Laurel Clark, D.D., is a teacher with the School of Metaphysics, a not-for-profit educational institution headquartered in Missouri, USA. She has taught dream interpretation for guidance and intuitive insight since 1979, is a counselor, interfaith minister, public speaker, and author of The Law of Attraction and Other Secrets of Visualization.

(presented at the 2014 IASD Conference)

The Law of Attraction: the Art and Science of Dream Incubation

Dream incubation is an ancient practice of invoking dreams for guidance. People incubate dreams for healing, visiting the deceased, scientific discoveries, inventions, or creative inspiration. Dream incubation works through a step-by-step process of visualization. Understanding this process enables dreamers to become more effective in incubating questions and receiving clear answers.


Dream incubation is an ancient practice of consciously invoking a specific dream or asking dreams to provide answers to a problem or question. People incubate dreams for purposes such as healing, visiting the deceased, mutual dreaming, past life recall, relationship guidance, scientific discoveries, inventions, or creative inspiration. Sometimes dreamers report that the harder they “try” to incubate a dream, the less it seems to work. By learning how dream incubation works, dreamers can develop greater mastery of the process.

Dream incubation is a practice of visualization. This is a step-by-step process of communication between the conscious, waking mind and the subconscious mind where dreaming occurs. When dreamers practice these steps, they can become more effective at incubating questions and receiving the answers they seek from their dreams.

The clearer the dreamer can be when defining and imaging a dream-question or dream-incubation, the more clear is the resulting dream-response.

This presentation illustrates the metaphysical concept of the “mind” and differentiates it from the physical brain. The mind involves the whole Self; in this context, it includes the spirit, soul, intuition, reasoning, emotions, and conscious ego.

The conscious mind and subconscious mind have specific duties and purposes. The conscious mind’s power is reasoning and the subconscious mind’s power is intuition. Visualization can be described as a relationship between these two “divisions” of mind.

The conscious mind creates a clear mental image of the desire (for example, visiting a deceased loved one, solving a scientific problem, meeting a soul-mate). The subconscious mind fulfills the conscious mind’s desires. In physical, waking reality, the Law of Attraction functions by attracting people and conditions that “match” our visualized desires. This law also operates when we sleep. The subconscious mind responds to the conscious desires with a dream message. The conscious mind’s response is then to receive the dream, remember and record it, and act on the message.

To effectively incubate dreams involves creating clear, specific images in the conscious mind to ask for what is desired. It also requires developing conscious receptivity to remember and record the dreams. This presentation will describe specific methods for visualizing the dream-desire and for establishing the most conducive conditions for receiving and recording the answers.

When the conscious mind visualizes a desire, it is like planting a seed in the fertile soil of the subconscious mind. A visual diagram of the “mind” will be presented, showing this process of planting the seed-idea of desire, how it develops in the inner, subconscious mind, and then how the conscious mind receives it upon awakening. This visual diagram clarifies the process of dream incubation.
Learning objectives:

1. Explain the “mind” as a whole unit comprising conscious and subconscious existence.
2. Describe the difference between open-ended questions and decision-making questions for more effective dream incubation.
3. Identify six keys for incubating dreams and receiving answers.
Evaluation questions:

1. Can you define the conscious and subconscious mind?
2. Can you describe the kind of questions that are most effective for dream incubation?
3. Are you able to identify six specific steps for incubating dreams?

Clear mental image
Record desire in dream notebook
Expect to receive the answer
Affirm out loud the desire
Transform: be willing to change
Energize the desired thought form with a chant or breath