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Ask Marilyn: More on Virtual Dreaming
Jim Dixon of St. Paul, Minnesota, writes:
Marilyn: I'm responding to the "virtual dreaming" technique you described. (August 13, 2012) This is the first I've heard of your method, but it's remarkably similar to a method I use myself—and I thought I invented it!
I start off by intentional "dreaming," but instead of people and (somewhat) realistic scenarios, I visualize abstract shapes and textures. Usually they resemble something organic or fractal in nature, maybe rock formations or fields of grass or flowers, or patterns of wood grain, or primitive creatures such as amoebas or jellyfish. Whatever they are, I try to make them different from anything I have seen in real life. Then I try to give up control of them and let them move as if they have a mind of their own. (I guess I am giving up control to my subconscious.) They might move or morph into other shapes and textures. Soon my visualization turns into a dream, and I am asleep. It works for me!
Sometimes the things I visualize (or that simply "appear") are very beautiful. I wish I could paint them. Maybe someday I'll try.
Interesting, Jim! I'll try it.