Everyone has dreams before. No matter whom you are, a student, a doctor, an entrepreneur, the President of a country, or a housewife, you will make dreams once in awhile in your sleep.
If we can dream, does that mean that we can control our dreams? Before we hop into the answer, we must first understand how our unconscious mind or subconscious mind works.
How Does Your Subconscious Mind Works
First, you have to know that your subconscious mind plays a crucial role in shaping your behavior, defining your character, managing your thoughts and ultimately, determining how you live in life each waking moment.
Most people don’t understand how their subconscious mind works and or how it can affect their lives. To put it in a simple term, our subconscious mind is just like a big memory bank that stores our memories, our beliefs and also our experiences in life.
For example, if someone feels the lack of confidence, it might be because something has happened in the past that led him to believe that he can handle the situation or feel anxious about it.
So what does our subconscious mind has to do with our dreams? Everything.
The Connection between Your Subconscious Mind and Your Dreams
When you fall asleep, it is your conscious mind that is sleeping. However, your subconscious mind will never fall asleep. It works 24 hours a day even when you sleep. Your subconscious mind is controlling your body, your breathing, your organs functionality, your cell’s growth and everything.
This is why when you sleep; your subconscious mind is still wide awake. And that simply means that it is your unconscious mind that is solely responsible for your dreams.
This is the point where your subconscious mind connects with you mental images that produce what we call, dreams.
And because our subconscious mind thinks in the form of symbols, metaphors, and visual forms, our dreams tend to be projected in that way too. This is why most dreams are indirect and difficult to understand, but they are often connected to our experiences and the events in our daily life.
Can Your Subconscious Mind Control Your Dreams?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions about dreams and our subconscious mind. In short, the answer is yes. Our subconscious mind can control our dreams, and because we can program our subconscious mind, we are able to control our dreams too.
However, it all depends on how you want to control your dreams. For instance, you can try to activate lucid dreams, dream about something you want, try to find solutions through your dreams, or stop nightmares that have been haunting you for days.
Tips for Controlling Your Dreams through Your Subconscious Mind
If you want to learn to master your dreams through your subconscious mind, you can. Below are some great tips on how you can achieve this.
1. If you want to solve problems through your dreams via your subconscious mind, the first thing you need to do is to think about the problem before you sleep. Hold the problems in your head for as long as possible. See the problems in imaginary form and try to associate pictures with the problem.
You can enhance the effect by using physical items around you. If you are an artist and you want to search for creative ideas how to draw an amazing work of art, you can place a canvas by your bedside table. Or if you are a scientist, you can put the device or blueprint beside your bed for the inspiration.
2. Never jump out of bed directly when you wake up. Your dreams or the images your hold through your subconscious mind can disappear whenever there are distractions. Thus, continue to lie on your bed and don’t do anything else.
3. Once you are awake, record down your dreams. Write down what you see through your subconscious mind in your dreams and take note of how you feel too.
4. You can use the same dream incubation technique to dream about the things that you want in life or to dream about someone that you wanted to meet. Carry the image of the person in your head before you sleep and put a picture of that person next to your bed too.
5. You can induce lucid dreams where you are aware that you are dreaming. You can do anything you want in lucid dreams because you know that you are just dreaming. However, lucid dreaming is not common and studies have shown that less than 1% of our dreams can be lucid dreams.
6. Practice affirmations. This may sound simple, but it is a very good technique to induce the dreams that you want through your subconscious mind. We know that our dreams are images produce from our subconscious mind, and we also know that we can use affirmations to program our subconscious; hence, affirmations can control your dreams.
For example, you can increase your chances of lucid dreaming by repeating this affirmation before you sleep, “Tonight when I dream, I want to realize I’m dreaming.”
7. Get more sleep. This may sound ridiculous, but the more you sleep, the higher the chances you are going to make a dream. When we sleep, we will experience the Rapid Eye Movement or REM cycle for about 90 minutes each time. And when you don’t get enough sleep, the cycle period tends to be longer. Therefore, you experience less REM sleep cycle and you may not dream that often.
Our subconscious mind plays a huge part in our life. When you focus on doing one thing or holding one thought long enough in the daytime when you are awake, you may dream about it when you sleep at night.
This is a common phenomenon that can occur to anyone because dreams are induced through our subconscious mind. And how we use our subconscious mind during daytime will greatly affect the dreams that we make at night.
So do dreams have any meaning at all? It all depends on how you want to look at it. Dreams are just electrical impulses occur in our brain that taps into random images from our subconscious mind. Meaning, sometimes our dreams are nothing but random images, and other times, it is our subconscious mind trying to share with us something.
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