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Using your dreams for problem solving, intuition, and decision making

by Pete Bissonette

You can easily use dreams to access problem solving, intuition, and decision making by programming your mind before sleep. Listening to the Dream Play Session A Paraliminal before bed can be very useful. Soon you’ll be able to program your dreams without needing Dream Play as an aid.

Always think of the purpose you want to fulfill during your dream time. This can be anything from working through an issue to having a fun dream to improving intuition to using your dreams as a training ground to integrate information you learned during the day (or PhotoRead in a book!).

There are two types of dreams: regular dreams we have during each sleep cycle and lucid dreams.

Regular dreams provide important neurological functions for the maintenance of physical and mental health.  Session A helps you work with your regular dreams to increase the benefits you receive from them.

You learn to make sense of the symbolic language in your dreams that communicate deeper messages to your conscious mind. You program the mind to provide you with specific dreams for personal development, problem solving, and accelerative learning. During the dream state you will gain access to the inner mind and receive help in accomplishing goals.

Session B helps you develop lucid awareness from within your dreams. As you learn to recognize dreams upon wakening, you may develop lucid dreaming. Lucidity is recognizing you are in a dream and being able to creatively interact with your dream world. This skill can help you increase your abilities in the waking world.

At the end of each session of Dream Play you can decide whether to remain in a relaxed state and drift into sleep or return to full alertness at a rate that is comfortable. Ideally, play the session so that you let yourself slip into the sleep and dream state gently.

The simple act of listening to the voices in both ears will help to bridge the two sides of the brain. It also strengthens your connection to your dreaming mind and heightens your resolve for increased lucidity during your dream state.

We recommend that you listen to one session of Dream Play each night for several weeks. Consistent dream recall and familiarity with your dreams will naturally lead to greater lucidity during your dream state. Programming your mind for lucid dreaming will take you to the final step.

Here are additional ideas that can help:

* Before sleeping, drink a glass of water and instruct your mind with clear directives that you will remember your dreams upon awakening.

* Whenever you wake during sleep, let your first thought be “What was I just dreaming?” Lie still and remember the striking elements of the dream. Remain awake for several minutes. Freely think about what the dream could mean. Thinking about your dream fixes it in memory and lets you tap into the larger meaning of the dream. You may want to jot notes on paper to help your recall—that’s what I do.

* It is best to wake up from a full sleep naturally without a disruptive alarm or radio. If you think you need an alarm to awaken, program your mind to awaken without an alarm. Before sleep, tell yourself the time you desire to awaken and visualize awakening at that time and beginning your day feeling great. Upon awakening, lie quietly, minimize movement, and avoid distractions. Remain wrapped in the after-glow of the dream experience. Reflect inwardly to allow dream feelings or images to surface.

You can always set an alarm clock for back-up, but you’ll probably not need it. You can also consider a gentle alarm clock such as the chimes on an iPhone. Or, set a light in your room on a timer—that will help you wake up without a jarring alarm.