Dream Yoga Practice
There are 4 stages of Dream Yoga Practice
Bring your awareness into the central channel. Lie in the lion posture: Men lie on their right side, women on their left. Bend the knees enough to make the body stable, rest the top arm along the side, and place the lower hand under the cheek. Allow the breath to be full and very quiet so that neither the inhalation nor the exhalation can be heard. Visualize a beautiful red lotus with Tibetan letter A in the throat chakra. The lotus has four petals and on each of the petals is a syllable: RA to the front, LA to your left, SHA to the back, and SA to the right. As sleep comes, maintain a light, relaxed focus on the A.
After sleeping for approximately two hours, wake and engage in the second part of the practice.
Take the same position as in the first practice, men on their right sides and women on their left. A particular form of breathing is to be done: inhale and hold the breath very gently. Lightly clench the perineum, the muscles of the floor of the pelvis, so that you have the sense of pulling the held breath upward. Try to experience the breath as being held just below the navel, compressed by the pressure from below. The point of focus is the chakra centered slightly above and behind where the eyebrows would meet on the brow. Visualize a white, luminous ball of light ( tiglé*) in the chakra.
This breathing instruction is quite difficult to repeat. I would suggest to receive oral detailed instructions from a teacher.
This part of the practice is done roughly two hours after the second, about four hours into the sleep period. For this part of the practice, a different position is taken: Lay back on a high pillow. Cross the legs loosely, unlike in meditation posture; it does not matter whether the right or the left leg is on top. The point of focus is the chakra of the heart, inside of which the black, luminous, syllable HUNG is visualized. It faces forward just as the body does. Merge with the syllable so that everything is the black HUNG. Become the black HUNG. Let the mind rest lightly in the black HUNG, and fall asleep.
The fourth part of the practice is the easiest.There is no particular position to take; just make yourself comfortable. There is no prescribed breathing; the breath is left in its natural rhythm. Traditionally this is two hours after the last waking, just before the light of dawn. The "secret chakra" is the point of focus, the chakra behind the genitals. Inside the chakra is a sphere of black, luminous light.
Dream Yoga Advice
Q:What if I miss one of the practice periods?
A:Although this schedule of waking will promote clarity, it is equally important to be rested, so do not worry if you miss one of the practice periods and just do three. Or even if you miss three and only do one. Do the best that you can, and anything that you cannot do, do not worry about.
So what do you do if after the first part you fall asleep and fail to wake again until dawn? Then practice the second part, not the third or fourth. Never skip one of the four primary practices. The sequence is important.
Q: I feel it’s really overwhelming to do all the 4 stages of Dream Yoga.
A: If you wish, focus on only one point of the practice until the appropriate results are attained. The practices must still be done in order, but in this case, you work with just the first section of the practice every time you wake, repeating it many times over many days, until you have experience in generating peaceful dreams and stability of awareness.
Q: Can I practice Dream Yoga without empowerment from an experienced teacher?
A: Unfortunately there is no substitute for an authentic teacher. Please research teachers in the Bon tradition and try to contact them. You still can practice, but the results will be slower.
Q: Do I need to look for a deeper meaning of my dreams?
A: Ultimately the meaning in the dream is not important. Meaning does not exist until someone starts to look for it. Our mistake is that rather than seeing the truth of the situation, we begin to think that there really is unconscious, a thing and that the dream is real, like a scroll with a secret message written on it in code that, if cracked, anyone could read. We need a deeper understanding of what the dream is, of what experience is, to truly utilize dreaming as an approach to enlightenment.