Carole Lindberg – The Rationalizer in Lucid Dreaming

It is night and I am looking inside through the lit doorway of my old art studio. I am surprised to see that there are many unknown people in the bright interior of the studio, then I remember that I no longer own the studio. I go around the side of the house to the garden and see two huge snakes writhing in violent battle, biting each other. I am shocked and suddenly become lucid. In fear, and to get out of the way, I jump onto the roof of the house.

I look back down to the ground, and see a group of large tapirs in a corral. They are snorting softly with their hoofs shuffling while changing the weight focus of their bodies. I can hear them breathing. Then I see a large mountain lion on the roof. It charges towards me and I rush off to the side. I suddenly remember that I should have held my ground and confronted it.

A second lion appears. It lunges towards me, and I also rush towards it. There is a blast of blinding light as we make contact. In the place of the lion now is a small yellow dog. It tells me that its name is The Rationalizer, that it is even more intimately known as The Senator, that it will help me whenever I need help.

This spirit helper or entity definitely felt that it had autonomy and was perhaps more accustomed to the existence and shapeshifting in the mercurial substance of the lucid dream. Definitely more at home than I was. I felt like a visitor in this territory.

As a prologue, I haven’t had many lucid dreams recently and still have never asked for help from this particular spirit animal. However, recently I have been trying out active imagination as set down by Carl Jung, during the night and after a dream, and also in selected moments during the day. For me, this doesn’t yet have the vividness of the lucid dream, as Jung says it takes time to develop.

What is interesting though is that since active imagination is very dialogue oriented, talking with a dream figure or symbol and listening to the auditory response inside of one’s mind, perhaps this could offer valuable practice for when one enters into lucid dream so as to remember to ask names of dream figures and engender further dialogue. I usually forget to get information from dream figures. Another thought that I have is that perhaps LaBerge’s MILD method is somewhat of an offshoot of active imagination. I never had any luck using MILD before, always entered into lucid states after WILD. But now it is starting to make sense.