Do you have a pressing problem? No worries...You can solve your problems in your sleep!
We all know a good night’s sleep can do wonders for restoring energy, repairing wounds and generating new ideas. But did you know that you can ask your dreams to solve your problems?
By studying your dreams, you can learn a lot more about yourself and gain more insight to problems than you are aware of in your waking life. Deep sleep and the dream state provide the time and quiet to ‘hear yourself think,’ away from the distractions of other people’s input—their needs, biases, and even your own self-critic. Dreamtime is the one time you are literally alone with your thoughts and free of judgment. This is a time when your creative problem solver can come out and play without wondering what anyone else is doing or thinking.
No wonder people say, “Let me sleep on it,” when they are asked to make important decisions.
Dreams have a social and emotional component to them that helps you adapt to your environment and relationships. When you learn how to study and decipher the symbols and messages your unconscious mind is sending, they can offer emotional support, solutions, and even warnings about unfolding events. Other’s body language that your waking mind did not pick up on during the day is carefully catalogued in your brain, to be reviewed and interpreted in the dream state.
Do you have recurring dreams? That’s because your subconscious mind is reviewing, going over the same information in order to construct a solution to your most pressing problem.
A study that appeared in the December issue of the Journal of Sleep Research says that we tend to work out a problem in our dreams within the week following the time the problem first appeared. Keeping a dream journal from the start of your troubles can provide valuable information in the week to come.
6 Ways to Use Your Dreams to Solve Problems
1. Clarify Your Problem – Before you go to sleep, take some time to identify the most crucial aspect of your problem. Then state your problem in the form of a question or a request. If you’ve misplaced something valuable, for example, you might want to simply ask your dreams to show you where to look.
2. Write it Down – Make it as focused and concise as possible. Just as when writing out affirmations, clear, concrete descriptions of your goals are easier for your brain to understand and act upon than ambiguous or overly complicated directives. “How can I make more money before the bill is due?” is an easier goal than, “Show me how to feel more worthy of better income." Write it down on a card or piece of paper, meditate on the question a few moments before setting it under your pillow or in your dream journal next to your bed.
3. Keep a Journal – Dreams are part of our short term memory, so it’s important to scribble away the details of last night’s dreams—words, people, images—as quickly as you can to capture the essence of the dream.
4. Give it to Your Higher Self – Prepare your mind for sleep. By literally putting your mind to rest, reassure yourself that you are giving this problem over to your subconscious mind so you can take a break from figuring it out and just get a good night’s sleep.
5. Be Patient – Sometimes the answer is waiting for you as you bound out of bed the very next morning. Other times it takes days or weeks for your brain to connect the dots. But, if you pay attention and get better practiced at remembering the details or keeping a better record in your dream journal, sooner or later a cohesive picture will emerge.
6. Trust Yourself – Most of all, trust your subconscious. Let it do the work for you. After all, it’s been studying your life 24/7, while you’ve been taking care of business, and it knows you and what’s best for you most of all!