Soap-Bubble wrote:And then you go on to describe what is not a clear light dream, but what sounds to be an ordinary lucid dream experience. Please re-read the books you were reading to clarify for yourself what dreams of clear light actually are. There are ordinary dreams, lucid dreams, dreams of clarity, and clear light, all are different.
Hey Soap Bubble, the trouble with the relaxed nature of message boards means that not everything is immediately clear. I have studied dream yoga for some time and have skilled teachers. So I'm not confused. The clear light dream that I was describing above began
as an ordinary lucid dream. In that you are right. But as part of my practice, after that
I was able to shirk whatever karmic visions came up (eg. the elements of the street I was walking down).
The dream ended in a bright, womb-like non-dual experience of pure "resting in light", no action and no visions. A blissful and healing experience. It was not a dream of clarity, as I was not given any teachings or pure visions (though I have had such dreams before). Simply an experience of profound unity. It really doesn't help to go into the details here and argue about what is and what is not, but I have discussed this and other dreams with my teachers and do have an understanding of what the experiences were. (I didn't go into detail on this thread because they weren't pertinent to my question.)
Soap-Bubble wrote:Even the title of the thread is misconstrued, guru yoga is not a lucid dream practice.
I am also not confused about what guru yoga is. My point here, specifically, was that since guru yoga meditation is largely about feeling and visualizations, it makes sense that it would be increasingly beneficial in a dream scenario, where one doesn't have to work as hard to visualize things and can feel more acutely that it's all happening in a real way.
The differences between waking reality and dream reality are illusory and relative, so there is no reason why a practice that is normally done in the day cannot be done in equal manner at night. In fact, to extend any beneficial daytime practice into the night is extremely expedient.
I recognize that you're trying to be helpful, but you could do so simply by asking more questions that clarify the original poster's intent, rather than assuming they've got it all wrong. That's what a helpful teacher would do and we should always be trying to model our helpful and wise teachers more.
Before Ninakawa passed away, master Ikkyu visited him. "Shall I lead you on?" Ikkyu asked.
Ninakawa replied: "I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?"
Ikkyu answered: "If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going."