Growing evidence suggests that dreams are powerfully connected to the processing of human emotions. What if some people could actually enter our dreams and manage them?
Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you’ve often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you’ve wondered why you dream at all.
In Inception, actor Leonardo di Caprio, who plays an industrial spy, steals secrets when his victims are asleep by penetrating their dreams. The dream snatcher can even sow the seed of inception for an idea.
While the movie's fiction, it may be grounded in fact. The New Scientist reports, "In the movie, the dream-snatchers use a drug called somnacin and a dream machine to upload a scenario into someone's sleeping mind. This fictional dream machine is called a Portable Automated Somnacin IntraVenous device. A device does already exist that can effectively read someone's mind. A functional MRI scanner takes snapshots of brain activity, and then the software recreates images of what the subject was looking at. The researchers say it has the potential one day to be able to record someone's dream." It reveals that dreams occur in both rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, and non-REM sleep.
However, while sceptics abound, believers back up the theory. Mystic and tarot reader Veenu Sandal believes she can cure people through their dreams, using the technique of telementation, beaming out thoughts to positively influence them. She says, "All thoughts and experiences are stored in a person's brain. It's like watching television. Sometimes, the person wakes up and I have to start all over again. It's an invasion of privacy and I do it only with permission."
Entering another's dream can have interesting results. Recalls Veenu, "A man passed a park three days ago and saw a couple getting romantic. In his dream, I saw him embark upon an affair with a colleague." She gets best results between 1 am and 2 am.
Healer and psychic Venugopalan, aka Maitreya, believes free will plays an important role and an individual can reject a forced scenario if he wishes, even while dreaming. Transferring thoughts into a person's mind is about connecting, even fusing with the other's energy. He says, "If you go deep into a person's dream, you can program his thoughts."
Even Goa-based healer Patrick Sanfrancesco related, during a talk, how he wove a dream about cops busting a club, after the parents complained that their son was turning a compulsive gambler. After three nights of this, the young man stayed home!
Controlling dreams isn't a new trend. In fact, Tibetan Buddhists use dream yoga to get nearer to the Absolute, through lucid dreaming, by comparing the illusion to the transitory nature of life.
In a lucid dream, a term coined by Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden, one is aware that one is dreaming. In his Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, published in 1913, he describes his experiments with dreams. He writes, "I dreamt that I was lying in the garden before the windows of my study, and saw the eyes of my dog through the glass pane. I was lying on my chest and observing the dog very keenly. At the same time, I knew with perfect certainty that I was dreaming and lying on my back in my bed. And then I resolved to wake up slowly and carefully and observe how my sensation of lying on my chest would change into the sensation of lying on my back."
Dream researcher and psychologist at Harvard University, Deirdre Barrett has recommended, "You can tell yourself at bedtime that you want to dream on a particular topic — that you want to be lucid in your dream, realise you're dreaming. People who have had bad nightmares may want to script a different outcome, a kind of mastery dream to replace the nightmares." Enjoy more power over your dreams!