I have borrowed this thread topic shamelessly from the book that I have just finished by the same title…a collection of the writings of a cohort of leading scholars that deeply consider the significance of extraordinary experience for our understanding of reality.
I am writing now as I approach the third anniversary of my own entry onto this path of extraordinary experience as it was in early January of 2019 that I woke up in a dream for the first time. I was told, not quite gently, that the path I was on was not the path for me.
I went on to learn all that I could about lucid dreaming and dream yoga, leading to many long and wonderful nights of nocturnal experimentation. Now, just three years later, through open doors, illuminated passageways and dissolved dissociative boundaries, lucid nights have led to lucid days in a transpersonal journey that has changed me in not so subtle ways.
I had no goal on this journey…I was just following this new path. I have since realized that it is a path of positive self-transformation that is still leading toward an acceptance of the mystical aspects of this reality that are guiding me to a deeper understanding of what it is to be a human and how I may be able to help others wake up to that understanding.
Truth is unchanging, boundless and eternal. Way beyond the self. The self on the other hand is a reflection or a glimpse of the truth sensed or vaguely seen through the many obscurations. Like the presence of the sun diffused or shining forth through passing clouds.