing from each individualized soul to its higher self. The higher self evaluates these strands in light of its intended growth and experience for a lifetime, to determine whether the waking self is “on track” or veering off into unanticipated, and possibly detrimental, paths of experience.
Freedom and free will are the cornerstones of the camouflage system, and a higher self never directly intervenes in the lives of its offshoots. It sets them up with certain characteristics, tethers them to a specific life theme, selects a birth mother, and then releases them. From there, the waking self takes over, aided by the powerful but undetected influence of the higher self. Final choices always rest with the waking self; it has every power and right to backslide into retrograde and primitive behaviors despite its higher self’s expectation of growth toward enlightenment.
At the nexus between each offshoot and its higher self during deep communion, after the offshoot has offered vibratory fragments of its day’s experience, the higher self offers a flow of responsive material. Couched in dispassionate respect, the higher self proffers its comparison of the offshoot’s anticipated growth versus its actual experience. The great probable swirl of potential choices is laid before the offshoot, the better for it to understand how it came to actualize one slender strand and what alternative potentials lie ahead. The danger of further entwining karmic ties with others, as opposed to loosening them, is emphasized, for all karmic bonds must be dissolved before earthly life can be released.
Each offshoot also shares, to a greater or lesser degree, information and experience with its brethren offshoots. Where several offshoots are set up with similar life challenges, a rich dialogue sharing their experiences across the centuries enriches and revitalizes those involved. If two heads are better than one, a dozen probable selves are even better! In other cases, life situations may be so starkly disparate that only an occasional “greeting” is shared. The insight and inspiration you may occasionally feel upon awaking—a sudden zest to face your challenges with redoubled vigor and determination—stems from deep communion with your brethren selves offering their wisdom for your benefit.
To sum up: in deep communion each offshoot offers its day’s experiences to the higher self, which responds with a flow of guidance and direction to encourage the offshoot to stay the steady course of growth toward enlightenment and release of karmic bonds. Among probable and reincarnational selves, experiences and wisdom are swapped in a free-flowing exchange which encourages all participants to face their waking challenges with renewed strength and creativity.
Author Bio :
Excerpted from Spirit Wisdom II: The Enlightened Warrior’s Guide to Personal and Cultural Transformation. Ramón Stevens has been channeling Alexander for over 20 years; their collaboration has produced five books. Website: www.alexandermaterial.com.
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