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Lesson 213 -
Conscious Sleeping (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
213.1 - More on Witnessing Sleep (Audio)
Witnessing Dreams (Audio)
Is Witnessing Sleep Keeping Me Awake?
Date: Fri Jul 2, 2004 7:48am
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Q: I find sometimes less sleep in the night because of the consciousness. I
try to sleep but my mind is so fresh. It leads up till to morning. Can you
please explain this!
A: A luminous sort of restlessness can happen at night when energy is moving
through our purifying nervous system. That kind of interruption in sleep
will not last. Make sure you do your practices in the early evening before
dinner, and then have some good activity (physical, mental or social) in the
evening before bed. This will help smooth it out - it helps integrate the
inner energies before bedtime. If we meditate right before bed, it can lead
to that kind of restlessness, like a "buzz" going on inside, because
meditation is a preparation for activity. Activity after meditation is an
essential part of integrating and stabilizing pure bliss consciousness in
our nervous system.
Another kind of wakefulness that can happen during sleep is "witnessing,"
which is the normal rise of inner silence from practices. This is part of
the first stage of enlightenment, introduced early in the lessons (#35,
"enlightenment milestones"), and is a permanent condition that will not
disrupt our sleep, even though we may feel awake inside. The first stage of
enlightenment is the rise of uninterrupted inner silence, which we find to
be our unshakable inner silent self, present throughout waking, dreaming and
deep sleep. It is the proverbial "rock" of pure bliss consciousness in us
that cannot be washed away by any storm. Continuous inner silence is a good
thing. It is the quiet foundation of all the glamorous later stages of
enlightenment. It is also the source of our increasing peace and stability
in daily life.
The way to tell if it is the first or second experience occurring during
sleep is in how rested we feel the next day. If we are a bit tired, then it
is likely the first experience of excess energy running around inside, and
that will pass as we regulate our practices to keep balance between the
cultivation of inner silence and our daily activities. On the other hand, if
we feel rested after a night of conscious sleep, then we will know it is the
rise of inner silence, which is our normal enlightenment coming up.
It can also be a mixture of both of these experiences, in which case we just
do our practices in the early evening to keep our sleep time smooth, and
then enjoy being peacefully aware while we are sleeping. That's life on the
road to enlightenment. Good things are happening!
The guru is in you.
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