Lucidity in Disguise
By ice rivers
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile, a girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
Lucid dreams are a whole different subway system.
In a lucid dream, the dreamer suddenly realizes that he/she is dreaming. Upon that realization, the dreamer brings some conscious decision making onto the inner screen projected by rapid eye movement. In this mode, the dreamer begins not only to watch the movie but also to direct it as well as screen write and star in it. After such an integrated exercise, the dreamer awakens with a clearer memory of the dream and brings that memory into their morning mediatation along with this accompanying subthought.
Thank God I got out of that one just in time.
The dreamer begins to live the dream.
Occasionally, the living of the dream recalls other parts of the dream that the dreamer didn't actively bring to consciousness. These bits and pieces of scrambled subconscious produce deja vu.
Sporadically, a culture experiences a universal deja vu. A movie becomes a hit. A novel becomes a best seller. A philosophy becomes a code of operation. A leader emerges. Revolutions begin. A star is born.
A wrong is righted.
Clarity replaces paradox.
A consensual reality emerges.
We fix something before it breaks.
Reading is close to lucid dreaming. The reader rapidly moves his/her eyes along the page as you are doing now. Unskilled readers, because of the task of decoding, move their eyes more slowly across the page. The slower the eye movement, the blurrier the picture on the inner screen; the less the sense of interaction with the text and connection with the writer.
The reader is watching the words rather than rewriting them, directing them or starring in them.
The more skilled the reader, the more rapid the eye movement.
The more rapid the eye movement, the more vivid the projection on the inner screen. After such a reading exercise, the reader emerges with a clearer memory of what he/she has read and often brings that memory into their ongoing meditation.
The reader begins to internally live the text.
The living of the text recalls other parts of other texts that the reader didn't actively bring to consciousness the first time through. These bits and pieces of scrambled subconscious coalesce and produce insight which illuminates confoundings of the past.
The reader goes forward with a better understanding of the slings and arrows of waking life.
Then after a brisk day of living, the reader goes back to bed an dreams a lucid dream.
The reader picture himself on a boat on a river or swinging on a swing made of clouds while looking up at blue trees under a wooden sky.