Neuroscientists speculate that dreams are necessary for our physical and mental health, but they are also potent sources of magical power. In dreams, we can receive answers to prayers and communiques from other realms — from beings like angels and ancestors. But did you know dreams can be a lot more than that? For example, dreams can be:
• a platform for astral projection
• prophetic or show visions of the past and future
• useful for replenishing our psychic power and personal strength
• a useful starting point for exploring our inner worlds
• a tool to bring new ideas, insights, and revelations
• a way for us to cast dream magic spells
In order to cultivate a rich dream life, use a few basic skills:
• Practice sleep hygiene: make your bedroom an oasis for sleep. Pre-modern humans took shelter at night in caves; try creating a cool, dark, cave-like environment when you go to sleep. Other aspects of sleep hygiene include going to be bed at a regular time, making sure the air is fresh in your bedroom, and ensuring that the linens are clean and comfortable.
• Create a calming routine: a few hours before bedtime, begin winding down. Turn the TV off, take a hot shower, listen to some calming music. A bedtime snack that is high in fat [but low in sugar] can also help you become sleepy; vitamin B6 has been linked with increased incidence of lucid dreaming. Relaxing before bed can be difficult for those who lead a stressful life. Discover what helps you put aside your stress, whether it’s writing your troubles in a journal or engaging in some tough exercise.
• Begin keeping a dream journal: upon awakening, dreams can be fleeting. But by recording them as soon as you wake up, you can train yourself to remember them. Furthermore, recording dreams helps with recognizing patterns, symbols, and recurring themes, which will help you embrace the power of your sleeping mind. A dream journal is the most powerful tool you can use as you begin exploring this type of magic: instead of
After you have established healthy and productive sleep habits, the dreamworld is yours to explore. Techniques such as lucid dreaming or dream incubation will be much easier after you have developed these habits.
A lucid dream occurs when you realize that you are dreaming. With practice you can take control and shape the dreamworld however you want. Lucid dreaming can be a platform for casting spells while asleep. It can also be used as a gateway for astral travel.
There are several ways to induce a lucid dream. Experiment to find the method that works for you.
Dream incubation is the practice of asking for a specific dream. From ancient Egypt to Tibet, many cultures sought to incubate dreams: sleeping at a particular sacred site was a common method.
This ancient method is not the same as lucid dreaming: with dream incubation, you may not realize you are dreaming and it is not necessarily within your control. But is a great tool for receiving advice or finding solutions to problems. There are three steps to successful dream incubation:
1. Set your intention: this is the most important part of dream incubation. Whether you seek the answer to a mathematical proof, clarity about a situation, or help deciding between various opportunities, the clearer you are with your intention, the easier your dreaming mind will pick up on it.
2. Prepare for sleep mindfully: create a sigil for the dream you want and place it beneath your pillow or use other magical dream aids. The point is to fall asleep with the intention in your mind.
3. Practice, practice, practice: dream incubation is an advanced technique and can be difficult; a lot of people have trouble remembering their dreams and without that basic skill, dream incubation will be that much harder. But with practice, you will develop this worthwhile tool.
We tend to dream about what we have seen and experienced in the waking world. Use this to your advantage by reading about what you want to see in your dreams.
Often times our subconscious seeks to communicate with us through dreams. By keeping a record of your dreams, you can sort the “meaningless” dreams from the meaningful ones. You don’t need a dream symbol dictionary to figure out what your night time visions mean; symbols are very personal. Pay attention to how you felt in the dream – this is a big clue as to the meaning.
When dreams are rife with difficult emotions and symbolism, use divination to discover the meaning. Tarot cards are perfect for this because their vibrant colors and layers of meaning help trigger our intuition.
Many magicians believe that our subconscious is the powerhouse for magic. With sigils, the goal is to implant the image into the fertile ground of the deepest part of our mind. It is no surprise, then, that dream magic can be very potent.
Here are some ideas for incorporating dreams into your magical rituals:
• Cast spells while lucid dreaming
• Communicate telepathically with your friends: such activity may result in a shared dream
• Explore your inner world to discover power objects: symbols and images received while dreaming can be used in the waking world as talismans.