Dream Control

Dream Control is linked with lucid dreaming, although one doesn’t have to be there without the other. It’s common to think that you have to be lucid during your dream to have dream control, but this is actually not the case. In fact, some people have frequent dreams where they can impact the direction, plot, and setting of the dream without realizing they’re dreaming. Only after they’re awake do they realize that they controlled what parts of the dream they remember.

However, dream control is certainly more common for lucid dreamers, particularly since it’s one of the goals of lucid dreaming. Being able to control your dreams is great on many levels. There are plenty of benefits to dream control, and there are several different ways you can gain control of your dreams.

Benefits of Dream Control

There are tons of theories out there about what dreams are really for. Most scientists and psychologists seem to agree, though, that when you’re in REM sleep and dreaming, as you experience it every night, you’re basically processing what you went through during the day. This is why dreams often hold symbols of things that have happened recently.

When you can practice dream control, though, you can use this processing ability and take it to a whole new level. For instance, you can use your dreams to work through problems. Dream control allows you to actually think through and try out solutions to interpersonal or professional problems during your dreams, so you’re leveraging extra time you have while asleep to work on these problems.

For many, dream control is a form of imaginative stress relief. Once you can control your dreams, you can go anywhere and do anything you want. It’s a really cheap vacation, essentially. You can fly, have superhuman powers, go to Tahiti, or even have a famous actor or actress fall in love with you. These fantasy scenarios can just be fun, but they can also balance your mind and help you blow off some steam.

One other common benefit of dream control is that it can allow you to face your fears in a safe environment. When you’re lucid enough to realize you’re dreaming, you understand that the things you’re afraid of really can’t hurt you. Turn small spiders into big ones, and watch yourself get close to them without fear. It’s a great way to conquer phobias and minor fears in real life!

Methods of Dream Control

The first step to having control of your dreams is to induce lucid dreaming. There are many ways to do this, but the best is simply to train yourself to do reality checks during the day and during dreams. Eventually, you’ll realize things in your dream can’t be real, and you’ll become lucid while you’re dreaming.

Controlling your dream once you’re lucid inside it is as simple, really, as thinking about what you want to dream up. Once you know you’re in a dream, you can direct your imagination to take hold. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than this when you want to do things like time travel or fly, but this is the basic idea.

One thing many experts recommend is turning around in your dreams. Close the eyes of your dream body, and expect what you want to see to be there when you turn and open your eyes. Do a complete rotation, open your eyes, and the thing you want to see should be there. This works for changing clothes, changing locations, bringing specific objects into a dream, and even bringing specific people into a dream. As you get better at lucid dreaming, dream control will come more naturally, too.

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher