Paul Levy | Our Dream-Like Reality: Waking Up to Navigate the Dream of ‘Life’ | March 18, 2016


EBTV presents host Evita Ochel with featured guest Paul Levy in a dialogue about the dream-like nature of our reality and how to wake up and navigate it.

Paul Levy is a teacher, author and artist with a background in economics, art, Tibetan Buddhism, Shamanism and Jungian psychology.

Topics covered in the video include:

1. Paul shares about his spiritual awakening and how it brought him to do the work he does today. (1:15)
- the role of suffering in Paul’s awakening
- how mental health can be associated with spiritual awakening

2. Paul shares about his latest book “Awakened by Darkness”. (8:00)
- connections to Shamanism

3. What does it mean that this reality is dream-like? (14:00)
- Paul shares about his approach via “The Dreaming Up Process”
- how the sleeping dream state mirrors the waking dream state
- interpreting the symbolic nature of dreams

4. Why is it important to wake up within this dream-like reality? (21:00)
- the role of quantum physics

5. How to approach this dream-like reality if we don’t like what we see in our personal ?(28:08)
- the difference between being lucid and being awake (inner vs. outer dream control)

6. What is synchronicity and its significance in our dream-like reality? (30:39)
- the connection between matter and psyche
- the connection to the archetypal dimension

7. Exploring the symbolic nature of our dream-like reality. (34:14)
- the connection between synchronicity and symbols
- the meaning of symbols
- how symbols are different than signs (37:00)

8. How do deal with personal and collective suffering in a balanced manner, given the dream-like state of this reality? (38:35)
- embodying bodhisattva and bodhicitta (40:05)

9. How to deal with challenges of interacting with others within this reality, who are deeply entrenched and not aware of its dream-like nature. (42:35)
- the importance of embodying the realization
- the importance of surrounding ourselves with a like-minded people/community

10. Paul shares concluding tips for navigating this dream-like reality. (47:07)
- the importance of compassion
- the importance of not ignoring, repressing or pretending something does not exist; finding a balance between the light and the dark
- how negative energy feeds off of polarization/duality/separation (50:48)
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