Dreams of Awakening: A Familiar Face from Long Ago

Description

With dreams, whatever part touches your heart, that’s the part you want. The universe is providing these personal and archetypal myths in the perfect formulation for your awakening. Dreams help us because we can’t control them. The gold is wherever you are. As recorded December 5, 2021. Music from Michael Wilding & 4 vows from Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell. Comments and dream stories from Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Michelle Riddle, and others.

Summary

With dreams, whatever part touches your heart, that’s the part you want. The universe is providing these personal and archetypal myths in the perfect formulation for your awakening. Dreams and koans are friendly with one another. They both take us to live down a level.

Meditating with Dongshan’s 1st & 2nd Ranks:

In the deep thick dark, past midnight, 
a face from long ago emerges.

It might be your own (face) as you dream. Ancient mirrors figure in dreams of awakening.

Dreams help us because we can’t control them. The gold is wherever you are.

Tess Beasley comments on the images in dreams and how there are patterns. She reads Hakuin’s amazingly vivid awakening dream from his journal.

Michelle Riddle recounts her dream of a giant pancake after being asked by John Tarrant to participate in a leadership session on dreams. Dreams of finding a way to feed a whole community are common for teachers.

Allison Atwill reminds us that the darkest dreams are richly important and point to our awakening appearing in that particular form.

Others recount dreams, and Michael Wilding plays for us in meditation. Jordan and Amaryllis take us out of the session with the Four Vows.

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