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The crows called this morning! I had just arose from the night, at sunrise, later than usual or planned. As I stirred around the house I heard a group of crows somewhat in the distance, but still on my land, cawing with impatience, and expectation of food. I gathered a small handful of cat food, and placed it on the front porch. Within five minutes or so it was gone. Later, in the morning, I was trimming grass, trees and shrubs with an electrical lawnmower and an electrical hedge trimmer. I was thinking how silent the lawnmower was, and how good this was – the silence. Almost immediately after these thoughts, a silent crow flew over my head, closer than typical, and too close to be unintentional. I knew he was attempting to get my attention.
Though still too high to hear or feel wind from his wings, it was as if I could feel the subtle-winds of the ethers, from his winds, blowing on me, caressing over my face and shoulders, hands and arms. He was silent. He landed on the tree and branch – his favorite apparently – in front of my front porch, and looked down at the porch. He remained silent. It was as if he missed his fill from the morning, or missed the whole breakfast of cat food the others had eaten, though he had gotten the message it was served. He did not call out, as usually they, the crows do, when demanding food or attention to be treated. He knew I knew he was there, and waited. I went inside, from the garage, and gathered some more cat food, and placed it on the porch, while he settled more in the distance, to safely watch me, from where I don't know; but I knew he was there.
I went back to my trimming along the driveway, and all of a sudden Orio, the neighbor cat appeared, coming from across the street. I knew she knew the crow had been there, and eating her food. She had come directly to me though, being overly social as she is, and having "first come and touch" bonding with me before eating, so I walked her to the porch, showing her the remaining cat food.
Much is said about the healing power of nature, and being in harmony with nature. At times we may wonder what does that mean, and how does it happen. It happens in little ways. Silence is most important.
Through it perhaps, I recognized the crow "buzzing" me, so to speak, though gently and silently; and then I watched him, and where he went and landed, after he did pass over me. I noted the cat followed him,but it was like I "felt" the cat following his presence as she came to me. Cause and effect everywhere! Harmony everywhere. The cat did not even meow, as often she does, when hungry. She also was silent.
I realized I could have missed all of this, if not for that silent lawnmower, and my intention to be in and with nature, as working in the yard.
It is said that in silence we attune to the silence of nature, and it can be said, in that silence, nature and its creatures recognize us, and share in life with us – more consciously.
It is through these little things, these little ways, we learn to be attune to nature, and to receive energy and healing from her – as long as we also take care of her, or at least don't harm her. Then, she silently, or not so silently, as rain just poured down outside my window – fills us with a soft breeze of her wings, and delights our eyes in watching her receive us, and what we have to offer her.
We open to her, and are united, and healed, in subtle, mysterious ways.
Soulful Dream Yoga in Healing – Live Introductory Seminar this Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Time: 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM EST
This seminar is an introduction to the basic principles of a dream yoga for healing and transformation in the New Millennium, inspired by the work of ancient and modern dreaming traditions. It is part of a year-long series of seminars. Soulful Dream Yoga is an integral dream yoga for manifesting powers of soul. It is through the powers of soul that ancient and modern yogis and shamans rose in consciousness into the mid-regions and heavens while dreaming, and while meditating in a-dream trance state. It is through powers of soul – with mastery of the breath – healers and shamans in meditation, waking dream and night dream have the potency to serve and look over humankind and creation, and work towards harmonizing heaven and earth.
It is through powers of soul that we heal ourselves, others and mother earth in dreaming – assisted by nature’s intelligence and elements, and humankind’s spiritual guides and guardians. In a modern dream yoga, a soulful dream yoga, we learn to dream and live under guidance of our inner heart, the inner home of our very own soul. Soul desires that we achieve four life goals: personal empowerment through right life purpose; happiness in loving relationships; creative expression in material and spiritual prosperity; and personal and spiritual freedom. We align with soul in proper sleep and dreaming and in creative-conscious living centered in the spiritual heart.
In Soulful Dream Yoga we tap and explore four principle powers of soul, each of which empowers us with the means to our four spiritual goals of life. We do this through dreaming under guidance of soul, in our daily-waking dreams and aspirations of life, and in our inner-life dreaming of the night.
Presenter: Paul Overman, PhD
In meditation, deep relaxation and in altered states, dreamlike images may arise. These dreamlike experiences, waking dreams can be induced, suggested in guided imagery, or be spontaneous. Like dreams of sleep, these dreamlike experiences can be of a relationship nature to ones inner and outer life, of a paranormal or psychic perception, or of a spiritual inspiration or vision. Waking dreams can be used to exercise, enliven and expand the capacities of the mind and dream body, just as hatha yoga is used to exercise, enliven and expand the capacities of the physical body.
Waking dreams arise from the same varied levels of consciousness as dreams. The depth from which the images arise depends upon the individual’s capacity to reach or open to those depths and the ability to quiet the mind and ignore the outer senses. This is why many guided imagery or waking dream disciplines begin with deep relaxation.
In the waking dream state the mind can be trained or assisted to enter or perceive various levels of the unconscious. Soulful Dream Mentoring focuses on expanding awareness into the supraconscious... The goal is different from what may typically be called guided imagery, which can often only lead to mental fantasy or imagination or a relaxation response. Soulful Dream Mentoring differentiates itself by working with heightening and widening the dreamer’s consciousness while enlivening the subtle body with energy, especially through conscious breathing. The focus is on key universal or archetypal imagery and transformational symbols to expand consciousness with intention and specific goals. The goal is to create and tap inner-life experiences rather than mental-imagery dramas or projections.
— Paul Overman, PhD From his upcoming-expanded edition of Soul Dreaming: Dreaming Under Guidance of Soul for Self, Others and Creation; formerly entitled, The Shamanic Dream.
Each one of us has a unique inner Light of the Self, which colors our inner soul and is ours to express in the world. When you experience it, you feel you have come home. When it is blocked from your daily experience, you suffer consciously or unconsciously a deep loss or sorrow. It is through deep self-reflection, including exploration of your dreams, that you rediscover or remember this Inner Light that imprints your soul.
One of the greatest lessons to learn about dreaming is the ability to experience the light of the inner Self while in the dream state, just as one does in deep meditation. For individuals who do not meditate, dreaming may be their alternate doorway for entering higher states of consciousness to experience the inner light of the Self, whether they recall this experience or not. For those who meditate, the dream life is enriched and dreams begin to assist the meditation discipline. Entering meditation and entering higher dream states can be your partners in self-reflection and in experiencing higher states of consciousness.
Light is the nature of consciousness, and by modifying, controlling or manipulating light we change consciousness, and we can influence or control dreams. It only takes the memory of looking into a clear night sky of stars to understand the mind-altering nature of light as experienced in the three-dimensional canopy of the sky – with its stars of light and contrasting darkness. Mental visualization itself is only possible because of the subtle light of the mind that creates and illumines what we call mental imagery. Every great artist knows the power of light.
– Paul Overman, PhD. From his upcoming-expanded edition of Soul Dreaming: Dreaming Under Guidance of Soul for Self, Others and Creation; formerly entitled, The Shamanic Dream.
A man came to see me. He appeared to have a question on his mind. He asked me to lead him into a waking-dream state that I call shamana dreaming. He immediately recalled having extraordinary experiences and abilities as a child, recovering them in this present-time experience — a re-awakening. Then, he saw his past and his "father's" house. It changed before his eyes, old structures and barriers or walls falling-down, creating new visions or openings — his perspective widening.
As his perspective opened and widened, with the collapsing of the fixed walls of his childhood house (perspectives and expectations of the past), he was transported across an ocean, across time and space and came to a far off mountain. He was shown that this mountain held secrets to "transformation" and that he could be part of that process of transformation, in that place.
He was also shown an alternative choice of living a different life, closer to his current home, and also on a mountain, with other duties to take his time. He was shown some specific details about that life track possibility. Later in life, these choices came his way in most concrete forms for his waking-world reality, and he chose one. He chose the one that felt most familiar, as it appeared, the one closer to home with known-comfortable associations and ways of living – one that appeared to ring immediately in his heart.
One can only if the two paths will someday meet.
In a post tomorrow I will talk briefly introduce dreams of the past, present and future, and introduce the phenomenon and ability or power to see the past, present and future through inner seeing and inner listening — topics, among others, to be explored over the next few weeks.
I first met Marilyn many years ago. She was a great spiritual-energy healer. We became good friends. One day I told her what was on my mind that must have been in the form of a question for myself. She replied, “Seek the deepest desires of your soul.” I then realized she was also a great counselor.
Over the years I have realized with increasing clarity that dreams help us discover the deepest desires of our soul. All we need to do is get out of the way of dreaming deeply, close to the inner, immortal self, the soul.
It is said dreaming is easier than meditating. Many struggle to meditate, but dream every night.
It takes a little effort though to dream dreams worth dreaming. To enter sleep without awareness numbing alcohol or drugs, to enter sleep with a peaceful mind and still emotions, and to enter sleep aspiring for “soul dreaming” — dreaming under guidance of soul.
Then, with practice, over time we begin to have healing dreams, transforming dreams and dreams guiding us for our spiritual purpose here, on earth. We then can have dreams of assisting others, being assisted and greeting others in the dreamworld, whether ancestors, deceased loved ones, a friend or family member or someone on the other side of the world. We, then have dreams of our pets, of animals and mother earth, assisting us and we assisting them.
We have dreams, when dreaming under guidance of soul, that we are meant to dream from the soul’s deepest desires. We can be at peace for we did our night’s work for healing and rejuvenating self, opening our dream self to universal connections, and transforming life through being in harmony with our over-seeing, inner life, our soul life.
About the Author
Paul Overman, Ph.D., dream specialist, speaker, and author focuses on dream and consciousness research, dedicated to exploration and mapping of the dream state, creativity and social and personal transformation. His education is in both Eastern and Western psychologies with his master degree from University of Dayton and his doctor degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies.