Techniques of Subliminal Cognition Training™



(The following methods are taken from the 120-Days-Curriculum, the core module of SCT™)


LUCID DREAMING SECRET:


Anything that causes adrenal fatigue will inhibit Lucid Dreaming.


Things to avoid:


• Excess Caffeine
• Overwork
• Excess Ejaculation
• Nightshift Work
• Stimulants
• Sleeping Pills
• Excess Alcohol
•  Synthetic Opiates


Things to do:


• Sleep in alignment with Earth's magnetic field.
• Establish a Circadian rhythm.
• Meditate Regularly.
• Eat Organic Non GMO foods.
• Take Alternating Cold and Hot Showers.
• Conserve Sexual Energy (Embryonic Breathing)
• Circulate Sexual Energy (Microcosmic Orbit)
• Take Nootropics (Gaia Botanicals is a great brand!)


For information on a full 120-Days-Curriculum of Vivid Dreaming, Lucid Dreaming, Pellucid Dreaming, and Astral Projection, see my book Behind the Veil: The Complete Guide to Conscious Sleep)



DREAM RECALL


One of the most common obstacles to Conscious Sleep is the inability to remember one's nightly adventures. Whether we're talking about Lucid Dreaming, Astral Travel, or just good old-fashioned Vivid dreaming, without the ability of Dream Recall we're just drooling on the pillow for eight hours every night. Remember, we all go out-of-body everytime we sleep, only we're unaware that we're doing so, and Dream Recall is the initial step to bringing awareness into these unconscious escapades.


So how to do it?


Well, there are a few things you can do to get started, and it begins while you're awake. First, you'll need to sharpen your memory of daily events. I'm not only talking about those things which leave an emotional impression but also those minor details you'd typically omit from memory. For example, remembering that jerk who rudely cut in front of you in the checkout line of your local coffee shop is easy to recall; but what were the color of his shoes? Or you had a casual conversation with the postman about the weather. What was his name? What color were his eyes?


Another thing you can do is to start taking a nutritional supplement called Huperzine before bedtime. It dramatically increases Vivid Dreams and Dream Recall. Of course, this shouldn't replace the work of actually exorcising your memory but used as an adjunct to it. Also, L-Theanine, which is an an amino acid found in the brain, increases dopamine and often assists in making dreams more dramatic. Lastly, smoking Mugwort or Calea Zacatechichi just before bed is an incredibly powerful OOBE inducer, as is the consumption of Wild Lettuce before bed. These supplements are categorized as nootropics, a term that literally means, “toward consciousness”.


Another great exercise for increasing memory requires nothing more a rubber band and a commitment to practice:


Place a rubber band on the wrist of your non-dominant hand. Next, choose a thought, word, or behavior that you tend to employ often and make a mental note that you'll avoid saying, thinking, or doing the chosen thing. Now, every time you slip, sharply snap the rubber band on your wrist. Not too hard! We're not trying to punish ourselves. Rather, the goal here is to use this biofeedback device to entrain vigilance of mind. I used this method for years and I promise that it works wonders!


Lastly, pick an activity you do often and retrace your steps upon completing it. For example, after you go grocery shopping. Once you return home and put away your groceries, sit down and mentally retrace your steps in reverse, starting with putting away the groceries and ending with the trip to the grocery store. It's important to imagine as vividly as possible and to include all five senses in the visualization. If you have trouble doing this, no worries! Just to the best you can. Later, I'll teach you some powerful methods for developing your visualization abilities.


So that's what you can do during the day to increase your Dream Recall skills. In fact, you may come to find that the above exercises suffice to induce Vivid and Lucid Dreams! If so, that's great. Keep practicing; and don't be afraid to get creative and come up with your own practices to increase the power of your memory.


So what else can be done to develop Dream Recall? I mean, what to do in those moments when you're sitting there with your journal in front of you and you can't recall a single detail of last night's dreams? Isn't there a way to just tap into a state of consciousness where dreams are there at a touch? Isn’t that what this book is all about?


Absolutely! Try this on for size:


First, you should never wake up and just hop out of bed, as we've already discussed. Lay there for a few minutes and hang on to the twilight state between awake and asleep for as long as possible. Second, if you have to use an alarm to wake up, use one that slowly increases in volume rather than a loud one that jolts you from sleep. Third, while still laying in bed, gently turn your thoughts toward the prior night's dreams. Please note the word “gently”! Dreams are composed of Etheric energy. Like all Etheric energy, if you become aggressive or tense, it will stagnate and prevent efficient Dream Recall. Lastly, get out of bed gracefully with your mind still on last night's dreams, and sit down comfortably with your journal.


If at this point you still experience difficulty remembering your dreams, try this:


Do a mental scan of the seven Categories of Dream. Because at least 80% of all dreams are biographical, begin with that Category. Simply conjure up some images, people, experiences, and places from your life which carry the most emotional charge and allow them to occupy your mind for a moment. This often suffices to stimulate Dream Recall. Continue this same thought process with the other six dream Categories and see what pops into your mind. Be sure to leave nothing out! This holds true especially for dreams of a less flattering nature. Whether you're dreaming of saving the whales or of sleeping with your college professor:


Be as descriptive as possible and omit nothing. No detail is too small or insignificant that it shouldn't be included in your journal entries.


A common issue for many people is privacy. Some dreams can be so bizarre and unflattering that the prospect of someone stumbling upon one’s journal often prevents people from journaling. At the very least, it can prevent one from being honest and thorough in the description of one's dreams. Nowadays, this problem is easily remedied by keeping a digital journal and protecting it with a password. If this still doesn't put your mind at ease then you can get a little more creative. For instance, in place of the actual names of people you know, you can use pseudonyms. Also, instead of writing in a journalist-type style, you can record your dreams as if writing a fictional story. This can be pretty fun to do. In fact, I know of several writers who record their dreams and Astral experiences in this manner and have used them to write novels!


However you decide to record your adventures behind the Veil, there are four guidelines you should always follow: 


Be descriptive.

Be thorough.

Be consistent

Be creative.


After a while, you'll begin to notice patterns in your journal. This is when your journal truly comes to serve you. You'll begin to learn which conditions promote and preclude Conscious Sleep. These may not apply to other Veilers but they do represent your unique fingerprint as a navigator of these realms. Of course, there are some universal principles that affect all Veilers in some way or another, but it's to your own unique nature that you must be true. Also, you'll begin to notice patterns in your dreams themselves. Recurrent dream scenarios and symbols will begin to reveal themselves, weaving in and out of the narrative of your journal. Synchronicities will appear in your daily life as the barrier which separates your Gross, Etheric, Astral, and Causal Bodies begins to break down. Premonitions begin to emerge and your psychic abilities will sharpen.


Why does this happen?


The answer to this question holds half of the key to behind-the-Veil access. You see, when you consistently pay attention to your dreams, you're sending a message to your subconscious mind that you mean business. In fact, there's nothing mysterious about this. You probably do it all of the time without giving it much thought. For example, every time you tell yourself that you must wake up at a certain time in the morning, your subconscious mind responds by waking you up at that time! It oftentimes does this by sending you a dream that signals you to wake up. Similarly, if you consistently tell yourself before going to sleep that you must remain Lucid in your dreams, then you'll eventually succeed in doing so. The same holds true for Astral Projection.


It's your consistent and firm intention to step behind the Veil that unlocks the mysteries behind the it!


Lastly, whenever your dreams are pointing towards something important about your life, be sure to take them seriously and follow their advice. This builds a powerful bridge between the conscious and subconscious regions of your mind and cultivates your intuition in ways you'll have to see to believe. Should you repeatedly ignore these messages coming from behind the Veil, you'll see minimal progress in your quest as a Veiler.

Fundamental Training for Vivid Dreaming


(Channeling Intensity)



Welcome to week one of the Curriculum! This first exercise is the foundation for all the other skills that you're going to learn in this book. You should continue practicing it until it becomes as natural as breathing. I first came across it in a Tantric document called the “Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.” I began practicing it in the year 2004 and was blown away by the results. When I first began the practice, I didn't realize what was in store and the level of commitment required, the doors that it would open, or the unpredictable effect that it would have on my Astral development. First, you must understand that the ways by which you can open, expand, and educate your Astral Body are legion. There truly is no “right” way to do it. However, regardless which method (s) you choose to adopt, you must proceed cautiously, patiently, and perseveringly. Remember this important point:


Your Astral Body is intimately connected with your emotions.


The technique that I'm about to share with you has the power to give you conscious control over that connection, so you should practice it even while learning the other exercises in this book.


The essence of this technique lies in what has been called “channeling intensity”. Certain Tantric and Tibetan schools have called it the “Mahamudra” or “Supreme Gesture”. I'm referring here to the “One Taste” teaching of Mahamudra.


What? One taste? What's that?


Well, the Indian Sage, Gautama Siddhartha (Buddha), used to describe his experience of enlightenment with analogy to the salt water of the sea. Just as every inch of the ocean, no matter where you find it, has the same salty taste, so too does enlightenment have “one taste” no matter who's experiencing it.


What does this mean?


The following exercise will answer this question for you. That is, if you've got the guts to see it through! Mind you I have faith in you, dear reader, but I know what's involved and it can be pretty overwhelming at times. That said, if you can handle it then you'll be rewarded with more than just an increased capacity for Vivid Dreams. Properly understood, the following technique has the power to:


Get you in touch with your Astral Body.

Enhance your overall Etheric sensitivity.

Deepen your emotional intelligence.

Sharpen your senses.


Why do they call it the Supreme Gesture?


To answer this you must understand that most of us live in a sort of waking dream. The average Joe or Jane truly believes that this little thing called “ego” is a concrete and living thing. It's understandable too, since we need to develop strong and healthy egos from an early age in order to survive in this world, which would be fine were it not for the fact that we mistakenly believe that our little self is all that there is to us.


The fragility of the ego is revealed in moments of exasperation and emotional overwhelm, when we react in ways that contradict our self-image. We may be the very picture of poise and calm when things are going smoothly for us, but just a tiny bit of friction and immediately the mask falls off. Whenever we lose our temper, allow the environment to push us around, or respond in a knee-jerk fashion, we're showing our true colors, our “side B”, the beast in the basement, as it were. To be sure, there's nothing wrong with these repressed urges and thoughts. In fact, once you strip them of their cultural taboo or remove the moralistic and judgmental weight that holds them down you're left not with anger or calm, or love versus hate, and so on:


You're left with raw energy!


That's right. Any conceivable thought or emotion you possess is energy, first and foremost. Just think about how many uses electricity has, to give one example of energy. On the one hand, electricity is just natural energy. It's not trying to hurt anyone. Then someone like Nikola Tesla comes along and turns it into something productive and transforms the human experience forever. Then a man like Alfred P. Southwick comes along and, using the same energy, creates a monstrous device called the electric chair! In much the same way your joy, sadness, excitement, sexuality, creativity, and so on, can be used creatively or crudely.


Another important point to understand is that an enormous amount of energy is wasted in this compartmentalizing of our emotions and thoughts. Each time we feel or think something which we deem or have been taught to believe is wrong, evil, or taboo, and we suppress it we're needlessly chasing our own tail and consuming vast quantities of energy in the process. We do this because we're employing morality to do a job that only intelligence is capable of doing properly. The fact is that most of our emotional reactions, and then our reactions to those reactions, are largely borrowed from the environment we're raised in. Truly, for many of us, we take for granted that we're really not behind the wheel at all! Our parents, teachers, leaders, doctors, and priests, are speaking through us.


The practice of Channeling Intensity reconnects us with the greater portion of our energies so that we can claim them as our own.


So let's begin!




The Practice


The fastest route to grasping the knack of Channeling Intensity is through your newfound skill of Trance. Recall the Zen practice of “just sitting” that we discussed earlier? Well, this is the same thing, only it can be done anywhere and anytime, not just while sitting on your meditation cushion. I'm fact, in order to be truly understood, you must practice it at all times. After all, there aren't really too many emotional triggers present while sitting in a dark and quiet room with your eyes closed.


Just as Zazen is the art of just sitting, Channeling Intensity could rightly be called the art of “just feeling”. It's one of the most difficult practices you'll ever commit too but also one of the most transformative experiences you'll have, I promise!


It starts with a firm resolution to surrender to the process and open yourself up to the full breadth of your emotions.


So here's what to do:


You must start by being vigilant and alert to yourself, particularly to your feeling self. I don't just mean your emotions, but all of your feeling. This includes the pain you feel when stubbing your toe, the sensation of an approaching sneeze, your emotional reactions to a movie, the sensations you feel while making love, or the anxiety you feel when giving a public speech.


I mean all of it!


Next, don't criticize, censor, or otherwise label what you're feeling. Just allow it to be fully present without any preconceived idea of what you should or shouldn't be feeling and how it should be dealt with. Also, notice your knee-jerk reactions to your feelings. Notice the almost instantaneous desire to repress, blame, express, hide, or excuse what you're feeling. Simply let all of those reactions flower and self-liberate in your inner space. Metaphorically speaking, this is how you take the base lead of your emotions and turn them into the gold virtue in the fire of raw awareness.


This is inner Alchemy!


Now, once you've got a feel for how to do this, notice an interesting paradox that arises here. In one sense, you removed the separative barrier between your persona and the greater portion of your being submerged beneath it, and yet now there's more space between you and this energy. On the one hand, there's this deep and virulent well of emotion and sensation churning inside of you, only now you’re not present as a little voice in your head vainly dictating how these feelings should be dealt with. Rather, you're raw awareness, like the bright summer Sun shining on the storm clouds. The more you shine your light on all that arises within you the more sky you have available to you. Not only that, but you'll also begin to notice over time that it enables you to shine even brighter! It's as if these freed emotions are a form of food for your very consciousness.


They are!


The keys to success practice are as follows:



1. Be very present and alert to your bodymind. This is similar to the relaxed alertness you'd have while fishing or waiting to spot a shooting star. When you experience powerful emotion or sensation, feel into it and follow its pathway through your body without personalizing it. Watch it like you would a passing storm.


2. Start small and gradually move on to more intense emotions. For example, begin by channeling your emotional reactions to a moving song or film. After some time you may move on to more emotionally challenging situations like a lover's quarrel or a feud with a coworker.


3. Always be sure to breathe through the entire process. Don't do anything with the breath! Simply include your breathing in your awareness. Eventually, you'll be able to regulate the effects which strong emotions have on your Qi Meridians with Embryonic Breathing and Microcosmic Orbit. For now, simply breathe while Channeling Intensity.



Continue with this practice until it becomes second nature. Remember, the real attainment is won when you achieve the stage of regulating without regulating. In Taoism, this entire process is known as regulating the “Xin”, or emotional mind. They refer to the Xin as “monkey mind” because of it's wayward and impulsive nature. The Taoist term for that part of the mind used in Channeling Intensity as the “Yi”, or wisdom mind, which they liken to a horse because of its noble goals and perceptiveness. Once the Xin is regulated by the Yi through Channeling Intensity, then the Shen can be raised and the grass grows by itself. Once this becomes second nature, then practices like Embryonic Breathing and Microcosmic Orbit become something you're always doing in much the same way as your normal breathing goes on whether you're aware of it or not. At this stage, your subtle-body development has reached an advanced level of cultivation. I can't tell you what happens at that stage because I'm still working on it myself! Rest assured, the possibilities are probably endless.

Fundamental Training for Lucid Dreaming


(The Trailing Method)



Go into a dark room and sit down comfortably. Calm your mind so that the field of vision behind your closed eyes is relatively black with minimal colors or white spots. Remember, the amount of phosphene discharge behind your closed eyes is a reliable way to gauge how tense your mind is. The greater the light show, the greater the tension. Once you've established a relatively black field of vision, go ahead and light a candle, any candle. Stare into the flame without blinking until you see a colored aura or afterimage appear around the candle's flame.


Now blow the candle out.


Next, stand up and keep your eyes open while gazing gently at the afterimage of the candle flame hovering in front of you. Eventually it'll begin to move. Follow it! Keep your eyes glued to it and simply follow it whenever it moves. There'll come a point when the afterimage looks completely external. In fact, go ahead and let it sit in the palm of your hand. Just stare at it and watch its behavior. The more relaxed your mind is the longer the afterimage will remain.


I remember the first time I discovered this experiment. I was sixteen years old. Standing on my mother's porch, I stared into the porch light for a moment and looked away. The afterimage appeared and I just decided to follow it (I'm weird like that). Eventually it came to rest in the palm of my hand and I watched it change into all kinds of different things! Geometric shapes, animals, and tiny scenes of mountains and lakes (dream scenarios). But the real surprise came when I discovered that I could decide what shape it took. Sound familiar? It should:


That's dream control!


Now you can do it too. I'll even show you how to shape the phosphene discharge behind your eyes into anything you wish to see. Try it! Instead of staring at the afterimage of the candle flame, stare into it. If it moves, follow it but stare into it's center. One of two things will begin to happen if you practice this for one week. Either the afterimage will morph into all manner of different things, or you'll begin to see scenes within the afterimage itself. You can also try this in bed at night before falling asleep or during sitting meditation. Simply stare gently into the colored blobs behind your eyes as you're drifting off to sleep and watch what happens! With practice, you can even decide what scenes should appear and what landscape you'd like to step into. If you guessed that this is how you can choose what to dream before falling asleep then you guessed right, but the important thing for you to take away from this little experiment is this:


The psyche projects itself.


When you experience the dissociative reflex while awake, the contents of your psyche are projected onto the screen of the physical environment. However, when you experience the dissociative reflex while your physical body is asleep, you are projected onto the screen of the  psychic and Astral environment.


How so?


Well, while you're awake, your sense of “I” and “Me” is firmly rooted in your physical body and it's five senses. On the other hand, as your physical body falls asleep, your awareness of bodily processes and sensations vanishes. I personally believe that this is because your presence gets in the way of the physical regeneration achieved through healthy sleep. To be aware of and mentally evaluating the events of daily life takes energy, therefore nature has evolved dreams to keep you occupied while the body heals itself. Well, that's my theory anyway. More to the point, your awareness while in deep sleep is firmly rooted in what we've been calling the subtle-body. If you can maintain awareness and keep alert while transitioning from awake to asleep then you'll notice that the contents of your psyche, hitherto monitored and controlled by you, have now become externalized and appear to take on a life of their own! Inner self-talk becomes audible conversations; Mental imagery becomes lifelike scenarios; Biological and Etheric processes become elemental sensations; And you are placed right in the midst of all of this.


So how to transition from awake to asleep while fully alert? How to become immune to the intoxicating venom of the sleep serpent?


Try this:


Sit down comfortably in a dark room. Follow the exact same step as above by gazing into a candle flame without blinking until you see an afterimage appear around the flame. Now blow out the flame and remain seated while continuing to gaze at the afterimage. This time, instead of merely following the afterimage until it becomes externalized, follow it until the dissociative reflex kicks in and then do this:


Feel your entire body moving in the direction of the afterimage!


In other words, if the afterimage moves downward and slightly to the left, then feel your entire bodymind summersault in that direction. At first, you'll probably feel dizzy or drunk. That's a good sign. If you have difficulty doing this, there's something else you can try to make it easier for you:


Stand up in a well lit room. Be sure to remove any sharp or blunt objects that you might fall on. It's also a good idea to practice this next to a bed or couch. Now spin rapidly in circles, moving in the direction of your dominant hand, until you get dizzy at which point come to a sudden stop and sit down. Relax all of your muscles and exhale all of the air in your lungs naturally and without forcing it. Next, keeping your eyes open, notice that the entire room now appears to be spinning in the direction of your non-dominant hand. Finally, without actually moving your body and while keeping the air out of your lungs, feel as though your entire bodymind is moving in the same direction of the spinning room. The sensation will be much like letting go and surrendering to a strong current in a rushing river. The trick is to become quite dizzy and then allow yourself to become physically limp, sustain breathing, and allow your consciousness to drift in the direction of the spinning room. With time, and as you become accustomed to OOBE, you'll see that this is almost exactly the same sensation that occurs during the Astral exit and the transition from LD-2 to LD-3 (more on this later).


I can still recall being a child of about ten years and experimenting with these little tricks. It wasn't until quite recently that I learned that there's even a technical term for it. It's called “Phasing” in the neo-Astral Projection community. There are two broad definitions of Phasing. The first definition is exactly what we accomplished in our Vivid Dreaming practices. You bring all of your senses to bear on an inner experience and really put yourself at the center of it. The second definition of Phasing is the ability to manipulate your awareness in such a way that you can literally feel yourself in various spatial orientations different from where you're actually physically located.


One more thing before we move on to week six of the Curriculum:


Just as Embryonic Breathing and Microcosmic Orbit practice strengthens and stretches your Etheric Body, the practices in this section strengthen and loosen your Astral Body.


Soon, and with sincere and consistent practice, you'll see the gist of these methods and all will become clear.

Progressive Relaxation

(Fundamental Training for Pellucid Sleep)




One of the best ways to induce Pellucid Sleep is through progressive relaxation of the body. Due to the combined use of profound physical relaxation and what I call Mobile Mental Focus (MMF), you're gradually and seamlessly guided past the Veil and into the sleep cycle while still fully conscious. The physical relaxation puts your body to sleep while the MMF keeps your mind awake. Furthermore, because your mind is mobile during the process, it tends to steer clear of dreaming. Why? Because dreaming is, if nothing else, an internal psychic movement. In a sense, dreaming is a nightly surrogate for the daily activities of your bodymind. Thus, by keeping the mind moving during the transition from awake to asleep, you fulfill that need and negate dreams as a result; at least temporarily. As an important side note, if you've deepened your Microcosmic Orbit practice to the point where you can sustain it into NREM, you've already seen this mechanism at work! Here, we're going to take that skill a step further.



The Practice



As always, be sure that your sleeping space is dark, quiet, and without distractions. Purchase earplugs and eyeshades if necessary. Remember to align your body with Earth's magnetic field. Don't eat anything for at least an hour before beginning any of these exercises, as the digestive process steals energy from your Shen and therefore weakens your vigilance.


This technique is divided into two parts. Here, in week nine, you'll learn the first part, which is meant to get you into stable PS-1. In week ten, you'll deepen your practice to access stable PS-2. Please read the instructions carefully, a few times if necessary, before attempting the exercise:


To begin, simply close your eyes and relax into your sleeping posture. You should be lying on your back, preferably on a Memory Foam wedge so that your upper body is on a forty-five degree incline. If not, the traditional supine posture is fine. Practitioners of Hatha Yoga will immediately recognize the following posture as the Savasana posture which typically concludes a yoga routine. Indeed, I learned the present exercise back in the year 1999 from a Yogi named Dr. John Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), and I learned Pellucid Sleep as a byproduct of the practice.


In the Savasana posture, your palms are facing up and the legs are at least twelve inches apart. This is important in that it aids in the sensory withdrawal required for the following technique. Also, I'd like to point out that the surface upon which you practice this posture is extremely important, to your health first and foremost, but also to your level of comfort. In this exercise, you'll be learning how to completely surrender your body to gravity, and therefore your mattress should be customized fit to the needs of your physical structure so that you can fully and comfortably let go of physical tension. I originally learned this practice on a carpeted floor, but through years of wear-and-tear from my job and martial arts, my body responds best when I practice on a good mattress. It's true, however, that a firmer surface is better for this exercise because it assists in the melting sensation you'll be cultivating in this exercise. Lastly, be sure to adjust the climate of the room so that there's good ventilation and it's not too cold or hot. Remember that your body temperature drops as you fall asleep, so having a blanket covering your midriff is a good idea.


With these requirements met, lay there for a few moments and simply relax. Feel the temperature of your mattress becoming warmer as it absorbs your body heat and feel the weight of your body against the bed and pillow. Notice especially which areas feel heavier, lighter, warmer, and cooler than others. Enjoy this moment of tactile awareness and wholeheartedly embrace the Now and all that it contains.


Now become aware of your natural breathing rhythm and with each exhalation feel your body becoming extremely heavy and sinking into the bed. As always, breathe through your nose.Imagine that the bed is almost rising up to meet your body as it melts downward and into the mattress. The melting sensation should begin at your extremities and end at your core. Do this four or five times before moving to the next step.


Don't fall asleep!


Now we're going to take it a step further and remove any lingering restless energy in your muscles. To this end we'll employ a popular biofeedback technique which utilizes a tense-hold-release mechanism. As you'll soon see, this is a powerful method for deepening the true relaxation of the muscles.


Start by becoming aware of your right arm. Try to gently feel into its structure--the skin, blood, temperature, muscle, bone--, and then, on your next natural inhalation of breath, gently extend your arm downward as if reaching for your foot, make a tight fist and extend the contraction up the forearm, ending at the shoulder. At the same time, raise your arm a few inches off of the bed. Hold this contraction for roughly five seconds. Then, upon exhalation, let your arm go completely limp and flop back down onto the mattress. It's important that you allow your arm to go completely limp, as if it's dead. Don't make any adjustments, no matter how subtle or minute. Just let it lay there as though lifeless. Now repeat the same sequence with your left arm. Note any sensations you feel in your arms. Is there heat? Cold? Tingling? Etc.


Now follow the same procedure, only this time with your legs. Starting with your right leg, inhale slowly while gently extending your leg downward, flexing your foot backward so that your toes are pointing toward your head, and extend this contraction upward to your knee and finally to your hip. Once the contraction reaches your hip, raise your leg a few inches off of the mattress, hold the contraction for a few seconds, and then exhale naturally while allowing your leg to flop back onto the bed as if lifeless.


Repeat the same procedure with your left leg. Note any sensations that you feel in your legs.


Next, upon inhalation, gently press the back of your head into the mattress (or pillow), hold for a few seconds, exhale and release. Note any sensations in your head, neck, and upper back, and allow these areas to remain motionless and relaxed.


Now bring your attention to your core. Inhale while pressing your lower back into the mattress by gently contracting the muscles of your abdomen, much like doing a subtle “crunch” sit-up. Then, upon exhalation, allow these muscles to go limp and remain relaxed and motionless.


Lastly, mentally scan your entire body for any trace of tension or pain. With each exhalation, feel these areas open and relax downward into the mattress. Feel your whole body surrender to gravity completely. What you're aiming for is a slight extension of your extremities coupled with extreme relaxation of your muscles, ligaments, and joints.


At a certain point during this exercise, you'll begin to notice a few things. Foremost among them is the growing tension between your conscious control and the approaching sleep cycle. This tension is important. It's literally the Yang and Yin of Conscious Sleep! It's important because this Yang (awake)/Yin (asleep) dynamic creates energy. This coming together of two opposing forces creates a third force. I refer to this force, this Yin/Yang lovechild of Awake and Asleep, as “Eros-X”, and it's skillful application can result in many different experiences and psychic skills, such as Lucid Dreaming, Remote Viewing, and Astral Projection, to name a few.


(The second part of this technique can be found in my book, "Behind the Veil: the Complete Guide to Conscious Sleep)

Fundamental Training for Astral Projection


(Bi-locationality Training)



As I've said, these next eight weeks of the Curriculum feature exercises that are trained while fully awake. That's really the proper place to start because, after all, that's where you are! Remember, the entire process of effectively rewiring the bodymind to house these new capacities is symbolically much like a hexagram. Training your mind while awake is the downward pointing triangle while training them while asleep is the upward pointing triangle of the hexagram. That's the shape of the key that unlocks the Veil.


We begin the process of bi-locationality training in the good ole’ outdoors. It doesn't matter where you go to practice this exercise as long as you'll be relaxed and undisturbed for the duration of the practice, which takes a minimum of thirty minutes to complete. It's best practiced on a warm day with a partly cloudy sky and slices of blue. Training at dusk, dawn, or night time, is ideal. For starters, these are potent times for this type of work. Also, as you'll soon see, you want to avoid the blinding sunlight while training this method. A local park, beach, your own backyard, or a mountain top, are all great examples of suitable practice areas.


Do not wear sunglasses. Also, I suggest bringing some music along with you to listen to while you practice. Instrumental music is better than music with lyrics as the latter tends to stimulate the analytical part of the brain, which you want to avoid for this practice. You can analyze later! Be sure to select pieces that evoke emotions of wonder, love, joy, and peace. This adds the power of emotional reward to the training.


Once you've established where you'll train, lie down comfortably on your back and stare up at the sky. Allow yourself to relax more and more with each exhalation of breath while you take in all at once the vast and arching dome of heaven. It's important that you not focus on any one particular detail of the sky, but rather, take in the entire panorama in one global stare. Allow yourself to blink whenever needed and simply lose yourself in this moment of sky-gazing.


After you've become sufficiently relaxed, your next step is to flip your perspective upside down, or rather, downside up. That is to say, instead of seeing the sky as being a vast ceiling high above the earth upon which you lay, imagine that the sky is below you. This requires a nifty little maneuvering of your awareness. It isn't merely imagination, remember. It's not simply a visualization either. It's a full-bodied sensation of feeling yourself on the bottom portion of the planet Earth, in which case the sky truly is below you! It doesn't matter if you're actually geographically occupying such a place while doing this exercise. All that matters is that you can achieve and sustain this sensation for at least half an hour. Once you succeed in doing so, you may only be able to sustain this sensation for a few minutes at a time. That's fine! Just keep trying until thirty minutes have elapsed. If you find that you really enjoy the practice, continue for an hour before finishing up.


Some people experience dizziness and nausea while practicing this technique. If this happens, discontinue the practice for a few minutes and relax before resuming. After you've become accustomed to this novel sensation, the dizziness should diminish. Not to mention that, despite the discomfort, these symptoms are actually signs of progress! If your body responds to the imagined change of perspective, then you're doing it right.


I should mention that this exercise can even be practiced while walking down street, going for a jog, and even while driving on the highway (although I don't recommend it). Once you get the gist of the technique, you can practice just about anywhere. As you'll soon see, the best place to practice is in the room you regularly sleep in.

Dream Incubation

(The Hangover Method)


By: Daniel A. Kelley




(In Book One of the SCT Series™, I showcased a Lucid Dream induction technique which I call The Hangover Method. Although Dream Incubation isn't the same thing as Lucid Dreaming, when both are used together your eight hours of shut-eye can get pretty interesting! In this article, I'm going to delve into the essence of this technique and offer some guidelines and suggestions so that you too can get the most out of this

time-tested method. Whether you're a Lucid Dreamer, or just someone who's interested in exploring the secret capacities of your mind, you'll find a good starting point in this article. Readers interested in the full 120-Days-Curriculum are encouraged to read the book Behind The Veil: The Complete Guide to Conscious Sleep.)



WHAT IS DREAM INCUBATION?


Dream Incubation is the art of planting a seed in the subconscious with the goal of finding a solution to a problem or simply to enjoy a dream of one's own creation. You might think of it as the preset button on your car stereo or TV set. The ability to dream about any desired theme, person, or scenario is one of the most coveted skills in the oneironaut community. At a few points in history, Dream Incubation was even a medical and religious practice! The Asclepius cult of ancient Greece is one famous example of how this skill was used by the priests of the medical profession. The ancient Hebrews employed it as a divination tool and so did the early Romans. Today, Dream Incubation is still being used by educators, athletes, artists, and sleep scientists. Ever hear of hypnosis? Yup, that's Dream Incubation too!


In Book Two of the SCT Series™, I discuss the use of archetypal imagery for Dream Incubation as part of my system of Tarot, called Animitariomancy. After two decades of experience and research, I began to observe a pattern in how the subconscious latches on to and employs specific themes, emotional responses, and scenarios for the purpose of solving problems and integrating their solutions into the neuronet of the human bodymind. I discovered that when one creatively approaches this internal mechanism with familiar symbols and patterns (Tarot, for example), then the subconscious responds by binding new information to those familiar symbols thereby consolidating new data into new memory. We're presently going to discuss some examples of how this works.



THE FOUR ESSENTIALS OF DREAM INCUBATION


After many years of practice, I've learned that Dream Incubation relies on four factors. They are:


• Novelty

• Identification

• Recognition

• Intention


(Or NIRI for short. Pronounced "N-eye-ree".)


Really? You ask. That's all there is to it?


Like most novel skills, Dream Incubation may appear complicated but once you understand how it works it's really quite simple. In fact, you probably do it all the time without realizing it. No?


Do you remember as a child when your parent or guardian would warn you against watching scary movies because they will give you nightmares? Well, that's Dream Incubation! Or, if you're a "gamer", how often you dream of a new video game you played the day before or that new level you reached in a game you've been playing for some time? Yup, you guessed it: That's Dream Incubation too! The difference is that you're tapping into this hidden capacity of your mind unconsciously. Imagine what you could do if you gained some control over it!


Researcher Dierdre Barrett, in her well-known study on Dream Incubation:


'Seventy-six college students (47 women, 29 men; ages 19-24, modal age  =  21) were asked to incubate dreams addressing problems as a homework assignment in a class on dreams. They were instructed to select a problem of personal relevance with recognizable solution(s). It could be of a personal, general objective, or academic nature. They were then asked to write out the problem in a simple fashion and to follow the dream incubation instructions of Dement (1974). Immediately prior to the first night of dream incubation, they had attended a lecture summarizing the literature on problem solving in dreams.


Subjects followed this procedure nightly for one week or until the they had a dream which they felt solved the problem. They recorded all dreams they recalled during this week and noted which ones they thought: A) were on the topic of the problem, including addressing any aspect of the problem or any attempted solution of it and B) of these, ones they believed contained a satisfactory solution to the problem.'


This experiment resulted in approximately half of the students dreaming the solutions to their chosen problems!


Isn't that far out?


Notice that the college students were asked to incubate their dreams by choosing a problem of personal relevance with recognizable solutions. They were also subjected to new information about solving problems in dreams the night before the experiment. The students then went to sleep with the intention of dreaming the solutions to their problems.


Those are the four essentials of Dream Incubation! It's a simple as that. 😊


There are many ways of utilizing NIRI. In the following section, I'll introduce you to a two-in-one method of Dream Incubation which employs both The Hangover Method and an Animitariomantic method (Tarot). Animitariomancy employs the archetypal themes of the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of Tarot in a manner which weds divination to Lucid Dreaming. Please don't feel limited to these two approaches to Dream Incubation. As long as you understand the NIRI formula you can come up with methods of your own. Well-known author and Lucid Dreaming teacher, Clare Johnson PhD, creates colorful collages replete with symbolism representing the dreams she wishes to incubate. Another fellow I know creates musical playlists with songs featuring themes he wishes to see in his dreams. And one student of mine uses Subliminals to incubate his dreams (see my blog at http://behindtheveil.simdif.com for more details).


The point is that once you know how to employ the NIRI formula you can experiment with many different approaches to Dream Incubation. Let me share with you my favorite approach. 😎



The Hangover Method


Readers familiar with the core module of my Subliminal Cognition Training™ system will recognize this approach. The Hangover Method and The Hitchhiker Method are by far the most popular techniques of my system. I receive more positive feedback from students regarding these two methods than any other aspect of the 120-Days-Curriculum. In this section, I'm going to teach you how to apply The Hangover Method to the art of Dream Incubation. Readers interested in The Hitchhiker Method are encouraged to consult Book One of the SCT Series™. For a full discussion of Animitariomancy, please consult Book Two of the SCT Series™, Tarot For Lucid Dreamers: The Animitariomancy Method.


Let's begin! 😉


The Hangover Method works by utilizing a peculiar function of the brain. Generally speaking,

whenever a desire, lesson, urge, or story is left unsatisfied or incomplete, the brain compensates by creating a dream so that the resolution isn't left hanging. A common example is the fulfilment of repressed or unsatisfied sexual desire in the form of a "wet dream". Indeed, sexual dreams are by far the fastest route to experiencing Dream Incubation and I highly recommend it to new students. That said, not everyone is comfortable with the sexual approach so don't feel restricted to it. As long as you follow the instructions, you can choose anything as a theme for The Hangover Method provided the theme is one which utilizes the NIRI formula. For the following exercise the only things you'll require are an imagination, an open mind, and a TV set or good book. Experience suggests that a practice period of at least one week is required for successful Dream Incubation. Once you get the hang of it, you can incubate a different dream for every night of the week!



STEP ONE (Turning the Topsoil):


The first step involves an orientation process which I call turning the topsoil. Just as a gardener turns the topsoil in preparation for planting seeds, so too must you churn the soil of your subconscious mind in preparation for Dream Incubation. To begin, decide upon a theme you'd like to dream about. This can be anything you fancy provided it's something you identify with (emotional response). The stronger your identification with the chosen theme the greater are your chances of success.


Next, choose an image that represents the dream you wish to have. This can be a photo of a person, place, or thing. It's crucial that this image be a simple one, like a portrait or a symbol. For example, if you're incubating a sexual dream, select a photograph of the person you wish to dream of. If it's a nude photograph all the better! Or maybe you'd like to dream about a beautiful vacation spot or even another planet. Simply find a simple photograph of the location and set it aside. As I've mentioned, the twenty-two Major Arcana of Tarot are perfect for this purpose. If you've been working with one particular deck for a long time that's even better. If you don't own a Tarot deck, simply search for Tarot decks on the internet and select the card which most accurately represents your chosen theme for Dream Incubation and bookmark it or send it through a printer. The goal is to meditate upon this image until it's committed to memory. After some time your subconscious will recognize the card and it's corresponding emotion. It can then be used to trigger specific dreams. This is commonly referred to as a Totem. If you're already familiar with this image, that's even better. Remember, in order for your subconscious to use imagery, concepts, or sensory phenomena to create the dream you desire it must first recognize it and it's association with your chosen theme. That doesn't mean that you can't use unfamiliar images as your Totem, only that you must download the new image to your psyche, as it were, and bind it to the emotion of your chosen theme.


Now that you've chosen your totem, the next step is to put it to work. To do this you must target two specific times when your mind is especially receptive. These times are just before you fall asleep and just before you awaken the next morning. You can also meditate using your Totem as an object for contemplation (see Book Two for more details), but before and after sleep are the ideal times. What you want to do is this:


Pick up some earplugs and eyeshades. Or, if you're one of those lucky persons with access to a pitch black and silent home, then you can jettison the earplugs and eyeshades. This can also be practiced on a recliner or in bed with a memory foam wedge, but the goal is to lay down with your upper body on a roughly 45° incline. This sends the signal to your subconscious that you wish to relax but not fall immediately asleep. That said, close your eyes and stare gently into the blackness behind your closed eyes. If there are any colors or spots this means that your mind is too stimulated and you must calm it down before you can proceed. To do this, simply feel your body getting heavier and melting into the surface of your bedding or chair with each exhalation of breath. Really let go of all tension in your body, especially your head, neck, jaw, and face.  Don't fall asleep! You'll know when you're sufficiently relaxed because your field of vision will become less active and give way to a black and velvety darkness. Only then should you proceed to the next step.


Now conjure up the image of your Totem and the general emotion associated with the dream you wish to have. If, for example, you chose to have an erotic dream, conjure up the the image of your Totem and open yourself up to erotic feelings. Allow the Totem image to float before you in the darkness behind your closed eyes without straining to concentrate. Then simply allow yourself to fall asleep naturally in any posture you like. If you wake up in the night to urinate or get something to drink, go back to sleep with your Totem image in your mind's eye. You might also want to place the physical copy of your Totem on your fridge or somewhere else where you can gaze upon it regularly. At any rate, the moment you awaken the next morning, repeat this exercise before jumping out of bed. If you chose an erotic dream, it's important to not satisfy you sexual urge until you've successfully incubated your dream, otherwise you'll defuse the tension required for The Hangover Method.



STEP TWO (The Hangover):


The next step is Dream Incubation proper and involves the element of surprise combined with the power of delayed satisfaction. There are a few ways to accomplish this. The method which I'm going to share with you requires nothing more than either a good book or a good movie. Now that you've successfully planted the seed of your Totem image in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind, your next task is to water it and give it sunlight. The sunlight here comes in the form of an emotionally evocative movie, book, or both, and the water is your emotional reaction to it (Identify). It's crucial that this be something you've never watched or read before. The only requirement is that the plot must center on your chosen theme for Dream Incubation.


Once you've chosen the book or film be sure that you can enjoy it without any distractions or interruptions. Also, watch or read it shortly before falling asleep for the night. Here's the catch:


DO NOT FINISH THE BOOK OR MOVIE!!!


Remember that The Hangover Method works by using the NIRI formula and weds it to the brain's fulfilment mechanism. If the story you're reading or the movie you're watching ends with a perfect resolution to the tension of the plot then you're less likely to dream about it. Instead, only read or watch half of it and then retire for the evening. Before you do, though, perform the Totem exercise from step one.


If you don't have the dream you desire that night don't be dismayed. Simply repeat the same thing the following night and the night after that or until you succeed. That you do succeed is important because each success builds upon previous successes until one day you wake up (or go to sleep) and realize that you've acquired a new skill.


One last thing:


You must watch a different film, read a different book, or watch a different YouTube video, for each night until you're successful! Do NOT complete either of them. The resultant psychic tension will eventually result in successful Dream Incubation.


I promise!


So what are you going to do with your newfound skill? The sky is the limit, really, but if out of the innumerable possibilities you'll find at your disposal you can't decide where to begin, simply follow this ancient axiom:


SLEEP ON IT! 😴


The answer has always been there, behind the Veil, waiting for you. 



























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