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July 29, 2007

The Best Methods of Furthering Your Dreaming

Posted in: dreaming,dreaming techniques,meditation,practice

Dreaming is not unlike other skills in that you must practice to get consistent results. The trick is, what do you practice?

Dreaming is kind of like Soccer…

There are some exercises which will not only avail certain short term benefits, but also offer broader benefits down the road. Let’s use soccer as an example. When you first start playing, you’ll probably notice you get tired from all that running fairly quickly. You’ll also probably notice that keeping control of the ball and running is not such an easy task as it seems. Add to this specific skills like throwing the ball in, passing down field, slide tackling, and many others, and you have a lot of work ahead of you to become an all around competent soccer player.

Perhaps you really enjoy slide tackling, and decide to practice that particular skill the most. When you go out to play, you find yourself missing a lot of slide tackling opportunities because you can’t get there fast enough. The few times you get the ball, not only can you not control it, but you can’t pass it. While the slide tackles help the team, you’re fairly worthless outside of that particular skill. The game doesn’t go so well for you, outside of the few tackles you had, mostly through luck.

Disappointed with your rather poor overall game, you decide to focus on running instead. The next time a game comes around, you not only have a good slide tackle, but you can keep up with more players, get more slide tackles in before you tire out, and outmaneuver other players, even if you do lose control of the ball occasionally. This game leaves you with a feeling of major improvement.

The lesson here is that while the specific skills might be more fun or interesting, they aren’t always the best for the overall improvement in an area. Focusing on slide tackles helps very little when you can’t even catch the ball, or control it if you manage to get it. Running gives you a little boost in many areas, even if it doesn’t leave you as skilled in any one thing. Practicing the exercise that applies to most skills is the most worthwhile.

The Most Worthwhile Dreaming Exercises

There are several catch all exercises in dreaming practices. Listed below are my favorite ones, in order of broadest reach of effect.

Willpower/Enthusiasm- I know this isn’t a technical practice, but it certainly is the most broad reaching. Being strong of will helps just about everything, as it certainly isn’t easy to get out of a warm bed at 3 AM, or sit quietly for hypnosis, or even dedicate time for practice!

Meditation- Meditation helps just about everything as well. It may have a rather minimal impact in a short period of time, but becoming more clear minded and raising your overall level of consciousness is useful in every facet of dreaming. Being able to focus on one thing is essential to avoid getting distracted in the altered states found in dreaming. I would recommend you do visualization and concentration type meditations, as found about halfway down on this page.

Dream Journaling- This practice is very important in developing dream recall, finding dream signs, raising overall level of consciousness to realize dream signs, keeping a nice coherent record of dreams, recognizing dream patterns over long periods of time, and to improve willpower. (Who wants to write a bunch of stuff down while you’re groggy?)

Reality Checks- Reality checks are great for raising overall level of consciousness, realizing you are dreaming, and improving willpower. (remembering to do reality checks is not an easy task!)

These exercises all typically lack immediate, tangible results, but if you practice them dutifully you will see marked improvement in time.

Skill Specific Exercises

These exercises are just the some of the many, many, exercises to give you lucid dreams. While I’ve been focusing on overall techniques, focusing on just getting lucid dreams isn’t a bad thing either. It just tends to leave gaps in your development. Learning to lucid dream 5 times a week is great, but if you are having low level lucids, non vivid lucids, or having trouble controlling the dream in general, then it isn’t very satisfying. Listed are some specific exercises, also listed in order of level of effect.

WBTB- Learning how to get the oh so important mix of just awake enough but not too awake is what makes the simple wake back to bed technique trickier than it appears. It is good for almost any other technique or practice however. Its effects aren’t long term though, you either have a lucid dream and/or better dream recall afterwards or you don’t. It doesn’t really benefit you past that.

MILD - MILD is one of the most comprehensive and effective techniques out there- Practiced as originally written. Most people practice the simplified version of repeating something to yourself as you fall asleep. This is good for increasing the likelihood of whatever you are affirming as you fall asleep, but only that specific thing.

WILD- Learning to WILD is a fairly specific skill, but learning to concentrate on ignoring sensations and focusing on something is also useful in the dream state itself, mostly for remaining lucid.

Hypnosis- Hypnosis is a great way to get your subconscious in line with what your conscious wants. Whether its planting a suggestion to have yourself realize when you’re dreaming or that you will remember your dreams, it can be used for almost anything, but only one thing at a time. That’s why it’s down here, you have to focus on pretty much a single thing if you want it to be effective.

Daily Affirmations- These are basically hypnosis by brute force. I wouldn’t rely solely on these, but they can help a hypnotic suggestion or to keep your willpower up. They can be used for other things too, but like hypnosis they are effectively limited to one subject at a time.

Conclusions

I hope you take up meditation, and that you are already keeping a dream journal. Even if you do nothing else you’ll be able to pick up any other technique in very little time with little effort. You’ll already be familiar with what your dreams are like, you’ll be able to focus and stay in an altered state of consciousness from all that meditation. It makes these techniques much easier then if you had just picked them up.

Whichever path you choose, remember that they all get the same result, the only variable is the amount of time you have to put into it.

-Hatter

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