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Lesson 213 - Q&A Conscious sleeping
Date: Fri Jul 2, 2004 7:48am
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Q: I find sometimes less sleep in the night because of the consciousness. I try to sleep
but my mind is so fresh. It leads up till to morning. Can you please explain this!
A: A luminous sort of restlessness can happen at night when energy is moving through our
purifying nervous system. That kind of interruption in sleep will not last. Make sure you
do your practices in the early evening before dinner, and then have some good activity
(physical, mental or social) in the evening before bed. This will help smooth it out
it helps integrate the inner energies before bedtime. If we meditate right before
bed, it can lead to that kind of restlessness, like a "buzz" going on inside,
because meditation is a preparation for activity. Activity after meditation is an
essential part of integrating and stabilizing pure bliss consciousness in our nervous
Another kind of wakefulness that can happen during sleep is "witnessing," which
is the normal rise of inner silence from practices. This is part of the first stage of
enlightenment, introduced early in the lessons (#35,
"enlightenment milestones"), and is a permanent condition that will not disrupt
our sleep, even though we may feel awake inside. The first stage of enlightenment is the
rise of uninterrupted inner silence, which we find to be our unshakable inner silent self,
present throughout waking, dreaming and deep sleep. It is the proverbial "rock"
of pure bliss consciousness in us that cannot be washed away by any storm. Continuous
inner silence is a good thing. It is the quiet foundation of all the glamorous later
stages of enlightenment. It is also the source of our increasing peace and stability in
The way to tell if it is the first or second experience occurring during sleep is in how
rested we feel the next day. If we are a bit tired, then it is likely the first experience
of excess energy running around inside, and that will pass as we regulate our practices to
keep balance between the cultivation of inner silence and our daily activities. On the
other hand, if we feel rested after a night of conscious sleep, then we will know it is
the rise of inner silence, which is our normal enlightenment coming up.
It can also be a mixture of both of these experiences, in which case we just do our
practices in the early evening to keep our sleep time smooth, and then enjoy being
peacefully aware while we are sleeping. That's life on the road to enlightenment. Good
things are happening!
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed
discussion on stages of consciousness and enlightenment milestones, see the
Eight Limbs of Yoga Book.
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