Have your ever noticed how the thoughts, emotions, and images you entertain in the hours and minutes before falling asleep enter your dreamspace? Often the thought or emotion that I fall asleep with is the one I wake with and may be the one I ruminate upon all night long.
For example, if I'm ticked, I notice how this seed of anger germinates all night long and influences my mood the next morning. In a similar fashion, if I spend the later hours of the evening on the internet, I notice how images I observed there appear, often in a nonsensical way, in dreamtime. While the latter may not be detrimental, it doesn't necessarily enhance my wellbeing.
Wouldn't it be far better to use my dreamtime in an intentional and positive way?
Directing your mind
This can be easily accomplished by focusing one's mind in a particular direction before retiring.
If you gently visualize healing images—your cells filled with 5-colored streams of pure light, for example—chances are you will wake up feeling refreshed. Done consistently, it's been shown by scientific research that affirmative visualizations can enhance healing and recovery in the body, even from serious illnesses like cancer.
If you imagine your body filled with love and joy and tenderly streaming this out from your heart to the world, you will more likely wake filled with happiness.
If you lightly, without strain, focus your attention on sacred images or spiritual figures of significance to you, these will pervade your dreams often bringing meaning, insight, and wisdom.
Many healing and spiritual traditions utilize the power of mind immediately before and during dreamtime to achieve greater spiritual accomplishment. They know the power of mind. Just as science is now coming to discover, this clearly shows us that the mind is pliable, workable, and changeable.
As the Buddha said, "We are what we think." We can change our mind for the better and have a positive and powerful influence on ourselves and the world around us.