Jun 28, 2015

Sundaze 1526 Inside Out 19

Hello, it's the right time, halfway through the year, to have another Inside Out to help you find out what's been hidden for you  .... N'joy

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Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Also known as Milam - the yoga of the dream state - it's a suite of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream state. However, as for what happens next, Tibetan lamas have more esoteric goals in mind...

Dream yoga is taught within the trance Bardos of Dream and Sleep. In the tradiditon of tantra, it's usually passed on by a qualified teacher, once the student has passed an initiation. It's considered a passing on of enlightened experience rather than reading texts, and requires the student to develop sufficient self awareness to achieve conscious lucidity during sleep. Their aim is to harness the power of the lucid dream state by "apprehending the dream". Students are then required to complete set tasks to take them to the next level. These tasks include:

- Practice sadhana (a spiritual discipline)
- Receive initiations, empowerments and transmissions
- Visit different places, planes and lokas (worlds)
- Communicate with yidam (an enlightened being)
- Meet with other sentient beings
- Fly and shape shift into other creatures

The ultimate goal in Tibetan dream yoga is to apprehend the dream - and then dissolve the dream state. When deprived of physical and conceptual stimulus from the dreaming mind, you can observe the purest form of conscious awareness.
Dream Yoga Techniques

The philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism is complex, but you don't need to be an expert to practice dream yoga techniques. However, you do need to show commitment; a technique is only as good as you are prepared to work at it. One very broad but basic rule is this: continually compare your dreams to waking reality and know what it feels like to be conscious. This will increase your self awareness and you will find it easier to induce lucidity in dreams. Here's an example of a dream yoga technique. If you already practice lucid dreaming, you'll find it familiar because dream recall is the key to lucid dreaming which ever way you look at it.

Every time you wake up, reflect on all the dreams you can remember. In Tibetan Buddhism, it's believed that the ego travels about during sleep - revisiting places we have been to in real life, and repeating all our experiences. So it's important to meditate upon your latest dreams and recollections. Stay completely still while you do this, because the "dream body" is disturbed by physical movement and the memories are lost. As you meditate on your dreams, repeat the mantra: RAOM GAOM, accentuating the O and splitting each word into two syllables. This will help focus your awareness on memories from the unconscious.

Lama Surya Das - Tibetan Dream Yoga (flac 313mb)

01 Tibetan Dream Yoga 1 64min
02 Tibetan Dream Yoga 2 69min

and a 13 page PDF
Lama Surya Das - Tibetan Dream Yoga - Study Guide

Lama Surya Das - Tibetan Dream Yoga (ogg 281mb)

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Hemi-Sync Chakra Journey Activate, clear, and align your chakras while expanding your awareness with the soothing, healing music of Thunder-Beat and Hemi-Sync. Thunder Beat has created each musical track to focus on a chakra, from the root (key of C), to the crown (key of B), thus helping to relieve stress and emotional blockages.  The final track is designed to balance and ground you. Chakra Journey for meditation; relaxation; massage and bodywork; or yoga. Instruments:  keyboards, chimes, wind, rattles, ceremony drums, ocean waves.

Chakra Journey with Hemi-Sync by ThunderBeat (flac 295mb)

1 Root Chakra (Stability - Grounding) 7:00
2 Sacral Chakra (Creation - Sexuality) 6:32
3 Solar Plexus Chakra (Power - Energy) 6:50
4 Heart Chakra (Love) 6:58
5 Throat Chakra (Communication) 7:44
6 Third Eye Chakra (Intuition) 6:51
7 Crown Chakra (Understanding) 6:55
8 Ascension (Balance - Grounding) 10:55

Chakra Journey with Hemi-Sync by ThunderBeat (ogg  121mb)

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Goldman's healing music and writing has been heavily influenced by mythology; psychology; multi-cultural music traditions; ancient religions; mathematics and speculative fiction. In short, Goldman has a three-part theory that runs beneath all of his written and music works.

- That everything in the universe is in a state of vibration. Everything is in motion and produces a sound or frequency. This includes the various parts of our body, organs, bones, tissue, etc.
- When we are in a state of "sound" health, everything in our bodies is vibrating in resonance or harmony with itself. When something is vibrating out of harmony, we call this "disease".
- Sound is an energy that can entrain or change the vibrational rate of objects. Therefore, if something is vibrating out of tune or harmony, it is possible to create the correct, natural "resonant" frequency of the out of tune object, project it to that out of tune portion and cause it to vibrate back to its normal, healthy state. This, in turn, can be summarized as: Frequency + Intent = Healing

This album won two Visionary awards in 1999, Best Album of the Year and Best Meditation Healing Album. Chakra Chants contains seven tracks, each corresponding to one of the chakra points on the human body. Starting with the base chakra and ending with the crown chakra, it is a deeply moving piece of music suitable as a meditation tool, for cleansing and balancing your energy body or just for sheer listening pleasure.

The high quality booklet discusses the subtle body, the chakras and the principles of sonic healing. Each track is made up of the appropriate vowel sound, a bija mantra, an elemental and/or shabd sound and a particular keynote. Overtones or harmonics are geometric multiples of the first note and represent the "colour" of sound. The human voice harmonics heard here add a deep emotional resonance to the sound. The voices are those of Goldman, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Gwen Tuesday and Lauren Cuggino, and all the instruments are authentic, i.e. no computerized sounds are used.

The result amply rewards the listener in glorious wave upon wave of swirling, uplifting joy. This is a true masterpiece that invites repeated listening and might serve as the ideal soundtrack to various holistic healing practices. Finally, Donald Beaman's cover art combines the Shri Yantra symbol with a square mandala and the human form in a most magnificent way. Chakra Chants is sublime; I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Jonathan Goldman - Chakra Chants  (flac 334mb)

01 Primal Ground 8:44
02 Sacred Union 9:24
03 Solar Fires 8:28
04 Wings of the Heart 8:45
05 Spirit Voices 8:31
06 Mind's Eye 9:01
07 Crown of Creation 9:26

Jonathan Goldman - Chakra Chants  (ogg 134mb)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lama Surya Das - Tibetan Dream Yoga FLAC links are dead, could you reupload them, please, Thank you