Dreams... your access to your subconscious mind.

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  1. DHart

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    If you awaken by alarm and need to leap out of bed to confront the day, you likely don't have the opportunity to give your dreams much regard. If you are fortunate to awaken very slowly, on your own time, you have the possibility to indulge in your dreams and explore your subconscious mind.

    Dreaming. The key is to allow yourself to EASE into consciousness from sleep state… giving plenty of dream-state dwell time, between the dream-state and coming to full consciousness, so you can fully dwell on your dreams, in your mind, and memorize them, before fully awakening and opening yI am seriously interested in dreams. We all have them. Do you awaken and quickly forget them? Do you work to remember them, record them. and process them?
    our eyes.

    The key is to totally to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n your transition between the sleepy dream-state and your open-your-eyes consciousness. Give yourself plenty of time to languish in that semi-conscious dream state before you fully awaken. Just drift in semi-consciousness, luxuriously floating around the mental concepts that you have been dreaming about. Keep yourself from coming awake quickly!

    I have what I call my “dream machine”, which is a very small, lightweight pillow kept right beside my head. As I begin to slowly awaken, (no alarms are involved in my awakening process) I draw the pillow over my head and face, when I start to awaken… the darkness and silence that this small pillow brings allows me to drift back into my semi-lucid dream state for some time, drifting back into dream-state, so that I can fully immerse my mind, memory, and thoughts into the dream I was just having, before I slowly allow myself to come back to consciousness. Then, I have enough memory of the dreams that I just had, to record them in my dream log, for subsequent processing.

    To fully benefit from this priceless access to your sub-conscious, that your dreams allow, you need to make some effort to enable the process of remembering the dreams. Awakening v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-ly, without any time urgency at all is key. Otherwise, the access to your sub-conscious, that your dreams allow, will quickly vaporize every morning, shortly after you awake.

    Are there any other dream-state aware folks here?

    To all, if you are fortunate enough to possibly allow the blessing of fully exploring your dreams... I so encourage you to do so. It comes with the blessing of having a very slow transition from dream-state to consciousness. If you can achieve this, you will learn so much about yourself, from your subconscious mind.
     
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    I am not sure i want to go to that place ! ;)
    My dreams don't really make sense though.
     
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    Johnny... all I can say is that as I have become older, and the opportunity to explore my dreams has come to the fore, I have been engaged with them to my great benefit and enjoyment.

    I hope that you may come to such a place, in time, yourself.
     
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    Pierre Dac, a french author, said dreams were made so that you don't get bored when you sleep.
    It sounds better in french.
    But yeah, dreams are interesting.
     
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    Dreams are magic, I love it when they come up 99% of times. They are normally so interesting views, you would never realize or think of otherwise.

    I don't use to do anything in my dream to vigil transition, but if I catch a regular dream, I do my best to keep it by trying to remain... just remain on that state.
    Sometimes I can get more out of that, sometimes I don't.

    My wonder is...
    - Is it already dreamed over and you gotta pull it out from your head?. I mean, try consciously to focus on getting deeper on that.
    - Or it was just interrupted, and the better is sleeping again to complete?

    If that's a sexual dream, and I'm close to ###...ate, I try to sleep again for the life of me.
     
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    Oxidao...indeed, dreams ARE magic.

    You exist in two realms, your conscious (which you are quite aware of) and your SUB-conscious (which you are only, rarely, aware of).

    And, dreams are your pathway to your subconscious which, otherwise, remains largely unavailable to you.

    The more you can access, listen to, and contemplate your dreams, your subconscious... the better you will know and come to understand yourself!

    As much as you can... work to recall your dreams, try to make a record of them, and spend some time trying to contemplate their significance in your life. Whatever you can do to this end, will benefit your life.
     
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    I had a dream once.
     
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    My awakening process is my puppy ready for the day at 5 AM. My kid is an often an early riser, too. But awakening slowly and having access to the unconscious does sound wonderful.

    Some friends have described their lucid dreams and their ability to conjure them. I do recall one specific dream where I told myself “this is a dream, you are in control” and I was able to do what I want. But it was just that one time and not as vivid, detailed, or drawn out as some have reported. I haven’t been able to make it happen at will.

    Other friends have praised “other ways” to access that subconscious, but I haven’t tried that and we’ll leave that discussion for another forum.
     
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    The dreams I have and remember all seem to share a relationship (albeit sometimes remote) to something I experienced in the day preceding my sleep. It appears to be a process where my subconscious takes a recent experience and expounds on that theme in a creative way. Much like the songwriting that I do.

    Many years ago as an undergraduate psychology student, I kept a pen and paper by my bedside with the intent of writing down my dreams when I awoke (and we do reach wakefulness many times each night). In the morning when I was fully awake I was consistently amazed at what I had written on the paper during the previous night. It was never something I remembered writing, seemed mostly nonsensical and I had no recollection of the dream I was attempting to describe. After about a week I abandoned the effort as I felt there was nothing to glean from it.
     
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    I keep dreaming about finding a place to pee.
     
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    This reminds me of journey to ixland
     
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    I've just retired in the last year, so for the first time in 40+ years I'm not getting up until daylight creeps in behind the blinds (though my bladder gets me up WAY before that).

    Good to see you back DHart, how about one of your choice guitar pictures? -TP
     
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    I'm not sure I do very often, but I remember one very clearly.

    I noticed my upstairs AC unit condensation drain was leaking through the wall onto the upstairs floor and soaking the hall carpet. Of course, this is something I always worry about as it will do so much damage to the ceiling below. As I was investigating the leak and pulling the carpet up, I remembered we long ago removed the hall carpet and had installed wood flooring.

    I knew at that moment very clearly I was in a dream. I was very glad it was not a real leak. I just watched the water flow, amazed at how real it seemed. Then I stood up to go explore the rest of the dream world. But after only a few steps I woke up.

    That is the most clear time I remember knowing I was in a dream and starting to explore it.
     
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    Carl Jung.....keep a.notebook next to your bed and write them down....soon you will be able to watch and participate in your dreams.
     
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    The unconscious mind is the most powerful supercomputer known to man.

    It regulates our body through breathing, digestion, and all the other functions we give no thought to. In addition, the amount of raw calculations it makes throughout our day just moving through space, diving, cooking food, etc is incredible.

    Dreaming is another state of 'altered consciousness'. These are the times our most profound and important messages come to us. Sometimes our conscious mind can't make sense of them or even remember them, but that's ok....our mental super-computers sort, file and store them in the appropriate locations.

    I am also a big proponent of micro-dosing psilocybin. (Mushrooms). I think that having a more aware interaction with our subconscious and semi-conscious thought from time to time kinda helps re-boot and defrag the soul.
     
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    I get to wake slowly more frequently now that I’m retired but I don’t wake from dreams I recall as often as I did when I was working. My mind had many more different stimuli then and more stressors in need of resolution. In retirement my primary stressor is my wife and I get all of her that I can handle while I’m awake.

    I dream in color with sound. Most dreams are like a movie that doesn’t make sense. I’m sometimes aware that I’m dreaming and aware of trying to steer a dream in a desired direction. I’m about as successful at that as I am in steering reality. Dreams I recall are often dreams of going back to places I’ve been, especially to places I’ve worked but they’re always different. It’s like dreaming a Stephen King novel.
     
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    My dreams seem to be invariably of around half a dozen scenarios in my life but are often confused and with links that appear to make no sense. There does seem to be a recurring theme which I interpret as a sense of things that I never accomplished or managed to see through. A band I was in when much younger that could have worked harder and achieved more, an old house my wife and I lived in that we never fully renovated and dreams about several relationships that were short-lived or never even got off the ground.

    One very common dream situation is being at a particular former workplace. Last night I had quite a vivid dream where I made a mistake working on a client. It was a serious matter, which I really understood the gravity of when I got called into a meeting and noticed the staff partner coming through the door. I then learned that my error had caused such reputational damage that other clients had taken their business elsewhere. I think it was at that point that I woke up but no doubt if the dream had continued it would have involved my being forcibly marched off the premises...
     
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