I have been reading “The Mantle” for some while; and, obviously I was thinking of some male and female writers when I fell asleep—I think they are like journalists owing to the nature of their work. Then, I had the funniest dream about the founder of The Mantle, Shaun Randol, whom I never met before in my life. It felt so interesting that I am still wondering about all of this.
In this lucid dream, I was standing next to a building where Shaun was working. He took my hand and helped me enter the building. This felt like when “Alice in Wonderland” enters the hole, which eventually led her to the best adventures of her life. My mind changed the door to look smaller than what it should be. Then, he asked, “Are you here to see someone?” I thought of another writer; and, he appeared immediately as well. This second man was very humble in nature; and, he was smiling as he walked towards us. He was still at the far end of a corridor that was at an angle from where we were standing; he could not see us although we could see him. The building had a beautiful design, several twisting corridors, stairs, and multiple floors. I felt that Shaun replied, “I will get him for you if you want me to. Do you have any questions for him as well?” I started smiling and asked him to forget the idea. He smiled back gradually and the other writer who was running towards me just vanished from the picture. If this man did not disappear from the picture, then how exactly the scene would have changed? All this is interesting for me to observe because I am a writer. This entire dream felt like a magical place because “The Mantle” feels like a fascinating place. Remember that lucid dreams can open more ideas and concepts if you are connecting with places that you find pleasant and mysterious. Shaun continued talking like a real gentleman; and, then he gave me the tour of the entire place. He stood next to some paintings; placed his hand on the wall; stood near me; and, kept talking. I laughed at this gesture again. Then, he smiled and reacted by taking my hand and helping me walk to a different place. I started feeling tired from all this; so I almost fell asleep. I think this is what I did but I am not really sure. There were some other parts of this dream that I don’t fully recall. However, I did notice that Shaun had somehow made me pay attention to the paintings and that I spent some time looking at these. I also noticed that during this dream, I could make this dream character kind of fade away and still stay next to me just like a real ghost.
I just realized what mixing creative people with an inquiring nature is designed to do. But, then again, I am a Jungian Sage; my dreams are designed to open like this. How about yours?
In addition, some days before this dream took place, I was imagining having a conversation with some of the writers and editors of “The Mantle”. I acted several roles and created an imaginary script where I tried mimicking some behaviors that I imagined exist in certain characters—I am mostly using real videos and writings to form these fascinating yet silly dialogues.
I strongly believe that this dream took place after a few days I acted because my mind needs to relax itself and think before creating a response. And, I believe that this happened because acting is actually a visualization technique that lucid dreamers can use to create dreams. I can use acting as a visualization technique because I am writer and writers love to act to create characters. Which technique would you use if you wanted to create a lucid dream about your favorite individuals/heroes? As you work on this technique, remember that you are just having fun and not just there to observe things for your writing. Also know that I played a different script while awake; but when I fell asleep, one of the characters performed differently than what I expected. Does that mean that I ended up tapping into the real him? Of course! this is a strong possibility. There is one more aspect of this entire game that you must not forget. I acted in front of my gigantic mirror; perhaps, looking at the mirror just made me happy because I could read into my smile and acting better this way. When I would talk, I was not just imagining that these characters were in the mirror; but, I was also placing them in my room every now and then.
As you learn this technique, don’t get spooked. If you feel scared, these dreams can shut down for pretty long. Also make sure to take lots of rest to avoid fatigue. Just think of all this as a lesson; and, respect your dream characters because these are your Spirit Guides. Lastly, know that your dream characters know how and what you need. Never attempt to shut down their conversation and instead of rushing everything, try to form a real relationship with your dream characters.
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