When we sleep and dream, we find ourselves transposed to another realm ~ a realm where the world we inhabit reflects the state of our mind.
Here, we may feel lost or enraptured, terrorized or comforted, experience flying or falling, striving to get somewhere or paralyzing in pain.
We may take the ever-shifting landscapes for granted, witnessing them as a matter of fact, as we ourselves take on different roles and faces without much thought.
And when we awaken, we believe the dream to be over, and perhaps linger in confusion for a while as we orient ourselves to our old familiar world, dismissing our nightly travels into oblivion like an evaporating haze.
And so we forget, and go about our lives as though nothing of consequence had happened.
But what if we are not finished the dream, or it’s not finished with us? What if our sleep state is merely a microcosmic reflection of the lives we live out in waking reality?
16. CONSCIOUSNESS ~
Essay by Katarzyna Vedah. April 1, 2020
We go about our day and make subconscious pacts with others ~ I will play this particular role in your drama if you play this role in mine. Then we conjure up our desires and experience the results, for better or worse. And we curse god or fate, while deep in our minds we are busy creating our own stories....
And then there are times when we can experience certain ‘shifts' in reality ~ moments that come without warning or reason, somehow altering an entire scene without changing a thing ~ like a color filter moving over the eyes, a trick of the light perhaps, or a change in mood, a déjà vu, or sudden knowing. But like a haze, such moments soon evaporate, and we continue onward as we had before.
Some people might label such experiences as mental aberrations to be rationalized away, to be fixed or stabilized. But for now, let’s entertain the notion that these shifts are mere glimpses into something else, something beyond the very involved cinematic dream we call life, experienced through the filters of our sensory perceptions.
When we dream, the movie plays out, and we are carried along, oblivious to what lies beyond the veil of sleep ~ oblivious to that very world we call reality which surrounds us ~ an invisible world that only appears when it's time to awaken.
If we are dreamers caught in a web of our own dreaming, what would it be like to become lucid and consciously co-create the 'play' of our lives with the others who inhabit this realm with us?
Origin of Consciousness (Kurzgesagt)
Your Mind Resides (Crash Course)
The Nature of Reality (Crash Course)
The Sixth Sense (Web Summit)
Could We Leave Our Body? (TED)
Is Anything Real? (Vsauce)
Living in a Simulation (Joe Scott)
Science of the Soul (Syndicado TV)
Beyond Our Sight (Anthony Chene)
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
FILM / VIDEO (YouTube): Trailer
Ghost (Jerry Zucker)
Eternal Sunshine... (Michel Gondry)
OtherLife (Ben C. Lucas)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
REVIEWS / VIDEO (YouTube):
Michel Gondry (IndieWire)
Distorting Perspective (PBS NewsHour)
SHORT STORY / AUDIO: Jon Fredette
MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):
ANIMATED SHORT FILM / INTERVIEW:
In-Shadow – Lubomir Arsov (In-Shadow)
Where Artists Fear to Tread (Rebel Wisdom)
FILM / VIDEO (YouTube):
Astral City - Trailer (Wagner de Assis)
The Egg - A Short Story (Kurzgesagt)
HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Higher Consciousness (School of Life)
Stop the Mind's Chatter (Sadhguru)
The Maharishi Effect (UPLIFT)
GUIDED MEDITATION / VIDEO (YouTube):
Plant Thoughts in Your Mind? (Sadhguru)
What is the Noosphere? (John Burch)
Worldwide Consciousness? (Joe Scott)
Global Consciousness Project (metaRising)
Collective Consciousness (Collective Evolution)
Consciousness Fundamental? (Closer to Truth)
Telepathy – Rupert Sheldrake (Thantos)
The Quantum Soul (Cosmic Consciousness)
PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
WEB / ARTICLE: The Guardian
By Kate Edgley
What If You Didn’t Sleep? (TED-Ed)
What Causes Insomnia? (TED-Ed)
Consciousness (Crash Course)
Sleep & Dreams (Crash Course)
Why Do We Dream? (TED-Ed)
How Lucid Dreaming Works (Tech Insider)
Lucid Dreaming (Conscious Pictures)
EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
VIDEO (YouTube): Teal Swan
VIDEO (YouTube): Gigi Young
VIDEO (YouTube): Aaron Abke
VIDEO (YouTube): Academy of Ideas
WEBSITE / ARTICLE:
Expand Your Consciousness Using Archetypes. By Scott Jeffrey
VIDEO (YouTube): Carl Greer