Integral Dreaming – East-Meets West
Samana — as used in this study and work — is the flowing, peaceful or graceful balance and concentration of awareness and power achieved through conscious dreaming that descends into the waking life and enlivens the mind, body and feelings, empowering creative, harmonious and joyful activity. The word implies the integration of knowledge with experience and clarity of perception needed for dream mastery. Samana, in this work, also implies or suggests a balance of the wisdom and introspection of the East with the scientific observation of the West.
The word "samana" arises from the East and the name also represents one of the Ayurveda approaches to healing. In the context of this dream work and consciousness study it signifies: balance, alignment, equality and harmony; mind and body; body and soul; inner life and outer life; dream world and waking world; hatha yoga and dream yoga; calm and empowered. Samana, the harmonizing principle through centered, breath infused and mindful dreaming creates "closeness and tenderness of feeling" – to all of life, especially the inner life, children, nature and those guiding us, the wise elders, spiritual ancestors and spiritual masters. Such tenderness or empathy of feeling creates a resonance to life that naturally creates greater dreams..
Saman, is a Sanskrit word for breath, and the breaths role in meditation, health, self-realization and longevity. Certain ancient Eastern wandering mystics were called samans. The saman mystic has been described to have various powers, including mastery of the dream world, empowered by the "winds" of the breath in dream trance to reach even the heavens and its beings.
Indigenous dreaming traditions have held the awareness and understanding that dreaming, an active experience of the inner life, is key to knowledge, empowerment and service to community.
The art of dreaming is an inner activity and should come under guidance of the soul for manifesting or creating a better world - for manifesting the spiritual goals of life: happiness; prosperity; right or noble purpose; and freedom. Thus, the ultimate goal of Samana Dreaming is to understand the true or original purpose of creative dreaming and to center one's consciousness around the inner creative self, the soul-self, so as to receive higher inspiration, inner guidance, and intuition with the result of coordination of the outer life with the inner life – reclaiming or discovering the powers of soul unique to one's inner nature.
Four tools or skills assist this process:
Each individual has a wound from its separation from the whole, from the inner soul, and within this wound is the secret to its special power and purpose to transform its nature into one of spiritual will, wisdom and creative enjoyment in life.
Soulful, samana Dream Work has the goal of achieving harmony of mind, body and soul so that one can live gracefully with awareness – and with conscious intent for one's growth and evolution. When there is harmony there is peace; when one feels at peace one creates harmony.
“Through the study of dreams, one achieves steadfastness and peace of mind.”
– Patanjali; The Yoga Sutras
The mandala above
is the symbol of
Shamana Dream Work.
Samana Dreaming is seeing things hidden, but secretly affecting and guiding us.
Samana Dreaming is dreaming for and with others – to have peace and harmony.
Samana Dreaming is exploring life and nature around you for self-discovery.
Samana Dreaming is seeking and listening to your soul and your Higher Self.
Samana-Dream Chair facilitating Active Imagination, Waking-Dreams and Samana Dream Research.