Luigi talks belief systems and living holistically, within the framework of his out of body explorations.
Writer on contemporary spirituality specializing in alchemy, Kabbalah and consciousness studies, Mark Stavish spoke about such topics as lucid dreaming, astral projection, and secret societies and their use of ritual. Lucid dreaming, which is becoming aware that you’re dreaming while in a dream state, presents certain advantages, he said. It allows people to consciously interact in their dreams while their mind is awake, and can offer learning opportunities, such as receiving spiritual instruction. To have a lucid dream, he suggested that a person pray fervently with that intent before going to sleep, and repeat this prayer during the day.
Lucid dreaming sets a person up for the next phase of their spiritual development with astral projection or OBEs (out-of-body experiences), Stavish said. At the start of a projection, a person might experience a spinning sensation, as they leave their body like a “silken tether being unraveled,” and feel their consciousness extend beyond their physical body. There are two types of astral projections, he detailed: In the first, a person travels to everyday locations like their kitchen or nearby street; the second type involves visits to various astral realms beyond physical reality.
Stavish stressed the importance of understanding the mind. Such understanding makes you unafraid of your own thoughts– you can simply accept or reject them, he commented. Secret societies such as the Free Masons use initiation ceremonies, often with a death/rebirth ritual. Such rituals can stimulate a person’s psyche or subconscious so they can gain spiritual insights, and overcome the fear of death, he noted.
Mark Stavish, the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, is a life-long student of esotericism with over 25 years experience in comparative religion, philosophy, psychology, and mysticism with emphasis on Traditional Western Esotericism. His articles have appeared in academic, specialty, and mass market publications specializing in spiritual studies, making Mark one of the leading authorities in Hermeticism today.
Ryan Hurd, author of the Lucid Immersion Blueprint, talks to Anne Hill of Dream Talk Radio about lucidity in dreaming and waking.
What is lucid immersion? (1:20)
Ryan’s trip to Nicaragua & travel as metaphor for lucidity (2:38)
Foundational practices for greater lucidity (5:45)
“Cognitive domestication” – disrupting habitual patterns (6:53)
Mind-Body-Spirit practices for embodied dreaming (8:25)
Lucid dreams as a fruit of lucid living (10:00)
“Bounded focus” – letting dreamwork and lucidity be playful (10:45)
Lucid immersion and the ancient Asklepia (12:00)
How habits become traits – taking the long vies (13:50)
Critique of some lucid dreaming assumptions (15:50)
How to stop having lucid dreams (16:25)
Lucid dreams and spiritual emergency (17:30)
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