Session 698 Passage by Seth
Dream Artist Movement (Breaking Open the DAM)
These blueprints for reality are relatively invisible because you have allowed yourselves to forget their existence. To pursue certain goals you have pretended they didn’t exist, now, however, you global situation as a race requires the new acquisition of some “ancient arts.” These can help you become aware again of the inner realizations of your private reality and your mass-world. They can permit you to become acquainted again other inward orders of events and the rich bed of probabilities from which your physical existence emerges. These arts are useless if they are not practised. Useless in that they lay ever-latent in that they are not brought-out into the exterior framework of your world. To use these arts requires, first of all, the knowledge that beneath the world you know is another that along-side the focus of consciousness with which you are familiar is other focuses quite as legitimate.
You dream, each of you, but there are very few great Dream Artists. Many of the true purposes of dreams have been forgotten even though those purposes are still being fulfilled. The conscious art of creating, understanding and using dreams has been largely lost and the intimate relationship between daily life, world events and dreams, almost completely ignored. The “future of the species” is being worked-out in the private and mass-dreams of it’s members, but this, also, is (recently) never considered. The members of some ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, knew how to be the conscious directors of dream activity, how to delve into various levels dream reality to enhance creativity. And they were able to use that sources of material in their physical world.
Cellular life is affected by your dreams. Healings can take place in the dream-state where events at another order of existence pass through the cells, themselves. Rubert has been exploring the reality of dream-levels and in so doing he is beginning to glimpse their significance. To some extent each reader can initiate such private journeys. They will, these dream expeditions, throw a great light on the nature of personal gathering experience and they will also provide personal knowledge of the ways that probabilities operate.
I said earlier in this book that the world that you know arises from basic unpredictability from which significance’s emerge. No system of reality is closed. The particular string of probable actions that you call your official experience does not just dangle then out in space in time, it interweaves with other such strands that are not recognized. In the waking state, the conscious mind must focus rather exclusively upon that one particular point of concentration that you call reality. Simply so that it can direct your activities properly in temporal life. It is quite equipped, however, also to direct you to some extent in other levels of reality when it is not needed for specific survival duties.
Because you have in the past convinced yourselves that the conscious mind must be cut off from inner reality, you think that it must be alienated from the dream-state. Following such beliefs you find yourself thinking dreaming as chaotic, unreasonable and as completely divorced from normal conscious direction, purpose or function. It is almost seen that sleep is a small death and psychologists have compared dreaming with controlled insanity( The world-wide-cult’s spiritual leader: Echart appears brainchipped as he goes on how the ego is “insane”). You have so divorced your waking and dreaming experience that it seem you have separate “lives” and that there is little connection between your waking and dreaming hours. The rich tapestry from which you choose your official life becomes just as invisible. This is quite needless.
In your terms, a photograph freezes motion, frames the moment or all of the moment that you can physically perceive. In usual circumstances you may remember the emotions that you felt at the time a picture of yourself was taken. And to some extent, those emotions may show themselves in gestures or facial expressions, but the greater subjective reality of that moment does not appear physically in such a photograph. It completely escapes in so far as it’s physical appearance in that structure appears in that photograph. In the same way the past and the future is closed out. The particular focus required to produce that particular picture then necessitates the exclusion of other data. That certainly is obvious. Because you must manipulate within certain time periods you do the same kind of thing in daily life and on a conscious level must exclude much information that is otherwise available.
In a way, one remembers a dream as a psychological photograph. One picture that is not physically materialized, not frozen motion, not framed by either space and time. Therefore, many of those ingredients appear that are necessarily left out of any given moment of waking conscious activity.
A remembered dream is a product of many things, but often it is your conscious interpretation of events that may have initially been quite different from your memory of them. To that extent, the dream that you remember is a snap-shot of a larger event taken by your conscious mind. There are many kind and varieties of dreams some are more and some are less faithful of your memories of them, but as you remember a dream you automatically snatch subjective events away from others and try to “frame” these in space and time in a way that makes sense to your usual orientation. Even then, however, dream events are such a multidimensional event that this is often a failure.(you can’t pull your dream memories together enough to sequence a time-line.) It might be easier here, perhaps, if you compare a scene from a dream to a scene from a photograph. A photograph will show certain events natural to the time that it was taken. It will not show, for example, a picture of a Turk at the times of the crusades… a dream scene might portray just such a motif, however. It will help if, now and then, you imaginatively think of vivid dream imagery as it appeared in a photograph instead. As during a life-time, you collect a series of photographs of yourself taken in various times and places, so in the dreaming state you “collect” subjective photographs of a different kind. They do not collect in sequence, however. Nevertheless, at a conscious level it can provide you with valuable information about your future and your past. In those normally accepted terms the images and photographs do not change, move or alter their relationships. The living subjective photography of dreams, however, provides a “framework” in which these “images” have their own mobility. They represent creativity in far different terms than you usually understand.
You know what physical issue is because you see the children of your loins. But you do not experience the children of your dreams is quite the same way, nor understand that your dream-life is continuous. It has organizations on levels that you do not comprehend and from it’s rich source you draw much of the energy with which you form your daily experience. Your conscious mind is the director of this experience. In your terms, however, you dream whether you are living or dead. When you are alive, corporeally speaking, what you think of as dreaming becomes subordinate to what you refer to as your conscious waking life. You always examine your dreams, then, from an “alien” standpoint, one prejudice in favour of the ordinary waking state. However, the dreaming condition is consequently experienced in distorted form. Often it does not seem clear. By contrast to waking state it can appear hazy, not precise, off focus. This does not always apply, because in some dreams the state of alertness is undeniable.
For many reasons, some mentioned here and some not as yet discussed, you have closed your dreams out of your lives to a large extent. While you must of course hold accurate focus in time and place, there is still no basic reason why you must so-divorce yourself from dream experience. Some inventors, writers, scientist, artists who are used to dealing with creative material directly are quite aware of the fact that much of their productive ideas came from the dream condition. They see the results in practical physical life. Many others, though untrained, can clearly trace certain decisions in waking life to dreams. Few understand, however, that private reality is like a finished product rising out of the immense productivity that occurs in the dreaming condition.
Rubert calls this The Wonder Works and with good reason.
In Waking life, there are fluctuations in your consciousness. Periods when you are more or less alert in your terms when your attention wonders from issues at hand where then, instead, you are certainly, brilliantly focused in the moment. So there are gradations of consciousness in the waking state. Usually, you pay little attention to that. The official line of consciousness that you accepted lively ignores any deviations. And when such events occur, usually it continues merrily as if nothing has happened. In the dreaming state, such fluctuations also happen. It should be obvious that there you can leap from time to time. Much more is involved, however, for there are “separate strands” if you prefer, of consciousness that are naturally pursued in the dream-state and these can be followed with training and diligence. They involve probable “series” of events, for example if one particular dream event is chosen for physical materialization then in your reality other events will appear in due time and in serial fashion.
You have yourselves painted a pretty enough picture of what you think of as your own reality as individuals and as a species. All of your institutions, beliefs and activities seem to justify your picture because everything in the overall “frame” will of course seem to agree. The picture is a relatively simple one all in all. One in which each consciousness is assumed to be directed to a particular focus is ensconced within one body bounded by birth at one end and by death at the other. Unfortunately, that picture is aa limited as any one of your photographs. You are used to examining your dream state from the “view point” of your waking condition. But sometime during the dream-state try to examine your waking reality.
Simply give yourself the instructions to do so. You may be quite surprised with the results. Speaking as simply as I can and using concepts that you can understand, let me put it this way: From the other side, with what is loosely termed The Dream State there is an existence quite as valid as your own and from that view-point you can be considered as The Dreamer. “You” (or the part of you concentrating in this reality) you form it through information and through energy that on the one-hand has it’s source on the outside of the system and that on the other constantly flows into the system, and so in that respect, the systems are united. The same applies to all consciousnesses of any type or variety. In that manner of speaking then, your cells dream there are minute variations then of electrical discharge, not now perceivable, that could pin-point this kind of fluctuation on the part of cells and also on the part of atoms and molecules.
In your terms, obviously, atoms do not dream of cats chasing dogs, yet there are indeed lapses from physical focus that are analogous to your dreaming state. In those conditions the atoms pursue their own probable activities and indeed make astounding calculations bringing into your actuality the necessary probable actions to ensure official life forms. But neither are they limited otherwise, for their other probable actions are also actualized. From different levels in the dream state then, you are also subjectively aware of other probable realities. Your conscious intent is unconsciously brought into the dreaming condition and that intent helps you sort the data. From other streams of actuality you choose the events that you want physically materialized and you do this according to your beliefs about the nature of reality. A photograph is taken and you have before you then a picture of an event that has already happened. In dreams you take many “subjective photographs” and decide which one of them you want to materialize in time. To a certain extent therefore, the dreams are blue-prints for your later snap-shots.