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Sunday, 27 July 2014
How to control your dreams (lucid dreaming)
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

When dreaming, one enters a state of consciousness in which the whole scenario is subtle, flowing and flexible. Here, your own thoughts, ideas and emotions can shape the energy of the mind into symbolic images and forms.

With the right training, you can also learn to consciously enter and control your own dreams. These are called lucid dreams. And having the same characteristics as all dreams, would also be fluid and open to incoming impressions. 

Working within the dimension of your dreams is an extremely important exercise, even more so than imagery, as it requires a very high level of consciousness, intention and will–power and also introduces you to the idea of being able to change your perception of reality. During this kind of dream-work you are actually directly engaging your subconscious mind and with practice, can learn to merge it with your normal consciousness. This bridging of the gap between subconscious and conscious processes opens the path for the inflow of consciousness from your higher self. Lucid dreams are very powerful in this way, in that they can bring you closer to your true spiritual self and the ultimate reality of the Divine Mind.

You may recall from previous articles that your subconscious mind and body responds to a recreated situation (imagery) in the same way as it would to a real-life situation. This applies to dreaming as well. The difference is now that you are actually able to control the dream and shift and change the images and the entire scenario to suit yourself. And as with imagery, can set up situations which can result in self-development and growth.

The preparation

When planning to work with lucid dreaming, the idea is to prepare your mind beforehand for a number of days by practicing a degree of self-discipline. By programming your mind with affirmations and intentions, your subconscious mind will hopefully, after a few days, present you with a moment or two during a dream when you partially wake up and realise that you are dreaming. During that time, you have about a second to open a doorway by making a conscious statement of intent and a decision to enter and control the dream. This ability comes gradually and in stages. Initially you will only have a very low level of awareness and for very brief periods, but with persistence, the skill can be improved.

I have formulated a step-by-step exercise for you to apply in order to begin lucid dreaming.   It is best to attempt this immediately after waking in the morning or during a light sleep such as an afternoon snooze or nap, as it is more difficult to cultivate moments of awareness during deep sleep, when one has had a heavy meal, or is exhausted.

A step-by-step process

- Begin a period of preparation in which you use affirmations and intentions to communicate your readiness to engage in lucid dreaming, to your subconscious mind which acts as an inner guardian for your dream-consciousness

- Set intentions to note very specific visual cues in your dreams which will lead to moments of awareness. For example, use the statement ‘When I see my hands (in my dream) I will realise that I am dreaming' (Casteneda,1993)

- Attempt to cultivate brief moments of partial awareness during your dreaming into which you can introduce a conscious thought. For example, ‘Hey, I'm dreaming', ‘I am aware' or ‘I can do something'

- Act immediately on this one thought by initiating some action in your dream, no matter how small or insignificant. For example, if you are dreaming you are walking along the road and have a brief moment of awareness, consciously stop and touch something

- Try to find the consciousness to create a more powerful thought such as ‘I am dreaming' and then consciously participate in the ongoing drama for a longer period of time

- The ideal is to eventually take control of the dream and be able to completely restructure its activities as a means of self-empowerment. For example, introducing and opening a door which represents access to a higher level of consciousness

- Over time this will radically increase your will-power and intention as well as introducing you to new dimensions of consciousness

- You will find that you soon begin to lose control of the dream as your energy wanes.

In this case, it is advisable to end the dream by consciously setting the intention to wake up.

Controlling the dream

As I said, once you have achieved a measure of awareness, glance around in the dream for opportunities to alter the scene in some way. You will see how the scene shifts with each new decision or intention as you begin to exercise real choices, with each change bringing about a heightened consciousness and increased feelings of confidence. However, as your consciousness increases, the dream will become more real and you may experience powerful emotions.  

As this is actually an exercise in consciousness, the images will all be symbolic in some way. For example, when interacting with archetypal figures in the dream, their strength and power will usually be suggested by their attributes such as height and build. In this regard, it may be useful to consult the sections on symbolism and dream-recall in my previous book ‘Multi-Dimensional Thinking' (Kima Global, 2007).

At this level of mental functioning, where you have advanced your consciousness to the point of having some control over your dreams, a lucid dream can offer some real opportunities for growth, such using the power of your intention to change the scene or to de-construct the dream altogether, leaving you only with an interplay of light and colour.   

However, it requires huge amounts of effort to initiate major shifts to your dream-perception and you will soon begin to notice how your consciousness and clarity decreases as your energy becomes depleted and the scene returns to normal once again. It can therefore also be a useful exercise for increasing your psychic energy.

Once you have attained a certain level of conscious awareness in your lucid dream, it becomes an open visual field and you will be able to interact fully with your subconscious and even with spirit guides and angelic beings of light which are also able to enter your dream.

I wish you all the best with your exercise of lucid dreaming. You will find that it opens an exciting and important area of your mind for development.

By Jimmy Henderson - www.jimmyhendersonbooks.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2014 01:12 MEST
Monday, 14 April 2014
Why you're more likely to have weird dreams when the Moon is full
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Dreams

Slept badly? Had strange dreams? Blame the moon.

People have more weird and wonderful dreams around the time of the full moon, a British study found.

The content of our dreams doesn’t vary with the seasons or with the days of the week, it showed.

But in the week or so surrounding a full moon, they are decidedly more ‘weird and bizarre’.

Psychologist Richard Wiseman made the surprise discovery as he analysed the experiences of 1,000 volunteers who were played sounds as they slept.

He said: ‘For instance, someone might dream that they are flying on a dragon, then get off the dragon and go and have a cup of coffee with George Clooney. Some people dreamt they were superheroes.

‘They thought they were Batman or Superman, fighting crime. Whereas most dreams were very pedestrian, things like being in the office all day, typing.’

The findings build on Swiss  research last year which found we take longer to fall asleep, sleep for 20 minutes less and sleep less soundly at full moon.

Production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin is also altered. Professor Wiseman believes that this may disturb our dreams.

Another, stranger explanation is that we evolved to be sensitive to the moon’s rhythms.

According to this theory, sleeping lightly at the full moon would have made us more alert to predators, who might take advantage of the stronger moonlight to go hunting.

Our ancestors may also have hunted when the moon was full, with the result that we still find it hard to settle on bright nights.

While Professor Wiseman isn’t convinced by the evolutionary explanation, he does acknowledge that the moon seems to affect our sleep. He suggests those with a partner who is particularly affected make use of the sofa or spare room during a full moon.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Monday, 14 April 2014 01:34 MEST
Friday, 25 October 2013
How To Lucid Dream
Mood:  cool
Topic: Dreams

A lucid dream is one in which you become aware that you are dreaming, but don't wake up. Although some people naturally have the ability to lucid dream, most have to learn and develop the technique. Here's some advice on how to improve your chances of having lucid dreams.


Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Friday, 25 October 2013 01:53 MEST
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Just DREAMING about training can make you perform better
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

It seems like the ultimate lazy girl's fantasy - or the plot of a science fiction movie.

But new research has revealed sporting performance can be improved while we sleep.

It comes down to lucid dreaming - essentially the sort of dream you have while fast asleep but in which you aware you are dreaming and can thus control your dream world.

Studies have for some time noted a link between lucid dreaming during REM sleep and improved athletic performance, but had never isolated the reason why.

Now research by Heidelberg University and published in the Guardian's running blog shows that the improvement stems from the fact that your mind believes you are practising the sport for real.

Sportsmen and women who have engaged in training while they sleep have described enhanced performance after practising such things as a complex move, a tricky shot in basketball or a free kick in football over and over again.

Others have controlled their dreams to make themselves run faster, or for longer without tiring, or simply told themselves they can move past feelings of exhaustion to carry on running.

One ballerina in the study describes struggling with a complicated move for some time before 'sleep practising' it - and found she could then perform it in real life too.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:25 MEST
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Biblical Angel Visions May Have Been Lucid Dreams
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Dreams


Sleep researchers say they have established that many of the visions of angels and other religious encounters described in the Bible were likely "the products of spontaneous lucid dreams."

In a sleep study by the Out-Of-Body Experience Research Center in Los Angeles, 30 volunteers were instructed to perform a series of mental steps upon waking up or becoming lucid during the night that might lead them to have out-of-body experiences culminating in perceived encounters with an angel. Half of them succeeded, the researchers said.

Specifically, the volunteers were told to try to re-create the story of Elijah, a prophet who is referenced in the Talmud, the Bible and the Quran. In one of the stories in the Bible's Book of Kings, Elijah flees to the wilderness and falls asleep under a juniper tree, exhausted and prepared to die. Suddenly an angel shakes him awake and tells him to eat.

Full Story from lifeslittlemysteries.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2012 02:48 MEST
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Lucid dreaming, Rise of a nocturnal hobby
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

A slew of apps promise to encourage "lucid dreaming". So why is there such enthusiasm around the idea of controlling dreams, asks Sam Judah.

"You're only bound by gravity if you believe in it," says Rory Mac Sweeney, impatiently.

He is explaining the logic of a dream world which he not only visits each night, but apparently has active control over, flying at will through lush forests or launching himself upward into the night sky.

It sounds implausible, but the phenomenon is known as lucid dreaming.

Lucid dreaming technically refers to any occasion when the sleeper is aware they are dreaming. But it is also used to describe the idea of being able to control those dreams.

Once confined to a handful of niche groups, interest in lucid dreaming has grown in recent years, spurred on by a spate of innovations from smartphone apps to specialist eye masks, all promising the ability to influence our dreams.

Full Story from BBC

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2012 02:31 MEST
Saturday, 28 April 2012
The Benefits of Daydreaming
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

Does your mind wander? During a class or meeting, do you find yourself staring out the window and thinking about what you’ll do tomorrow or next week? As a child, were you constantly reminded by teachers to stop daydreaming?

Well, psychological research is beginning to reveal that daydreaming is a strong indicator of an active and well-equipped brain. Tell that to your third-grade teacher.

A new study, published in Psychological Science by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, suggests that a wandering mind correlates with higher degrees of what is referred to as working memory. Cognitive scientists define this type of memory as the brain’s ability to retain and recall information in the face of distractions.

Full Story from smithsonianmag.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2012 01:18 MEST
Friday, 17 February 2012
Brain scanner reads peoples dreams
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Dreams

Most of us remember only a tiny fraction of our dreams - but that could soon change.

Scientists predict that we could soon use computers to 'see' what we have dreamed about - and perhaps even record dreams to watch the next day.

Psychiatrists at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany think have already demonstrated that brain scanners can see into the dreams of 'lucid dreamers' - people who can control their dreams.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 17 February 2012 11:53 CET
Sunday, 8 January 2012
People can teach themselves new skills in dreams
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

The idea of the surreal Hollywood blockbuster Inception, where people travel through someone's dreams to 'plant' an idea in his head may not be so out-there after all.

Researchers at Yale have found that 'lucid dreamers' - dreamers who have 'waking dreams' that they control - are able to learn new skills in their dreams.

A team is now experimenting with the idea of 'training' people by telling them what to dream about.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2012 02:29 CET
Saturday, 10 December 2011
How sweet dreams ease stress!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Dreams

When the going gets tough, the tough – have a lie in.

Sleeping and, more specifically, dreaming, act as a ‘soothing balm’ to help take the sting out of bad memories, research suggests.

It is thought that a dip in stress hormones while we are dreaming allows the brain to safely work through bad experiences.

As a result, when we wake up, things really do feel better.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2011 01:40 CET

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