Each of the dream intervention programs that follows is goal-related and thus requires a clear designation of your goal prior to sleep. Each program is initiated during the relaxed state prior to sleep by a re-statement of your goal and a clear affirmation in the first person of your complete success in achieving it through dream intervention. As drowsiness deepens, again restate your goal using the “I am” principle when possible. Examples are I am committed…, I am determined…, and I am succeeding. Follow your affirmations with imagery of your success in achieving your stated goal.
Following are four dream intervention programs developed by Dr. Joe Slate in the labs at Athens State University. Common to each program is recognition of the potential of dreams to connect us to the subconscious sources of enlightenment and power. For each program, it’s important upon awakening to take a few moments to reflect on the dream experiences and record them in your dream journal.
The Finger Spread
This program is especially recommended for goals related to health, fitness, and rejuvenation. It is highly effective in managing weight, breaking unwanted habits, slowing aging, and even reversing the physical signs of aging. This program is also recommended as a way to accelerate learning, improve memory, and stimulate creativity. It has been highly effective in accelerating mastery of new languages. Artists have used this program to generate dreams in which creative materials and ideas unfold, often upon canvas. Musicians have used this program to generate dreams in which creative musical compositions unfold as either sound or sheet music with both notes and words. Writers likewise report having used this approach to generate creative ideas for their works.
To initiate the program, spread the fingers of either hand upon becoming drowsy and hold the spread position as you state your goal in the first person, using the “I am” principle accompanied by visualization of your success. As drowsiness deepens, slowly relax your fingers while reminding yourself that all the resources required for your success are now within your reach. Dream experiences using this approach often include images of yourself at your youthful prime or in a peak state of health and fitness. Upon awakening, review your goal and again affirm you progress in achieving it.
Solar Plexus Rest
The Solar Plexus Rest has shown remarkable effectiveness as a dream intervention program. It is especially recommended for activities that require precision and advanced technical skills. This approach is especially recommended for goals related to interactions with the spirit realm. Often precognitive awareness of the future will emerge during dreaming using this approach.
To begin this exercise, rest either hand on your solar plexus as you sense relaxation spreading throughout your body. State your goal and affirm your success in achieving it. Sense the almost instant balancing effect of this approach as you become increasingly aware of your subconscious resources related to your goal. Visualize yourself having achieved your stated goal. As drowsiness deepens, you can continue to rest your hand on your solar plexus, or if you prefer, you can assume another relaxed position. Upon awakening, again rest your hand on your solar plexus as you sense the empowering effects of this program. You can use the simple gesture of your hand resting briefly on your solar plexus as a post-intervention cue to initiate in an instant the full effects of this program.
Arm Lift Technique
This technique is preferred especially for generating motivation and promoting academic and career success. It’s initiated upon becoming drowsy by lifting either arm and holding it in a slightly raised position as you state your goal and affirm your success in achieving it. Visualize your goal as a reality poised for unfoldment. Affirm that as you sleep your dreams will tap into the subconscious resources required for your success.
This meditation exercise when practiced immediately preceding sleep is designed to reduce tension and promote a mental, physical, and spiritual state of balance and attunement prior to sleep. It is based on the premise that balance and attunement promotes healthful sleep, insightful dreaming, and renewal. The exercise combines rhythmic breathing, relaxation, visualization and positive affirmation, each designed to unleash breathing and body scan with peaceful mental imagery.
While resting comfortably prior to sleep, take in a few deep breaths, exhaling slowly while clearing your mind of all clutter. While breathing slowly and rhythmically with your eyes closed, mentally scan your body from your forehead downward. Take plenty of time for relaxation to soak deep within your body. Visualize a peaceful, relaxing scene, perhaps a mountain stream, a sunset at sea, or a still moon-lit cove. Affirm: “I am balanced and attuned, at peace with the world and the universe.” As you slide into restful sleep, affirm: “I am open to the messages of my dreams. My dreams are a source of enlightenment, power, and peace.” Allow restful sleep to ensue.
Slate, J. & Weschcke, C.: The Llewellyn Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, forthcoming, Llewellyn