The practice of realizing one is dreaming and exercising control over those dreams has been known as lucid dreaming since named thus around 1910 by Frederik Van Eeden, a Dutch psychiatrist who studied dreams after the initial discoveries made in the 19th century by Frenchman, Hervey Saint-Denys. However, the experience of these remarkable dreams has been recounted in literature as far back as the 5th century dreams of Gennadius, as told to St. Augustine.
Upon this realization, dreams tend to become far more vivid, and often are filled with much more richness than is typical. Colours are brighter, sounds are sweeter and you can remember the smell and taste of everything in a hyper-realistic way. When one is able to exercise control over the sub-conscious mind, it is often easier to reach states of meditation or prayer.
Often associated with the experience of the divine, all the major religions of the world have, at some point in their development, accepted lucid dreaming as a sign of piety or ability. Since the 8th century, the ability to exercising dram control has been an absolute requirement of Buddhist monks on their way to enlightenment. Though a cornerstone of early Christianity, it became somewhat suspect in the Dark Ages throughout medieval Europe.
This is very often accompanied by keeping a journal of what you dream. The exercise not only keeps a record of your progress, but also assists with recall so you can reliably get through he whole dream when you wake up since you’ve been training your self to do so.
When you’re drifting off to sleep every night, the next step is to give yourself a command to remember your dreams. The act of giving yourself a command and making that the last thing you think about every day will very soon– often within a week or two (though sometime up to a month may pass in some individuals)– yield results. Concentrating upon your dreaming state is very much akin to the Power of Attraction. You are literally calling your dreams to you just as you might “call” a new car or better house into your life.
All of this makes it far easier to control those negative thoughts and keep the mind focused upon constructive goals that you’ve identified as important. It may also help you refine those goals into things that really do make you happy. Becoming a lucid dreamer may be the most pleasant way of practising the sort of mind control that is the very heart of the Law of Attraction.
When just starting out, when people realize they’ve looked at their own hands and that they’re dreaming, often they wake themselves up with all the excitement of having done it. If one is able to stay asleep and continue on with the dream, they will now have complete control over it, or as complete control as they are willing to accept.
Practically, many people accidentally find themselves able to awake from a bad dream they don’t like, or are capable of realizing they’re not in any danger from a nightmare, realizing it’s, “just a dream.” It is a much smaller proportion of people who realize they can creatively control how the dream is played out. Anyone is capable of lucid dreaming. Like learning to banish negative thought from your own intentions to avoid attracting more, it can be done with a great deal of practice.
Whether the dreams are visitations of the gods or not, the ability to interact in a meaningful way with ones own sub-conscious mind with their conscious faculties intact is a powerful tool that allows you to really get a good idea as to the vast resources of memory and imagination that one is working with. By achieving dream control, one is able to confront negativity and turn it around into a hope for the future. Just as the waking mind can be trained, so can the world of dreams.
Once you’re having and remembering dreams, the next step is to learn to realize you’re dreaming while doing so. Carlos Castanada was very famously told to focus on his hands and use that single image as the trigger to alert his conscious mind that is was in the dreaming “world.” This simple technique is effective since one almost always has their hands and con recognize them. With a few months of practice, many people are able to make their dream selves look at their hands.
For the Law of Attraction, as presented in the video, “The Secret,” to work optimally, one needs to exercise mental control over both the sub-conscious and conscious mind. While many would say they can’t be held accountable for what they dream, much evidence would suggest that not only does one have control over their dreams, but that it may be a key component in mastering your intent upon what may the most important level.
Of course, if one doesn’t actually remember their dreams, that’s the first start. The first step to remembering dreams is to stop taking medications to sleep or wake. A great many medications interfere with the normal action of your mind. Consult with a physician before going off any psychoactive medications, but these are often a barrier to exploring the world of your sub-conscious mind.