Making Your Dreams Come True
by Marlana Prowal
What if you could put an end to nightmares (if you’re prone to them), improve your sleep, and make the impossible become realities? You can if you train yourself to lucid dream. Lucid dreaming is the state of awareness while you sleep, giving you the freedom to control your dreams.
For the last twenty years, I have been trying different methods to lucid dream. It’s not always easy to achieve at first, but once you learn how to control them, they really are wonderful experiences. Think of Tom Cruise manipulating his dreams to create the love of his life in Vanilla Sky, or Keanu Reeves immersing in an alternate reality in The Matrix. Our dreams are personal, and therefore they can be whatever we want them to be! When you have the ability to control what you dream, you can enjoy a state of consequence-free dreaming that looks and feels like the real world.
It can be done, but requires a lot of patience, and some determination. Here are the basics to get started:
• Remember your dream
• Keep a dream diary
• Think of your dream before sleeping
• Embrace the awareness
The first thing you need to do is remember what you dream. To do this, you need to log your dream each time you remember them. Keep a journal by your bed (I originally kept a journal, and now blog my dreams online), and as soon as you recall your dream, write it down. This will train your mind to eventually want to remember as you will be subconsciously awaiting to journal your dream.
Once you can remember your dream on a nightly basis, you can then move on to the next step, which is mindfully telling yourself what you’ll be dreaming tonight. While you lie in bed waiting to sleep, clear your mind of the day’s stresses to only allow your mind to think of your last thoughts of the night—which is what you’d like to dream about. With repetition, the better chance you’ll have to dream it.
The last step is to acknowledge the consciousness once you know that you’re dreaming. You will notice a heightened awareness at that time which eliminates your inhibitions. Once you follow this dream map, you can continue to flow with your dream, enjoying the ride wherever it may take you.
In our busy lives, our thoughts are often cluttered with so much that goes on, that it really can influence what we dream. Think about it: pleasant dreaming does allow for better sleep. Being in a state that you enjoy is something your mind will want to prolong, giving you much needed sleep, in a much more relaxed state.
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