Dreamwork and Enlightenment

Before I record my latest dream sequence, I want to spend a few words on the subject of dreamwork as a path facet.

Western Non-Buddhist Resources for Awakening

A large part of my current practice has nothing to do with Buddhism, at least not directly. But neither is it a “separate axis of development” as Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha would argue. It is refining and stabilizing rigpa, after all, and it is taking town the boundary between the waking dream and nighttime dreams. I think western psychology has many tools to offer dharma practice as it is developing in the West for westerners. Buddhahood means all the boundaries have been dismantled, including the one that makes sleep and dreams beyond recall, awareness, and redirection.

I’m approaching my dream integration practice from two different angles: Jungian-Senoi and lucid dreaming literature. That topic deserves its own article, perhaps, when it has ripened in my mind, so let’s wait on it or else I’ll never get to recounting the remarkable dream I had this morning.

Jungian-Senoi Dreamwork Manual and Dream Incubation

I do want to highly recommend this quirky manual for one of the two approaches, however: The Jungian-Senoi Dreamwork Manual: A Step-by-Step Introduction to Working With Dreams:


I carry this big nutty manual nearly everywhere I go. I recommend it highly. One of my favorite techniques in this book is called dream incubation. It involves carefully formulating a specific question and then asking for a dream to come forth and answer the question. I’ve been stunned at how consistently well and quickly this method works. I incorporate my own touches, including meditation, prayer, ritual, tantra, and tarot.

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