Integral Deep Listening (IDL) notes that dream yoga and lucid dreaming are unreliable indicators of enlightenment. IDL also notes that your current degree of waking clarity and objectivity determines the decisions you make when you become lucid in your dreams.
For many, the term “dream yoga,” conjures up a spiritual discipline of Indian origin for the purpose of becoming lucid during dreams and sleep. Lucid dreaming has traditionally been done for two purposes, to understand and recognise the illusoriness of all experience so as to wake up out of it, and to gain yogic control, and therefore freedom from karma and suffering. Texts on Tibetan dream yoga, such as Chogyal Norbu’s Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, emphasise the former, while approaches such as Stephen LaBerge’s, emphasise dream yoga methodologies which are affiliated with traditional shamanic goals of control, freedom, contact with other-worldly assistance, and adventure.
Many people equate dream yogas and lucid dreaming with enlightenment because they involve waking up in other states of consciousness. The approach to dream yoga developed and taught by Integral Deep Listening (IDL), notes that dream yoga and lucid dreaming are unreliable indicators of enlightenment, because children, alcoholics, and criminals can lucid dream. Lucid dreaming and dream yoga do not necessarily lead to enlightenment, although they can certainly support it.