12b - Esoteric Knowledge of Dreams
Rapid Eye Movement (REM)
Our attention generally follows the movement of our eyes, i.e. our consciousness is usually focussed on whatever our eyes are looking at. If we want to focus our awareness on something that is non-visual we tend to de-focus our vision or close our eyes to help us concentrate. As stated in Chapter 7, our eyes instinctively look up to the left when we access our rational mind (mental body) and up to the right for the creative mind (causal body). This phenomenon is related to the rapid eye movements we make during REM sleep. Dreams are a mixture of recall and creativity so our eyes constantly flicker when we dream.
REM sometimes also occurs during meditation – some practitioners mistakenly think it is an undesirable distraction that should be prevented, but it is a perfectly natural phenomenon. A psycho-therapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses forced rapid eye movements to stimulate both sides of the cortex in order to release traumatic memories.
Figure 12e depicts the arrangement of the subtle bodies during dream sleep – the physical body sleeps but the etheric, emotional and mental bodies remain active.
Figure 12e - The Arrangement of the Subtle Bodies in Dream Sleep
Dream sleep is similar to the waking state in that the consciousness thread is connected to the physical-etheric brain, but that is where the similarity ends:
The events, emotions, thoughts, memories and lessons we learnt the previous day are all reviewed, organised and stored in our lesser causal body while we dream. The process can be compared to defragmenting the files on your computer (persona) and backing them up to an external storage device (lesser causal body). The monad rapidly switches its awareness between the three units of the triad in order to organise the data, and this causes the rapid eye movements. The vibrations within the persona (etheric, emotional and mental bodies) set up sympathetic vibrations in the lesser causal body, which produce a permanent copy of the day's lessons and experiences. During the process, memories, desires, emotions hopes and fears are churned up in the subtle bodies and are perceived by the nearby etheric body. The physical-etheric brain tries to make sense of these random thoughts and feelings by compiling them into a story which we experience as a dream.
Dreams are not the main reason for REM sleep; they are merely a by-product of the process just described. Some dreams are random and irrelevant, some are simply for entertainment and others are distorted memories of out-of-body adventures (that occurred in the preceding period of deep sleep). Dreams are the conscious mind's (monad + physical brain's) perception of activities from one or more of the bodies:
If stimuli are received from more than one source, the monad will create a dream from all the different perceptions, which can give rise to some very strange dreams.
Types of Dream
Dreams can originate from any of our subtle bodies and have a variety of different causes, but only people with causal consciousness (enlightened or above) are able to ascertain the precise cause of a particular dream and therefore give an accurate interpretation.
The waking consciousness finds it much easier to recall memories that were actually experienced, rather than those that were just witnessed or heard about. Dreams are created by the meta-conscious and "viewed" by the waking consciousness, so unless a dream is very intense it will be forgotten in the next sleep cycle. In order to remember a dream we must consciously know the pathway that leads to the memory of the dream, and this requires our physical brain to awaken from its internally focussed state and become externally focussed. It is common to wake up briefly at the end of a period of REM sleep, since we are on the verge of normal waking consciousness anyway, but because our bodies are so relaxed we usually drift back of to sleep immediately. However, if we go to sleep with the intention of remembering our dreams we will usually wake up after each one and be able to recall it.
Time Distortions in Dreams
People sometimes have dreams that seem to last many days or years, yet only a few minutes of physical time have passed. This is because we have nothing to objectively measure time against in our subjective dream world. Dreams such as the one described earlier where a person shot is in the dream and simultaneously woken by the door bang clearly only lasted a fraction of a second. The monad is meta-consciously aware of the bang a fraction of a second before the waking consciousness becomes aware of it, which is plenty of time to devise a dream that incorporates the bang.
A rapid return to the physical results in the physical body jumping or jolting as the emotional-mental body snaps back into place. In such instances, the monad often creates a falling dream where the impact with the ground corresponds to the emotional-mental body snapping back into the physical-etheric body. The dream is created in the fraction of a second between the consciousness thread being reconnected and the subtle bodies returning.
Our physical bodies become temporarily paralysed when we dream. Conventional science believes that sleep paralysis is a safety mechanism that prevents the physical body from acting out its dreams but has no understanding of how it works:
The physical-etheric being can wilfully control the physical-etheric body only when the monad is absent, because the monad's consciousness is vastly superior to its own. But the monad can only control the physical-etheric body when the emotional and mental bodies are present (to act as intermediaries). During dream sleep, when the monad is present and the intermediary subtle bodies are absent we have a stalemate, which results in the physical body being paralysed. The monad's presence in the physical body prevents the physical-etheric being from taking control, but the missing emotional and mental bodies prevent the monad from taking control.
The eyes are the only part of the physical-etheric body that the monad can move when the subtle bodies are absent, because eye movement is controlled by the basal brain (via the etheric body which is present) whereas the major muscles are controlled by the motor areas of the cortex (via the mental body which is absent). If you decide to move your arm, the instruction from the monad must travel through the mental body, emotional body, etheric body, physical brain and nerves in order to reach the arm muscles. If just one of these steps is missing, the signal will not get through. The link between the eyes and the etheric (energy) body is evident from the fact that our eyes feel heavy when our body is low on energy and needs to sleep to recharge itself.
Temporary Waking Paralysis
Temporary waking paralysis is a condition characterised by the temporary paralysis of the physical body for a short period upon waking. The person is fully aware, but unable to move for several seconds. Conventional science can offer no explanation as to how or why this occurs, nor can it explain the "hallucinations" that often accompany this state.
When we fall asleep, our monad and emotional-mental body leave our physical-etheric body. During dream sleep, our monad returns but remains internally focussed. When we wake up, the monad's consciousness becomes externally focussed again, but if the emotional-mental body has not yet returned the physical-etheric body remains paralysed. Temporary waking paralysis is caused by the delayed return of the emotional-mental body, but what could cause such a delay? There are a variety of terms for temporary waking paralysis around the world; the English translations of which are listed below:
There are many different explanations of the cause of waking paralysis, but they all share a common and somewhat malevolent theme:
The return of the emotional-mental body is delayed by a malicious entity. In many cases this is a female entity who attempts to bring a sleeping man to orgasm so that she can collect the subtle energies he releases and use them to sustain her subtle bodies. The so-called hallucinations that medical science associates with temporary waking paralysis are nothing of the sort – they are actual perceptions of non-physical entities resulting from the temporary disruption the malevolent entity causes to the person's etheric web. It is interesting to note that many alien abduction victims describe being paralysed whilst experimented on sexually. I suspect that the many of these "abductions" are encounters with non-physical entities and involve their subtle bodies only.
Occasionally a paralysis experience may be accompanied by a strange but not unpleasant sensation of powerful energy flowing through your body or your brain. These occurrences are not malevolent but are caused by benevolent "healing angels" re-balancing your subtle bodies (probably at the request of your meta-conscious).
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