This is a re-post with the author's permission, from Dan Pouliot's blog.
Lately I’ve been interested in programming my dreams to answer questions. Because of my interest in remote viewing (think ESP for science types), my questions tend towards precognitions and other types of things that I would not have a direct awareness of. Because remote viewing involves bubbling up information accessed by the subconscious, it occurred to me that the close connection dreams have with the subconscious makes them a possible vector for intentional, directed psychic awareness.
Remote viewing pioneers at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) noticed that emotional distractions— they called them ‘personal inclemencies’— can impede the quality of a session.
Keeping in mind that remote viewing and other psychic phenomena share a common core, personal inclemancies can effect the outcome of programming dreams too. My conscious mind may be interested in one topic, but if my subconscious is preoccupied with something else, then that topic will get the attention.
Last night’s dream is a perfect example of this. I posed a question before going to sleep; when I woke up this morning I realized one of my dreams had nothing do with the question and everything to do with an upset I had from the evening before.
Yesterday evening I had placed a tech support call to my TV manufacturer. Everyone has experienced frustration of being on a tech support call where the technician sticks to a script that from our perspective is not getting to the core of the issue. Without going into details, that is how I perceived this call. The technician continued to offer ‘solutions’ with complete certainty and confidence, and I repeatedly replied that that answer made no sense and explained why. My words and tone increasingly let him know that I was irritated with his seeming confidently-incompetent responses. A couple of times he had to put me on hold to research and then to speak to a higher level tech. My frustration grew, then I made a mistake that had him hang up on me. I know that swearing to a tech support person will have them hang up on you immediately. Stupidly, it did not occur to me that, “your answer sounds like a bullshit answer” spoken calmly still constitutes swearing at someone. He hung up, and I could not relax for the rest of the night.
My dream: I climbed a mesa, and was standing on top, a cliff directly in front of me, and a downward sloping hill to my right. Standing at the top of the cliff, my toes at the edge, someone came up from behind me and pushed me as a joke. I reached behind me and grabbed on to the person to prevent myself from falling over the cliff. We then fell together down the hillside, he was on his belly and I sat on top of him. When we got to the bottom he said that that hurt him, and I told him he deserved it.
Clearly, my subconscious was more interested in addressing that evening’s interaction than the question I posed.
Dreams can be a place where we can examine social situations in a context that is free from the attachment that we feel in the moment. Realizing that this dream was not ‘just a dream’ gave me the opportunity recognize how my subconscious regarded yesterday, and interestingly my subconscious seems wiser than my conscious. This retelling of the phone call described instead as a push from a faceless stranger that I responded to by ‘riding him’ viscerally illustrates that my behavior — regardless of how justified I felt — hurt him. It showed me how unflattering riding someone is as well as maintaining ‘they deserved it’. Though my behavior felt good, it did more harm than good: it hurt him, it made me look like a prick, it solved nothing and it preoccupied me for hours, making it hard for me get anything else done or enjoy my evening. The shift in my awareness of the repercussions of my actions after having considered this dream was swift and potent. It is a shift that I don’t think anyone else could have brought about in me so quickly by intellectually analyzing the situation.
Paying attention to your dreams could be better (certainly cheaper!) than therapy.