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Age Is No Barrier
Experience by Susan Kramer
Back in the early 70s I was running the track alongside the men’s team at Anne Arundel Community College. This was because there was no women’s team at that time. It was exhilarating just to run, and I kept it up till moving to the west coast in 1975.
Fast forward to last night (September 2020). After a 45 year break I once again experienced that runners’ high, and this time in a dream.
I felt all the sensations in my dream body as if it was a physical body, which was nice, because when I woke up I was not sore or even out of breath. All the highs and none of the pain. And this was even after my dream body ran all out for 100 miles along Rt. 101 between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. To add to the excitement I pushed myself and raced past a group of male runners along the way.
This was an experience that reinforced in my mind that we can fulfill our physical and mental desires in the dream state if we can’t act out in the physical. And now in my 70s I sure can’t run full speed for a block, much less 100 miles like I did in my lightweight dream body – or astral body if you call it that.
At other times I have used my dream or astral body to perform classical ballet on stage like I did in my teens and 20s. What is amazing to me, is that in dreams the execution of the steps is easier and more perfect than my physical effort ever was.
What I’m learning is that age is no barrier to experiencing what we want to in the world, if we can accept that it’s okay to enjoy our dream or astral body as a substitute, or even as better than a physical experience – because it is gain without pain.
Age Is No Barrier © 2020 Susan Kramer; photo by Stan Schaap in Hoorn, The Netherlands
About the Author: A meditation and yoga practitioner and international author since 1976, Susan Kramer writes on practical spirituality, family and social issues, and dance. Her instructional books are listed at her web site – http://www.susankramer.com/books.html
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