The first think I think you should do is get familiar with your hypnagogic state.
This is the state right before the dream starts.
This is the state where you are right between a dream and awake.
This is when you start to think random thoughts, think you hear music or voices, hear staticy sounds, whishes, or pops.
What you need to do is allow your brain to just start firing off these random thoughts while a part of your consciousness stays awake. You should
start thinking random stuff and eventually you might start seeing a lot of pulsing colors or something.
If you start to think you are falling asleep and it feels nice and you just want to roll over into another position, then try not to move. You should
sort of feel like a rocking or spinning sensation. The blackness behind your eyelids should start to have more colors and shapes spinning around.
It is kind of hard to explain it unless you have done it, but it is all about relaxing and observing what is happening and allowing it to happen while
not struggling too hard to make it all happen. Your body already knows how to fall asleep and you just sort of have to allow it to do its thing while
also trying to stay conscious.
It is hard to explain but there is a sort of feeling you get in your eyes and in your temples or something. There is just a feeling you get as you go
from different brain wave states.
I have found that as I am going into a dream state, I sort of start to tune out noises around me. I can hear my own heart beating and my breathing and
it starts to sound louder and louder. While the noises of the street outside and the noises of the air conditioner or any other sounds seem to just
fade away. It isn't that the sound is gone, but it is like part of my mind is tuning them out.
Sometimes I just lay and meditate. I am not really trying to sleep or stay awake. It is a sort of in between state. I think it helps if you can
meditate and learn how your body feels as it relaxes. I can relax and actually feel my heart beating and feel the blood pulsing in my veins. It start
to feel like one arm is heavier than the other or one leg is just a little bit heavier than the other. Then the other leg.
Then I can sort of just feel my blood circulation and my heart beating.
I have gotten to a point a few times where for a few seconds I feel very relaxed and as if I am not really thinking much of anything, but just letting
my body live and breathe, but my thoughts are very few. It only lasts a moment though, once I realize I did it.
Relaxation is the key to going into a dream though. When you start to feel relaxed, the colors or sounds start, just relax into it but at the same
time, try to stay aware of what is happening. You should start to see the dream forming around you. I find it helps me to think of a place I have
actually been to, instead of places I have only seen pictures of. I can dream about some places but they don't seem as real as dreaming about places
familiar to me.
If you start to see the dream fade around you, don't move. If you find yourself awake, don't open your eyes and don't move at all. Breathe some
deep breaths and try to relax back into the dream. If you open your eyes or move around, then your body knows it has woken. But if you don't move,
don't open your eyes, and don't think too much about it, then you can sort of trick your body. It won't realize that you fully woke up. Then you
can get back into the dream sometimes.