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More Than a Dream Pt.2

Updated on April 7, 2013

Mike's Common Sense

There are many ways to experience the inner worlds. Some are very difficult (meditation, the whirling dervish) and others are not safe for the physical body (hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, peyote, and psilocybin). The easiest way to have an OBE (out of body experience), so one can explore the inner worlds is through dreaming.

Most people don't realize this but dreams are real experiences that the soul is having while the ego is shut down. They often seem disjointed or unreal because we remember them after being filtered through the ego, upon awakening. One thing we must know is that reality is different in the inner worlds than here on the physical.

Upon awakening, the ego takes something alien in the physical and converts it into something familiar, even if it is ludicrous in nature. For example, you may be driving a vehicle yet unknown here while in the dream state, but you will remember the dream as you riding a unicycle down an expressway. That is the result of the ego filtering something alien, into something familiar.

Now that we understand regular dreams we will talk about how to make them real. This is called, lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is when the dreamer realizes that he/she is in a dream, and that realization allows the dreamer full control -- and full memory -- of the experience. If you check the New Age section of your local book store, chances are you will find several good books on lucid dreaming; I recommend "Conscious Dreaming" by Robert Moss.

To do lucid dreaming one must refrain from using drugs and consume only moderate amounts of alcohol. If you are interested in trying lucid dreaming, here is a technique I learned reading Carlos Castaneda's epic book, "Journey To Ixtlan".

Before going to bed, tell yourself that you want to look at your hands during your dream. If you are able to do this, it will snap your "dream" into reality. After you look at your hands, slowly take note of your surroundings. If you start to lose your dream, refocus on your hands; use them as a focal point, then go back to your surroundings.

With practice, you will become the master of your dream. Experiment, have fun; no harm can befall you, so don't worry. In time you will become a dream master.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 5 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Marie, good to see you again. The hands technique does work. I highly recommend Robert Moss's Book.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I enjoyed reading about the ego, and these tips on lucid dreaming. I have lucid dreamed, I believe only a couple of times in my lifetime. Will try the hand technique tonight. My mate changed a recurring nightmare as youngster by lucid dreaming. ~ Marie

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi KCC, nice to meet you. In Robert Moss' book he talks about going back into a dream that unsettles you to change the result. This is not only possible but very theraputic.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I've know several good friends who always talked about how they enjoyed actively altering their dreams. For instance, if they were in a combat situation (both friends were men), they would create/imagine other weapons to use and take control of their dreams. I have done something similar but in a smaller sense. I knew I was dreaming when I was making some choices. I'll have to try the hands thing.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Gypsy Willow! You may, or may not succeed on the first try. It took a couple of weeks for me the first time. Be patient.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Interesting I shall try it tonight.