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Offline Void

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Strange dream after meditation
« on: December 09, 2017, 10:05:59 am »
Hello dear community,

I'm meditating since a while now because I aim to discover my true self one day and achieve single-pointedness of mind. I usually don't dream much and when I do it's meaningless, but since a few days I always dream about one particular dream every night in a vividness I never experienced when I go to sleep after meditation. I walk along a beach and besides me an unknown man which I'm not able to describe in detail because I never see him clearly, accompanies me. Suddenly a small wave exposes a sword onto the shore which my "companion" sees. He takes the sword and gives it to me with the words "your legacy". I inspect the sword with awe as I see a golden ornament in the middle above the handle. It's seems to be a round face that makes a weird, unsettling grimace. Sun-like rays are depicted around his face. Suddenly my mind said "demonsword". I looked up to ask my companion why the only thing that came into my mind was the word "demonsword", but he was nowhere to be found. For some reason I took the sword, pointed it sideways in direction of the ocean as if I was commanding something to the water. All of a sudden the waves ceased and the ocean was quiet like a graveyard. Then I noticed in the horizon a wave that kept getting taller and taller. It became a tsunami darkening the sky. It was all a matter of three seconds or so until it reached the shore and I began to panic because I didn't know how to stop it. I can't remember if the tsunami washed me away or not, because I always wake up in that moment.

I'm wondering, is there maybe some hidden spiritual dream symbolism? Because I'm really confused as to what this dream is trying to tell me.

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Re: Strange dream after meditation
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 02:51:03 pm »
Well, I would venture this: The dream is not trying to tell you anything because it lacks a separate self, it has no volition of it's own. That subject alone could be a much larger point but I hope for the purpose of basic transmission of my opinion it is sufficient.

You have recently been in meditation, I think this is good. At first when I started meditation My thoughts raced from place to place endlessly. It took me awhile to focus on breathing and to become calm, gaining the initial mental requirement of calm-abiding drove me crazy, I felt like I was drowning in my efforts and in my own head. It was sort of torturous, but then I started to really focus on breathing, I thought I had been paying attention before, but I had been mistaken, it was kind of a maze of trying different efforts and finding guidance in books and trying again. 

From the more relaxed state of calmly being in the moment with my breath I found that I could "feel" when a thought was about to arise, and so at first I breathed more deeply and focused further but later I found that was a thought response too and after I grasped this I just let the impulse of arising thought come and go to no effect. Every time I go too long without putting in the right effort I find I have to get back to this point before I can usefully apply my meditation to daily life and the cause of peace, subtly and compassion.

There is a lot more, but that was my beginning of how to stop.

This is sort of what brought me to this forum. Falling out of practice and becoming tired and distressed.

Perhaps you have a realization which you are trying to work out, and your brain is hard at it while you sleep, perhaps not, I would enjoy that you are having a vivid dream and continue to meditate in a healthy way. The dream can be speculated on forever but that effort does not seem likely to manifest in a profound freedom like the one that can be had from simply not engaging it overmuch. 

We all have a heritage, the heritage of our thinking, of our bodies of our emotions and our genes, all interconnected and part of the system of everything that is in the universe as we can measure it. A tree has the same gene for digesting sugar a human does, our physical heritage is deep and evidence of it lies within all things.  This said, now is the only time there is. Before is just a memory, tomorrow is just an estimate or speculation, a dream is just a dream.

My avatar, it is a lake with a duck in it reflecting the sky. The sky, the reflection, both are interdependent, when the sky changes, so will the reflection, but the lake will remain the same. Except for the duck in it....little guy will probably go home, unaware of the beauty a photographer found in the moment while the duck was looking for fish. There is so much perspective, and so little perception until we work to gain more,  use it wisely and wake from a dream with happiness to be awake.

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Re: Strange dream after meditation
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 03:22:06 am »
Hi Void,

Your dream sound like something from one of Michael Moorcock's fantasy stories.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormbringer

My late teacher told me not to take any notice of dreams, so I followed his advice. These days I have peaceful, dream free sleep every night.


Be well and happy .

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Offline VisuddhiRaptor

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Re: Strange dream after meditation
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 12:53:37 pm »
These days I have peaceful, dream free sleep every night.

This sounds like you are not only a Dhamma librarian & a Buddhist sex therapist but also an arahant.  :jinsyx:

Offline Rahul

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Re: Strange dream after meditation
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 12:56:58 am »
If it means anything, you would simply know it. If you aren't sure of the meaning, rather do not indulge in the game of conjecture.

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Re: Strange dream after meditation
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2017, 09:50:50 pm »
I'm meditating since a while now because I aim to discover my true self one day and achieve single-pointedness of mind. I usually don't dream much and when I do it's meaningless, ...
Nice dream although meaningless.

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Offline outdoorsjp

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Re: Strange dream after meditation
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 12:44:12 pm »
Look at gnosticteachings.org and just google gnostic teachings dreams or something to that effect, they have tons of stuff on dreams and revelations, and visions. And they also teach how to awaken consciousness.

 


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