Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, since I am still digesting the wonder that is Thanksgiving dinner, I thought I might bring up a little something I read regarding the Dalai Lama, food and dreaming. 

Here is a quote from pg 129 of the book 
Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with The Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is speaking.

Different factors are involved in the ability to recognize the dream as dream. One is diet. Specifically, your diet should be compatible with your own metabolism. For example, in Tibetan medicine, one speaks of the three elements: wind, bile, and phlegm. One or more of these elements are predominant in some people. You should have a diet that helps to maintain balance among these various humors within the body. Moreover, if your sleep is too deep, your dreams will not be very clear. In order to bring about clearer dreams and lighter sleep, you should eat somewhat less. In addition, as you’re falling asleep, you direct your awareness up to the forehead. On the other hand, if your sleep is too light, this will also act as an obstacle for gaining success in this practice. In order to deepen your sleep, you should take heavier, oilier food; and as you’re falling asleep, your should direct your attention down to the vital energy center at the level of your navel or the genitals. If your dreams are not clear, as you’re falling asleep you should direct your awareness to the throat center. In this practice, just as in using the device sent by LaBerge, [LaBerge had sent him a Nova Dreamer] when you begin dreaming it’s helpful to have someone say quietly, 'You are dreaming now. Try to recognize the dream as a dream.'

Have a great holiday-


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