Did you know that you can set intentions before you fall asleep to be carried out as you are sleeping? You can program yourself to do things while you are sleeping. Sounds pretty strange huh? I have experimented with it on and off over the course of a few years, and I want to share some of my experiences.
Ditch the Alarm Clock – Program a Wake-Up Time
This is pretty fun actually. Imagine programing yourself to wake up without an alarm clock. During the week I need to wake up pretty early in the morning to go to work. I always use an alarm clock, and I often hit snooze once or twice before rolling out of bed. Every once in a while though, I have something really important at work requiring me be sure I get there on time. Also, sometimes on the weekend I want to get up at a certain time, maybe for a trip or to beat the crowds at a theme park. On days like this, I program myself to wake up at a certain time.
Here is how to do it.
- Decide what time you want to wake up.
- Tell yourself, “I need to wake up at this time.”
- Go over in your head the reason to wake up at this time. (I think having a good reason helps cement the intention.)
- Visualize yourself waking up, looking at the alarm clock and seeing the intended time.
- Tell yourself, “I will wake up at this time feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.”
A good reason could be anything. Maybe you just want to prove to yourself that it can be done. That’s a good reason. Maybe you need to wake up for an important meeting. That’s a good reason. Or maybe you want to get a jump on your favorite fishing hole. That’s a good reason too. I like to use visualization because the mind works mostly in pictures, and by seeing a picture of what you want, it’s easier for it to set into your subconscious. Telling yourself that you need to and that you will are two different things. I like to establish the fact that I have the need, and then follow it up with the fact that I will do it. I also like to add on the intention that I will feel refreshed, because it’s easier to wake up when you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Wake up refreshed
Sometimes I don’t care about waking up on my own, but I do want to wake up feeling refreshed. I like to use this when I know I have a long day ahead.
- Tell yourself, “I will have a good night’s sleep and I will wake up refreshed and ready to start the day.”
- Think about how it feels to wake up when you’ve had a great night’s sleep.
- Visualize yourself jumping out of bed ready to meet the new day.
Would you like to get better at remembering your dreams? Maybe you think you never dream, or if you do, you’re sure you never remember them. You can choose to remember your dreams. It’s not something that is always left to chance; you can program yourself to remember your dreams.
Before I explain the method I use, let me share a story. I had been practicing dream recall by keeping a log of my dreams. Whenever I’d happen to wake up from a dream I’d reach for my dream journal. Sometimes I’d just write some keywords to help my recall later and other times I’d write out the full details. Practicing with the recall of dreams made it easier for me to remember them upon waking.
To take it a step further I began setting the intention to remember my dreams. I simply told myself that I would remember my dreams. Many nights that worked. One night I changed the intention a little and told myself that I would remember all of my dreams.
That one little word really changed the intention. Apparently we dream a lot while we are sleeping. That night was exhausting. I would dream, and then wake up to establish the recall. Then I would drift off and dream some more. Between dreams I would either wake completely or just enter a lighter sleep. I was completely aware of every single dream and had complete recall of them. At about 3am I finally decided that I had enough and I change my intention to get to sleep.
Don’t let that scare you though, that was only one night and it was still a very interesting experience. Heck it might even be worth trying once in a while, as long as you don’t have to be up early the next day.
- Decide what you want to recall. Do you want to remember all your dreams, dreams that are beneficial, dreams that have a message, etc?
- Once you’ve decided, set the intention by telling yourself that you will remember these dreams.
- I find it hard to visualize what a dream recall looks like, so I typically repeat my intention several times. You can also try visualization if you’d like.
Beyond the basics
I have also experimented with Lucid dreaming and Out of Body Experiences. In a lucid dream, you get to control the dream. It’s like your awake in your dream and you can explore the dream world. I have only done it a few times, and every time has been very exciting. Everything is possible in a lucid dream. You are only limited by your own beliefs.
In an out of body experience (OBE), your spirit body detaches from your physical body and you get to move about the physical and non-physical planes of existence. As I mentioned in my last post, I had a spontaneous OBE when I was young, and some years later I tried to reproduce this experience.
For things like lucid dreaming and OBEs, I find it’s helpful to immerse yourself in the topic. My favorite way to do this is to read about it just before bedtime. That helps drive the ideas into your subconscious. Then after reading I set my intentions like I describe for the other topics above.
Now I’d like to hear from you. Do you ever set intentions before bed? What kinds of things do you program into your subconscious?