In last twenty one days I have been fortunate to wake-up in three different continents, North Africa (Morocco), Europe (Andalusia) and Asia (Nepal). The experience of my first day in three unfamiliar places and energetic places made me realize the meaning of “Dreaming”. It made me ‘see’ what make us seek ‘familiar things’ or hold-on to my ‘little identity’.
We left San Diego on April 9th at 9am and after three flights, two trains, and two taxi rides, we reached Fes (Morocco) on April 10 at 9pm. We were completely exhausted, tired, hungry and ‘out of our mind’. The smell, sounds and sight of Medina shifted my ordinary awareness, a part of me went into medieval time and city. Something made my inner-sense feel at home. At the same time my ordinary-sense was worrying about how will reach our Riad (the B&B) and will we get any food as it already past 9pm.
After unloading everything we somehow communicated that we are very hungry. So, the old man again took us back through another set of winding lanes to a restaurant. By the time we reached the restaurant it was 10pm. As I enter the restaurant the first thing I hear is loud belly dancing music and my heart missed the beat at the sight of scenary. It was a beautiful Dar (Dar is same as Riad, a traditional Moroccan house, only difference is that it does not have garden in the middle-courtyard) with high ceilings and amazing Moroccan-Arabic artwork with vibrant colors. In the courtyard there were around 40 people sitting in traditional low Moroccan seats. There was beautiful Moroccan women performing belly dancing on live music played by a band of Moroccan musicians. I looked at Shaz and her eyes were wide open with a big smile. We sat there for one hour easting khus-khus and vegetables, listening to music and absorbing the performance of various artists. Somewhere in that hour I completely forgot about my exhausting travel from San Diego. I even lost my sense of where I was and what was time or place. I could sense the “Dream” of place and of my self. I was aware of both the present time as well as timelessness.
While walking back to our Riad I remembered the words of Arny Mindell: “The ‘yes and no answer’ to reality is that you and I are people. We come from the same or different nationalities, age groups, genders, sexual orientations, religions, mental and physical health, and so forth. ….But this is not the whole truth. These are just the yes-and-no-answers, the ones that fit our legal systems and political realities worldwide. The whole truth includes the viewpoint of Aboriginal Australians, Zen Buddhists, and native peoples everywhere. That whole truth includes the Dreaming that created each of us.”
Arnold Mindell says that we don’t stop dreaming in the morning. In fact our unconscious continues to dream while we are in our ordinary-awareness. Our Dreaming process creates reality around us is not just limited to our state of sleep. He says our dreambody (which is our energetic-subtle-body that has all the chakras, Kundalini and capable perceiving symbols and archetypes) is continuously dreaming however, it’s our ‘little ego’ in ordinary-awareness that does not see the ‘dreaming process’ so that it can stay in the ‘familiar world’ or “common reality”.
Somewhere in 3r or 5th round I forgot where I was and which way I was going. Every direction looked same, and every step had feeling of deja vu as if I have done this many times before. When you lose the sense of time and direction and you are completely in the present moment then the separation between inner and outer becomes porus. One can clearly see the ‘Dreaming process’ and subtle waves flowing seamlessly from all direction, far and near, like a Tibetan Endless knot.