Why Practice Dream Yoga?

Qi Dao Initiation CD

Last year, Academy of Qi Dao produced my first meditation CD entitled Qi Dao Initiation. It introduces some of the preliminary practices of Dream Yoga and the first stage of initiation into the practice of Empowerment. I frankly recommend reading my book before jumping into doing these guided meditations, especially the Initiation track of this CD. Doing so may provide you with more understanding of what is going on and why, because my approach to Dream Yoga is quite special. The Qi Dao philosophy suggests regarding the entire experience of life as a dream, not unlike the dreams you have at night. As I said in the introduction to this album, “By following my teachings of Dream Yoga and regularly practicing these Qi Dao meditations, you will learn to recognize that you are dreaming during your dreams, which is called lucidity or lucid dreaming.

“Being lucid literally means knowing that you are dreaming while having a dream (it applies to both day- and night dreams). It has many profound implications that directly link it to enlightenment. Indeed, being awake in the dream allows you to:

• Recognize that each and every one of the dream characters, objects and experiences in your dreams are products of your own dreaming consciousness

• Realize that all the qualities of your dream characters and the whole dream world reflect back to you those aspects of your consciousness that you don’t identify with

• Learn to identify not only with your own persona, but also with any other dream characters, since they are all parts of the same Dream Being, which will lead you to a deep understanding of everything and everyone, as well as developing compassion

• Heal whatever ails you as well as any ailments of your dream characters by connecting to the unmanifest dreams hidden beneath the ailments and enabling those dormant aspects of your dreaming to manifest in the most harmonious fashion

• Demonstrate that your physical abilities, mental capacities and creativity are limited only by your own inhibitions, ignorance or self-limiting beliefs

• Know that fighting against the flow of dreaming is a sure way to transform any dream into a nightmare and promote further suffering

• Comprehend that being creative does not need to translate into manipulating anything in your dream, but rather into finding more creative ways to be in the flow of your dreaming

• Trust that the flow of your dreaming, however mysterious and unpredictable, comes from the source within you – the dreamer

• Expand your sense of identity from merely one of the dream characters to identifying with the dreamer, also referred to as Dream Being, because on the grand scale, the creator and the creation are one – the entire universe is dreaming itself into existence.”

Imagine now that you can translate all these qualities of consciousness into your daily life. That would be a bona-fide enlightenment, wouldn’t it? As I wrote in my book entitled Qi Dao – Tibetan Shamanic Qigong, “What I call enlightenment is being completely lucid and awake to the reality of the dream called life… realizing that the source of your individual dreams is the same as the mystical source of the big dream called life.”

This may be quite a distinct approach comparing to Namkhai Norbu’s and Tenzin Wangyal’s ways of explaining Dream Yoga, although from our private dialogues, I have to say that they seem to be on the same page with me. With all due respect to both Rinpoches, having to stay true to the spirit of Qi Dao, I cannot beat around the bush with doing thousands of ngondros (prostrations) and similar preliminary practices that other Tibetan teachers may view as important for beginners. Instead of teaching my students incantations and complicated visualizations, I teach Harmonious Culture of Movement that enables the beginners to quickly become proficient in both Martial Arts and the wellness discipline similar to Dao Yin and Yantra Yoga. Some meditation practice is also required to pass the test prior to the initiation to the practice of Empowerment at the end of the basic Qi Dao training. Those are the meditations on the Qi Dao Initiation CD. If you not just listen to the practices presented there, but actually explore them, like hundreds of Qi Dao students worldwide, you will find a renewed interest in life and will probably never be the same.

About the Author

Lama Somananda Tantrapa is the lineage holder of Qi Dao that has been fostered in his family clan for 27 generations.  Affectionately called Rinpoche by his students, he has over 30 years of experience in Qi Dao and other styles of Qigong, Yoga and martial arts. He was primarily trained by his Grandfather, the last Grand Master of Qi Dao. In addition to being a world authority on Qi Dao, he was recognized as an incarnate Bön lama, ordained as a Buddhist monk and initiated into Subud spiritual brotherhood. Lama Tantrapa is the author of the bestselling book and DVD entitled “Qi Dao – Tibetan Shamanic Qigong” and Meditation CD entitled “Qi Dao Initiation.”

Being an avid speaker and presenter, he appeared on many radio and TV programs in the US, Guam and abroad. He currently serves the Vice-President of the National Qigong Association. For more information about Qi Dao Coaching, workshops, retreats, and long-distance learning opportunities, visit www.qidao.org.

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