Trigger and use your Dreams and Nightmares

A step-wise small practical on how to trigger dreams. Try to use the energies of the swapna-avastha/ dreams for resolving your karmic bonds. We are as active in our dream states as we are in our waking states. We complete our karmic debts in our dream states too. Generally we do not need to remember what we did in our dreams as the actions are one-off rebalancing events. The sub-conscious is hard at work as you exist in the swapna-avastha and does its own thing independent of the conscious mind. But if you have recurring dreams, or disturbed sleep, recurring nightmares, similar themes, specific people, typical things, you wake up in fear etc, do try to analyse them. Here your subconscious mind is trying to bring something to your conscious notice. This thing will have some bearing on your awake life too. So try to channelise the energies so that they get resolved and not disturb you in your waking state/ Jagrut-avastha.

You can use the dream state for your own benefit. Plan your dreams and keep a dream journal. Things needed are simple, notebook/pen and a small light. Keep all this beside your pillow on your bed-side table. The physical and mental state before you go to bed is quite important so try to sleep in a comfortable position and get rid of mental clutter. Wash/ brush, wear clean pyjamas etc, do a few pranayam or deep breaths etc before you go to bed. Once you are physically and emotionally comfortable, dreams linked to these aspects of your life will reduce. And only then your dreams will be the intense karmic stuff. Now you can make use of your dream life.

Before you go to bed, think a bit, but do not create stress for yourself. Is anything weighing on your mind? Are you in trouble, worried? Do you need specific guidance? Or would you be happy with basic spiritual support? Think about your chosen theme for just a minute or so. Do not get agitated or emotional as you do so. Be dispassionate. You are priming your sub-conscious mind so that these suggestions will be used by it to create dream messages. As you practice this every night, this priming will get more effective and you will be able to direct your dreams clearly.

Now if you wake up in the night and you remember dreaming, be sure to write a few words in your journal, so that you can remember the dream in the morning. In the morning, wake up 5 mins before you really need to. Put a very soothing alarm, so that you wake gradually. A screeching alarm will wake you with an adrenalin rush, an astral shock and you will forget your dreams. As you gradually wake, you remember snippets from your dreams. Never wake with a jerk or move your body too much as you wake. Write a few key words in your journal so that you can remember the dreams. This will take 5 mins at max.

Now you have your keywords, but don’t stress over interpreting them. There are dream meanings websites which you can use to begin with. (eg Later, the interpretations flash automatically. You are the only one who can interpret your own dreams so use the websites as an indicative meaning only.

Try this for 21 days, evaluate for yourself and continue if you feel it is worth doing.

Deaths of loved ones, astrologically

Dreams are caused by several things. Generally you dream about the simple things which register as you go about your daily routine. Things which created an emotional impact are the most common themes for dreams. Or physical discomforts. Karmic things from the past come up for rebalancing only during typical times. Or if you trigger dreams like written above.

Dream state helps you in several ways. You can understand your waking experiences more deeply if you take cues from your dream states and vice versa. You are allowing your sub-conscious mind a more active role in your life. In the dream state, you observe yourself. You are both the actor and the witness. It is  like experiencing a ‘mini-realisation’. This is how you train yourself to understand the underlying non-dual in all duality. Dreams are often an outlet for surpassed emotional stuff. And they are also a way of assimilating external events more deeply into the sub-conscious. Even if they cause you anxiety or fear they are helping.

Dreams are not useless, they are full of energy, try to direct them. Even if they are nightmares and you wake up terrified you they are important as they have communicated something which has caused problems on the sub-conscious levels. Somethings like negative energy, ill-wishing and ‘black-magic’ can be better diagnosed through the dreams/nightmares. And if you are so inclined, you can complete a significant chunk of karma rebalance here. Once you are firmly on your spiritual path, dreams related to the outer external world and emotional context stop. Then the only dreams you will get will be the karma related ones. Then they too will get less frequent. Even for a normal householder, he dreams of something because he wants to achieve it. Eg if he wants to buy a new car he might dream of it and this will add to his will and confidence. So dreams are useful and can be used actively.

Dreams help, eg if you are facing some problems in life because of some issues/ hurts from your childhood, you might dream of small, children, your house where you lived as a child, your mother as she was younger, your own child etc. We are unable to face up to the problem as our adult self does not understand the inner child, but the dream offers us a clue. Often helping other children in need eg orphanages is a good way to resolve the energies of such types of dreams.

If you start remembering your dreams try to write as many keywords as you can. Or things and events which seemed significant to you. eg My Dad once had this sort of dream, he dreamed that he and his brother went into some jungle. Only he came out of it. His brother died within a month.

Then try to think about what were your emotions during the dream, happy sad, terrified, curious etc. Someone I know always dreams of getting caught in floods, fires, earthquakes being attacked by dacoits. He certainly has a very happening professional life, with emergencies popping up practically every month, which he very systematically and coolly confronts and wins every time. Dreams help separate from parts of your personality which have served the purpose and are of no use to you anymore. These constant emergencies in the dreams allow his sub-conscious to help him get rid of the more naive parts of his personality and bring the more pragmatic and practical parts of his personality to the surface.

Dreams are linked to personal growth. If you observe your dreams over a longer period, you will notice cyclic recurring themes. Presumably you first identify blockages then work on opening up these blocks. Then accept the new energies, assimilate them and grow. These cycles are evident in the dream themes. If you have maintained a dream journal, do flip back the pages when you have time, you might get new meanings for the old dream’s keywords.


The 12th house is your sleep states, dream states, nightmares, occult dreams, guidance in dreams, karma rebalanced in dreams, prophetic dreams, astral travel and all the stuff that you do when you ‘sleep’. As you know there are two states of existence which we experience as we sleep, one is deep sleep, ‘sushupti-avastha’ and the second is the dreaming state called ‘swapna-avastha’. So if you want to analyse the mental disturbances, sleep disorders, dreams, restful sleep etc check out the 12th house from the ascendant sign and also the 12th house from the Moon sign. (If you are aware of your exact birth time, check out of any planet is occupying the navamsha owned by the signs occupying these 12th positions from your ascendant sign and birth Moon sign.) If you have significant planets in the 12th house, there is lot expected from you in your dream states. (One family I know, mom/dad/2 kids, all have their birth Saturn in the 12th house!)

These days till 22nd Jan 2020 when Saturn will leave Sagittarius are strange. The planets are moving very fast over the Nodes. And the nodes are practically stationary in a very slight forward motion. The past few nights around the full Moon Dec 2019 have been particularly happening. There were dreams where direction is being given and also nightmares of the more terrible variety. The sub-conscious mind is taking full advantage of the swirling energies and doing its own thing. So wrote a bit about dreams and nightmares today. Most of us are not interested in delving into the sub-conscious because we are scared of what we might find there. But if you are a spiritual aspirant you should actively engage with your dream states as deep repressed stuff in the sub-conscious is a barrier to spiritual growth.


Soul in the dream state

There are four states of existence, Awake – Jagruti, Swapna -Dream, Deep sleep – Sushupti and Turiya – the fourth state e.g. in deep Dhyan.

The dream state is an intermediate one between the awake (Jagrut) and the deep sleep (Shushupti) states. This is a joint (Sandhya) between these two states and is by itself a ‘state of existence’. The joint between two energies is always very important as the energies here are different and allow you to explore things which would not be possible in the two states themselves. The energy of the joint /Sandhya is called the Devi, ray of Light. All the texts insist on focussing on the Sandhya for spiritual progress and eventual Moksh.

The Dream state is called ‘Mayavat’, ‘similar to Maya’. Maya Maya is a Sanskrit word which is taken to mean ‘illusion’, which is incorrect. Maya means ‘not this’. Thus the dream state cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real.

The Kuthastha purush/ the individual soul has powered down the body-robot and has all possible energies at his disposal. The individual soul is the Creator of the Swapna state, ie you exercise the powers of creation in the dream state. Normally people get fantastic dreams where impossible things are seen and experienced. And for the dreamer, these things are very much real.

There have always been incidents where dreams have foretold the future. People see omens in dreams or some things from the past are made clear in the dreams. One of my clients would get dreams where he would be killed in a war with an arrow through his neck, he would feel the pain and wake up. The same dream repeating again and again. He went through a guided mediation session after which he remembered one past life as a Mongol warrior and came to terms with it. After this the dreams stopped.

Soul in the dream state

In Sanatan dharm/Hinduism, the Seers/Rishi have often been given Mantra in their dreams. The Ramraksha stotra was given by Shiv to Rishi Vishvamitra in his dream state. This is one of the most powerful stotras and is often used to protect children in India.

Often your ancestor spirits will come in your dreams to indicate things and communicate with you. If you see some ancestor in your dreams frequently you should offer a chapati with some jaggery to a desi cow (cows with a hump on the back). This simple act sends energy to the said ancestor and the repetitive dream will stop.

The soul rebalances karma in dreams, as the experiences seen in the dreams are sometimes karma being experienced. You might see your child dying in your dreams, you feel the intense pain and the grief. And when you wake up you realise that you are not even married yet! But you have completed a significant karma of experiencing the death of your child in the dream state. Often astral travel happens and is one of the commonest methods of rebalancing karma while in the Swapna-awastha. But if you are astrally travelling too much take care of your physical body, do some spiritual practice to energise yourself, else you will fall ill.

Especially things related to ‘black magic‘, are seen more clearly in dreams. People who have ill-wishing put on them using black magic suffer these effects in their dreams too. If you get dreams of being buried alive and perhaps some ritual connected to you being performed in a cemetery (smashan), be alert. In your waking state take sufficient precautions to protect yourself on the energy levels.

And if you are strong enough you can remove the effects of ‘black magic/ ill-wishing’ more easily if you are aware and work in your dream state. You can recite mantras or even do rituals in your dreams. These are then not random dreams, you decide on the activities you are going to do. The more you progress spiritually the more you can control and use the dream state for energy work.

Now the astrological connections. People who have their 12th house, Pisces sign or ascendant sign/lord, or Moon associated with Rahu or Ketu can control their dream states easily. If this Rahu or Ketu is influenced /conjunct / aspected by Venus or Jupiter it becomes even more easier you will have access to the knowledge. Mars especially can help you remain unafraid and pro-active. Mercury will help in the technical stuff related to dream-control and activities. Saturn will make you work so hard in your dream state that your physical body will suffer. And a Sun influencing them will also help in giving self-confidence and more control over the creativity linked to the dream actions.

If you have nightmares, the simple Mantra ‘Govind’ will stop the nightmare immediately. ‘Govind’ is specifically for destroying nightmares, ‘Duhswapne smarh Govindam‘, from the Vishnu Shodash-nama stotra. Do this. Cup your right hand on the back of your head where your neck meets the head. There is a hollow at the base of the skull here (point where Sushumna bifurcates). And the left hand at the third eye/ Ajnya chakra. Intend very strongly that you will remember the Mantra ‘Govind’ in your dreams. Push this thought strongly into your palms and into your head. This will register in your subconscious. So the next time you are uncomfortable in a dream, your subconscious will remind you within the dream to recite ‘Govind’. It takes just this one word to stop the nightmare.

Another way of making use of your dreams is you keep a dream diary. Most of us remember the dreams as we wake up for a couple of minutes, then we forget. So keep a diary at your bedside and the first thing as you wake up write a few keywords from your dream in it. So even if you forget it, you will be able to remember it from the diary. So you can then make use of whatever your subconscious has shown you during the dream state/ Swapna awastha.


Soul in the dream state