Most of us are absolutely certain that we’re awake here and now—it’s a given, right? Yet, according to Tibet’s dream yoga tradition, ordinary waking life is no more real than the illusions of our nightly dreams.
In his previous book Dream Yoga, Andrew Holecek guided us into Tibetan Buddhism’s nocturnal path of lucid dreaming and other dimensions of sleeping consciousness. Now, with Dreams of Light, he offers us an in-depth, step-by-step guide to its daytime practices.
Known as the “illusory form” practices, these teachings include insights, meditations, and actions to help us realize the dreamlike nature of our lives. Through an immersive exploration of the tradition, beginners and seasoned practitioners alike will learn everything they need to deeply transform both their sleeping and waking hours.
“If you’ve struggled to awaken in your dreams,” teaches Holecek, “these techniques will often spark spontaneous lucidity during sleep. And if you’re already a successful lucid dreamer, they will open you to new depths of experience throughout your day.”
For those wishing to explore Tibetan Buddhism’s profound path for awakening to the true nature of reality—day or night—Dreams of Light shows us the way.
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About the Author
Dr. Holecek is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and works with sleep disorders in his clinical practice. He has coauthored scientific papers and actively studies the science and medicine of sleep and dream. This broad spectrum of expertise—from science to spirituality—makes him uniquely qualified in the world of sleep and dream.
Andrew is the author of The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy, Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress, the audio learning course Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming, and the book Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep.
Andrew’s work has appeared in Parabola, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma, Light of Consciousness, and many other publications. Learn more at andrewholecek.com.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Deconstructing the Sense of Self: The Edge of Emptiness 13
Chapter 1 Introduction to Emptiness 15
Chapter 2 Practical Applications of Emptiness 27
Chapter 3 Emptiness and Illusion: From Reactivity to Equanimity 35
Chapter 4 The Via Negativa 43
Chapter 5 The Problem of Thing-Thinking 53
Part 2 Manifesting Clear-Light Mind: The Play of Luminosity 65
Chapter 6 Illusory Form and the Clear-Light Mind 67
Chapter 7 The Eighth Consciousness: The Foundation of Dualistic Mind 83
Chapter 8 Transforming the Basic Fault 95
Chapter 9 Are You Dreaming? 111
Chapter 10 The Experience of Illusory Form 125
Chapter 11 Headless Wonder 137
Chapter 12 Illusory Form and the Roots of Fear 149
Part 3 Finding Support in Science: The Illusion of Externality 165
Chapter 13 The Science of Illusion 167
Chapter 14 My Favorite Illusions 187
Chapter 15 The Creative Power of the Mind 207
Chapter 16 The Illusion of Duality: Visual Perception 219
Chapter 17 The Realization of Illusory Form 233
Conclusion: The Underview Effect 249
About the Author 319