Although you may not remember them, every time you fall asleep, you dream. As you lay your head down on your pillow, the person that you are is transported to a place within the realms of your subconscious mind where you have perfect memory, and you can engage with all sorts of complex things.
Even though dreams can be confusing or even scary sometimes, they are very important for our emotional health. Interestingly enough, one of the most common knowledge among the science side of this community is that people who suffer from depression tend to have insomnia as well (there’s now a natural insomnia cure by the way). And that’s just because dream-filled sleep is important for dealing with life’s events and emotions.
People need to dream. When you don’t experience good-quality sleep for a long time, it will have a negative impact on your life. The function of dreaming itself can be found within our DNA, which makes it even more important. Dreams are actually much more than some strange expressions and visions of your imagination. There are plenty of things that are happening at different levels within the subconscious mind.
Dreams help you heal
Dreams help you heal psychologically and emotionally, rejuvenate and even improve your ability to deal with all of life’s different activities and stresses. Many people don’t know that the proper skills and tools can help you have a better dreaming experience and help you in your healing process.
That’s why, today we are going to talk about some of the ways in which dreaming, and, more specifically, lucid dreaming, can help you experience amazing moments of healing and emotional resolution.
So by now, you should be aware that dreams are metaphorical representations of whatever is going on within your subconscious.
Everything you dream about is usually things that you are already familiar with. It’s just that your mind rearranges all of the thoughts and experiences in different ways. One of the most fascinating things may just be that in dreams you can escape all the restrictions of everyday time and space and you can venture into the deepest layers of your identity.
And with lucid dreaming, you are able to tap into the limitless power of your subconscious mind, where you can consciously guide the dreaming experience to your benefit. You can make some amazing progress internally and heal some things in your emotional life that you never thought were possible. And the best part about this is that anyone can learn how to do this.
Your subconscious mind is like a library
You can think of your subconscious mind as a library that has volumes of information about you. That includes what your true emotions are, who may be an emotional threat to you, and plenty of other things.
Although all of these things are buried deep within your mind, they feel like hearing a familiar voice during your dreams. And most people know that the subconscious part of your mind operates through patterns and symbols.
We know this because the mind governs everything within your psyche that needs to work through automatic repetition. That’s things like your heartbeat, reacting to situations and people in your life, or things like catching you when you trip.
The way in which lucid dreaming can help you heal emotionally, is by helping you correct or CHANGE some of these subconscious patterns that have been woven in your mind.
Much like plastic, our minds can be molded or sculpted. Everything from our confidence to our irrational fear of spiders can be improved, removed, updated or changed.
A great example of this is the way people use lucid dreaming to overcome some recurring dreams or nightmares. Research has shown that there is a correlation between people with recurring nightmares and people who suffer with anxiety, PTSD or OCD. And other research has shown that through lucid dreaming, people can combat these disorders and end their recurring dreams, just by changing their dream experiences with conscious guidance and intent.
In case you are still not convinced, there are documented instances of these experiences. One of them is from a man who stated that he had a repeated nightmare he’d been traumatized by for more than ten years. But his troubles finally ended when he confronted the horrible character in his dream while he was lucid dreaming.
If you consciously guide the result of your dreams, so that they can play out the way your conscious mind directs them, instead of the default SUB-conscious, you are able to heal wounds that have been troubling and affecting you all your life.
Now, if you are interested in trying out the practice of lucid dreaming, there are plenty of ways for you to learn how to do it. You can find hundreds of lucid dreaming techniques that will help you develop your lucid dreaming capacity. There are two main techniques that you can try, however, which seem to have positive results for many people. The first one is to take natural supplements, and the second one is through dream journaling.
For the first one, you need to understand that the things you put in your body have a direct impact on what and how you dream when you are asleep. And there are some natural herbs that have shown to be able to heighten dream awareness and with that, promote lucid dreaming.
And with dream journaling, you can dig deeper into your dreams. In fact, you may already know that journaling in general has plenty of therapeutic benefits, but it’s dream journaling that can really open up your emotional subconscious mind.
Once you’re lucid, here’s how to heal
Once you’ve learned how to lucid dream (I can’t explain ALL of that in one post, that’s what the rest of this websites for) you’ll be ready to start working on healing yourself through lucid dreams. To get started, simply think about exactly what you need to heal.
- If it’s emotional trauma, you can heal from this by simply subjecting yourself to it in a lucid dream AGAIN although this may be hard, and then working through the issues in real time, in your dreams. Tell yourself that it can’t harm you because it’s not real, but try and dream about (while you’re lucid) the event or person that caused your trauma.
- If it’s something like healing from the loss of a loved one, get lucid and then find that person in your dream. To find a person or to create a dream character, find a doorway or a natural portal like a window. Place your hand on the closed door or window and tell yourself ‘when I open this, I’ll be in front of XXXX’ and the person will appear. Now you can tell them things, listen to them, and get closure in your dreams.
- Fear of heights (for example): To heal from a fear, simply EXPERIENCE the scary thing, in lucid dreams. If you’re scared of climbing for example just go and have a lucid dream, and climb something really high. After a while of doing that you’ll be so used to it that your fear will shrink.
- Use your brain to heal itself: In a lucid dreaming state, we are VERY suggestible and it’s very easy to hyptontise yourself. Start by getting lucid and then saying affirmations to yourself in the dream, over and over again. They’ll be burned into your mind! Say things like ‘I’m not scared of trains’ or ‘I feel CONFIDENT in social situations’.
One of the best things about lucid dreaming is that you’re able to heal yourself and improve your confidence. That’s why it’s so life changing because you can literally TELL your brain to improve and it will. If you want to learn more about lucid dreaming I suggest going through my course!