For me, what happens when we are asleep is just as important as what happens when we’re awake. Many psychologists believe that we dream to help us sift and sort the events that are playing out in our lives. Carl Jung firmly believed that when we sleep, our psyches download archetypal symbols from the collective unconscious that have personal relevance to us.
Other Shamanic or ancient cultures talk about dreams as taking place in a kind of ‘in between’ space, or what we might call another world or universe entirely which is just as real as this one. Aborigines talk about the Dreaming or Dreamtime and Buddhists call this in between space the Bardo. After a particularly vivid dream, Chinese philosopher Master Zhuang put forward the now famous dilemma, “I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”
I believe that the landscape of our dreams is as real and powerful as the landscape of our waking lives. If you’ve seen the film Inception, you might remember Leonardo DiCaprio’s line, ‘Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realise that something was actually strange.’
If we can wake up to the fact that we are asleep during our dreams, we can actually get control and use our intention to influence what happens next in a process known as Lucid Dreaming. You can use it to change nightmares into something else entirely, but that’s just the start. The joy of Lucid Dreaming is that you get to do whatever you like. You might want just to go to an exotic island and have a lovely holiday every night, but you can also use it for problem solving and even Quantum Creating.
So how do you go about developing the ability to Lucid Dream?
1/ It’s all about setting your intention. Start by keeping a dream journal by your bed. The minute you wake up, grab it and write down in as much detail as you can as many dreams as you can remember having.
1/When you find that you can start to remember your dreams more easily and in more detail, set your intention before you go to sleep. Say (out loud or to yourself) I’m going to have a Lucid Dream tonight.
2/What you are waiting to catch is that moment in a dream where you suddenly have the realisation that you are dreaming. At that very moment, you wake up to the fact that you are asleep and can start to influence what happens next!
3/You might even say that in Lucid Dreaming you get to experience your true nature as a powerful Quantum Creator. Imagine in real life waiting for a bus and knowing with absolute conviction that you are going to manifest one right now and then seeing one appear. That’s what you can do in Lucid Dreaming – and more. You can decide where you want to go, what you want to do, who shows up – really, anything that you want.
4/What could you use Lucid Dreaming for? Imagine if you were studying maths and could set your intention to go and get a personal tutorial from Einstein over a question you are struggling with, or in terms of Quantum Creating, that you can experience already having what it is you want to attract to attune your vibration to it for your waking hours or to inspire yourself with new ways to draw it towards you.
Lucid Dreaming is about gaining mastery, tuning in to your desires, letting your imagination fly and experiencing it as the alternative reality it truly is.
Loads of love,
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