REMINDER: When I use the terms consciousness, awareness, mind, and brain, unless I am being specific for one reason or another as a didactic exercise, please remember that physical space and empyreal space are overlaid upon each other from our normative perspective and are inseparable dyads, e.g., mind-brain, whose functioning is always as a unit.
Dreamtime (part III)
In the last blog, I promised to discuss the multiple manifestations of ‘bare observing’ during our dreamtime and their importance for personal inner growth.
After a person begins studying dreams, he or she will notice that the focal point from which each dream is experienced is variable. For example,
 Most often, the actors and events comprising a dream are observed from the ergoegotic center without residing in any particular dream character. Observing is disassociated from participating, somewhat like watching a movie.
 In some dreams, the experience unfolds as if the dreamer is operating (as an agent and receiver of actions) from one of his or her normal waking personas; though, the physical appearance may differ. Usually the recognized ‘feeling of Me-ness’ is present.
 In other dreams, our observing ergoegotic center resides in other dream characters–oftentimes changing during the dream. That is, ‘Me-ness’ shifts from one dream persona to another. I imagine this is related to the fact that humans understand that other humans have their own minds–called ‘theory of minds’ in psychology.
 During dreams organized around threat, some dreamers will experience ‘waking-up,’ while still immersed in REM sleep, most often so to escape the perceived dream threat. When this occurs, the dream ego is experiencing the ever-present continuity between waking and dreaming reality; i.e., the two states of Type II reality are simultaneously realized.
People are often surprised when they leave REM and fully awaken since they truly believed that they were awake within the dream. Sometimes, being unable to tell if they were dreaming or such dream events actually happened.
 Lastly, there is ‘lucid dreaming’ or Jung’s ‘active imaging’ in which the dreamer has gained partial control over portions of the dream being constructed by the brain-mind so to guide his or her experience. This could be called a ‘waking dream.’
Each of these different dreamtime experiences are normally of little importance for mundane life or in success in the Work exercises. What is of primary importance is the realization that: [a] ‘observing’ is a function and not a thing, [b] each act of ‘observing‘ stems from a non-observable focal point, [c] such focal point unassociated with the artifactual self, and [d] Type II reality is a unified state and works equally during wakefulness and dreaming.
For it an esoteric truism, that none may reliably enter into Type III reality until he or she verifies the distinction between Type I and II realities and the continuity of the ergoegotic center functioning awake or asleep.
In the next blog, I shall move onto Type III Reality.
Type III Reality
First, I would like to sincerely extend my best wishes for peace profound to each of my readers. Every writer hopes that his or her prose will be of use to at least one sincere seeker of Life, Light, and Love!
Having briefly introduced type I and type II realities, particularly as to the ever-vacillating facets of personal awareness, we have sufficient information to initialize discussion of type III, or conscious reality.
The human experience of pure conscious reality (the 5Q+1), by necessity, can only be expressed when delivered through the unadorned ergoegotic center of the brain-mind unit. The term, unadorned, signifying observing of ones environment (inner or outer) directly and without overlaying an existing ego state or persona. One needs to understand that the ergoegotic center is not the individual self or true personality, but simply the doorway or apparatus allowing the mind-brain to choose to experience pure conscious reality so to function in type III reality.
In persons living solely in type I and II realities, the ergoegotic center is rarely experienced unadorned; for socialization assures each child of the existence of an individual (and presumed immortal) self, an inner owner and doer, who has introjected a large number of social roles, personas, useful for social life. Subsequently, conscious reality is prevented access to the adult.
Legitimately, the reader might query, “If the ergoegotic center is not the true or actual self, not the soul personality, and no more than an apparatus for merging pure consciousness with type II reality; then, I am honestly confused as to spiritual effort.”
The simplest answer is that the true self or soul personality is not ‘something’ given to us by God or by Grace; rather, it is a state of being consciously birthed and developed by an individual’s thoughtful utilization of the unadorned ergoegotic center (allowing social roles to be seen for what they are, in truth, no more than personas useful for the mundane). In other words, the true self is born in type III reality.
It is a fair doctrine, for each man and woman is permitted to choose to remain in type II reality or Work to develop type III reality. Pure consciousness never forces!
Though, but, one hypothesis, the simplest formulation to cast, as to the intrinsic nature of the true self, is to imagine that it is a unique pattern born and strengthened via hard Work using type III reality. A pattern held in pure consciousness.
There is much more to say, but, such must wait for a latter blog. However, Work Exercises exist to introduce and stabilize you to type III reality.