reaming is an essential part of our lives. Just as meditation has a profound effect on our psyche and our body, dreaming is a vital process of our lives and it has a strong connection with our past incarnations and it keeps us in close proximity to our ancestors.
In a section on dreams and civilization, Nietzsche writes:
“In the dream … we have the source of all metaphysic. Without the dream, men would never have been incited to an analysis of the world. Even the distinction between soul and body is wholly due to the primitive conception of the dream, as also the hypothesis of the embodied soul, whence the development of all superstition, and also, probably, the belief in god. “The dead still live: for they appear to the living in dreams.” So reasoned mankind at one time, and through many thousands of years.”
We spend a third of our lives in a parallel nocturnal universe and the half-imagined, half-remembered experiences we have there are in constant dynamic interaction with our waking selves. Our nightly dreams are both fragmentary reflections of our conscious lives, rearranged into barely recognizable mosaics by our unconscious, and potent agents of psychic transmutation — a powerful dream can cast an unshakable mood over the wakeful hours, or even days, that follow it. Science is only just beginning to shed light on the role of dreams in memory consolidation and mood, but their nature and purpose remain largely a mystery. “We feel dreamed by someone else, a sleeping counterpart,” the poet Mark Strand wrote in his beautiful ode to dreams.
Here is what Peter Grey wrote about dreaming in our modern world in Apocalyptic Witchcraft:
“If there can be a war on dreaming, I propose a devastating counter-strike. Recognise that something sinister has been sculpting the landscape of dream. We are seeing an unprecendented colonisation and colonialisation of the dream worlds. When we discussed incubation it was made clear that the Ancient World understood the importance of dream, and since then it has been accumulating grey silt. The dream world is becoming as polluted as the natural world, as despoiled. Before we even reach the Asclepium, our minds are chorusing with chatter, assailed by demands. The previous strategy of thou shalt not have unauthorised dreams has been superseded by a more terrible strategy. It is not simply dream which is derided as meaningless, but every aspect of our lives. In a parody of Hassan I Sabbah, nothing is true and thus nothing is permitted. We parade our inner selves which are revealed to be no more than loyalty to a sect of compatible brands. When we see ourselves and the world around us we do not recognise the sacred. Our culture has devoured itself “
Dreaming is a cornerstone magical practice all over the world. It is the commonest route into the spirit world. Yet today we go to sleep filled with artificial foods, with a carcinogenic cellular device less than a foot from our heads, surrounded by Wi-Fi signals and devices whose lights never seem to turn off. One way or the other, you must take back your own dream state. This involves:
• Keeping your mobile phone far away from you and returning to an old-timey alarm clock.
• Ensure your bedroom is properly dark: i.e., decent curtains and no electrical devices such as laptops that all seem to have at least three lights you can never turn off. (Note: this will also make you live longer, apparently.)
• Fasting. It has been an essential mystical process for centuries. You simply won’t believe me until you try it. As with the below suggestion, always check that fasting is not contraindicated for a particular medication or condition (such as pregnancy).
• Herbal allies: Valerian root tea, mugwort tea, or a tincture of Egyptian blue lotus are all worthwhile, legal herbal supplements to try just before bed. Be especially careful with the first two and any medication you are on that affect the liver. Definitely do not go anywhere near mugwort if you are pregnant.
In many ways, dreaming is an excellent place to end this article as it interfaces with all the enchantments. Having the cleanest route possible into the dream realm is essential for spirit guidance and inspiration in response to a particular working or ritual. New spirits, gods, allies, and possibilities will also present themselves to you. Properly activated, your dreaming is one heck of a strategic advantage in achieving your dreams.
• Gordon White – The Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques for Navigating the New Economic Reality (Paperback) – Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2016)
• Friedrich Nietszche – Human, All Too Human (Penguin Classics) Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (29 Sept. 1994
• Peter Grey – Apocalyptic Witchcraft (Paperback) Scarlet Imprint (March 31, 2013)
Article written and assembled by Borislav Vakinov