Lucid dreams and holy mushrooms
Lucid dreaming is a very exiting experience and it gives you a great feeling to be able to control your dreams. To fly like a bird or to meet a deceased loved one. Almost every one can learn how to lucid dream with the techniques I describe in my book. But there is also a step beyond: if you want to enter the boundless unknown. Therefore you first have to master your dreams.
During my initiation into the Native American Sorcerer’s world one of the steps was to take magic mushrooms (psilocybin mushroom) in a dreaming ceremony.
You have to be ready to meet the entity, the holy mushroom that guides you to the unknown. It can be very dangerous if you don’t have someone to teach and to guide you because you are challenged and confronted with your fears. To enter the second reality, the boundless reality you need not only to master your dreams, you also need to be inviolable. This means you must stay calm and independent in every given situation, untouched by your past. The second reality is a completely different reality. You need to be strong as iron, because your intellect cannot cope when confronted with the boundless unknown. You have to train yourself to always be the same, irrespective of any given situation.
In the next excerpts I describe my experiences after taking holy mushrooms in a dreaming ceremony which is presented to those who are following the teachings of Totality. The Art of Dreaming is one of the teachings of Totality I write about. My dreaming teacher Vidar explained there are four practices that guide the apprentice into the totality: the art of dreaming, stalking, hunting and the art of the warrior. He said: “Gradually you will learn to master all of them, but because you are a dreamer the art of dreaming is the most important one for you. On the way to the totality you will learn to master your dreaming, which means that ordinary dreams will come to a halt and will be replaced by the dreaming of the spirit. Ordinary dreams come to a stop, disappear because they are primitive, and take up too much energy. As you master your dreaming, you will have medicine dreams and visions that guide you into the totality.”
One of the features of this training is experiencing an intellectual death and to let go your fears to be able to travel into the unknown and to reach the totality of the Self and finally you will experience (not only discover) you are the creator of your own reality!
“Aren’t you playing the drum tonight?” I blow out some air. I look forward to it, the last time the drums were a pleasant start of the session.
“We aren’t allowed to talk about that in this advanced session.” I look at him bewildered. “We are allowed to talk about all sorts of things, except what we are doing at the moment” and he points at a chamois leather jacket hanging over the back of the chair near the staircase. “Do you see that coat over there? I got it from a Mexican medicine man.” As if someone put a knife to my throat, I call out “Wow, that’s beautiful!” I am as interested as possible and give way to a burp, giving vent to my tendency to throw up.
I pull myself into an upright position and try to catch a glimpse of the beauty of the previous meeting. I watch the spot underneath the red medicine wheel. Just like last time, falling drops of ink start running rapidly along the ground like small insect-like species, this time they run after a withdrawing shadow of a rainbow. What a shame. Over and over again, they are too late.
The sun has set behind the tall trees in the backyard. “Is it over?” I ask hopefully.
I try to explain the whole lot and rectify it and babble that the dream is life itself and I create everything myself and one can create his own nightmare with his own fear. There is no more time to think. I am overwhelmed by waves of fear. I think back on giving birth and compare the waves to the contractions I had in order to achieve complete dilation. Unconsciously I try to stop the contractions, but they keep coming whether I like it or not, they originate like obstacles, which I have to cross at any cost.
“You’re almost there,” I hear Vidar say from a distance. “To reach the second reality you need to release yourself of all your fears,” he says. Nevertheless, I feel as if I am taking them with me.
‘My life has been scattered in hundred thousand pieces. My life, I have complained and nagged about it so many times, but I would die to return to it. From a distance I see myself lying motionless on my right side and finally realize I am dead. I have always been curious about how it would be and now I have come this far. Now I know your spirit just continues living. From a distance I watch my past life. I had a wonderful life, but I just did not see it and what was I worrying about? The worst thing is the fact that my daughter has a future without a mother. I feel guilty. What a way to say goodbye.
I have lost my physical body, but some way or other I have the sense that my torso has been turned and my legs are somewhere behind my head and I wonder how to get it back in shape. Slowly it dawns on me that I have left the world and ended up in the second reality.
My life passes by like a circus, only now I count my blessings.
Now there is nothing left but me and the extremely dull everlasting present. Only now I understand the meaning of the often heard expression ‘it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do as long as you are happy and you mean something to others.’ No matter how small. It seemed a sort of platitude and a cliché, but it is true. I look back on a life in which I was very busy, fretted about the tiniest details and lashed out at everything.’
About the Sorcerer’s Dream
The Sorcerer’s Dream, A true story of initiation into the Native American sorcerer’s tradition by Alysa Braceau, Dreamshield. The author gives us a glimpse into the very real world of lucid dreaming and astral projection. Her direct experiences with a modern day mystic, Running Deer, takes the work of Castaneda one step further. In The Sorcerer’s Dream, she reveals unique steps to mastering lucid dreaming and traveling to the unknown.
Alysa Braceau, Dreamshield lives in the Netherlands (Europe), she is mother of a 6-year old daughter. She studied social legal studies and the passed ten years she is a (freelance) journalist and publisher. Besides that she has a healing practice and gives workshops about the Art of Dreaming.
Alysa Braceau is author of The Sorcerer’s Dream. The theme of the passed years have been the sorcerers tradition and mastering conscious dreaming. She carefully recorded her personal experiences which has finally led to this first book.
The book can be ordered on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Dream-Dreamshield-Alysa-Braceau/dp/1609101561 and everywhere they sell books