Recently I was discussing dreaming with a friend of mine. We both got into the words and realized that everything out there about dreaming is limited by the context of the words that are used to describe it. Don Juan noted that by the time he understood what dreaming really was, there was no way to stop using the term to define what he was doing, yet at the same time, dreaming in the limited sense of what we do at night is not really dreaming in a toltec or seers sense of the word. So it became necessary to actually try to define what it is… so here goes.
The first step in knowing dreaming is understanding the assemblage point. This is a part of our energetic configuration through which we perceive the world. It is like a net or series of nets which criss cross over themselves and through which we see the world. We see things based on a whole host of assumptions about the world. These assumptions are adopted by our energetic bodies to survive when we are thrust into this world from the womb. These configurations are as broad as what light or color looks like and as deep as our belief systems all of which limit our perspective… like a belief in heaven or the messiah limits our ability to see outside that paradigmatic structure. They are the gift of our world from our parents and culture so we can all “get along.”
Energy is required to maintain these perceptions and beliefs. And our constant repetition of them maintains the fixation of the assemblage point and fibers through which we experience the world at large. As we recapitulate these perceptions (see others for what recapitulation is in detail), we gain energy back – like charging a battery – and the assemblage point be comes light, less fixated on things which may keep us from seeing the world fresh and new each day. This less fixed state opens up other bands of awareness.
At first these other bands are very near our own and easily present themselves in sleep. Sleep, when restful and deep, allows us to not maintain the same perspective. We can see things from many angles. This is why creative ideas often come from sleep and the dreaming that occurs at that time. We can move away from our normal addictive patterns and see to other bands to include our own.
So dreaming is the ability to shift the intense focus of our lives to other bands of awareness. The ability to move the assemblage point takes practice just as any task. And people who have mastered this technique see things that some of us may consider rather different than the norm. What toltecs found with dreamers is an amazing amount of energy to create things. This act absorbs the dreamer in the practice of dreaming and solidifies the practice with sobriety. Detachment is also a key mood and signature tune for these folks. They see all creations as similar because it is just a variation on the theme of moving the assemblage point.
Dreaming thus can be practiced while awake, asleep, or at any time in between. One dreams when one shifts perceptual fields. Often we hear people calling this “thinking outside the box” and that is a great start. But disciplined dreamers call it moving from box to box with no walls at all. These are active dreamers.
I was in the presence of an active dreamer, he is a master at his craft. The energy that eminates from him is almost overwhelming. I literally felt drunk from a normal point of awareness. As we spoke, he did not so much use words to explain things – aka fixate the point of awareness – as to push me to perceive other worlds, ways and whole swaths of being. He is an artist. He has mastered his craft and is superior at bringing these worlds to us through his artwork. The work literally shifts ones awareness as you look at it. Often, when in his presence, I have no idea what I am seeing. It is like he changes form as I am speaking to him. And in fact, I can never exactly describe him despite my supremely good memory with visual images. And each time I see him it is like meeting a different person all together. The only thing that maintains my sense of cohesion with him is the artwork itself. The act of communicating and learning and creating art with him or around him is the only stable perception of awareness that I have of his world.
This is dreaming with someone else. With fluidity and no self importance (meaning eliminating a need to defend our assemblage point), one can literally be projected through many worlds together.
So dreaming is not the masturbatory stuff which we see at night that either is filled with the self, sex, bizarre strange worlds… it is the shifting of that point off of center and into other positions. Carlos would often ask Don Juan if things he saw when he was dreaming were “real”. And Don Juan would laugh hysterically at him. Why? Because the question begs the answer. Carlos was trying to fixate his assemblage point and use his description of the world to gaurentee his self importance was right. He was literally trying to defend himself from himself. Aka compare and contrast two perceptions of the world and choose one over the other.
The universe is a vast an incomprehensable mystery, an interesting place to explore. The seers explored awareness and knowledge like the ancient explorers did the earth and expanded globe through their experience into a round ball. What is most interesting is, the round ball was there all along. It was our filters that kept us from experiencing it. These broad movements of awareness and culture are occuring all the time. We are constantly cracking the general assemblage point of the world and reassembling it in new ways. And that is diffusing outward from those that ventured into these new territories. Einstein was a dreamer. He dreamed a new understanding of physics and this completely shifted the globe.
It is possible for us to slip sideways and create any world we want. But that is stalking… and for another point in later discussions. Recapitulate and use the energy to allow the point of perception to move. It is amazing! Happy dreaming….