Have you ever woken up from a dream and wished you could jump right back in? I know I have! Especially when I was in the middle of wonderful dream or when I woke up before it ended. Fortunately, it is possible to re-enter a dream.
If you want to re-enter a dream, here’s what to do:
1. Don’t Move
Stay in the same position you were in when you woke up. Movement disrupts REM sleep and leads to forgetting your dreams. To avoid this, don’t move when you wake up from your dream.
2. Return to Sleeping Position
If you’ve already moved, return to the position you were in when you woke up. Being in the same physical position will help with continuity and increase your chances of re-entering a dream. If you don’t know what position you were in, return to the position that you usually sleep in.
3. Close Your Eyes
Close your eyes, as if you hadn’t woken up. You are going back to sleep and attempting to immediately re-enter the REM cycle you just left.
4. Recapture the Feelings
Recall how the dream felt and return to that feeling state. If you were having a pleasant dream, feel how wonderful it was to be in the dream. Hold on to those feelings as you continue to the next step.
5. Focus on Your Dream
With your eyes still closed, bring up an image from the last dream scene you remember. What were you dreaming about – a person, an experience, a specific location?
Allow the images to take form in your mind. Do not try to control them, just allow them to appear. If you cannot remember the last scene, recall whatever part of the dream you can. Allow yourself to be swept back into your dream.
6. Repeat a Mantra
As you drift back into the dream world, tell yourself that you will re-enter a dream. Use whatever phrase makes sense to you. It could be something like, “I will now re-enter my dream,” or “I am back in my dream.” Keep the phrase short and repeat it in your mind as you continue to focus on the dream images.
If you are having trouble re-entering you dream, use this simple trick for increasing dream clarity in lucid dreams: Spin. Imagine yourself spinning around and around. Feel yourself spinning – like you are actually spinning in your physical body. This helps you block out other mental stimuli by occupying your mind with something else. This can amplify your ability to re-enter a dream.
Belief is powerful. You get what you expect so it’s important to believe that you can re-enter a dream. If you have re-entered dreams in the past, you know from experience that is possible. If you did it once, you can do it again. If this is something you have never done before, know this: I have re-entered dreams and so have many others. If we can re-enter a dream, so can you
9. If you can’t re-enter a dream: Use Your Imagination
If you are not able to re-enter a dream this time, don’t worry. It takes practice to learn a new skill. Use your imagination to create your own ending to the dream. Fantasize about what you want to happen in your dream. Experience the dream as a day-dream or controlled fantasy. It’s your imagination: create whatever you desire.
It’s your turn, Dreamer
Have you ever tried to re-enter a dream? What was the dream and how did dream re-entry work for you? Share your stories and experiences in the comments below.