(presented at the 2014 IASD Conference)
In this presentation I will discuss the effects concentration exercises, meditation, visualization exercises and pranayana-life force breathwork have had on my dreams in over 30 years of dream work. The basic premise is: my dreams changed as I grew in awareness. Over the years I have noticed that my dreams have become 1. simpler and 2. more like or similar to my waking, physical life. It seems that as more and more of my attention and thoughts have moved to the present moment, my dreams have becomes less chaotic and more direct and to the point. My dreams reflect my consciousness and as my consciousness has changed, my dreams have changed. My premise and experience is: as I have consciously chosen to discipline my mind through concentration exercises and other exercises that employ concentration such as visualization and breathwork-pramayama, my dreams 1. simplify and 2. seem to be more like my waking state than like a dream.
By remembering, recording, interpreting and applying my dreams in my waking life for over 30 years, I have come to appreciate that by disciplining my mind to improve my consciousness in my waking life, there is a marked improvement, clarity and simplification in my dreams.