Controlled Folly and the Eight Gates of Dreaming Awake: Testimonial

dreaming-gates-controlled-follyI have recently learned from Lujan the art of controlled folly. Lujan said it would give a boost to the practice of the Eight Gates of Dreaming Awake.

I’ve been practicing the Eight Gates for many months now, but have never been able to get beyond the sixth gate, so to speak. I’ve not yet been able to reach an awareness of the deeper practices of this method.

This afternoon, feeling very low and tired, I laid down to hopefully nap. I began the Eight Gates meditation. I fell behind one of the major gates and almost fell asleep but caught a vision and brought myself out of it.

After re-entering the gates, I finally became aware of one of the most important gates for healing. I could follow a feeling all the way from my ankles to the hips, then saw a vision of my spine. I bounced back to waking awareness at that point. I got up feeling renewed and happy. I was simply happy for no reason.

Practicing controlled folly is allowing me to interact in the world in a rather detached manner. It’s a very comfortable place. I’m seeing how doing and speaking can so very quickly become an avenue of self-validation. When you can be more patient and observe, the opportunities to speak with truth and power present themselves.

I have more work to do before I can explain how profound, yet simple this art actually is. The shift is almost immediate, and it takes a while for one’s reason to catch up.

Learning with Lujan is like that. Knowing is there. Talking about it has to wrangled into existence.


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  1. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of the verbs required by warriorship.

  2. Hi, I wanted to comment also on detachment.

    The techniques in Lujan’s book ‘Awakening the Third Eye’ are such a powerful antidote in this respect. I have been becoming increasingly aware of the power of these techniques in filling the quadrants of the eyes with light.

    I notice that when I am not engaged in daily practice, external phantasm begins to enchant, and I find that the consciousness begins to store percepts sequentially, weather it be visual, or auditory, etc.

    Then we become subject to repeatism.

    Anyways, for those who enjoy the festivities, much merriment to yah. But don’t look at me with those bedroom eyes.

  3. Hi, let me clarify. In regards to the festivities, I was speaking about the external world catering to our attention, and the mediocre merriment which follows.

    I mentioned bedroom eyes in regards to the allure of things which tries to lure one in with a spineless promise.

    When I reread it I didn’t know if it came across in another way. Nor was it in reference to anyone here.

    Love, D~

    • My comment to you was in jest. Your metaphors weren’t exactly obvious. But now you have explained them they are very good.

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