Question – Please fully explain the differences between the Poetry of Dreaming and the Poetry of Awakening and why they are used in yoga?
Example of Poetry of Dreaming
“Purple currents fold like glittering ribbons through endless oceans of sunlit blue. I carry the sky within my breast.”
Example of Poetry of Awakening
“With a thunderous roar, lightning cracks the black egg of the night. In the valley below, on a cottage windowsill, a candle flame wavers but folds back the darkness of the night. Wrapped in her shawl, a child sleeps in his mother’s arms.”
Answer – The Poetry of Awakening is the key to communication from the nurturer and the impeccable spiritual warrior. It is a series of poetically descriptive sentences that convey the layers of feeling behind the description and give it its ambient qualities.
The Poetry of Awakening serves as the communication device of the vertical axis of existence. The Inner Nurturer and Inner Warrior are the components of this axis, which can be described as the mind-based approach to life. The mind has a left-brain (conscious) and a right-brain (unconscious) way of accessing and communicating information.
This poetic method is used by the unconscious whereas the Poetry of Dreaming is used by the sub-conscious or heart-mind, for the Inner Child and Inner Elder (the sub-conscious or heart-mind) of the horizontal axis of existence to communicate.
Shrivat Satva Yoga uses the Poetry of Dreaming to help clear past Dream Cycles or Descension Cycles of life and the times when debris of unresolved issues gather in the sub-conscious. The Poetry of Awakening is used in the Saradesi Satva Yoga to help clear the accumulated debris of Ascension Cycles that gather in the unconscious parts of mind.