During sleep our minds can innovate, create, and solve problems. This is the same process only in a different state as a conscious right brain shift or a left brain suspension that our minds do while awake. This is how our mind solves problems during the day.
Research shows that this sleep time mental processing is essential to mental health and contributes to physical health. Here's the good news. The problem solving power during sleep is readily available to those who have total recall.
Perhaps you feel as did my wife who would say she never dreams because she cannot recall them.
Contrast this with those who remember every detail, some of which are elaborate.
One surgeon I worked with actually rehearsed his major surgeries in his sleep each night prior to operating. He did this on purpose. One day he called first thing in the morning asking about an overlooked question in the pre-surgery work up. It was something he realized in his sleep.
First Navigate the negative thoughts of your sleep into positive ones.
My youth was filled with constantly nightmares of falling, waking up actually feeling the bounce as I landed in the bed. It was scary. To stop the falling I started creating my own reality. This started with grabbing on things such as a kite (which were imagined) and eventually realizing it was possible to fly with just my arms. Yes, it is possible to turn the nightmares of youth into adventures of sleep.
You can do the same. When ready for sleep, have the inner conversation that says if you fall, you will fly. You will choose to go and see places everywhere.
The same can be done with fears like death. Have the internal conversation that the death is only a part of your personality that is passing in favor of growth and development.
Deal with Monsters and Demons the same way. Resolve that you will ask why they are bothering you. Ask if you can help them. You can even choose not to believe the monsters exist. You will see them but you can decide they cannot see you. Learn that you can take control.
You in effect turn the default scared settings into adventure settings.
If a 7 year old with no psychological education or background can, you surely can.
Second Direct and Delegate In the pre-sleep preparation you will pose the problem to be solved. Don’t make it specific at first. It is important that you have the pencil and paper or recorder at hand. You may find yourself waking in the middle of the night with the epiphany. Don’t lose it.
As your abilities grow, you can get more specific with the problem.
Finally Focus and Funnel In this last stage you will be able to load the Left brain with the details, analyze the situation, and define the challenge or problem to be resolved. Then have the internal conversation where you identify what you hope to accomplish during your sleep and that you will wake in the morning and your right brain will share it with you.
I you think you have a boring life and lack material for creating your unique story, look no farther than your dreams. Since you can direct your dreams (with work and persistence), you have the ability to have your own inception. You can create your own story by creating your dream on which to base your story on.
Yes, this sounds like circular reasoning but it works. You create the dream and then you tell your story of the dream in your talk.
You can do even more.
Once you master these skills move beyond them. It is possible to in waking moments create the same mental solution of problems.
In creating my art, I often rely on this ability to solve creative problems when painting. Called lucid or daydreaming, it is a powerful tool to use in creating. Likewise when creating sculptures, I try to create exclusively in the Right brain. When I start to use the Left brain the process gets bogged down.
You can read more on the psychology of dreaming if you look under the heading lucid or daydreaming.
Whatever dreams may be, may they be productive and happy. Know that you can have control over them and even make them useful in solving your problems.
Have Total Recall and learn the 7 steps to hack into your dreams tonight.
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