Reprinted with permission from the book DREAMING, SLEEPING & ESP
Research has shown that several dreams can be experienced in the course of a single nights sleep . . . all with widely varying themes.
Dreams appear to have many purposes . . . one is the organization of the days events in which emotions are given an "outlet".
The mystic or occult viewpoint of dreams is that they give people access to different times and places.
The truth is probably a combination of both but it must be pointed out that "dreaming" is a little understood process.
A characteristic of dreams is that they appear to be real to the observer. They are accepted without question or logical analysis.
In our normal "waking world" we can convince ourselves of what is real and what is not by the use of our senses --- but in the "dreaming world" we believe that what we see or feel is real --- and the ability to judge the event is altered. Hypnosis also displays these qualities.
It must be remembered that dreams are not movies or TV. shows or plays . . . they are "happenings" that occur in "space". Things can move and exist in this "space" just as they do in the world of reality.
The dream is a "place" where we find ourselves when we awaken from a dream. This world is just as "real", when you are in it, as the world of "reality".
The idea that, "dreams exist in space" is important when analyzing dreams. When it is realized that dreams are not "stories" but "patterns" that occur over and over . . . we can begin to interpret the meaning of dreams. It allows us to recall our dreams.
The ancient Romans used this concept to devise a memory method that allowed them to recall facts at astonishing levels . . . their primary method was to imagine a familiar place . . . go to it and "walk through" . . . observing things as though they were "inspectors" . . . they would "deposit" the things they wanted to remember at different locations . . . like sentence number 1 of a speech to be memorized might be placed on the first step of a staircase, and sentence number two might be placed in front of a door.
Building a mental sanctuary is critical to developing "spatial recall" which is required to recall dreams.
Building Your Sanctuary
Build your own sanctuary by "calming" your mind with self-hypnosis, meditation, or deep relaxation techniques. . . remember a house that is very familiar to you. Recreate the house in your mind by walking through it and noticing details. Go through every room of the house, move objects around if you desire, make it personal to you.