There are three principle ways of gaining knowledge of dreams.
One is through books on dreams or through someone teaching about dreams. The second way is studying or interpreting dreams. The third is through gaining knowledge of dreams through "dreaming" – real inner experiences of the dream world. This includes learning to dream in higher and higher states of dreaming, and wider states of consciousness; thus, coming into harmony with the deeper inner worlds and the inner soul.
Dreams are creativity in action. Dreams can be harmonious or discordant. Dreams are the subject and the means to studying dreaming, creativity, self-healing and transformation. In higher dream states consciousness teaches us about consciousness, including about dreaming itself, about self-healing and about personal and social transformation.
We discover in higher and more spontaneous-lucid dream states about powers of consciousness arising from the inner soul. We learn about or discover greater feelings and connections, and we discover inner potentials working out into our waking consciousness for personal and social achievement and right action. Higher dream states put us into harmony with our inner being and the universal soul.
When we dream this way, centering our consciousness around the inner being and universal soul with its Light and manifest the powers of soul in our daily life from this Light we are practicing Dr. Overman has come to call Shamana Dream Work, an Integral-Transformational Dream Yoga
Knowingness Through Harmony
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 "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. In its deepest meaning in this dream tradition Shamana means "closeness and tenderness of feeling" – to all of life, especially the soul, children, nature and those mentoring or guiding us, the elders.
Samana Dream Work recognizes this principal, but further recognizes and works with several other supra-ordinate principals for self-empowerment and wholeness.
One is to realign the individual to the true inner-pulses of soul. This is done so that the soul can have a more active role in guiding the individual and infusing the individual with its qualities and unique powers. This is a key principle for transformational dreaming – to learn to raise the consciousness to higher levels of the feeling nature and mind, into the intuitive nature to receive inspiration.
Describing or putting one's inner experiences into words or sharing dreams with friends, or a dream guide, is potent. The closer the words are to the real meaning of the signs and symbols emerging from the inner consciousness – as writing, or speaking of an experience – the closer one's voice is to the vibration of the emerging consciousness or newly found powers and abilities. One then truly begins to find "one's voice" as it is said. One speaks with power.
One speaks one's truth.
It is most important to connect with these emerging potential powers of the soul for they are the very power needed, the very cure required, to overcome obstacles in the current life. They are often the power needed to break up the blocks in the emotions and mind or personality, so as to bring down higher feelings and energies of the individual soul needed in relationships and life – such as calm power, loving wisdom and creative joy. These emerging powers – or past lost powers - are easily discovered in dreams or in trance-dream states – the “Samadhi” of dreaming.
The “wounded healer," the “wounded warrior” and the “wounded leader” are those who have suffered pain and loss in the past, but have worked to reclaim the deeper soul powers that are ready to be reclaimed, for curing, for empowering and for transforming the “wounded self” into one of true sense of self, true empowerment and clarity of purpose.
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.
"A fire to call eternity into Time, Make body’s joy as vivid as the soul’s".
– Sri Aurobindo (from his epic poem Savitri)
Thus, the ultimate goal of Samana Dreaming principles 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 resultant coordination of the outer life with the inner life – reclaiming or discovering the powers of soul unique to one's soul nature.
Four tools or skills assist this process:
Each individual has a wound from its separation from the whole, from its inner soul, and within this wound is the secret to it's special power and purpose to transform its nature into one of spiritual will, wisdom and creative enjoyment in life.
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