I had a remarkable period from the early 80s to about ’86, where I lucid dreamt and had out of body experiences, really quite every night. But before that, from the ages of 14 to 23, I had had nightmares every night.1 In my early life, and luckily it was before the pre-medicating, because my parents never would have gone for that anyway, but I was just plunged into all this unconscious material, and the reason I remembered my dreams quite often was because they were so horrific. But really, it was almost like learning a martial art, because by the time I’m 22, 23, I’m dealing with them much more in a sense in a co-creative or conscious way.2

 

I’m not being overwhelmed by them. I also would suffer from what’s called hypnagogic paralysis or sleep paralysis, which still affects — but my dream life really has been a returning mentor. And what’s very intriguing is that I was never attracted to like an outer guru or someone to follow, because to me no one can perform for you. You have to figure out your tools, how do I convince myself? And so, I found that the dream state, these inner energies were actually quite a remarkable training session, because they never did it with a type of guide figure saying, oh follow me, I’m doing this for you.

 

But much more I would find myself in the circumstance. I’d find myself being mentored by the difficulty of the circumstance itself. And I thought well, really that’s how we develop craft in anything. You work with wood, the wood teaches you ultimately.3 And I do feel, because also my path — I was immediately told early on, I was not to take the path of hallucinogens.4 And so, I didn’t and I found that my dreams in a way took me into many worlds, because a lot of people that have and use that in their work, their traditions and what not, see a lot of these things, and I think that for me, what my job here, was to create a stable framework, to actually create a type of fixed environment where these deeper energies are able to manifest through the creative process.5

  1. Dream Of Katrina
  2. Physical Discipline
  3. Learn Techniques, Limewood, Traditional Arts
  4. Groucho Marx
  5. Vedanta Perspective
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