So what did you think about this lucid dream experience?
During the day, while replaying the lucid dream in my mind, I realized that when I initially appeared in the desert I could ‘see’ the desert, ‘hear’ the blowing wind, and also ‘feel’ the heat of the desert sun. But how could I do that if I had not acquired a dream body yet? How could I see, hear, and feel (all sensations) without a body in which the sense faculties are supposed to be based?
With further thinking, I concluded that the dream body isn’t fundamental but my conscious awareness or mind is what actually perceives. The mind can have sensory experience independent of the dream body. I think most dreamers can recount at least one lucid dream in which they were a ‘point of perception’ or even a dream in which they held a strange perspective of being an overseer or bodiless observer. It’s interesting how even existing as a point of perception, we can still hear and see even though we have no ears or eyes. So the dream body is not fundamental to perceiving our experience.
Furthermore, the reappearance of dream space appeared to be ‘projected out’ from my conscious awareness. While also thinking about the ‘no-space’ void, I realized that without a body or space as a reference point, our consciousness is formless, empty, and lacking of spatial predicates like color, size, shape, volume, etc.
In relation to the dream or our dream body, we limit our awareness to our mental body image and act as if our consciousness is ‘within’ a dream body that our mind and mental actions mobilize to move around within the dream space.
Watching the desert and parking lot spring up and emerge around me gave me the idea that dream space exists in ‘projected relation’ to us and is what gives our mind a certain defined reference point. It also made me wonder if we really move around in the dream space or if the dream smoothly changes in relation to our manipulation of focus and mental perspective. You bring up a similar point in chapter 3 of your first book.
I started to think deeply about my interpretation of that dream’s events but it wasn’t until I started to experiment further that I had clear insights into how the dream body was not fundamental to our experience and how the dream space is illusory (along with movement through the dream space).