Sleep and dreams
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The necessity of sleep
Sleep is necessary for the body just as food is.
More than one third of our existence is spent in sleep, so our sleeping hours deserves our attention.
The quality of sleep is much more important than its quantity. In order to have a truly effective rest and relaxation during sleep, it is good to drink something warm before going to sleep, like a cup of milk or light soup. Light food brings a quiet sleep.
There is a very close connection between dreams and the condition of the stomach.
But the most important is to make the mind clear, to quieten the emotions and and preoccupations.
A typical nighttime practice can be Maha Mudra ( 3 sets), then Anuloma Viloma Pranayama, Yoni Mudra ( 1-3 rounds), as well as mantra japa, affirmations or a prayer. Your sleep will generally be deeper.
According to medical studies one passes in sleep through many phases until arrive to a state of absolute rest and silence and it lasts only for about 10 minutes which is called a state of SatChitAnanda of complete rest, light and silence. The rest of the time is taken up by travelling to that and travelling back again to the waking state. It is these ten minutes that restore the energies.
It is sometimes said that in a mans sleep his true nature is revealed.
We can become more conscious about our sleep patterns and learn to know our dreams. Our dreams are different in nature and quality depending on the depth of our sleep.
The great majority of dreams have no other value than that of a purely mechanical and uncontrolled activity of the physical brain, in which certain cells continue to function during sleep as generators of sensory images and impressions conforming to the pictures received from outside.
When our soul leaves the body during sleep, it is not inactive- it travels, it contemplate, it communes with heavenly spirits, and it strengthens its understanding of love, wisdom and truth. This is how we may receive a sudden inspiration or a revelation.
Dreams are mostly forgotten because we have a dream while in a certain state and then pass into another. For instance, when we sleep, body is asleep, vital is asleep, but mind is still active. So mind begins to have dreams, the imagination is very active and all kinds of things appear. After some time, all that calms down and the mind also begins to doze. The vital that was resting wakes up, it comes out of the body, walks about and does all kinds of things. Naturally you can’t remember it because the vital dream pushes back the whole mental dream. But if you wake up suddenly at that moment, you remember it. You must not move brusquely, but awake in the natural course, then you remember.
After a time, the vital having taken a good stroll, needs to rest also, and so it goes into repose.Then subtle physical wakes up and goes for a walk. This has pushed away far to the back of the consciousness all the stories of the vital. They are forgotten and we can’t recollect them.
But if at the time of waking up you are not in a hurry, remain in bed as long as you can without even opening your eyes. Keep your head exactly where it was and concentrate on remembering the dream like if you were pulling back gently into your dreams. Catch just a tiny end of the tail of your dream. Begin pulling gently, and then first part comes, a little later another. Go backward concentrating on details. Keep completely still and quiet all the time. Repeat the dream to yourself few times.
You can write down everything you remembered passing from one memory to another.
This routine takes patience and self-discipline. Once you become more conscious of your dreams you can change the course of it. You can organise your dreams as you want, and you can even return to the end of the last night dream and resume the story. As kids we are very good at it. This ability depends on a lively power of imagination, simplicity of heart, active energy and not too egoistic, not too practical..
When we develop the habit of purification and becoming more sensitive to the divine world, brain will be able to record the revelations received during sleep more easily.
There is a world in which we are the supreme maker of forms. We can create marvel and beauty which will spring up into the material manifestation.
Inspired by “Sleep and dreams” of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.