Conscious Dreaming

Dreams have intrigued mankind since the beginning of time. Ever since the era of the

cavemen, this alternative reality, so to speak, has baffled us. We have devoted countless

years of study and experimentation to it and yet we still havenít been able to fully grasp the

phenomenon. Some argue that our dreams hold some hidden meaning, a glimpse into the darkest

corners of our minds. Others speculate that they are merely collections of information that are

spewed back out at random intervals when we are asleep. The fact that we have very little

control over our dreams seems to support the latter. Then perhaps the best way to understand

our dreams is to learn how to control them. Maybe if we can harness the energy of dreams, we

can study them. This is called conscious dreaming. In a nutshell, it involves being aware of our

dreams as they are happening and having the power to actively gain control of them. Studies

conducted on the subject have been suprisingly successful. I chose this topic because dreams

have always been a particular interest of mine and the possibility of being able to control and

manipulate them spurred my curiosity even further. After extensively researching the topic, I

decided to put the theories to the test. What I discovered was an incredible realization of a field

of study that for the most part, goes unnoticed. I hope to explore the procedures and methods by

which we are able to achieve conscious dreaming and how it may help us to understand more

about ourselves.

The Science of Conscious Dreaming

In order to become proficient in conscious dreaming, a serious of seemingly complex yet

very simple mental exercised are required. The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen our

ability to focus and in turn, increase our state of consciousness. Regularity is of prime

importance in order to be able to voluntarily penetrate our dream world, or endoreality. That is

why exercises must be performed anywhere from 1 to 2 hours each night before going to sleep

for roughly 30 minutes. Going at will into our endoreality is a very rewarding and bewildering

experience. Imagine being in a reality where anything you imagine becomes so, a reality where

there are no consequences, no law, no boundaries. This is conscious dreaming. When one can

achieve this, the world in which we are awake or exoreality becomes less "real", less stressful,

and less boring. It allows us to see things such as death, life, pain, and pleasure in a new light.

These are the exercises (in a simplified version) that I read about and followed to try and induce

this state of altered consciousness.

1. Before going to sleep, sit or lie in your bed for at least 30 minutes.

2. In total darkness, focus your attention on darkness and try to visualize simple images,

like a triangle, a square, a leaf, or anything you like.

3. While focussing your attention on informational objects, try to forget the boundaries of

your body.

4. Try not to move at all and breathe deeply and regularly, like someone who is sleeping.

5. When 30 minutes or more have elapsed, just go to sleep - but you still have to wake up in

the early morning. (just like students with 8:00AM Psychology Classes)

Wake up early in the morning, between 4 or 5, and just repeat the whole exercise.

6. When you next wake up write, as fast as possible, everything you can remember of your

dreams. Slowly, you will discover that you remember more and more dreams in

increasing detail.

7. During the day, focus your attention on the outlines and shapes of complex objects. This

teaches you to becomes aware of objects in reality.

The purpose of this exercise is to teach us how to specifically activate some of our memory

zones in order to achieve controlled hallucinations. This is a very difficult exercise but it will

train your consciousness to control itself. The focussing of ones attention is extremely important

in the discovery of memory and consciousness. It should be accompanied by breathing

regulation: slow and regular. Apparently controlled breathing triggers hallucinations, as

experienced by meditating monks. In the beginning, if you focus your attention on, say,