Emma Question #56


Hey Joshua,

Can you please speak to me about the purpose of sleep? Is it to give us a rest from focusing in resistance? If you meditate more would you need less sleep?


Dear Emma,

The purpose of sleep is to reorient yourself with the nonphysical. It is a respite from physical reality. It is the opportunity to relieve your inner self of the need to maintain focus on the physical. It's not that it is a time of rest for the body, it is a time of nonresistance. However, even if you lived a completely nonresistant life, you would still need sleep. You would still need the break from the heaviness of reality.

Reality is a fun and exciting adventure and you very much wanted to be here, but it is dense. It is a different kind of experience from the nonphysical. Both the illusion of reality and the environment of reality cause a very detailed and intricate experience that seems serious, even though it is mostly easy and fun. The more serious you are, the more sleep you need. The less serious you are, the more you enjoy sleep.

You do not need sleep to rest your body. Your body is functioning whether you are awake or asleep. Your heart still beats, your brain still operates, and you might be in a different mode, but the cells of your body are all doing their job while you are sleeping. You need sleep so that you can return to the nonphysical and reassess what it is you are doing, what roles you are playing, and how you are interpreting your reality. You get a break from the confinement of your body and you get to spend some time (although there is no time in the nonphysical) playing around with the idea of physical life while in the nonphysical.

You spend time at work and then you spend time at home. The work is like your waking reality and the time you're at home is like your sleep. It's like a break, but it is more than that. You get to do things you can't or won't do while you're awake. When you dream, it is your physical interpretation of what was going on in the non physical while you are in the sleep state. If you are naked in your dream, you will notice that no one cares. That's because there is no embarrassment in the nonphysical because everyone accepts you as you are. No one cares about things like that.

Meditation is the suspension of thought and therefore the suspension of resistance. If you become good at meditating, you can suspend thought for moments at a time. This is a time on nonresistance and so it has similar effects as sleep. However, you do not leave your body and you do not go to the nonphysical. In the nonphysical, you get a chance to play out scenarios, redefine your roles with others, communicate with others, receive inspiration, adjust your beingness, and basically prepare yourself for another day in physical reality.

You will notice that when people are sick, they sleep. The sleep allows them to work out their resistance in the nonphysical. Babies sleep because they are adjusting to physical reality. Older people sleep less, often because they are more used to the demands of physical reality and many have stopped trying to control their conditions as much as they did when they were younger. People who suffer traumatic injury often lapse into a coma which is another form of sleep.

If you were to live in a natural world, free from the influences of your modern society, you would sleep more often for shorter durations. Sleeping through the night is simply a habit you've adopted. Those who take naps during the day and sleep less at night are more in tune with a natural pattern of some time awake and some time asleep. It is difficult to go a full sixteen hours awake and then sleep for eight hours straight. No wonder everyone is sleepy all the time. It's not that their body is tired, it's that their spending too much time in resistance too many waking hours.

We hope you sleep well tonight,
We are Joshua