Dreams come to you each and every night delivering all kinds of information designed just for you. Sometimes they are as simple as a review of the day, other times they come as guides, sharing guidance and answering questions that if not paid attention to, could otherwise be lost. Yet dreams are not just one-way communication. They are part of an interactive relationship that you are developing with the dreamtime. As you build this connection, you can also request specific information, direction, solutions and guidance using dream incubation.
Would you like to know more about a situation you are currently dealing with right now? Is there something you would like to see more clearly? Would you like to tap more deeply into your intuition and unique abilities? Dreams offer profound insights when invited. This includes everything from decision making to the deepest callings of your soul.
You can access infinite wisdom and tap into a wealth of resources because in dreams, you have a direct connection to universal intelligence. While sleeping, you are no longer confined by the boundaries of the body, mind and ego. You therefore have the opportunity to receive outside assistance by simply asking. You do this by practicing dream incubation, and it is used by dreamers all around the world to gain access to this Universal knowledge available to everyone.
How to Incubate a Dream
To set the stage for the most effective dream incubation, it’s important that prior to sleep, you take some time to unplug from your day. Turn off the television and any electrical devices including your cell phone. Do some deep breathing exercises and get silent for a few minutes. Be aware that whatever is in your mind and thoughts prior to sleep is what you will marinate in for the next six to eight hours. If you have trouble falling asleep, there are many sleep techniques you can use to help you relax.
Next, get clear about the information you want to receive. Write an open ended, clear and concise incubation question that you will repeat to yourself as you fall asleep. Be careful to avoid finite questions such as yes, no, or should I? Here are a couple examples of how to compose your question:
- What do I most need to know about (situation / person / opportunity) right now?
- Show me if this decision to (fill in the blank) is in my best interest.
- Why is this situation showing up for me at this time in my life?
- Please provide me with additional information about (fill in the blank).
Before going to sleep, write your dream incubation question in your dream journal. Keep repeating it to yourself over and over as you fall asleep. Allow yourself to relax and receive, staying open to any information you may receive. Only incubate one question at any given time to avoid confusion in your dreams.
When you awake, write down anything you remember. Look to see if there is any information that correlates to your request. Sometimes it can take a few days so keep doing the exercise until you receive the answer you need. Sometimes you may wake without any memory of a dream, but suddenly you have the answer you were looking for.
For example, did you know…
Stephanie Meyer, the author of the bestselling books Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn), got the idea for the story from a dream – a supernatural romance between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.
Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz the great chemist who revolutionized the study of chemistry with the “close-chain” theory discovered the Benzene molecule while dreaming.
World-famous golfer, Jack Nicklaus, discovered a new way to hold his golf club in a dream, which he credits to improving his golf game. In 1964, Nicklaus was having a bad slump and routinely shooting in the high seventies. After suddenly regaining top scores he revealed the secret of his success.
The tune for “Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream. The Beatles were in London in 1965 filming Help! and McCartney was staying in a small attic room of his family’s house on Wimpole Street. One morning, in a dream he heard a classical string ensemble playing.
The opportunities for dreams to provide information and solutions is endless. Give it a try and see what happens.