The Symbolic Journey of Rebirth: Compassion and Awakening

In this blog post, we delve into the profound symbolic motifs of rebirth and explore their relationship to compassion and spiritual awakening. Drawing upon the wisdom of Carl Jung and his insights on various forms of rebirth, we embark on a journey that unveils the transformative power of these archetypal themes. As we navigate through metempsychosis, reincarnation, resurrection, rebirth, and indirect rebirth, we discover how compassion intertwines with the process of self-realization and spiritual awakening.

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Awakeing in the Dream: Lucid Dreaming Path to Enlightened Consciousness

Lucid dreaming is a practice where we learn to be conscious during the dream state. This awareness and consciousness within the dream realm can act as a portal to our own personal awakening. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the stages of lucid dreaming and discuss how it can guide us towards conscious awakening.

Stage One: Realizing the Dream State

Our journey begins with recognition of the dream state. As you’re falling asleep, try to recall a recent dream. Upon awakening, make it a habit to remember what you were dreaming. This consistent mindfulness will increase your awareness of the dream state, ultimately leading to a more conscious connection with your dreams.

Stage Two: Mindfulness at the Threshold of Sleep

The second stage involves mindfulness as we transition from wakefulness to sleep. As you’re falling asleep, direct your focus to the nature of your mind, attuning yourself to its quiet, empty awareness. This will uniquely connect you to the dream state, fostering a more conscious presence within your dreams.

Stage Three: Lucidity within the Dream

Moving deeper into our journey, we cultivate lucidity within our dreams. An ancient Buddhist verse encourages us not to “lie in ignorance like a corpse,” but to recognize our dreams and transform illusions into clarity. This practice blurs the line between sleep and reality, shining light on the mysteries of our subconscious mind.

Stage Four: Dreams as a Path to Awakening

In the final stage, we use the dream state as a pathway to personal awakening. This practice, known as dream yoga, works with the subtle psychic energy that underlies both wisdom and negative emotions, according to Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

Through this exploration of psychic energy within our dreams, we develop a mental stability that transcends our waking reality, moving beyond the dualistic images of the dream and into a unified consciousness.

Rinpoche further elaborates, “Dream yoga cuts attachment by reorganizing the perception and understanding of the object or situation.” Thus, through lucid dreaming, we’re able to reassess our attachments and perceptions, looking beyond the illusion of objects to their radiant, light-like reality.

Embracing Our Authentic Self

Working with our dream states enables us to become conscious of the emotions generated by our attachments. We awaken to the radiant light of awareness that is beyond and yet within the dream state.

Through dream yoga, we create dreams that facilitate our spiritual practice. These spiritual dreams guide us in seeing through the illusionary nature of existence, pushing us to wake up within the dream state and realize that we are always dreaming.

Ultimately, lucid dreaming guides us towards the realization of our authentic self. This authentic self is beyond the dream state. It is the light of pure awareness that shines through all states of being, leading us towards conscious awakening.

Quotes on Lucid Dreaming

An ancient Buddhist verse says, “When the state of dreaming has dawned, do not lie in ignorance like a corpse. Enter the natural sphere of unwavering attentiveness. Recognize your dreams and transform illusion into luminosity. Do not sleep like an animal. Do The practice which mixes sleep and reality.”

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche says: “In dream yoga we are concerned with an even subtler psychic energy that underlies both wisdom and negative emotion.”

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche says: “Dream yoga cuts attachment by reorganizing the perception and understanding of the object or situation, by altering the view and thus allowing the practitioner to see through the illusory appearance of an object to its radiant, light-like reality.”

Dream yoga “results in new karmic traces from which are generated dreams more conducive to spiritual practice.” (ibid)


  1. Carl Jung, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – CW 9i  (1934–1954) (1981 2nd ed. Collected Works Vol.9 Part 1)
  2. Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Namkhai Norbu, ChogyalKatz, Michael
  3. The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Mark Dahlby

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