is the language of the mind during our nightly sojourns. It stands
to simple reason that this time could be used wisely. Personal creativity
is greatly increased by utilizing the information gleaned from the
subconscious mind in dreams. It is also possible to learn to control
your dreams, adding a whole new dimension to the sleeping experience.
Well give some techniques on how to do this.
some people don't remember their dreams, science has determined
that everyone dreams during portions of their nightly sleep. These
sleeping cycles can be observed by the rapid eye movement (REM)
phase of sleeping. In fact, there has been extensive research done
on the dreaming cycles at Stanford University Sleep Research Center
and the Lucidity Institute. One of the foremost researchers is Stephen
LaBerge, Ph.D. He has written the best book available in this area
titled Lucid Dreaming.
dream experience is perhaps the most creative form of consciousness
that some people will ever experience. If you recall your dreams
upon waking, you can take the symbols, images and adventures you
experienced and discover what is going on at deeper levels of your
psyche. This is incredibly valuable information that will improve
creative potential immensely.
dreams can be a tricky business. Carl Jung is quoted as saying,
"Learn everything you can about symbolism, and then forget
it all when interpreting your dreams." I would agree. Dream
interpretation is a personal art. No one else can determine for
you what a particular symbol means to your individual psyche. To
get dream interpretation books and have someone else decide that
certain symbols mean the same thing to everyone is implausible.
Though certain symbols may have similar meanings to the collective
consciousness, trust that your own mind is dancing with itself in
the dream state. Trust yourself to listen quietly in the waking
state to what your psyche is whispering to you in nocturnal sojourns.
is a good example. Most people I've talked to experience a dream
where their teeth were falling out. Now Freud, or other dream interpreters,
might tell you that you have specific fears that are being expressed
by your subconscious as a result a particular dream. Yet, as Aristotle
believed, dreams can also be messages from the body to the psyche
of physical problems. Teeth falling out can be the body telling
you that you have the beginning of gum disease or jaw nerve problems.
For myself the feeling I've had when I awoke from a dream that my
teeth were falling out was one of great vulnerability. Without teeth
food is impossible to chew, and personal appearance is distorted.
You should trust in your own intuition enough, and simply ask yourself
without prejudice, what does a particular dream mean to you. Is
it a message from the body or a hidden motive from the psyche? If
you get quiet and listen you will get a specific feeling regarding
the symbolism of dream images.
dreaming is an excellent way to harness creative mind and use its
power to the ultimate. When you become aware in a dream that you
are dreaming, and that you have the power to control the outcome
of the dream, you have unlimited power. This is the basic definition
of having a lucid dream. You are lucid that you are dreaming, but
you have not awakened, thus you can then interact with the dream state
with conscious intent. I had my first lucid dream at the age of
six. I realized that I was dreaming because the content of the dream
(I had a lot of money in my small hands) was not realistic for my
waking life, as we were quite poor. To test this out I woke myself
up, checked to see if my hands were full of money, they were not,
and realized that I was dreaming. What was most interesting is that,
as a child with no prejudice, it immediately occurred to me that
I could go back to that same dream and control it, which I did.
I went back to sleep and reveled in having all that money, thoroughly
enjoying what that would feel like. Now, whenever I wake up in my
dreams, I always assess the situation, ask myself why this dream
is important to my waking life, and alter the events of the dream
to change my perspectives in my waking life.
if you are having a dream in which you are being chased or victimized
in some way, you become lucid and realize that this is a dream,
you then turn upon your attacker, face the problem squarely and
resolve it fearlessly. Perhaps this is something you are reluctant
to do in waking life. If you can remember to do this in a dream,
then the next time a similar challenge presents itself in waking
life you will be able to turn and face it without running. This
is how lucid dreaming can improve our waking emotional balance and
can be taught to dream lucidly. Some people have a knack for it,
as I do. But, if you persist, you can learn to become lucid in the
dreaming state. There are a number of techniques for this, and reading
the book Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge is an excellent beginning.
He also has a web site, www.lucidity.com,
with a lot of tools and information on how to approach this.
Castenada promoted the lucid dream technique taught to him by Don
Juan. He said that if you could remember to see your hands clearly
in your sleep that would be your cue to wake up within
the dream. This is a favorite technique of some people, though hands
may not always be chosen. Choosing something that is more familiar
or meaningful to you can do the same thing. Whatever symbol you
chose, tell yourself just upon falling asleep that you will see
this symbol in your dream, the symbol will cue you to become lucid
that you are really dreaming, and from there you will control the
dream any way you want. The hypnogogic state we all pass through
from waking to sleeping is identical to hypnosis. Whatever you deliberately
drop into this transitional state of consciousness will be the content
of your dream state.
valuable tool is to write down your dreams as you recall them. I
remember mine each morning and spend about ten minutes pondering
them for any clues that could be helpful to my day or anything important
in my life. If you tend to forget your dreams quickly, keep a small
journal by your bed and train yourself to write down your dreams,
or parts of them, immediately upon waking. If you keep this journal
right next to your bed, and you wake in the middle of the night
with a particularly engrossing dream, you can learn to write the
highlights of it in the dark. This is helpful if you are too drowsy
to wake up for details, as you can recall them in the morning. A
dream journal is the next best thing to learning to dream lucidly.
the amount of time you spend dreaming. The creative nature of the
dream experience has invaluable potential for improving your waking
life. As a result of controlling your dreaming experience you can
resolve many problems. I have been fortunate enough to have my dream
life be rich and potent every night. I look forward to going to
sleep knowing that what I experience can be just as important, enchanting,
and creative as anything that happens in my waking state. Dreaming
was not given to us by accident but is a natural extension of consciousness
creatively utilizing the sleeping state. Use this gift and
enrich your creative potential.