In our last interview, you detailed some experiences that changed your beliefs and caused you to relate to your dreams in a new and expansive way.
What have been some of your most expansive belief changes that have caused you to relate to the dream differently?
My most powerful belief changes about lucid dreaming centered around my mind, the dream body, and the dream space. Like most lucid dreamers, one of the first things that I noticed about my dreams was that my consciousness or mind seemed to be embodied in a dream body.
Somehow, my consciousness was ‘interior’ to some kind of dream body as if I perceived the experienced reality of the dream from ‘in here’ in the dream body and through the faculties of my dream senses—which perceived that the external reality of the dream was ‘out there’ existing from its own side.
My initial beliefs that the dream body and my senses existed fundamentally within the dream were self-evident until I had an intriguing lucid dream involving movement from one experience into another.
In this lucid dream I was in an old mansion looking through the various rooms trying to find something interesting. While directing my awareness around the dream, I became bored and intended to be taken to the desert. Usually when I intend to be taken to new places, a vortex or portal opens and I see my intended destination on the other side.
Something different happened this time though. I distinctly remember the entire dream space disappearing and then moments later the desert appearing! I noticed that instead of moving from place to another, the dream locale of the mansion disappeared (along with the ‘space’ in which the mansion was placed).
I want to mention that this wasn’t like the experience I’ve had in the past where the dream is ripped away and I find myself in a sparkly or dimly lit void (and have a dream body in that void). In this ‘no-space’ void, there was no ‘space’ or sense of a body at all—just my conscious awareness—until the reappearance of the desert.
The next thing that I noticed after the reappearance of the desert, my awareness was momentarily a point of perception until a dream body was constructed. It was interesting that I could perceive the desert without a dream body and then look down and see a dream body being actively created.
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Curious as to what might happen if I tried focusing on another locale, I focused my awareness on going to a new place and the same phenomena occurred. The desert disappeared, leaving nothing but my conscious awareness in a no-space void, and then a parking lot and adjacent buildings emerged around me after a few moments (and I could clearly see the larger Awareness simultaneously create or ‘project’ a space and fill that space with the mental constructs of the parking lot, buildings, and night sky).
Just like the experience before, my dream body was created as I started to ‘look for’ it. Distracted by my own thoughts of what occurred, I woke up.