Dreaming is Delicious?

March 23, 2010

A few days past I had an interesting dream filled with numerous wonderful things, but the one portion I enjoyed most was when I found myself becoming lucid and decided to conjure myself a box of chocolates. I had gotten a late Valentine’s Day treat from my mother the week before, which was probably an influence.

Anyway, the most interesting part of this dream is that taste is a theme I come to regularly in lucid dreams. It seems to be the only thing I can think about some nights. “Oh, I’m lucid, poof up something yummy!” And it’s one of few things I can do with almost precise control while dreaming. But one thing is for sure: I taste in all the colors of the rainbow in dreams. I don’t mean that literally, of course, while that would be interesting (note to self: look into cross-sensory dreams!), but I did taste with all the luxury that I do in waking life. And those chocolates were delicious.

I wonder if this is some sort of landmark. The fact that I can taste in dreams: an achievement? Well, nevertheless, I’ll keep exploring it. Try arousing your sense of taste next time you become lucid, with whatever fits the bill. Clam chowder, cupcakes, even truffles that make you shrink.

Maybe I’ll post one day on how much fun that mousehole was.

Adriana D.

Increasing Dream Length

March 19, 2010

This is going to be a brief post; I hope you’ll tune in anyway.

One common problem with dreamers is that they will get overexcited and wake up in the middle of a pleasant dream. Sudden emotion interferes with the dreaming process, so the optimal solution would be to stay calm at all times… but this is obviously not easy, as dreaming can be exciting (especially when lucid!), and it’s not a foolproof solution as there are many other reasons for a dream to suddenly stop (including boredom, surprisingly).

Next time you wake up abruptly in the middle of a dream, visualize the end to which your dream was going and the desire you held with that. Act out the situation in your mind as long as you would like to, since the moment it ended, but as if it had never ended. This simple exercise will, before long, increase the length of your dreams and help you stay in the dream state despite any sudden excitements you will hopefully come across.

Happy dreaming,

Adriana D.

Improving Dream Recall

March 5, 2010

Improving dream recall is the first step to achieving lucidity, and is useful and fun for all dreamers. If you think you shouldn’t be grooming your rate of dream recollection, you’re missing out! Almost all people dream–the only exception occurs in severe psychological disorder–and can have around seven episodes of dreaming each night. The only obstacle is remembering them. In this post I hope to cover some methods for increasing your rate of dream recall so that you can enjoy each of the fantastical experiences you have each night.

Dream Journaling

Dream journaling is probably the most effective and most perscribed method of increasing your rate of dream recall. During sleep, the parts of the brain that control long-term memory shut down. That’s why when you wake up, you can sometimes recall a dream for a very short time, but your ability to recall the dream decreases over the course of the day. One solution that actually alters your ability to remember dreams is writing down your dreams as soon as you wake up. Keep a journal and a pencil by your bedside every night so that in the morning you can describe your dreams as best you can recall them. Some people choose to use a seperate journal specifically for dreams, or write in their general journal or diary. After a few nights of diligent journaling, your brain will be virtually re-trained to remember dreams more clearly.

Affirmations

Affirmations are phrases that are uttered or written to program a message into the subconscious. Any of you who are familiar with the power of positive thinking may have used affirmations to help you in your daily life. Affirmations are typically positive; never write an affirmation such as “I do not have nightmares.” Your mind will not register the negative and will only recognize “nightmares” as the request. Try to put them in the present tense: “I recall my dreams” rather than “I will recall my dreams.” If you put it in the future tense, who knows when your mind will decide to check out on the affirmation? Five years from now? Affirmations can be very powerful. Try writing them down or saying them aloud to yourself every night before bed, and create your own for other areas of your life you would like to improve.

Creative Visualization Techniques

I once heard a technique for dream recall described to me in the following way: Before bed, fill a glass of water and set it on your bedside table. Drink a sip of the water and say to yourself “I will remember my dreams tonight.” Upon waking up the next morning, drink another sip of the water and visualize the memories of your dreams flowing back to you through the water like a river. Creative visualization may seem New Agey, but it’s a very legitimate technique when dealing with the outer reaches of your psyche.

Keep watching the blog for updates on this post as well as new posts on Journaling and Affirmations. Comment and tell me what you think, as well as your experiences with dream recall!

Thanks for reading,

Adriana D.

What Bandsaws Taught Me

March 4, 2010

Now that I’ve added a first formal post,  I’ll try and provide information in a little less stale a way. Initially I didn’t want to make posts about personal dreams, but if there’s a lesson to be learned from one I want to teach it. Comment and tell me if you like this style post!

Last night I confirmed a hypothesis I had yet to actually test: in-dream intent can cause sleepwalking, or other sleep-movement.

I’d woken up and tried to go back to sleep, so my sleep was a little spotty. I was drifting in and out of consciousness and started having a dreadful dream. One ‘bad habit’ of my dreams is that light sources typically don’t work. I was in my bedroom with a friend, totally dark of course, and after trying several light switches gave up. A realization set in that a villain of some sort was coming down the hall (think Pyramid Head with a bandsaw) ready to make a bloody mess of the both of us and in my effort to search out another light switch I ended up moving my waking arm. Of course, that woke me up. I was foolish enough (as we often are when extremely tired) to not get out of bed and fell asleep to the same dream several more times, but after experimenting was able to consciously move my arm and jerk myself into wakefulness.

Sleepwalkers often report dreams related to the action they took in waking time, but being able to sleepwalk or sleeptalk at will would be a pretty interesting skill.

Comment and tell me your thoughts! Ever roused yourself through conscious movement? Tell me about it!

Thanks for reading,

Adriana D.

“Lucidity” is a word with great meaning. It’s used to express the state one is in when they consciously realize that they are dreaming. It may come as a sudden realization, when the mind finds something it reasons cannot be real. It may come as a result of an intended trigger mid-dream.

Consider this: You spend about 8 to 9 hours a day asleep, incapacitated. Some people bypass this inconvenience by running on polyphasic sleep schedules where they take many short naps a day to maximize time spent awake. But there are catches to this system. Obviously many people’s lifestyles don’t match up with the peculiar schedule, and the body misses out on important rest and healing time.

But there is an alternative: Lucid dreaming.

In the lucid state, a dreamer can do anything they can normally do in the physical world or the dream world. You can compose music, practice your conversational Spanish, or commit impossible acts of athleticism. Lucid dreaming is one commonly recommended method to escape chronic nightmares, as it allows skilled practitioners complete control over the dreamscape. Best of all, this is all done during sleep and is actually shown to improve sleep quality.

Once you become a lucid dreamer, you will have almost three thousand more ‘waking’ hours a year. You will be able to manifest impossible fantasies using all of your senses. You will open your mind to higher levels of consciousness. It will increase your awareness while you are awake, and provide a direct connection to the subconscious. Learning to become lucid can change your life in dramatic ways. Perhaps I’ll update this post as I come up with more benefits.

Everything is provided for you inside your mind and your power to dream. You only need to harness it.

But that is for another post. Thank you for reading,

Adriana D.

Welcome to The Dreaming Mind, a blog about dreaming and the ways it affects us all.

Why did I start this blog?

The answer is, simply put, that there is a gross lack of information on the internet regarding dreaming (especially that of the lucid variety). I seek to provide information and advice to prospective as well as experienced dreamers, be it the psychology behind the mystery or the ways media has affected our perception of it. It may be a bunch of big words, but everyone sleeps, and everyone dreams. I hope to provide a place for every dreamer out there.

Thanks for reading, I hope to see you again,

Adriana D.