Feb 162013

Millions of people around the world report awakening around 3 a.m. for no reason. For many, it is a frustrating interruption in an otherwise restful sleep. But what if you could learn to release resistance to these mysterious awakenings? What if the night has secrets to whisper to you? What if that is the magic hour in which to move “back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,” as Rumi writes.

Indeed, my most powerful teachings have come through at that time, many of which I might have missed had I kept sleeping.

I call them Night Raptures. Sometimes difficult to explain, these experiences are like catching glimpses into the perfection of everything.
For those brief moments when the ego is retired from guard, we are given sudden access to the allness – a pure and sensual passion for everything just as it is. Like a giant parade, organized in its chaos, in which every last one of us is celebrating this gift of being alive. Don’t go back to sleep!”

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A writer, artist and tender of dreams, Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News & BBC Radio and her writing has appeared in publications around the world. Thanks to Skype, she works with dreamers internationally in her Private Dreamwork practice, based on Salt Spring Island in Canada. You can find Toko-pa on Facebook or sign up for her mailing list to receive news about upcoming events.

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  8 Responses to “Night Raptures”

  1. What a wonderful way to interpret a night-time disturbance. And I love the image. Beautiful.

  2. you are so amazing, Toko-pa!

  3. […] I had the pleasure to read a post by Toko-pa on waking up during the ‘witching hour’. Normally, this hour vacillates between three […]

  4. When I find myself awakened at this hour, I have discovered that there really is this “other” place in my awareness that sits between sleep and wakefulness. It’s a beautiful and comforting place full of insight. However, if I allow my mind to move into full wakefulness, it escapes me, vanishing into the energy of the unknown. The intentional capacity to stop this process does belong to me, but it requires a disciplined effort to make happen.

  5. That is a wonderful reframeing of something we may consider a nuisance.
    Well, my nighmarish dreams don’t allow me to wake in the middle of the night. I have to endure till morning. 🙁 . But what if one could change the perspective of that too, and take it as an opportunity to listen to the numinous even if it looks very threatening.
    Hm, but how?

  6. I wake up at this time every night…used to be afraid..of this around in the room. Now not so much….but do notice this black hazy energy moving around the room. I have tired to take pictures of it but doesn’t catch anything. I feel it is disruptive…but that is just me.

    • @Charlotte … black hazy energy, I’ve encountered it at least 1000 times, literally. My life is quite a horror story.
      After so many encounters, I have just recently learned to give it a chance to reveal things to me. Apparently in the nightmare our very own star is hidden, and ruins usually hide a treasure. But it is a hard hard work and one must use all the help one can get.

  7. I once read that the yin yang symbol, along with other things, demonstrates to us that a nap in the middle of the day and a period of being awake during the middle of the night are part of a healthy and balanced whole. I felt relief from that. Now, when I wake at three, I plug in my earbuds and listen to sleep hypnosis and meditation tracks…zzzzzzzzzz.

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