Happiness comes from within and is found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to the future.
--James Leon Combs
If you want to get unworlded tonight, relax no matter what. And while you're at it, do it now. And now. And now.
Sounds like a real chore, doesn't it?
Not if you're experienced at it. So get experienced. Now would be a good time to start. If you can't do it when you're "awake," you won't be able to Awaken in your dream. Because being able to relax no matter what either is the act of Awakening, or it's the final act that makes the act of Awakening possible. By Awakening, I mean lucidity any time of the day or night, whether the so-called body is supposedly awake or supposedly asleep. Awakening or Lucidity is remembering who you are.
And who are you? Here's a hint: Pure Awareness.
I suppose it's possible to get unworlded if you're all worked up about this and that. But where are these thisses and thatses located?
In the Earthville Mental Institution, helping the 2-3-4 Mind do its crazed thing, its pseudo-waking-life-dream. So it might be possible to jitter and fret your way to enlightenment, but it's never happened to me after decades of trying, and most people who do accomplish unworlding regularly recommend meditation as a necessary prerequisite, rather than worrying. So far, I find it's possible to have short unworldings when I'm not meditating, and long ones when I am.
Those few people who don't need to practice meditation in order to accomplish unworlding are in one of these categories or some similar category:
1) The self-taught relaxed: they are already good at controlling their thoughts and emotions, can get through the Babble Barrier at will, so don't need to practice meditation. Frank Kepple and a few other competent unworlders fit this category. FK would rant on about how he doesn't need to have a quiet mind and has never meditated in his life, and then in another post he would totally contradict himself by asserting the need to be able to quiet the mind at will. As someone who taught himself mental and emotional control without meditation, he didn't need meditation.
2) At the other end of the control spectrum, some loony bugs are not actually fixated in the physical to any great degree and are possibly a danger to themselves and others when they seem to be in the physical state; this includes people who fall out of their bodies while walking down the street or driving their kids to school, people who hallucinate freely, etc. This is not an illness, but rather a habit of focus and adjustment, usually caused by trauma and/or chemical imbalances and/or environmental poisoning (not "mental illness," whatever that is). With understanding of what has to be focused on and what has to be adjusted, it can probably be cured without drugs by anyone with the requisite intuition and empathy who cares about the person enough to grok their inner workings correctly and know what few steps could be taken to start the ball rolling in a different direction. So-called schizophrenia certainly cannot be cured with drugs, although hallucinogens might prove to be effective if the research ever gets done. And if it were better understood, then the curing part would probably be superfluous; these folks would just be trained by each other to become our shamans and unworlding coaches. Currently the guru class is like everything else, unfortunately comprised of those best suited to marketing themselves. Not that some of them ain't nutbags too.
3) A third category is the subject of a competent hypnotist. Real wizards in this field are so rare that I recommend avoiding any "hypnotist" or "hypnotherapist" who needs to advertise. A true master of hypnosis can put you into a one-pointed, totally focused state with or without complete amnesia so, for example, you can remember what you had for breakfast on your 7th birthday. That sort of thing can also be accomplished by unworlding if you bother to learn unworlding. So I'd say forget the difficult and expensive search for a competent hypnotist and take matters into your own hands. While the best of the best can put you into any desired state without the relaxation techniques--for example by using distraction or confusion techniques--this is probably not something that all beginners can do on themselves. But many people could learn self hypnosis, if they are lucky and smart enough to study the best materials and not the run-of-the-mill tripe most commonly found that is 95% marketing and 5% bullshit.
Upon investigating various methods of meditation, if you keep your eyes open for the keywords, "breath," "breathing," etc. you'll find that all meditation techniques are masquerades for the mastery of twoness, which is simply breathing the world into being consciously. The meditation teacher who doesn't bring up breathing doesn't exist. The breathing is the method. The instructions, especially if you have to pay for them, are the trappings, the window dressing, the billable hours so gurus can get paid for telling you to do what you already do part of the time anyway:
Assuming that most of us won't get this at its simplest form, let's talk about when to meditate instead of when to breathe. When to meditate is more important than how. If it involves shutting down the internal dialog, then it doesn't matter what tradition you follow, if any. The simpler the better, because it is the goal of some meditation teachers to distract you from what they call "phenomena" or "experiences" and unworlding is all about having experiences. When I have perfected myself, I'll maybe take up the hobby of not having any experiences. The real aim of the (paid) guru is to prolong the time you spend on his toll road.
Unworlders should generally meditate not long before going to sleep. The best time to meditate is after approximately four hours of sleep and preceding a return to sleep. So 3:00 in the morning for example.
This timing kills several birds with one stone:
--It breaks the addiction to deep unconsciousness and proves to the mind that it is pleasant, not painful, to Wake Up. This will give your 2-3-4 Mind the nerves of steel that it might need to get through the Urumara and fully unworlded.
--Earthville is at its most peaceful when the most humans are unconscious. This is a thing of beauty. It's a thrilling experience.
--It accomplishes the WBTB (wake-back-to-bed) lucidity strategy.
--It accomplishes the lucidity strategy of disrupting your sleep routines, making it statistically more likely that you will think or do something new, unusual, or unexpected in a dream.
--It accomplishes the Castanedian task of disrupting routines in general and the lucidity warrior's task of generating lucidity when the body is stirring in hopes that this will rub off on the dreaming bodies later.
--It gives you a natural time to record dreams as well as training your sleeping mind to expect to be doing this soon.
--Some accomplished meditators such as Jurgen Ziewe have unworlding experiences all the time without having ever tried to, just because they enjoy meditating so much.
I could go on. The benefits of meditation unrelated to unworlding could fill an encyclopedia.
A related topic might be addressed here, which is when to try unworlding practices. Specifically, almost every guru will tell you to not bother trying anything at bedtime. This goes against my grain, not just because I don't like being told what to do, but it just seems like the most obvious time to want to do unworlding. Even though the argument against bedtime practices is sound and meaty--you're too tired to focus, you need to rest first, it works best if you're ready to enter REM sleep directly--I don't care. And last time I had a really great practice session at bedtime, I had a lucid dream later that night.
But do not do bedtime practices with expectation of results. Practice as a dry run. For example, the other night I was working on the gravity blanket, trying to get as close as possible to slipping into sleep paralysis (entering the Urumara) without losing consciousness. I enjoyed working on this for almost three hours, and early the next morning I had an ecstatic unworlding experience. The next night I tried it and couldn't even stay awake. One of the keys for this bedtime practice is to go to bed an hour or two early. Otherwise the practice of lying in bed trying to accomplish something instead of relaxing into sleep at bedtime will take its toll on your mood and/or health. And I find that sacrificing the last two hours of my day is easier than putting down what I'm doing in the middle of the day for a lying-down session. But it's important to do this bedtime practice as a dry run, so in other words, I was not trying to unworld; I was trying to get a glimpse of the Urumara with my conscious awareness. Because I felt deeply interested in doing this, I enjoyed it. So there was no frustration because my goal was reasonable. I felt that I learned something and had a useful experience. And the fact that I found it so enjoyable was a clue that I would be unworlding in a few hours from the dream state.
The so-called random, emotional, junk dreams we often experience in the first half of the night are extremely important. There's nothing random or junk about them. This is why people who don't get as much sleep as they want end up getting depressed and eventually go nutso. The Uppers, our normally neglected higher harmonics/dream bodies, know more about tweaking us back into usable mental conditions than a team of highly paid shrinks. And it's a good thing, because most shrinks don't know squat, and care less. In these nightmare days during the heavy-handed self-destruction of capitalism worldwide, the more you have to pay for something, generally the more you don't need it and couldn't use it if you did. The so-called Professionals have literally invoted themselves to positions of authority and aristocracy that they now take for granted and no longer deserve.
On the other hand, our dreams freely and gracefully perform the function of literally keeping us sane, if allowed to. If your conscious mind doesn't know how to do that, then how could someone else's conscious mind know how to do it?
So reserving the first four hours of sleep for letting so-called "junk dreams" rearrange your inner filing cabinet for smooth functioning is another reason not to do unworlding practice with an eye to instant results at bedtime unless you have ten hours to lay in bed instead of eight.
And herein lies the great secret of mastering 8ness in the so-called waking state--the 2-3-4 Mind. If you are able to keep the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life from accumulating to toxic proportions during the day, then when you lie down you can skip the junk dreams, the housekeeping of the Unworld, and go straight for the good stuff.
The ideal accomplishment in this regard has been claimed by lifelong Taoist teacher and student of lucid dreaming, Michael Winn. He says he has developed a way of clearing and re-arranging the inner thisses and thatses before he lies down to sleep for the night, with the result being that he can have unworlding experiences all the time, while sleeping only four hours a night.
So I say to you: relax no matter what.
Which reminds me: what is meditation really? Meditation is said to be the act of stopping your thoughts. That's a good start, but in my most recent experience, as a beginner, I find that no matter what else I might be doing, if I refuse to entertain thoughts of the past or the future (the supposedly real and the apparently theoretical), all that's left is meditation.
"Get as heavy as you want when we talk about dreaming," he said.
"Explanations always call for deep thought. But when you actually dream, be as light as a feather. Dreaming has to be performed with integrity and seriousness, but in the midst of laughter and with the confidence of someone who doesn't have a worry in the world. Only under these conditions can our dreams actually be turned into dreaming."
--Carlos Castaneda, The Art of Dreaming