The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse
There are plenty of books written about lucid dreaming, but most of them are written for the adult reader a]nd aren’t intended for children or young adults. Many younger readers aren’t interested in reading dry, philosophical, non-fiction books and easily get bored. Yet, young readers are nonetheless (often indirectly) exposed to the underlying morality and metaphysical aspects of the fictional stories they read. Taking inspiration from stories like Harry Potter, Matilda, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz, I began writing The Dreams of Phillip Aisling in 2007. It is a story designed to introduce younger readers to safe and confident exploration of the rich and exciting world of lucid dreaming. It is told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy who is struggling to understand what his dreams mean. I wanted to present lucid dreaming in an entertaining way that kids would enjoy. Readers of all ages are invited to join Phillip in learning to take control of their dreams. The book also explains, from a kid’s point of view, possible theories about the metaphysics of dreams and how they can be interpreted as glimpses into alternate realities within Hugh Everett’s multiverse.
What is “Lucid Dreaming” Again?
Before we delve into the metaphysics of dreaming, you may be wondering “what is Continue reading
Before we get to the fun part of decorating your new cyber home, let’s take care of some general housekeeping tasks via the navigation menu on the left side of your WordPress Administration panel.
Hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the very bottom of the vertical menu below your Dashboard and a submenu pops out to the side that contains the following links:
The only settings we will concern ourselves with for now are: General and Permalinks.
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In less than ten minutes, he’ll explain
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This is the day you log into your WordPress.org Administration Panel.
For those of you who’d prefer instead to stick with WordPress.com, we part ways here, and I leave you with the following message: WordPress.com is a hosted service, which means that you don’t have to deal with finding a web host or downloading and installing the WordPress software. All is done for you. So I don’t blame you if you choose to start with a casual blog through WordPress.com rather than self-host a complete management system (CMS) through WordPress.org.
If you choose to go with WordPress.com, as I initially did, I’m sure you’ll be happy with the service it provides as you familiarize yourself with the world of blogging. Perhaps you’ll be so happy that you’ll never feel the need to expand your reach—or your control. I wish you the best.
For help in getting started with WordPress.com, I again urge you to purchase WordPress for Dummies, which covers all you need to know. I have also written posts about blogging (developed through the publishing platform Blogger), starting here: Setting Up a Blog, Part 1. Or you may choose to follow some of the excellent videos and information online. As I mentioned in a previous post, creating a hosted blog on WordPress.com (or Blogger) is amazingly easy. So go for it! And have a ball!
If you’re still undecided about which version of WordPress to use, here is yet another site offering an unbiased, well-researched comparison between the two: WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide for 2015.
For those of you who have decided to plunge ahead with WordPress.org and have successfully installed its software onto your preferred hosting server, as … Continue reading
Maharishi and States of Consciousness
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, often considered the leading scientist of consciousness in our time, brought out the TM technique from the ancient Vedic tradition. That tradition of teachers for millennia has maintained the knowledge of frequencies of sound and how to use them for the evolution of life. The sounds were originally cognized by rishis in their own pure consciousness as the vibratory structure of creation. Maharishi was able to systematize the teaching to make it available to people around the world, and he encouraged scientific research so that meditation and its experiences were not shrouded in mysticism.
What has emerged over the last 50 years are seven stages of growth of consciousness based on specific measurable changes in the human nervous system. Pure consciousness has turned out to be a natural 4th state of consciousness (beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping) that we all have within us. It is our own internal antidote to stress as well as the key to creativity and health. Maharishi called the 5th state Cosmic Consciousness (where inner silence and outer activity coexist 24 hours a day), the 6th state Refined Cosmic Consciousness (where perception refines and the heart expands), and the 7th state Unity Consciousness (where inner and outer merge in one united awareness).
It’s rare to have an enlightened sage comment on specifics of literature, but part of Maharishi’s mission was to bring his attention to every aspect of modern life to identify the most fundamental or ideal state of that discipline. I have organized my summary of … Continue reading
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Installing WordPress on your domain and hosting account.
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Visionary Fiction, mindful of our dual nature, now steps in, not to make a villain of technology, neutral by nature, but to transcend its current hegemony and restore it as the balanced and cooperative partner to our spiritual aspect. Continue reading