Dream AnalysisGreg Thompson
Hypnosis in Dream Analysis
Sigmund Freud said, “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious”. Dreams are our only natural venting process. Dreams can allow us to discover solutions to problems that we can’t solve during waking consciousness. Many scientific discoveries were made during dreaming, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the structure of benzene, the periodic table and using insulin for diabetics to name a few. Iconic works by writers like Edgar Allen Poe “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan of the Apes” were revealed in dreams. Countless therapeutic breakthroughs have been made through dreaming. Very long books have been written detailing and documenting the discoveries and benefits derived from dreams and dreaming, yet few of us know how to harness this powerful problem-solving technique. Hypnosis is one of the most useful methods of enabling us to harness the creative and healing properties of dreaming.
Nature of Dreams
Studies have revealed that all humans dream. Regardless of race, culture, occupation, religious or philosophical orientation we are a dreaming people. Most people will dream about 90 minutes during every 8-hour sleep cycle. Remembering your dream is largely affected by the depth of sleep in which the dream occurred. Our unconscious mind uses dreaming to attempt to solve unresolved issues. Frequently, we are afraid to confront these core issues directly, so our sub-conscious mind speaks to us in symbols. The art of dream analysis is to correctly interpret these symbols. A dream that is well remembered will always provide clues with regard to the time period in which the core issue occurred. Venting in dreams can be blocked by threatening events and memories from the past. Dreams can be either helpful or harmful.
Hypnosis Unleashing the Positive Power of Dreaming
The deeper your sleep, the more vividly you will remember your dreams. A hypnotic induction is in and of itself a relaxing activity which will enable you to sleep deeper and sounder. The post-hypnotic suggestion, “whenever your head hits the pillow, you will begin to drift into a very pleasant, restful deep slumber”, will intensify your ability to reach the deepest, most relaxing sleep stages. In addition, the suggestion that “you will awaken refreshed, empowered, with a sense of well-being remembering well the details of your dream”, will allow you to accurately decode the symbols present in your dreams. Further, a therapeutic suggestion that you will have the power of lucid dreaming, changing nightmares into pleasant visions will remove the fear and anxiety from the dreaming process.
Although few people know or understand the marvelous opportunities for self-improvement inherent in dreaming, it is a known process that can be learned. The effort that you put into dream analysis will be repaid many times by the benefits that can be derived. Even the simple increased awareness from reading this article can be very beneficial.