EVENING

Find a notebook that you like, and that you will use solely for writing down your dreams. Before going to sleep, write tomorrow’s date in it, and leave the dreambook next to your bed with a pen inside. Make sure you have the dreambook close to you, so you can quickly reach for it to note down your dream. If you have troubles remembering dreams, make a strong intention of remembering the dream. Write it in your dreambook!

Before falling asleep imagine that you reach your hands towards the sun and pick up red light from the sun. Roll red light into a ball, put it into your thyroid gland and see what happens!

One has to make space for the dreaming to reveal itself. Put your phone in the flight mode and grant yourself at least 15 minutes of quiet time before falling asleep. Observe your physical sensations. Notice your weight. Allow the breathing to return to its own rhythm. Upon waking up, do the same. Be with yourself and with your dreaming, quietly noticing what is.

You can make a little ritual for yourself to mark the transition between dreaming and waking realities. How about creating a lavender mist, or playing an instrument to say goodbye to the day, and to welcome the sunrise? What other ideas you have?

You can make a little ritual for yourself to make the transition between dreaming and waking realities. How about creating a lavender mist, or playing an instrument to say goodbye to the day, and to welcome the sunrise? 

Take time to hone your true question. The more clear-cut the question is, the higher the chances that your dreaming responds to it with acute precision. Once you have your question, write it down in your dreambook. As you are lying in bed, ready to fall asleep, imagine catching a ray of light and drawing a circle with it. With the ray of light write your question inside of the circle. Inhale the light. 

Reversing is an ancient exercise, outlined by Philo in the first century C.E. It is one of the foundational practices in this lineage. It is to be done every day before falling asleep. Lying in bed see your day as if it was a film, in which you are starring the main role. Watch the film in reverse: examining the activities and conversations of the day backward, from the last thing you did, until the first, from the evening until the morning. 

Variation: If you encounter a challenging situation with someone, step into their shoes and see this event from their perspective. Hear all that they have said and recognize how you have responded. How does it feel to see it from their perspective? What do you learn? When you have seen, breathe out, step back into reversing.

Can you catch the exact moment of falling asleep? What are the physical sensations accompanying your plunging into dreaming? Describe them very precisely. If you are reversing your day, what kind of images appear in between “the film from your day”? How do you think, why is it useful?