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Some years ago I came across a quote by Osho, which said “if you pay attention at the moment that you awaken from sleep, you can catch a glimpse of your inner being”. I took this to heart, and started paying attention and this practice is starting to pay off.
It’s really a form of mindfulness, a focus on dreams and sleeping and awakening that first brings you a greater awareness of your mornings and your post-sleep state. For me it brought me a deep awareness of the healing and regenerative properties of sleep. In the mornings I almost invariably feel rested, thinking wholesome thoughts and being re-energised. It’s as if sleep and dreams cleanse you of the poisons and stresses that accumulate during the day.
I’ve started paying attention to my dreams as well, and have come to the conclusion that dreams have two parts, the experience and a kind of energy transaction. The second is actually more important than the first, it frees us from the entanglements of daytime thinking and allows us to freewheel. You shouldn’t pay too much mind to the experience, just allow it to carry you away while you receive the energy with gratitude and friendliness.
But it’s that transition from sleep to wakefulness where the truly interesting things happen, I’ve found some intriguing things waiting for me there, little fragments of words, sometimes a thank-you.