There are tricks to getting better sleep and traveling to further lands at night.
I’ve experienced these things interfering with my freedom to travel during sleep, and as well as getting a good night’s rest:
- having sex within 4-6 hours before sleeping – sex takes a huge amount of physical and emotional energy from you. Good sex can rejuvenate you in various ways, but sex can also drain you in ways that can interfere with escaping your body at night and traveling to astral or mental levels. Your body needs time to rebuild its store of this energy. To freely visit distant lands and remember them when you wake up, it takes a particular kind of energy, and sex can sometimes prevent this. (We need a better name for this energy; is it “psychic energy”? “orgone energy”? Kundalini energy? A lot of people bristle at these words; and we don’t really understand these things yet or have a common naming scheme for them that everyone can agree on).
alcohol in larger doses – In my experience 1 or 2 drinks is OK once in a while if your body is used to alcohol, without having it interfere with dream-time travel. Just as long as you’re not drinking close to your personal limit, or drinking more than 2-3 days/nights in a row. Of all the items listed here, alcohol is the least-harmful towards getting great sleep, I believe, unless you overdo it. Drinking too much alcohol can trap you in the lower astral levels, with nightmares and “busy dreams” that generally waste your energy and leave you feeling exhausted when you wake up in the morning.
gossip/slander/hateful thoughts or speech or feelings – try not to do these things at least 4+ hours before sleep; preferably not at all during the entire day. You’ll feel better about yourself by avoiding these vices, and you won’t hate yourself so much that you block yourself from having a great sleep at night time.
eating a heavy meal before sleep, especially with red meat – some books say you should strive to become vegetarian, but personally I don’t believe in that. You should strive to reduce the work your body has to do to digest the meals you eat. If you feel your heart racing, your neck throbbing from that greasy meal you just ate, then perhaps that was not the best thing for your body! Experiment and see for yourself. A low-quality hamburger from a fast food restaurant contains low-quality meat and might make your heart race like that, while a high-quality steak from an actual butcher shop may not cause that reaction at all. Chicken, turkey, pork and fish are a lot easier to digest than beef, in general. And any foods you’re allergic to are much worse for your body, and should be avoided at least until the source of the allergy can be cleaned (see references to Emotional Freedom techniques like EFT and TAT in other blog articles).
dirty/sweaty clothes – yuck. At least change clothes. If you’re really dirty, take a shower or a bath before bed. If you wear pajamas, don’t wear the same ones more than 3-4 times in a row. If you sweat a lot at night, change them every 1-2 nights.
dirty bed sheets or blankets – again, yuck. It’s easy not to notice. Try to change your bed sheets once a week, or every 2 weeks at least. It helps to have a spare set of sheets, so you can change the bed while the dirty ones are washing. Smudging your bed sheets can improve the comfort level of your bed, help you fall asleep easier, and give you better dreams at night. Simply rub your forearms and hands all over the surfaces of the sheets and pillows that will be touching you at night, while intentionally holding joyful energy in your heart as much as you can. I also smudge the head-board or wall above the head of the bed. You will be amazed at what a difference this makes. Freshly washed sheets and blankets need new smudging – the washer and dryer cancels out this energy for some reason. If I forget to smudge our bed after replacing the sheets, my spouse usually has nightmares that wake us both up in the middle of the night. This technique is especially useful when staying in a hotel room!
strong smells – perfumes, room “deodorizers”. Don’t apply antiperspirant before bed! I believe that air freshener sprays are all very harmful to the human mind and memory, not to mention screwing up sleep-time. If there are smells in your house, find the source of them and fix them instead of covering them up with chemicals. Kitty litter box? Clean it every day from now on. And keep that thing out of the bedroom. I don’t allow any of our pets into our bedroom anymore, they leave too many smells and stains and fur. Our pets already dominate the rest of the house; that’s enough. Use one of those plastic drain unclogger tools if your sink starts to smell. Wash your dishes before going to bed whenever you can.
loud sounds – even if you can go to sleep with loud sounds going on, some part of you may not feel safe enough to leave your body (to travel to other levels). It feels dangerous; so you can get stuck hanging around, and not have the wonderful experiences and healing that goes with being able to travel at night to higher levels. Find a way to solve loud noises. Don’t sleep with the TV turned on if you can avoid it (all that mess goes into your subconscious mind which is not good for you).
emotional conflicts with other people – find a way to resolve conflicts as much as you can before going to sleep that night. If you can’t resolve it with them personally, then you can do it solo. Re-run the scenario in your mind while sitting quietly with your eyes closed, but make it different – you apologize to the other person and see them genuinely apologizing to you, with heart-felt apology; hug them in your mind, bow to them, shake hands; do whatever it takes to be OK with them, and really see them being OK with you and feeling bad about having a conflict with you. If you can do that with them in person, that’s even better; but if not, just try to “rewrite the history book of your mind” before bedtime. It really helps.
watching violent movies or TV, or reading violent stories – maybe these things are fun, but they screw up your emotions, subconscious mind, and energy system in such a way that it interferes with your visiting the higher dream worlds.
Doing the above things can cause you to be trapped near your body all night, with no dreams and little relaxation; or, if you travel to the astral level, you will only be in the lower astral (painful / evil dreams / nightmares / astral jails) or middle astral (subconscious/self-involved dreams) levels. This is what is happening when you wake up in the morning and don’t feel refreshed, you feel worn out, and just want to go back to bed.
Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t do all the things above – you should do all of them! Please, don’t limit yourself, live your life to the fullest. The point is, if you want better sleep / better freedom on certain particular nights, consider the circumstances you’re creating for yourself on those nights.
Also, experiment with this yourself, and record your results in a journal. Find out what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t just believe me. I offer these ideas as things to consider as you strive towards greater and greater personal freedom in your dream world. In your journal you could document the times you watched a violent movie or TV show within a couple hours of bedtime, and then write down how well you slept the next morning. Find out if there’s any correlation.
I don’t smoke pot, or take any recreational drugs. I never have and I don’t plan to any time soon. I believe they interfere a lot with reaching the higher worlds and being in tune with subtle energies. I also believe they cause cumulative damage in your body, so, be careful with that stuff.
I recommend being particularly careful to reduce the above things around the Full Moon time – that’s when the most energy exists for higher level experiences, because the Sun is blocking certain harmful energies coming from the Moon by shining it’s light directly on the Moon. If you reduce things that waste your energy 1-2 days before the full moon, through 1-2 days after the full moon, it can really help you a lot.
You absolutely should experiment with what makes sense to you in this world. Observe your experiences, and learn from them. We make faster progress in our lives this way.
And please, share your experiences with all of us, so we all can benefit from what you figure out.