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My body is my Temple. Anything that distracts me from reclusive and absorbed presence in the Temple is irreverent and irrelevant. This Temple is inherently there. No movement or action is required at all to be in your Holy Place. Any movement that is not purposefully of a pragmatic or ecstatic nature should be discarded. This means movements of body, but it also means movement of the eyes, and speech, and mental activity. So much of our energies are used for completely pointless activities. We sit around and fidget, move our eyes around, and analyze everything, because we don’t know how to be still, and feel we always have to be doing something. Ecstatic union with God is impossible in such a state.

Our baseline of ‘stillness’ is actually quite a high amount of movement or perceptual activities, and we become entirely de-sensitized to that range of activity, as if it is nothing. All things that happen to us are judged in relation to that baseline, which is a farily high level of activity. We have no sensitivity. We cannot experience ecstacy. We cannot know God. All of this unnecessary activity degrades your Temple. The aim of life is to know Self, to know God. God is not found through activities in the world, but through seeking him in his Temple, your body.

Let me try to paint a brief visual picture, for the purposes of assisting in understanding some of what I am about to talk about. Imagine a dot sitting in the center of two circles that surround it. This ‘dot’ is your center, your true nature. It is choiceless awareness, the flow, what comes before all perception and thought. The circle nearest the center is your mental overlay on reality, your ego-intention. The more you place your concepts over reality, and the more you act out of ego-intention, the further out this circle goes. The further out circle is perceptual intensity. Through deviating from the center in mental overlay and ego-intention, the inner-circle expands, which decreases the relative intensity of perception, since as it expands it goes nearer to that circle. You can see, then, that there is an inverse relationship between perceptual intensity and the amount of mental overlay and ego-intention.

Thinking about reality in terms of preferences increases the ego-circle, as does activity just for activity’s sake, as well as trying to force thought or action in response to uncertainty or confusion. A decrease in relative intensity of perception creates dullness, and also causes reality to work less hard for your attention. Perceptual intensity can be interpreted as how hard reality works for your attention. It often plays off things you want, but at less intense levels it generally alludes to things you want, to stir up mental activity without actually bringing about fulfillment. When we continuously deviate from center chasing after un-fulfilling allusions to things we would like, reality sees that it doesn’t have to give you much to get your attention, and so it continues to give you things of the same degree of intensity.

Through remaining centered during these references, reality sees it must work harder for your attention, and so higher levels of perceptual intensity come about, increasing the amount of true fulfillment. Perceptual intensity tends to be somewhat static, but if we can remain centered during these standard levels of perceptual intensity, this will increase energy levels through increasing perceptual intensity. When a relative increase to perceptual intensity occurs, become single-pointedly focused on that perception, without mental overlay. This will allow you to ‘soak in’ the higher energy levels, without being deviated from center.

I have had this basic idea for a while, but never actually put it into action. I had an experience in lucid dreaming today that showed me that this would nearly definitely work as I planned, particularly if I put effort into it, so I think I have decided to really do it. What showed me is that I actually went 6 hours after waking up to taking a nap, and this easier slipping into the lucid state that occurs after getting some sleep, which I will mention shortly,┬ástill occurred, which combined with past experiences shows me that my mind, whether or not it is like this to this degree with other people, is able to maintain this state where it is receptive to the lucid dreaming state for an extended period of time. The idea is that I will sleep multiple, perhaps 3 as a baseline, times per day, in shorter intervals, as opposed to one long block of sleep each night. The main purpose behind the experiment is this. When you sleep some, then wake up, then go back to sleep, your odds of lucid dreaming skyrocket. I’m basically at a point where I can lucid dream whenever I want in that situation, if I have the intention. Given this sleep schedule, then, I could be in a state of perpetual lucid dreaming. Every time I sleep, I could lucid dream.

Expanding on this benefit, I actually developed a technique a while back where I could consciously enter a dream, meaning lay down to go to sleep and maintain awareness until I was in a dream, and then proceed with my lucid dream. This technique is largely dependent on having gotten some sleep prior to attempting it. If I stick to this sleep schedule, and resume working on my technique, I could actually consciously enter a lucid dream every single time I sleep. This means that I would never actually lose consciousness, if I so chose. As I continued to dream like this, my awareness of my dreams would continuously improve, and my ‘dream time’ would continue to expand. Each moment of dreaming is far larger than the corresponding perception of time in our waking lives. Typically we only remember very little of our dreaming, and we falsely correspond this dream time to waking time, and think we dreamt for that long. In actuality, we are remembering a tiny fraction of our dreams. This means that, if successful, I could potentially lucid dream for incredible amounts of ‘time,’ and continuously improve my abilities at making that experience go how I want.

There are a couple further benefits, one seems clear to me, and one is somewhat theoretical and vague. The clear one is that through having this continual experience of lucid dreaming, I would be able to increase a sense of ‘detached joy’ in my waking life, making me more free and joyous. It would also continuously improve my sense of seeing reality as being essentially no different than dreaming, which is a somewhat long-standing ‘belief’ of mine that grows the more I lucid dream. If my theories in this regard are correct, this change in perception could lead to a continuous improvement to my level of ‘control’ over reality. There is also a theoretical benefit, not necessarily tested scientifically yet but that makes sense, and as a side note I believe Leonardo Da Vinci may be testament to. Perhaps the main benefit of sleeping is dreaming. We cannot go without dreaming, or we go insane. Despite this, we only dream perhaps half of the time we sleep. With my sleep schedule, I would dream the entire time I slept. This would be at least doubling the amount of dreams I have. Theoretically, it makes sense that this could result in some unforeseeable raising in the abilities of my consciousness. If not dreaming makes you crazy, more dreaming probably raises your levels of consciousness. Beyond this, my dreams would be lucid, which I imagine has even more benefits for your consciousness.

External is the illusion
There is only within
I am that which I seek
Yet I’m the one looking
Awareness turned on itself
There is only consciousness