with Professor Nori Muster
Naturally, the things that happen to us during the day influence our nightly dreams. This is the most basic way we influence our dreams, without even thinking about it. The last hours and minutes before we fall asleep have the most influence on our dreams, because that is when the dream keeper goes to work, writing our night's script. Our internal scriptwriter is nestled deep in our subconscious, and like any good writer, that hard working part of ourselves is open to suggestions. Here are some things you can do to influence your dreams while falling asleep.
Affirmations—Set your problems aside and fill your mind with affirming thoughts. Choose an affirmation and repeat it aloud a few times, and write it in your dream journal. A good affirmation for dreamers might be: "Dreams, you are my friends. I keep you in my heart at all times." Another one may be: "I thank and welcome my dreams as a natural part of life." Another affirmation, developed by Emile Coué in the 1920s is, "Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better." Coué instructed his patients to repeat this affirmation every night before falling asleep. You can write your own affirmations, as well.
Questions—If you want to consult your subconscious about a problem you are having, do so right before falling asleep. Write your question in your dream journal in an affirmative way. For example, avoid writing something like, "Why does my neighbor hate me?" because your subconscious mind may only sense your defeatist attitude and self-pity. Instead, try to phrase your question in an affirmative way, such as, "How can I improve my relations with my neighbor?" When you wake up, write down your dreams, or any fragments you remember.
Lucid dreaming—The simplified definition of lucid dreaming is that you become aware you are dreaming, during a dream. It is difficult to purposely wake up inside a dream, and happens relatively rarely. However, you can try it when you are just drifting off and when you are waking up. If the dream was unfinished, try to go back into the dream and imagine a better ending. Be sure to write down your dream and what you changed about it.
We have already learned about the dream symbol language and ways to utilize the power of dreams. However, there is a lot more to learn. Dreams can be exotic and breathtaking. Waking up inside a dream may symbolize an awakening in real life. It may occur to you to try flying, or to talk to an amazing person of the past that you have always wanted to meet. Or dreams may be mystical, giving you a genuine encounter with the divine. Dreams hold many surprises.
Three Dreams Rewritten
Here are a three dreams from my 2006 dream journal, where I was unhappy with the dream ending. I went back to sleep and dreamed new endings. - Nori
February 3, 2006 - a nightmare - a bird is trapped inside our house. We want it to fly away and be free. I see it inside one time and let it go out. It flies outside and into the sky. I go outside to see it fly away, but a big seagull or other big bird attacks and eats it. I want to tell Kyle since it was our bird. I see him but can't stand to tell him. (An icky dream.) Also in the dream, I go to the pyramid house. My friend doesn't like it because it's lined with wood. I talk to Mohana and she just had an accident. I go to see Kyle where he works - he falls out of his desk and on the floor. I make a joke and leave. It's hard to find him after that. I don't see him again until after the bird dies. Also with my birds - I keep moving the cage from my desk to closet. I catch my blue parakeet and put him in the room (not in the cage) and the lights are out so he panics and can't find the cage in the dark.
February 3, 2006 - dream rewrite - Tried to go back to sleep and work this out. The little bird is me going into the world after completing real estate school. Like - I get slaughtered, sued, whatever. I tried to talk to the bird before just opening the door to let it out. Slow things down a little - let it out when its not stressed out in a panic. It may have something to do with my inner Kyle, my sensitive inner self.
35. February 11, 2006 - First, a dream that I’m staying at the Pyramid House. It's time to leave, so I pack my stuff. Raghu and Nrsimhananda are to drive me to the airport. In the dream, I'm running late and have only a half hour until the flight leaves. (wake up)
February 11, 2006 – dream rewrite - Then I go back to sleep and make it that I wrote down the time I have to leave. So, I have plenty of time. Next, a woman is driving me. We make friends and I decide that she would be a good person to work for. We go to my house - it's the Alameda house, but very fancy. Lots of expensive furniture. Some of the other women comment that it's a rich neighborhood and I say that I only paid $119k for the house. I also go back to CCI and the company in there now invites me in. A nice dream.
February 12, 2006 - First, a dream about getting confused at school. I go for a 4 p.m. Art class, but then I get there and it's all crowded. I can't find the class. Can't even remember what class it is. A man from the school tries to help me. We go to some place to look for a schedule, but nobody has one. I think about my locker at home - I left my schedule at home. Maybe I had more than one class. I'm not sure. (I wake up in anxiety.)
February 12, 2006 - dream rewrite - I go back to sleep to rethink the dream. First, I think something is wrong with the school. They could not get me a schedule. Then I imagine that someone nice could come up and help me. I sleep three more hours and have a dream that I'm staying with some friends. They are the ones who have to rush off to somewhere. I don't have to go anywhere. On my way back to my room, I walk through a fancy hotel lobby where they have clothing shops, etc. Some men are working with ladders, etc. I find a hammer that was left on the ground and return it to one of the men. He smiles and thanks me. There was also a part where someone tells Jan that my father molested kids, or did something to her family. I say it's not true. Anyone can accuse anyone of anything, but my dad was against child abuse.
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