As with any endeavor in life, learning to control dreams begins with setting a solid foundation.
Clearly, you’re here because you have an innate interest in getting much more out of your dreaming life. You feel the potential.
So, where to begin?
Firstly, we must remember that your dreaming life is, ultimately, another aspect of your life in general.
If you wish to one day master controlling dreams, you must begin to control the focus of your waking life as well.
A fundamental practice is to ask yourself repeatedly throughout your waking day, “am I awake or dreaming?”
Perhaps that may sound a little silly at first, but there is a firm logic behind it. Those who make this a habit in waking life often find that they’ll start asking this important, attention-focusing question in their dreams as well.
The general theme of waking life mirroring your dream life will come up often in our discussions. After all, it’s the same brain whether you’re awake or asleep!
Meditating to center and sharpen your focus will also pay dividends as you begin to pursue dream exploration. In fact, cultivating specific brainwaves (produced both in meditation and sleep) can play a big part in your success.
Certain audio meditations that elicit such brainwaves can greatly enhance your facility with controlling dreams.
Regarding brainwave states: you may have heard of the alpha, theta, and delta frequencies that the brain experiences during the stages of sleep. These different words, derived from Greek letters, denote subtle differences in the way your brain vibrates.
These vibrations are a result of certain electrical and chemical processes the brain experiences. As we know from both science and metaphysics, all things vibrate.
Your brain, which is so complex and so flexible, has different vibratory states for anything– any emotion, thought or feeling you experience.
So, you guessed it: there are certain vibratory states that are more conducive to lucid dreaming and dream control. That’s why we mention meditation, as the awareness cultivated in meditation will get you closer to those frequencies.
Now, you’re reading this, so you must have an interest. That’s good. As simple as that sounds, the stronger your passion for the subject, the more it will signal to your subconscious mind that this is something you want to experience.
That mental energy thus has a much better chance of pervading your dream state and making controlling your dreams a reality.
But ahhh—what about belief? Do you really think it’s possible? Is it a little embarrassing to admit this interest of yours aloud?
Well, don’t worry what others think, and don’t tell anyone you don’t need to if they may be discouraging.
As for your own private doubts: just know that many people, including the present writer, have experienced and enjoyed the experience of controlling dreams.
What’s more is that serious scientific study has been done by highly educated people with lots of letters after their names on the subject. You’re in good company!
What are some more fundamentals? Well, you cannot enjoy these dreams if you cannot remember them. So please begin keeping a dream journal. We’ll talk more about this in later articles.
If you are not so great at remembering dreams, try setting an alarm clock at a time other than when your typically awake. Do not move at first after awakening.
As soon as you are just a little bit awake, ask yourself, “what was I just dreaming?” If you still can’t remember, start to gently go through familiar images in your mind: places you frequent, the people who are in your life, etc.
Be easy with yourself, let your mind wander.
Whether or not you need the alarm clock trick, always allow yourself to awaken slowly when attempting to recall dreams.
Stay floating in that place that is between sleeping and being awake. If you remember some images, your can try piecing the story together backwards, starting from what you remember happening last and putting it together from there.
Dream recall is the basis for being able to control dreams.
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This concludes the basics article. More to follow, like in this article, an extension of our introductory principles.