posted on Aug, 2 2013 @ 11:46 AM
I've had the fortune, or miss-fortune, of having a very active dream state most of my life. They are very vivid, very active, and often very
Things like I can almost always remember my dreams and the details. I often physically wake, but still see aspects of my dreams in my waking vision.
Not necessarily bad, unless it was something like, oh, a giant green spider running across your bed. Yep. Not so cool.
Anyways - when I got more aware of the oddity of being able to recall my dreams, I started looking into being more aware of my dream state and in more
control of it.
For me, here's what I've found works best:
The night before a day that I decide I want to try being in control of my dream, I will think exclusively about the theme I want the dream to follow.
The topic, if you will. I will spend anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour almost obsessing over the idea. When I dream that night, it will
feature that topic, usually only briefly, but the "seed" is planted, so to speak.
The next morning it will be on my mind, and from there I will spend ten to fifteen minutes every hour from the moment I wake up about a specific
topic. I vary my focus on it through different cycles. I might spend one slice of time thinking about it in a broad sense, what it is.
Let's say it's the Sistine Chapel. I might first just think about what it is, what it looks like. The next time segment I'll think about the
apostles from start to finish in detail. The next segment I'll think about the nature of the art, the way it was painted in frescos, how he blew
charcoal through perforated outlines of his paintings to mark where he'd paint. The scaffolding he used to get up to the ceiling.
The next segment I'll focus on the changes its gone through, the gradual blackening from the torches, and the subsequent cleaning it had. Then maybe
I'll think about it's affect on people. The visitors and the Pope who commissioned it, who was frustrated greatly with its progress for a number of
years. Then I'll think about what it would be like in it's original version, which was a starry sky. Or if it was still blank.
So you can see where I'm going with this. Because I've triggered the thought (to be corny and borrow the tagline) in an 'inception' form, the
next day I'll have the basis to "obsess" over it. By the time I go to bed, I'll have spent anywhere from three to four hours thinking about the
topic in great detail. Spread over the day so it's always there as a persistent thought. By the time I sleep, I'm almost guaranteed to have it as
a major feature of the dream.
Here in is the trick: Because I -know- I've thought about it constantly, because I know I fully intended to dream about it, in my dream I'm usually
able to make the association that it is a dream almost immediately, once the Chapel is there. I know, in reality, that I've never been to it, but I
know it in detail. Those two things clash, and there's a moment of "How did I get here?" or "How did this get here" , etcetera, and at that
point it clicks that it's a dream.
Works for me, but your mileage may vary. Best of luck!