The “waking dream” is an expression that comes from the spiritual teachings of Eckankar, and even though Eckankar does not have human or Earthly roots and it’s origin is on the highest planes of God, which is why the Earthly religions do not teach this wisdom, it is a process that is as natural as rain, sun and laughter. Waking dreams are an extension of a 24/7 dreaming process, in that man is ego-awake during his day-experiences, but all-the-while his Soul’s attention is on him during his entire lifetime. We know that the aboriginal Earth cultures have used, and continue to use, the waking dream process, which when translated into English, are the words “signs”, “omens” and “visions” as part of their Earthly spiritual heritage. Late modern man is so devoid of the natural knowledge of nature, that the awake-dreaming of waking dreams passes by his eyes during his entire life without his conscious knowledge. The waking dream, or the awake-dreaming, is essentially ego-conscious interpretations of an original process of soul-communication to it’s incarnated being(s) in the lower worlds. We, as incarnated humans on Earth, are an extension of Soul and therefore require higher guidance as part of our Human experiences on Earth. This was decided eons ago as necessary for the human experience to navigate the lower worlds. Furthermore, our true, original source of who we are is called Soul, which extends itself into the lower dimensions within the bodies that are indigenous to a living-system (such as “Earth”) as part of a learning and developing system of soul-self-development.
To understand waking dreams, one needs to realize several (few of many) realities about the human condition, specifically the conscious mind, and how it interprets it’s surroundings. Man’s brain is basically divided into three parts: the frontal lobe, the mid brain and the “medulla oblongata” which is referred to as the “instinctive brain” which is a continuation of the spinal cord, in fact. These divided areas within the Human brain relate to each other, but as a human experiences it, they are segregated according to specific brain-functions. For example, some are: instinctive running from danger (limited thinking oriented to get to body to safety), critical reasoning for a solution against a perceived problem, the meditative state (a temporary semi-EGO-consciousness state bridged-over-to-soul mind where we can interact and converse with soul via clearer thought-objects), the creative imagination and many other kinds of behaviour and mind experiences. But our focus here is another divide: the splitting of our brain into two hemispheres: the left brain and the right brain. Very simply put, the left brain is logic and the right brain is imagination, or aka: the objective mind (left) and subjective mind (right). Modern Human man’s thinking today is dominated by the left brain, where logic, math and words reign supreme (verbal expressions & reading words, symbols) as an identification of who they are: a human personality. Of course, depending on our level and type of education, our family upbringing, our cultural milieux and most importantly, the age our our Soul, our personal opinions may or may not align with the actual state, the vibration, or the level-of-development of our human personality. Today, man is either taught to behave strictly according to benefit the human-money-corporation, to a set of rigid human religious-concepts or to adhere to local cultural norms and belief systems (the status quo). Today, man mainly lives in a perpetual state of Soul-forgetfulness.
Dramatically effecting the ego-consciousness, is the division between the left brain and the right brain which is governed by what can be called: “the fore-conscious sensor”. The primary function of the fore-conscious sensor is to only admit into our awareness, (aka our “ego”) what we already know or believe, it rejects all else. This is why it takes a long time for people to change their opinions and beliefs: they are consciously held in a prison of an isolated and opinionated mind from the true reality of the natural Life around them. They make up excuses for their behaviour, they seek only to associate with those who vibrate at the same level or lower, they blame others for their life conditions and project that onto society and government, they complain about things and conditions that only they can improve and they are constantly explaining themselves to others whom they deem more powerful. It is only when the individual desires to rise, that improvements begin in earnest, otherwise one could say: “as they sow, so shall they reap”. I am reminded of the words of Groucho Marx: “I don’t care to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”.
But there is a way for our left-brain dominated ego-conscious awareness to be updated. This is possible, as humans do need both hemispheres operating in their lives, so the left brain is exposed to the qualities of the right brain, but often is in denial of it. For example: a left-brain dominated individual will often use imagination to solve a puzzle, but not admit, understand or utilize the same right-brain function in others areas of it’s life: it compartmentalizes Life, which co-incidentally, is one of the primary functions of the left-brain: to segregate it’s perceived world into conceptual boxes for later analysis.
The ego also uses two other right-brain functions in the form of the “law of association” and “the law of identification”. These two laws have access to the left-brain by human-realities that the left brain needs to function within the human experience: relationships and it’s sense-of-self. A human personality must have these abilities working to maintain a job, experience the joy of relationships and interact with it’s community-at-large. The point here is to illustrate that the left brain (alone) is not equipped to effectively and spiritually assimilate it’s life into it’s greater meaning. However, it is also true that the ego needs these two laws to relate to the soul-to-ego message: to be able to “identify” a waking dream event when it occurs, and to be able to associate the event with an personal value that has a particular meaning to the involved personality.
Now along comes Soul who wishes, very greatly, to “talk” to it’s charges below in the lower universes, in our case, it’s Earth-incarnations. But it cannot communicate through “normal” channels, so has to use a “work-a-round. So it is, that it has been arranged for man to be informed, via all possible external human events experienced by his body of the will of Soul. The will of Soul can also be interpreted as the beneficence of “God”. Specifically regarding Waking Dreams, this is done using man’s ability to experience life mainly through the faculties of sight and hearing. Soul uses these human senses to communicate it’s wishes and our unknown needs to us, seemingly isolated so far, far below the domain of Soul. “Visions”, on the other hand, can be spoken of as soul-travel-in-place, where the soul-visuals are bridged-over to the human mind directly, and seen by one’s spiritual vision, but that is another topic.
It’s not possible, within the scope of this document, to explain how it is that our day-to-day waking-dream experiences are aligned with our needs at the exact time needed. However, it can be said, that Soul knows our every penchant, preferences, opinions, beliefs, thoughts and concepts and uses these to communicate to us using the laws of the human mind.
The easiest Waking Dreams to understand and work with are: textual words placed in front of us that directly inform us, the spoken word or phrase heard, or a common visual cue to be seen at the exact timing we need it. It only remains for us to learn to recognize Waking Dreams and use them in our daily lives.