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Introduction to Dreamwalking

Hail to the collective consciousness!

Over the last few months, I have been teaching some introductory workshops on Shamanism, and they have been quite well received (which I am grateful for!). One of the topics that have come up in this workshop is lucid dreaming and coupling it with shamanic journeying. This is what I like to call “Dreamwalking”.

Now typically when people do journeying they are in a trance state but they are awake, riding between the cool brain waves between the Delta range and Theta state. These two brainwaves both have excellent uses by the way, so I highly recommend learning about them and using tools such as binaural beats and frequency generators to get yourself there much faster. Anyway, while doing journeying most people use a drum or binaural beats etc. to help focus their brain into these wave ranges in order to achieve a fairly vivid daydream-like state, where they are in control of most of the goings on.

Some people prefer to just let the beat of the drum take them wherever it is that they end up going, but the definition of journeying I am using in this article is essentially a controlled daydream that has a goal and a purpose. An example of this would be wanting to retrieve a broken soul shard, so you would journey to where the piece broke off, and you would go through the trials necessary to get it back and reintegrate it into yourself. (I will eventually do a post on soul parts and soul retrieval, in the meantime google is your friend.)

These journeys or daydreams with intent can be very vivid, very realistic, and feel extremely real to the practitioner once they have done the work to build the skill, and modern science now shows that the brain can’t decipher the difference between what we do in the real world, and the things we do in these journeys, so by creating changes in our minds in the journeys, we are effectively creating real changes in our brainwaves, and in the world we perceive! Super cool right?!

Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon that many people experience naturally at least once or twice in their lives, if you haven’t it usually goes something like this: You’re walking around your house and there are people there that you don’t really know, there’s some music playing, it seems like you’re having a party, but you don’t party do you? Now you’re feeling really weird because you don’t remember inviting people over, or how you got to where you are now, you turn around and one of the weird people is yelling at you and angry, and this is all so vivid you feel like you are in a psychosis, you get angry back at the guy, one thing leads to another and he kills you. boom you wake up in your bed sweating and freaking out and realize, all is safe and well and it was just a dream, but holy shit that was a really vivid dream, it was so REAL! Now that moment you came to consciousness in that dream and began to control it a bit is what many would consider lucid dreaming. A dream that is so real, it is as if you are going about your normal day.

Typically I would consider the above a vivid dream or a highly aware dream, not a lucid dream. To me lucid dreaming begins to happen when we learn to take control of the dream, for example, you find yourself in a nightmare so you change the channel to a happy dream, or perhaps you decide you want to fly and you do, or maybe you want to learn about magick so you materialize yourself a teacher or a book that you can learn from. Once you begin to become adept at inducing and controlling your lucid dreams in order to complete specific tasks or journeys, this is what I call Dreamwalking, and in my opinion, it is one of the strongest tools in a magickian or shamans toolbox.

Sounds like fun right? or Maybe it sounds like a lot of work, either way, you are right! So where do you begin? Below I will outline some methods I have used to develop my dreamwalking abilities personally, that I feel will be able to help most people. Please keep in mind if you take sleeping pills, antidepressants, antipsychotics, or you are intoxicated before bed, you may have a harder time with this, but with persistence, you can certainly still develop the skill.

  1. Step one is to start keeping a dream journal! This is extremely important, and a tool that many new psychonauts scoff at and don’t use. By journaling your dreams you are actually refiring the neurons in your brain that fired when you were in the dream, creating better pathways, thus making it easier to recall dreams and easier to become lucid over time. You might be saying “I never remember my dreams anyway.” that’s fine!

    Simply write down anything you remember, this can be how you feel such as happy, sad, scared, loved, content etc. Write down any colours you remember, any names you remember, anything and everything from your feelings to your memories. Neurons that fire together, wire together, and this is a very important step in training your brain to not only remember dreams, but become aware, and eventually lucid in your dreams.

    Some people recall things better if they stay still and don’t move when they wake up, some recall better in the position they were sleeping in such as on their back or side. Experiment and find out what works for you, but begin writing as soon as possible upon waking or you will find the details will begin to fade very rapidly on you. Date each dream entry, give it a title, and write down any keywords that have meaning to you, this will help you to build your own correspondences you can use at a later time to interpret your dreams.

  2. Step two is to target your two longest REM cycles, for the average person who sleeps 8 hours these are the last 2 hours of sleep. These last two hours are actually two separate sleep cycles, so starting out you can actually have two chances per night to get into a lucid dream. Now what you want to do to target these is set an alarm for 6 hours after you go to sleep, if you are someone who takes a while to go to sleep keep that in consideration and set it for the appropriate amount of time such as 6 hours and 20 minutes after you go to bed. Then go to sleep. Once awake you are going to get up, stretch a bit, maybe get a drink of water or go to the bathroom, spend at least 5 to 10 minutes being awake and out of bed, this gets your mind back into a semi-awake state. Then simply go back to bed with the intent to have a lucid dream, some people repeat over and over in their head something to the effect of “I am lucid dreaming” until they fall asleep, this isn’t entirely necessary but can be helpful. Go back to sleep and you may be shocked to find yourself awake in a completely different spot than your bedroom.

    If you get no results the first night, simply try again. If you find you aren’t getting good results in the 6 to 7-hour window, try setting your alarm for your last REM cycle, so this would be 7 hours after going to sleep in the 7-8 hour window. Do the same thing, wake up, walk around for a few minutes, and go back to sleep. If you are really a keener, you can set two alarms in one night, one at 6 hours and one at 7 hours to take advantage of both REM cycles. Keep doing this until you begin to find yourself having more and more aware dreams, and find that you are recalling more and more for your journals. Eventually, you will find yourself in a dream and you will be completely aware that you are dreaming!

  3. Step three is to create a set of reality checks you can perform to determine if you are in fact dreaming, or if you are awake. (Eventually, your lucid dreams will become so real and life like that you will have a hard time telling the difference between your dreams and reality, so this is an important thing to learn.) I will provide a few different methods here, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. My personal favourite that I use many times daily is to take the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand and try to push them through the palm of your other hand, in reality, they will stop and you will feel the pressure on your palm, in a dream, they will go right through. In a dream you can also pass through objects and walls, so pushing against a wall or counter is another useful reality check. You can fly in dreams, so try jumping and seeing if you can float. Often times in dreams checking the time is a great tool as well, usually, the 2nd time you check a clock the time will have changed. A mirror is also a useful reality check, look at your reflection and see how you look, often in dreams, we see ourselves very different than we see ourselves in reality.

    These are all great tools to use, and you can practice them almost anywhere, which makes them even more valuable. I recommend doing a reality check a minimum of 4 times a day when starting, I personally reality check at least once an hour, not only will this tell your brain you are looking for a dream state, it will help wire it to induce a lucid state, which is after all the goal of a dreamwalker.

  4. Step four happens only once you have begun to learn how to induce your lucid dreams and reality check to gain full awareness. Once you reality check and you realize you are dreaming you have a whole new universe to explore, so get exploring!
    Some fun things you can try in the beginning are:

    • Changing the channel: this is where you think of a different place or activity and the scenery changes.

    • learning to fly: to fly you simply need to raise your arms up above your head and will it or jump slightly (flying takes practice to get right, keep at it!)

    • working with spirits: you will find that there are a lot of NPC’s (non-player characters) in your dreams, these people are kind of just filling in the background but there are also many active “inhabitants” in your dream world that you can learn many magnificent things from.

    • travel to new places: travelling can be done by flying or changing the channel or even taking an elevator or airplane or whatever play with it and see what is right for you. 


The bottom line is that this is a universe you have been going to your entire life every night, once you master being lucid and controlling it you can do and learn anything in this place, so try whatever you want, the possibilities are truly endless! Just make sure you’re actually dreaming before you kiss that stranger, or before you dance naked under the moonlight drinking tequila at a music festival!

This is a very basic intro to dreamwalking but it is an excellent place to start, I wish you all great success in your endeavours!

Dream big, and manifest your reality!

Azariel Flame
Reiki Master, Shaman, Teacher
Ignite the light
www.ignitethelight.ca

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Activating the pineal gland

The pineal gland is a small pea sized spot in the middle of your brain connected to the spinal cord and the cerebellum. The pineal gland is associated with the third eye chakra and has been found to secrete very important chemicals for our physical and spiritual health and wellbeing. Under normal circumstances the pineal secretes melatonin which is responsible for keeping us calm and helping us sleep. However if stimulated it has been found that the pineal can release different metabolites of melatonin such as oxytocin, the chemical responsible for the feeling of love, as well as DMT (dimethyltryptamine) which is one of the most powerful hallucinogens known to man. DMT, sometimes called the spirit molecule, is responsible for creating our dreams, as well as showing up in extreme quantities during the death experience. It is no wonder then, that the activation of the pineal is associated with the third eye, and seeing things that can’t be seen under normal conditions.

The following are a couple of techniques, that I have picked up from various teachers, that I have found to be very useful in stimulating the pineal gland and creating very powerful meditative and awakening experiences.

The first of these techniques is very simple. All you need to do is say out loud and vibrate the word ONG. This must be said out loud, and the louder you say it the better. It is very similar to the OM mantra, as you vibrate the NG the longest. Like so: ONNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. When done properly this should vibrate the area near your forehead and eventually work its way further back. The longer you do this and the more often you do this, the more dramatic the results will be over time. I believe I picked this up from a monk I had read about but I can’t remember which one, perhaps Jon Peniel? I digress.

The second technique is a lot more involved and takes a fair bit of practice to get just right. It starts at the base of the spine at the root chakra and works its way up the spine to the pineal. This technique is one that I was directed to through my work with Azazel; I found a similar technique in the book “Becoming Supernatural” by Dr. Joe Dispenza.

Step 1.
Get into a comfortable sitting position. Sitting cross legged is helpful.

Step 2.
Straighten your back.

Step 3.
Thrust your pelvis forward.

Step 4.
Begin deep breathing in as deep as you can, hold, then breathe out as deep as you can, and again hold, continue this cycle.

Step 5.
Pull in your abs and flex them holding them in all while keeping your back straight and continuing deep breathing.

Step 6.
Place your conscious thoughts on where your pineal gland would be, if you have trouble envisioning this then put your focus in the middle of your brain between your ears.

Step 7.
At the end of your deep breath hold it in as long as you can, then breathe out deeply, all while holding your pelvis forward, abs in and flexed, back straight, and your focus on your pineal gland.

Step 8.
Continue this breathing cycle all while holding your body the way you have been. Breath in deep, hold as long as you can, breathe out.

Thats it! Easy right? well it will take a lot of practice to get just right, but if you continue to do this you will eventually reap some pretty wonderful rewards. The theory I have behind why this works is you are activating your adrenal glands and then sending the energy up your spine to the pineal and helping it to secrete those wonderful metabolites of oxytocin and DMT. This practice works especially well first thing in the morning and right before bed, as the brain can easily enter deep states of meditation at these times.

The results will vary from person to person, but eventually you can most likely expect feelings of euphoria, oneness with the universe, a sense of greater peace and connectedness, and even sensations of floating and out of body experiences.

Until next time!

Thanks for reading!

Azariel Flame
Reiki master, Shaman, Teacher
Ignite the light
www.ignitethelight.ca

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Bringing energy to balance meditation 6

The day 6 meditation was an idea that my Fiance came up with and it was an amazing experience. If you like this one, you may enjoy some of her work and ramblings over at Why don’t bats have feathers. The concept is rather simple really, but an area I hadn’t explored in my own personal journey with meditation and gnosis. This meditation focuses on the feeling and emotions evoked by temperature. We will be exploring hot and then cold with this meditation via visualization.

This meditation will last for 30 minutes just like all the others in the series. We will split this into three parts. You may set your phone to vibrate, or whatever tool you choose to use, every 10 minutes, or simply go with the flow and see where you end up. The first part will focus on you feeling and exploring exactly how you feel now, the second part will put you into a hot zone, and the third will put you into a cold zone.

The Process:

 

Get yourself comfortable in whatever your favourite position for meditation is, I personally chose to lay down on my back for this one.

Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. Inhale to the count of 5, exhale to the count of 5. Feel your chest rise and fall, notice how your body feels at this time, are you warm? Are you cold? explore each part of your body beginning at your feet, and feel the temperature there. Are your feet hot or cold? How does this feel to you? are they both the same temperature? do you feel a chill, warmth, perhaps a shiver? Explore each part of your body this way working up to your head. Feet, calves, quads, waist, abdomen, chest, shoulders, upper arm, forearm, hands, and finally head. Once you have felt every part, FEEL your whole body at once, take note of all the hot places, all the cold places, and everything in between. Feel how the temperature in your body shifts and changes and moves. Sit in this until your timer goes off at the 10 minute mark.

Now that you have sat and felt your body, we are going to go on a bit of a journey. Begin to visualize yourself walking in the snow towards a frozen lake. Set out on the lake is sauna hut. Walk your way through the snow, across the ice, and into this shack. I visualize this in the mountains, in a bowled valley, trees all around, a small desolate lake far away from anything or anyone else. The hut has smoke and steam coming from its chimney and is made of hand cut cedar. Open the door and step inside, smell the cedar walls sweating, feel the wet heat take your breathe away. There is a bench seat that goes around the whole room. Sit down and be in the heat. Feel the heat seep into your skin, down to your very core. Feel your whole body get hotter and hotter, to the point you can barely even stand it. Feel your breathe get harder to catch, feel your body overheat, feel it sweat. Feel the warmth consume your entire being and soul, its cleansing, its healing, and its intensity. Sit in the heat and feel everything you can about it until your time is up here, and your timer goes off.

Now its time to go for a dip and cool off. Get up off your bench, walk towards the door and open it. The light hits your eyes as it reflects off the snow, the cold air fills your lungs and you can feel them begin to sting with cold. About 20 feet outside the door there is a large hole 10 feet in diameter cut into the ice. Take a deep breathe of the freezing cold, mountain air and run towards that hole as fast as you can, bend your legs and leap into the hole feet first. Feel the icy cold water encapsulate your entire body from your feet up to your head. Feel the cold shock you, and revitalize you. You are now under the water, the blistering cold is working its way from the outside into your very core. Feel the sting, the pain, the refreshing and glacial cold fill your entire being. Let this cold overtake your every thought, every feeling, every instinct, and allow it to consume you. Sit in this ice cold feeling under the water for the remaining ten minutes and let it cleanse your body, your, mind and your soul. Pay attention to every feeling the cold brings to every part of your body, and your being.

When your ten minutes are up, swim to the edge of the hole, pull yourself up and walk back out of the valley the way you came in. Open your eyes and take as long as you need to come back to reality. You have now experienced your own version of how these temperatures effect you. Note anything that was significant from this and go about your day.

My Experience:

This was another shocking experience for me. When I went into the sauna I could literally feel every part of it like I was there, the shortness of breath in the hot moist air, the heat overtaking my whole body, my pain slipping away like an instant relief. I felt a release of sorts as the heat began to get too much, it was like all the stagnant and useless energy in my body letting go and leaving me, offering space for new vibrant energy. I could feel it seep out of me like sweat. I got to the point where I literally felt so hot laying there in my bed that I couldn’t stand it.

When I left the sauna and jumped into the water it was like a cool, refreshing, breath taking clean and crisp energy overtook my whole body. I never felt like I was freezing but I did feel like I was absorbing nothing but pure energy, and icy cold watery air filled my being. It was like the coldest shower on a warm day. Simply put it was extremely invigorating and refreshing for me. It was the perfect balance to the hot sauna for me and I felt the glacial cold overtake my whole body from shell to core. Then I felt completely at peace as I reached a state of pure nothingness. No thoughts, no worries, no pain, just bliss.

I hope you enjoyed this meditation as much as I did.

-Azariel Flame

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Bringing energy to balance meditation 5

I have had a lot of fun coming up with these meditations. I can’t wait until I get a chance to do the last three back to back. The 5 elements were covered in the last three meditations, air, earth, water, fire, and spirit (electricity/power). Today I feel a great balance in my energetic field, after completing the last three meditations. I was particularly fond of the water/earth meditation and its use of black energy on the chakras. If you have been following these meditations, you may have noticed by now that the darker energies tend to be calming, soothing, and a little bit heavy, while the lighter energies tend to be charging, energizing, and almost manic in feel. This has made me come up with the theory that the dark energies can be used to calm someone who is higher energy, manic, or chaotic. Whereas the light energies can be used to lift you out of a depressive, sad, or drained feeling. I personally enjoyed these experiments and will continue to use them, as I reaped many benefits from them, my energy level has gone up, I can channel energy much easier, and I can notice a definite feeling of balance in my overall system. I’ve even begun to sleep after a week of insomnia!

Today we will be covering a slight variation on what we have been doing with the white energy, and the black energy. This meditation is going to spend the entire 30 minutes going through the chakra system. Yes this may seem a bit redundant at this point, but trust me, you will enjoy this one if you enjoyed any of the white/black chakra meditations in the last few days.

The practice:

Get yourself comfortable, whatever works for you, lay on your back, sit on a pillow, stand on your head, anything that will allow you to sit for 30 minutes and focus on the visualization.
This time we will be spending 1 minute per chakra going up, when you reach the crown you will begin again at the root and work back up to the crown. So you will effectively go root to crown, chakra by chakra, twice. This will be a total of 14 minutes. You can set your phone to vibrate at one minute intervals if it helps you. The final part will be broken up into two 8 minute sections.

On the way up through the chakras the first time, you will start at the base chakra and visualize it as a black sphere of swirling energy. You will then do this visualization for the sacral chakra, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown.

On the way up the second time you will visualize each chakra as balls of pure white swirling energy, one by one, all the way up to the crown.

Once you reach the crown the second time, you will visualize all of your chakras as the white energy at once, this time adding in flecks of colour, all the colours of the prism, the sacred flames, or rainbow, whatever helps you achieve this visualization the best. You will see them as vibrant white, but containing all the other colours of energy at once as well, for where there is white, there is an abundance of all forms of energy, just as the rainbow can shine through a prism from white light. Hold this visualization for the remainder of the 8 minutes and let it evolve however it happens to in your minds eye.

you will then visualize all of your chakras as the black energy at once, this time adding in a swirling white vibrational energy. This may be visualized as electricity (spirit), flashes of white, whatever it takes for you to see this in the spheres of blackness. The theory behind this is that black cannot be where there has not been light, and the light cannot be anywhere that the darkness hasn’t already touched. Hold this visualization for the remainder of the 8 minutes and let it evolve however it happens to in your minds eye.

Once you have finished your meditation, let the images slowly fade away, and bring yourself back to reality. You may find that you will need to ground after this, as I have found this is a very powerful meditation.

My experience with this meditation:

Out of the meditations I have done in this series, this is the one that rocked my core the most. I felt my body begin to hum with energy once I engaged in the first seven chakra part where the white light becomes the rainbow. This created a vibration through my whole body and I felt extremely hot, my hands began to sweat, and my head began to swirl like I had just stood up too fast. This feeling held for the full 8 minutes. Once I began the black/white meditation, the feeling got heavier and felt like it set into my very soul. My visualization began to flash with black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet bursts. I held the black visualization and the white within the spheres would spark, swirl, spin, and leap within and without the sphere itself. It was like watching the perfect storm take the globe. This was without a doubt the most profound experience I have had in this series. I am looking forward to the days to come.

– Azariel Flame