Dream Incubation Guidelines

Follow our dream incubation guidelines to explore any area of your life, or simply for the enjoyment of it.

How to Incubate a Dream

Dream Incubation The concept of dream incubation originated in ancient Greece. During that time dreamers would enter a sacred temple (built in honour of the god Asclepius) in the hope of receiving a special dream message.

Today it's not deemed necessary to sleep in a sacred place or to appeal to a specific god for the process to work. However, if it pleases you, you may want to locate a beautiful place in nature and create a sacred sleep chamber or follow a purification ritual.

Expect your dream expectations to be met. It's important to have a clear intention. Phrase your request as an affirmation, for example, Tonight I understand my relationship with my son. Your dreams will respond with clarity proportionate to your intention.

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1. Choose a time when you're not too tired. It will help if you have ample time the morning after to journal and process your dream.

2. Take some time before bed time to contemplate the issue / situation you want to incubate. Assess the situation from all perspectives. Consider what you've already tried and also think about any challenges you've experienced. Think about any solutions that are available to you and meditate on what you need to release if that issue was resolved. Imagine what it would be like to be successful in resolving the issue you're incubating.

3. Make sure that you have your dream journal and writing materials ready to record your dream as soon as you wake up.

4. Make yourself comfortable in bed. It helps if your spine is straight. As you drift into sleep, repeat your request or suggestion several times, for example, 'Dreams, help me understand why I'm struggling with my health.' Imagine that you're releasing all thoughts, feelings and attitudes regarding the issue. Simply focus on your request and repeat it over and over until you fall asleep.

5. Incubated dreams usually occur the same night as you request them, but they may also show up the following night. Trust the messages that you receive from within your dreams, even if it doesn't immediately make sense. Record your dreams in as much detail as you remember and be patient in exploring the meaning. Insight will show up when you're ready to receive it.

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