How to Solve Problems While You Sleep

Did you know that dreams can be used to answer questions and solve problems?

They can, and it’s easy to learn how. We all possess what Dr. Larry Dossey calls, “an inner source of healing and strength that operates behind the scenes with no help whatsoever from our conscious mind.” This source is our “secret helper,” and it is most often revealed to us through dreams.

People in many cultures have used dreams as the basis for healing and problem solving. Here’s how:

Before you request a specific dream, be sure to relax your mind and body as completely as possible.

1. Decide in advance what you want to dream, what you want the dream to resolve, or what question you want answered.

2. Write your desired dream or question on a piece of paper. Be as specific as you can, but don’t ask about silly or trivial matters, such as what dress to wear or if so-and-so likes you.

3. Put the paper under your pillow or near your bed.

4. Tell yourself with conviction that you will have the dream you want.

5. Believe that you can trust yourself to dream the dream you ask for.

6. Be prepared to write down the dream when you wake up.

7. Be open to whatever comes to you in your dream, and work with it.

8. Tell yourself you will remember the dream in detail.

9. Be willing to experiment and try again, if necessary.

Adapted from Teen Dream Power, by M.J. Abadie (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by M.J. Abadie. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Teen Dream Power, by M.J. Abadie (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago


Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago


Dot A.
Dot A.2 years ago

sometimes dreams can give a clue to a question that you've not asked yet! - personal experience -

the question may have been subliminal, but after waking up and analyzing a particularly interesting dream, sometimes the images of the dream direct my thinking to an answer that helps me understand life a bit better

writing the dream down as soon as you wake up is a great tool, so thanks for the reminder, Annie!

interesting comments and post!!!

Nils Anders Lunde


Marc B.
Marc B.2 years ago

That was the way I spent the night before classteststs. With the book under my pillow.

Heidi H.
Past Member 2 years ago

I've heard this really works.

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


JL A.2 years ago

worth trying

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

Sleep can't solve any problems, only postpone them...

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

interesting thanks