Dream control sounds like an impossible thing to do, being able to manipulate your nighttime fantasies to be what you want them to be, but it isn't. Dream control is something that can be done with time and a lot of patience and practice.
The best way to control what you are going to dream about is to envision what you want to think about after you fall into a deep sleep. Close your eyes and take deep breathes, once you are completely relaxed think about what you want to be in your nightly trance for at least 10 minutes. If you want it to be about a specific person or memory, look at photographs, these thoughts will usually translate into your dream state, most people have noticed that when they run into someone from their past or tell someone a story about something that has happened to them, it usually manifests itself into a thought that night.
Another way to control them is to know what you actually dream about. When people wake naturally or after their 90 minute REM (rapid eye movement) cycle, they are more likely to remember what they dream about. Keep a dream journal next to your bed and write every detail you remember as soon as you wake up. You are less likely to retain information as the day progresses. Once you have a general idea of your thoughts are and are able to see any trends that may be occurring you will better be able to manipulate them into what you want them to be. Before you go to bed, imagine the current scenes you had been having and make changes to them in your mind, then when you go to sleep they should happen how you had imagined them earlier. In addition to your journal, you should consistently make a conscious effort to remember your dreams each night. Before you fall asleep, tell yourself that you are going to dream and remember them. This will prepare your mind and make it aware that it needs to store the visions that you are experiencing.
Once you begin to be consciously aware of what happens during sleep, you will be able to lead them into the direction you want to happen. If you are experiencing a nightmare that you are being attacked, tell yourself to stop thinking about it, or scare away whatever you are fighting. If someone is attacking you, change it to make your attacker do something less harmful in the background. It is possible to make your nightmares into a great dream.
Like anything in life, learning how to control your dreams is about persistence and patience. Controlling dreams are something that everyone has the ability to achieve with a little time. The techniques that have been scientifically proven are not difficult, and they are wonderful lessons to teach a child to escape the scary monsters they may be dreaming of.
Jill Magso is a member of the Silva Team and contributes to spreading enlightened ideas and sharing teachings about meditation practices. The Silva Method encompasses a variety of powerful exercises that take you deep into Alpha and Theta levels of the mind so that you can work within your subconscious as well as your conscious mind.