By Robert Zucker ©
Dreaming is like watching your own videos- for free.
Have you ever suddenly awakened with the incredibly strong feeling that only a few moments ago you were in some distant place?
You may have been surprised to open your eyes and discover yourself lying in bed.
Each night, in the midst of sleep, we are guided on a spectacular journey.
As we travel in our dreams, we become a part of a mysterious world where life seems to exist in another dimension.
We are taken to places we may never have seen before and do things we would never expect to do.
Our nocturnal wanderings carry us along on a continuous flow of unusual sights and happenings.
We meet people and beings who constantly involve us in bizarre and often dramatic adventures.
We find ourselves in unfamiliar surroundings which constantly change on us. We are taken to new places in a matter of milliseconds. Throughout the night, we find ourselves acting as performers on the stage of this surreal world.
This other world that engulfs our minds during sleep reaches each and everyone of us every night. We need not move any further than where we are right now to get there. It comes to us under the disguise of a dream and carries us away.
Unfortunately, the daily pressures and demands of our waking lives cause use to miss out on the enjoyment of these spectacular nocturnal adventures.
Upon awakening, our dreams slip from our consciousness as our mind immediately fills up with the meticulous concerns of the coming day. The experiences of our dream journeys become haphazard and incomplete images are clouded over by the veils of sleep.
Record Your Dreams
As the alarm jolts us into wakefulness, we lose awareness of one world as we begin our activities in another. Our "trip" into the dream world becomes no more than an elusive nighttime fantasy.
Instead of cluttering your mind with thoughts of things today as soon as you open your eyes, take five minutes to bring bad into awareness the places you saw and the things you experienced just a short time ago. Your recall will be at peak during these precious minutes after awakening. Don't let them slip away. They may be lost forever.
Write down as much as you can remember about your dreams after you reflect on them. Record as much detail as you can get down. This will help bring you into closer contact with your subconscious mind. After awhile, your dream recall will be easier. They will become more vivid as you pay closer attention to them.
Some people sleep deeper than others and cannot remember any dream upon awakening. As soon as their head hits the pillow, they drift into never-never land until blissful sleep is interrupted by a blaring alarm clock a quarter day later.
If heavy sleeping causes you to miss out on remembering your dream episodes, bring them nearer by re-setting your alarm clock a couple of hours earlier than normal waking time. Do this a few nights each week and notice how much clearer your dreams appear.
This article was originally published in "Magazine" in April 1983, Tucson, AZ.
Astral Projection Book Recommendations
These are among some of the books in my library, now available through Amazon.com. When you click on any link or image, follow through for more books in related topics.
"Art and Practice of Astral Projection," by Ophiel is one of the most popular, and easy to follow, instruction books on using the dream state to induce a dream consciousness state of astral projection.
"Astral Projection, Ritual Magic, and Alchemy: Golden Dawn Material," by S.L. MacGregor Mathers and Others. Edited and Introduced by Francis King . Additional Material by R.A. Gilbert.
"Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming," Author: Stephen Laberge. This book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology, establishing a scientifically researched framework for using lucid dreaming--that is, consciously influencing the outcome of your dreams. This practical workbook will show you how to use your dreams to: Solve problems; Gain greater confidence; improve creativity, and more. Ballantine Books (November 13, 1991
"Dreaming While Awake: Techniques for 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming" Dr.Arnold Mindell asserts that in order ot utilize the power of dreaming we must "catch the seeds of dreaming" while awake; we must "become aware of every moment," noticing subtle feelings before they unfold and become differentiated into the ideas and emotions that occur in night dreams, often manifesting later as symptoms of mental illness.
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