Serpent Ceremonies: Witnessing
When we watch television, we call this WATCHING TV.
When we witness a car accident, we call this WITNESSING the accident.
The difference in the two methods of observing is that in witnessing we EXPERIENCE what we observe.
This is what we will learn to do. Not only in Waking Dreams, but in LIFE!
In Waking Dreams we WITNESS each other. The mover, with eyes closed moves in response to verbal prompts that take him/her into the depths of his/her subconscious. Through these prompts, we can restructure faulty belief systems, face fears, purify the conditions in our mind. While we do this, there is a witness present who experiences the dream with you. There is a great power in having been witnessed and it is the combination of the brain experiencing the physical movement with the mental image of the imagined dream with having been witnessed that uncovers and heals deep-seated subconscious issues.
But, WITNESSING is not just WATCHING...
When we witness, we offer ourselves that experience as if WE were doing it.
It requires that we let go of our ego and that we separate from our own interpersonal thought processes. It's easier to do than it sounds though! We release our ego by conscious telling ourselves that all judgments that we have or make are fine OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR OF THIS CONTAINER. Inside these doors, those judgments, good or not, are invalid. And then we train our thoughts, by recognizing them. When we are focused, all of our energy goes toward the person we are witnessing. When a thought interrupts, "I am hungry" for example, we recognize it and let the thought go. In this way it does not distract our focus. If, however, we follow the thought into the cycles of "Oh I can't wait to eat that sandwich I brought... etc.", that is where we loose focus and are no longer participating in the exercise. So we simply practice letting the thoughts GO... as if they were on a ticker-tape, scrolling along without any energy given to them.
As we WITNESS the mover, we observe the mover as if that person were us. We track what we feel, what images come to mind, what it would be like to experience what the mover is experiencing. Then, when the session is finished we tell the mover what WE experienced. It is in the language of "When you did _______, I saw _________," the language of "I" rather than "YOU". Share YOUR experience with the mover. What you saw, whether it was exactly what they did, or exactly the opposite of what they did, or something in-between, your experience gives the mover insights into their own dream