Soul in the dream state

There are four states of existence, Awake – Jagruti, Swapna -Dream, Deep sleep – Sushupti and Turiya – the fourth state e.g. in deep Dhyan.

The dream state is an intermediate one between the awake (Jagrut) and the deep sleep (Shushupti) states. This is a joint (Sandhya) between these two states and is by itself a ‘state of existence’. The joint between two energies is always very important as the energies here are different and allow you to explore things which would not be possible in the two states themselves. The energy of the joint /Sandhya is called the Devi, ray of Light. All the texts insist on focussing on the Sandhya for spiritual progress and eventual Moksh.

The Dream state is called ‘Mayavat’, ‘similar to Maya’. Maya Maya is a Sanskrit word which is taken to mean ‘illusion’, which is incorrect. Maya means ‘not this’. Thus the dream state cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real.

The Kuthastha purush/ the individual soul has powered down the body-robot and has all possible energies at his disposal. The individual soul is the Creator of the Swapna state, ie you exercise the powers of creation in the dream state. Normally people get fantastic dreams where impossible things are seen and experienced. And for the dreamer, these things are very much real.

There have always been incidents where dreams have foretold the future. People see omens in dreams or some things from the past are made clear in the dreams. One of my clients would get dreams where he would be killed in a war with an arrow through his neck, he would feel the pain and wake up. The same dream repeating again and again. He went through a guided mediation session after which he remembered one past life as a Mongol warrior and came to terms with it. After this the dreams stopped.soul in the dream stateIn Sanatan dharm/Hinduism, the Seers/Rishi have often been given Mantra in their dreams. The Ramraksha stotra was given by Shiv to Rishi Vishvamitra in his dream state. This is one of the most powerful stotras and is often used to protect children in India.

Often your ancestor spirits will come in your dreams to indicate things and communicate with you. If you see some ancestor in your dreams frequently you should offer a chapati with some jaggery to a desi cow (cows with a hump on the back). This simple act sends energy to the said ancestor and the repetitive dream will stop.

The soul rebalances karma in dreams, as the experiences seen in the dreams are sometimes karma being experienced. You might see your child dying in your dreams, you feel the intense pain and the grief. And when you wake up you realise that you are not even married yet! But you have completed a significant karma of experiencing the death of your child in the dream state. Often astral travel happens and is one of the commonest methods of rebalancing karma while in the Swapna-awastha. But if you are astrally travelling too much take care of your physical body, do some spiritual practice to energise yourself, else you will fall ill.

Especially things related to ‘black magic‘, are seen more clearly in dreams. People who have ill-wishing put on them using black magic suffer these effects in their dreams too. If you get dreams of being buried alive and perhaps some ritual connected to you being performed in a cemetery (smashan), be alert. In your waking state take sufficient precautions to protect yourself on the energy levels.

And if you are strong enough you can remove the effects of ‘black magic/ ill-wishing’ more easily if you are aware and work in your dream state. You can recite mantras or even do rituals in your dreams. These are then not random dreams, you decide on the activities you are going to do. The more you progress spiritually the more you can control and use the dream state for energy work.

Now the astrological connections. People who have their 12th house, Pisces sign or ascendant sign/lord, or Moon associated with Rahu or Ketu can control their dream states easily. If this Rahu or Ketu is influenced /conjunct / aspected by Venus or Jupiter it becomes even more easier you will have access to the knowledge. Mars especially can help you remain unafraid and pro-active. Mercury will help in the technical stuff related to dream-control and activities. Saturn will make you work so hard in your dream state that your physical body will suffer. And a Sun influencing them will also help in giving self-confidence and more control over the creativity linked to the dream actions.

If you have nightmares, the simple Mantra ‘Govind’ will stop the nightmare immediately. ‘Govind’ is specifically for destroying nightmares, ‘Duhswapne smarh Govindam‘, from the Vishnu Shodash-nama stotra. Do this. Cup your right hand on the back of your head where your neck meets the head. There is a hollow at the base of the skull here (point where Sushumna bifurcates). And the left hand at the third eye/ Ajnya chakra. Intend very strongly that you will remember the Mantra ‘Govind’ in your dreams. Push this thought strongly into your palms and into your head. This will register in your subconscious. So the next time you are uncomfortable in a dream, your subconscious will remind you within the dream to recite ‘Govind’. It takes just this one word to stop the nightmare.

Another way of making use of your dreams is you keep a dream diary. Most of us remember the dreams as we wake up for a couple of minutes, then we forget. So keep a diary at your bedside and the first thing as you wake up write a few keywords from your dream in it. So even if you forget it, you will be able to remember it from the diary. So you can then make use of whatever your subconscious has shown you during the dream state/ Swapna awastha.

 

Soul in the dream state

Sleep paralysis

You are asleep, maybe dreaming and suddenly you wake up in a dark room, you cannot move your body and it feels like a heavy weight lies on your chest! You struggle and then finally you break free and you sit up in bed, gasping, your heart beating overtime. You are scared, really scared, you either search for your husband/wife sleeping next to you or you switch on the bedside lights. You are in your room, you were sleeping and now you are awake! Now you will go online and search for what could have happened to you. You see exotic terms like sleep paralysis, astral projections, near-death experiences and go wow! This is special! You get piqued enough to buy a class which will teach you to enter the other dimensions and the domains of modern-age spiritualy.

‘Sleep paralysis’ has a very simple reason. But modern scientists have not yet learnt to ‘see’ the movement of pran/vital energy in the body. Once they start ‘seeing’ the movement of pran in the body, the medicine as a profession will practically cease to exist! And the doctors will turn into seers and sages, healing with touch and energy work!blur break breakfast brightA quick recap of the energy structure of your body. There are several energy vertices/chakras in your body, there are several thousand energy channels/naadi and there is the energy/pran. The 6 popularly known energy vertices/chakras, Muladhar, Swadhistahna, Manipur, Anahata, Vishuddhi and Ajnya are located in the thinnest energy channel/naadi called the Chitrini, which is inside the Vajrini, this is inside the Sushumna. This Sushumna runs along the spine of the body. The chakra is one end of the Sushumna is the Ajnya, between the eyebrows at the other end is the Muladhar at the coccyx. The 2 other major naadis, Pingala and Ida also run along the spine. There are other energy vertices in your head, like Sahasrara, Mulbindu, Vama, Jeyshtha, Rudri etc. The Soul/Jeevatma resides at the Kuthasth which is linked to the Ajnya chakra.

Now the source of the pran is the Universe. (Actually called Hiranyagarbha, the sum of the vital energy/Samashti समष्टि pran of the Universe.) This enters into your body through every pore of your body, also through the Sahasrara and most strongly through the breath, your nose. This pran through the breath reaches the area of the ajnya and then travels through the Ida, Pingala or Sushumna naadi whichever of the three is active. Pran moves in a downward direction and gets distributed to the entire body through the naadi network. The lower 6 chakras and their associated naadis are responsible for distributing the pran to every part of your body, the organs of sense and action. This is the movement of the pran when you are awake (Jagruti). Thus the body gets its real energy to work.

The food that we eat is not the real source of energy. The Universe offers a greater source if you are capable of taking it. Most real enlightened souls/seers/sadhus do not need to eat or drink. They can maintain their physical bodies on the energies of the Universe. If you do your sadhana/dhyan etc rigorously your food intake will reduce too. So in short, the body works only if the pran is distributed in body.assorted flowers on container beside mug on tableNow when you sleep/Nidra. The Jeevatma is the controller of the body-Robot. (Jeevatma is the Atma/soul + the Karmic baggage that he carries). He schedules maintenance for the Robot and also some rest time for himself. So during sleep, the pran/vital energy from the breath is diverted upwards to the chakras in the head. When you sleep, your eyeballs rotate upwards and also your tongue turns upwards in your mouth, this is the physical indication of the upward movement of pran. The body is maintained at the basic level needed for keeping it alive no more, it is now in suspension. Your body is now not alive in the sense of regular normal life, it is in suspended animation, the senses are shut down and the organs of action are shut down. Now the Controller checks out where all his Robot is damaged, and allocates pran to that part. So thus your Jeevatma targets those weak/damaged/diseased body parts and repairs them. (If you are not well, try to sleep as much as possible, this helps faster recovery.) During this period the Jeevatma also rests, it contracts itself, it withdraws to the area of the Kuthastha, ‘behind’ the Ajnya chakra and puts itself in suspended animation too.

Then as you prepare to wake up from your sleep, the Jeevatma first wakes from his rest. He again sends his energies through the Robot-body. This is the alpha brain wave state that we experience as we wake up normally. The direction of the pran is reversed, it starts moving downwards and enters the chakras and naadis of the body. Thus your organs of sense and action become active again, the Robot is animated. And in less than a minute you wake up completely.

Now you know the movement of vital energies during awake and sleep states.photo of white pink and yellow ceramic mug and saucerWhen you are doing astral travel, your astral self (it is very tiny, about the size of your thumb) moves with the Jeevatma from the Kuthasth to the astral dimensions. During this period the Jeevtama does not rest. And the pran which were supposed to be repairing the body are used up in powering the travel and work in the astral.

In sleep/Nidra, the Jeevatma, also looks up into the information stored in the sub-conscious mind, this act is seen as a dream/Swapna. Time is such a paradox! In our dreams we might live out an entire life, but the dream ‘time’ lasts for maybe 30 seconds to a minute. You may have noticed this, you see a long dream and throughout that long dream you faintly hear your alarm clock in the background. Then you wake up and your alarm is actually ringing. So however long that dream was, it was just as long as your alarm clock was ringing in the ‘time’ of the awake state.

Sleep paralysis happens like this. Your Jeevatma is looking for some information within your own sub-conscious. Thus you are dreaming, watching a soothing scene. If the information was not very palatable, scary even, the Jeevatma withdraws in a rush and ‘wakes up’. And your dream has gone haywire! The Controller has woken up from his rest. But his Robot-body is still shut-down, in suspension. This is the instant of ‘sleep paralysis’. It takes just a few seconds for the Controller to shift the movement of the pran and for it to start moving downwards and powering up your organs and body parts. But as time is relative, you feel these few seconds as endless. The weight you feel on ‘yourself’, is the weight of your own body on your Jeevatma! You are your Jeevatma, soul-self, you are light, lighter than the air. The weight of this 70kg Robot-manifested-physical body is an unbearable weight for the soul-self. A mind-bender, strange but true!

So sleep paralysis is not a problem, most of us will experience it a few times in our lifetime. But for some of us, who have bad memories buried in the sub-conscious it will happen more frequently. There are several easy ways to resolve this,

  1. Physical factors – ensure you are comfortable in bed, clean sheets, blankets etc. Sleep with your parents, children or spouse in the same bed so that there is a sense of security.
  2. Emotional factors – Talk about your problems to your best friend, spouse, parents or anyone you trust. Also trust yourself.
  3. Spiritual factors – this is to check the room for negative energies, eg ley lines. Use cleansing equipment like lemons, sea-salt, peacock feathers etc.
  4. Energy work – use methods like guided meditation and resolve your energy imbalances. Do your cleansing, grounding and shielding regularly. Listen to your intuition. Start a baby energy practice and stick to it.

So this turned out to be a post more on the movement of pran, but unless you understand how your body energies function you cannot understand more about yourself and the things happening to you. Sleep paralysis is quite a normal thing which will happen a few times to everyone. And if you do not understand you will react with fear. Do not be afraid, everything has a reason. And the sooner you understand the free-er you will be.

 

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To navigate the Astral Worlds

I see so many people on Facebook and ‘spiritual’ websites claiming that they visit the astral realms or that they will teach you how to access the astral worlds. If they were genuinely visiting the astral and other dimensions they would never do this!raspberries and blueberriesSo what is the “astral” realm and why do we go there? Sleep/Nidra in Sanskrit, is a very complicated phenomenon. When you sleep quite a few things happen, for one the flow of pran/vital energy of the body changes its movement. When you are awake (Jagrit awastha) the pran energy is first brought at the ajnya chakra and distributed around the body, it is used by the organs of action and the organs of senses. But when you are asleep, this pran is consumed at the third eye chakra itself in a rather mysterious way, and used in repairing and rejuvenating the body.

One part of this pran, during sleep, is used to access the dream state (Swapna awastha). This dream state is where you partly access your own personal sub-conscious. You might get very vivid dreams, remember them, or you may not, but your Self stays within your energy bodies. You do not travel astrally or visit the other dimensions or access the collective-sub-conscious state. There is no need to do so as your own sub-conscious is competent enough to deal with matters related to your limited needs. Most of those who get excited about ‘astral travel’ are just experiencing vivid dreams and guidance from their own sub-conscious, a very normal and regular activity.

But then for some of you there is a need, a requirement to travel out of your energy bodies. Then you will be travelling in the ‘astral’ or the other dimensions. This is now quite serious. The 12thhouse is the most important for this analysis. You will see combinations like the following in the chart.

  1. Combination which grant the necessary dissociation of the bodies so that the astral body can separate from the physical. Eg ascendant sign /lord with Ketu.
  2. Combinations which allows a link to the astral planes, so that you will find the routes. Also the planes need to become stable enough for you to enter them. And the astral body also to have the necessary ‘fluidity’ to slip out of the other energy bodies. Eg Moon in the 8thor 12thhouses or in the Scorpio or Pisces signs.
  3. Combinations to ensure that you have the wisdom to travel the astral responsibly and remain safe there. E.g Jupiter and/or Venus, conjunct/aspecting the moon and/or the ascendant lord or the 12th.
  4. You do not enter the astral for entertainment, you travel there to work off your karmas and to serve. E.g. Saturn or the 6thhouse, connected to the Ascendant Lord/sign or the moon

pexels-photo-221070.jpegTravelling to the astral is a burden. You sacrifice the rest and rejuvenation of your sleep state and go to work in the other dimensions. You do not sleep when your astral self is out. When your astral self separates from the rest of the body layers, the entire body gets disturbed. You wake up with a pressure band around your head and somehow the center of your head ‘pains’. This ‘headache’ can go on for days. It is not a migraine. Your astral had separated while you slept and in the morning when you wake up it had not integrated back properly. If this goes on for a prolonged period of time, this imbalance manifests as a disease which has no physical reason and no physical solution.

I had a client who was continuously travelling out of her body for years. Not sleeping for years too. It was her karma to go and work every night. Seeing her photos from before this astral stuff started happening and her present self was disturbing. It was like she had aged 15yrs in a span of 3-4 yrs. This client had developed spots and black patches in her vision, the doctors could not see anything wrong with her. ‘Seeing’ the energies of the astral was destroying her eyes in the physical world.

Now a few points for those who are required by Karma to travel astrally. The astral is generally not a friendly place so this is what you should be aware of.

  • The astral movements always destroy the physical body. You will wake up tired and drained, with a strange ‘headache’, nausea and dizziness to some extent. When you ‘see’ your energy bodies after you get back it will be like they are overlapping but not completely integrated. You should always consciously fix the bodies back into their places using the full form of the Gayatri mantra. I had written about it in this post here. Any damage to the astral body can take upto 6 months to manifest in your physical body. So better safe than sorry, use the Gayatri and fix them back intheir places immediately after every travel.
  • You will be working in the astral, so you will have your enemies there too. So now when you are unaware of the astral (when awake), you will be attacked. These entities are often called Vetal or Pishachya in Sanskrit. I had this experience once, a Vetal had from his own dimension inserted small ‘injections’ so cleverly into my aura that it took a couple of days of queasiness for my brother to figure out what was happening. So be alert, make your protection amulets, or clean yourself everyday with peacock feathers.
  • Any interaction with any entity/spirit in the astral leads to exchange of energy. A client was a tantrik in his several past lives. He had deep love for Shivshankar and thus in a life he changed and started his Self-discovery. His enemies still in that path of dark energies are now high level Pishachyas. They still visit him every night and challenge him to fight. He would fight them thus lose his energy to them. His aura was like cold ice. My aura touched his when we met and he instantly drained my energies, I got so dizzy and nauseated that had to drink a couple of lemon sodas (sea salt and lemon) to rebalance. So while moving in the other realms focus on what you have come for and shield yourself always. Do not interact needlessly with the denizens there.
  • Then your work in the astral will bring you in contact with entities you owe energy to. As long as they take what they are entitled to it is ok. But more often they will insert tiny ‘hooks’ into your aura and use you continuously like a energy battery. This will cause tiny chronic health problems for you. So again shield yourself always.
  • And then as you are now aware of these secret energies, you will become the ‘energy protector’ of your family. If anyone curses or ill-wishes any of your family members living in your house, that negative energy will attack you first. So be aware.

red raspberry in clear drinking glassNow with this note of caution, there are several good things also in the astral. But you will be called to get them only if it is your Karma. If you are to receive positive energy from the astral it will be given to you in a gentler way. E.g. one client often sees her ‘higher self’, ‘healing’ her current self when asleep. Your astral body looks exactly like you, height/weight everything. But your ‘higher self’ looks different, it may look like you, but more likely it will look like the person you were when you had reached your highest level of spiritual development. My client sees hers as an aged, thin but very brilliant old sanyasi man.

(There is someting called sleep paralysis which is misconstrued as astral travel. Have written about it in this post here. )

You are now a resident of the physical manifested world, not the astral. When your body dies you will return to the astral, not now. While residing in the physical body, if you work too long in the astral, your physical body will deteriorate and you will return to the astral earlier. You should have been in Nidra/sleeping, using your pran energy to rejuvenate your physical bodies, but you were using up the pran in travelling and working there. So you have to make extra efforts to restore your physical health and maintain your manifested form. There is no other way, you have to do Dhyan. You can do reiki healing and other ways of manipulating energies but the best and most deep way is Dhyan. Reiki etc is healing energy from the universe. Dhyan is you yourself actively working with your own pran. It is a difference like heaven and earth!

Always remember that the astral and other dimensions are just like foreign places. They are unknown and more likely dangerous. You do not travel even upto the grocer’s shop unless you have something to buy. So why would you be travelling into the other realms unless you have a clear and pressing reason? It takes significant energy! If you have work, go there and do it, but always take adequate precautions. And steer clear of the online sites where someone offers to teach you ‘astral projection’ in 300dollar online class. It is not a ‘projection’, your astral body, you yourself, leave and go elsewhere. ‘You’ come back before you wake up. This is a burden and is not for everyone.

 

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Astral travel, how to control it

Recently I came across a new client who complained of being tired all the time, getting typical pressure type of headaches feeling dizzy, getting flashes in her eyes and all this despite having a comfortable life style and sleeping properly. And was spiritual with a regular puja schedule etc. The doctors did not find anything wrong with her physical body.https://psychologicallyastrology.comI looked up her horoscope and it was so interesting to see that she had her ketu conjuct with venus which was her ascendant lord. The saturn was in the 12th house aspecting the moon in the 6th.

But my client was travelling astrally almost every night and that explained her physical symptoms. Our body is made up of layers, the physical body is visible to the eyes the other bodies are more eletro-magnetic in nature can just be felt. The way I visualised it was her other bodies were literally flying away from her physical body like kites. It was the first time I had seen someone in such a state. Of course this was partly reflected from her horoscope.

Ascendant venus with ketu – disassociated feeling of “self”, apathy and non interest in the physical sense of the self as in the physical body

Saturn in the 12th house – the main karmic planet in the 12th house of ‘unknowing’, 12th house represents dreams, sleep, unknown depths of the mind etc. And saturn representing her karmic burden and the karmic work that she had to perform in this life. So her main karmic workload was in the realm of dreams and subconscious state.

Saturn aspecting moon in the 6th house – the emotions and expression of emotions was highly restricted and her understanding of the subconscious realm during her awake state was practically nil.

There are 4 types of existance, jagrut (awake), swapna  (dreaming), shushupti (deep sleep) and turiya (transcendence). And in all these states we have to fulfill our karma.

So my client was in her swapna state leaving her body, moving about in her astral form and completing a sizeable amount of her karmic load in her sleep. And her physical body was suffering badly as a result and she was completely unaware of her astral travel. It was understandably traumatic for her as she was using up all of her energies in the dream state and not knowing what it was being used for.https://psychologicallyastrology.comThere was a relatively easy way to settle her other bodies properly inside her physical body. The powerful Gayatri mantra in its complete form.

भूः भुवः स्वः  महः जनः तपः सत्यम्
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्
आपो ज्योती रसोऽमृतं ब्रह्म भूर्भुवः स्वरोम् |

She chanted this full Gayatri mantra 108 times in one set, thus was able to fix her other bodies back into her physical body and her dizziness, flashing lights nausea symptoms faded. (Sit on your asan, in any yogasan posture. Keep your palms in the bhairav mudra on your lap. The recite this long form of gayatri, 3, 27 or 108 times. Keep your focus on your ajnya chakra between your eyebrows. Each of the vyhrutis, eg. om bhu with the muladhar, om bhuvah with the swadhisthana, om swaha with the manipur, om maha with the anahata, om janah with the vishuddhi, on tapah with the ajnya till the om satyam for the crown chakra help ‘fix’ the chakras and all your energy bodies to these chakras.)

For recovering her energies I advised her to do reiki healing on herself everyday which worked wonderfully. And for reducing and stopping such daily astral travel again reiki worked with drawing cho ku re symbol over her feet and ankles locking her body during sleep. And as she had a regular dhyan puja system in place already she was strong enough to bring about her own cure

It was wonderful working with this client as she realised her own strengths and whatever was done to treat her problems was done by her own self.

I believe our higher self, hidden within us, knows what is going wrong with us and if allowed to can perform miracles.

 

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