Can You "Program" Your Own Dreams?
A couple of frequently asked questions about dreams actually have a lot in common:
- Is there any way to re-enter a dream after waking from one?
- Can you “Invite” a dream back into your dream world. For example, once you have dreamed about a particular thing, can you make yourself dream about it again?
Whenever I’m asked this one, my response is never one the dreamer wants to hear. It’s been my experience that you cannot (once awake) quickly return to the dream you have just left. If this has happened with anyone, I’d have to say that the dreamer never fully awoke.
The second frequently asked question also receives the same negative-type answer (sorry about that!): While it’s not “impossible” (since few things are ever 100% impossible), it’s highly unlikely that you can “make” your brain repeat a dream or even return to the scene of the dream, so to speak.
There are, in all fairness, some dreamologists who believe that a dreamer can “program” their mind to dream about a certain subject. They say that frequently thinking about this subject – especially as you are falling asleep – can cause the brain to enter into this type of dream. However, even if the general subject of the dream is created, there are no sure bets that things will play out as you thought they would.
While it isn’t a sure thing, all I can say is this: What would it hurt to try?! I’m not convinced that you can direct your dreams from “this” side, but I’d have to agree that focusing on the desired outcome is the way to go about it.
However, I think the better question would be, “Why are you wanting to return to this dream in the first place?” If the dream scenario is revisiting loved ones who have passed (a frequent dream people don’t want to leave), realize that you obviously miss them even more than you realized. Get out old photographs and think and talk about these loved ones. Mention them more throughout the day, keeping their memory alive.
Our dreams about loved ones are extra sweet because we feel as though we have “visited” with them. Simply “visit” with them throughout the day with treasured memories.
If you feel your dream is helping you “work something out” in your mind, you can get to the answer through another door – daydreams. Daydreaming (at appropriate times, of course) can help your mind sort through things that your conscious mind often gets in the way of.
Daydreams are also a great way to deal with a dream we wake from “sooner” than we’d like. Simply close your eyes and “daydream” the rest of the story. You’re able to call the shots more with this approach anyway!
If you’re interested in dreams, the following bestseller may be of interest…
Dreams is filled with information gathered through research and from dream experts to provide the reader with a concise resource about dreams and dream interpretation.
Book Synopsis: Whether you’re a beginner trying to understand the dream world or an expert who already has ample knowledge, this book serves as another resource that will show you how wondrous and fascinating the dream world is. Do you want to know what your dreams mean? Are you curious why recurring dreams happen? Have you dreamt in color? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you.
Not only will you learn the answer to these questions, but to these questions as well: How are dreams affected by our daily lives? Do men and women dream differently? Do animals dream as well? Why do I remember only bad dreams and never good ones? What does it mean to dream about dreaming? Will I really die if I hit the ground during a falling dream?
You’ll also learn:
- The history of dreams and dream interpretation
- How and why we dream
- The physical and psychological side of dreaming
- Answer the basic questions about dreams and dream interpretation
- The basics of dream analysis and interpretation
- The importance of remembering dreams
The book covers the different types of dreams (• The Daydream • The Lucid Dream • The Nightmare • The Recurring Dream • The Healing Dream • The Prophetic Dream • The Epic Dream) in great detail. You will also learn to understand dream imagery, dreaming in color and dreams about numbers. You will also learn about the four sleep cycle stages including the Rem Cycle.
In Dreams, learn about interpretations of common dreams and the frequently asked questions about dreams and dream interpretation.
You will find the meaning of these dreams:
- What dreams about eyes mean
- What Dreams about Houses Mean (including these rooms)
- Dreams about Arms
- hat Dreams about the Back Mean
- Dreams of Being Naked
- Dreams of Being Chased
See Dreams for more information.