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How Do You Sleep?

Metaphysical teacher Neville Goddard offers us this description of what takes place while we sleep: Sleep is the door through which the conscious, waking mind passes to be creatively joined to the subconscious. Sleep conceals the creative act while the objective world reveals it. In sleep man impresses the subconscious with his conception of himself.

Each night as I drift off to sleep, I adamantly refuse to use this precious time to review anything that I do not want to be reinforced in the hours of being immersed in my subconscious mind. I choose to impress upon my subconscious mind, and therefore the mind of God to which I am eternally joined, my conception of myself as a Divine creator in alignment with the one mind. I groggily reiterate my I ams, which I have placed in my imagination, and I remember that my slumber will be dominated by my last waking concept of myself. I am peaceful, I am content, I am love, I am writing, I am the governing power of the universe, and I attract only to myself those who are in alignment with my highest ideals of myself.

This is my nightly ritual, always resisting any temptation to go over any fear or unpleasantness that my ego might be asking me to review. I assume the feeling in my body of those I am statements already fulfilled, and I enter my sleep inviting the instruction that my subconscious mind welcomes. I know that I’m allowing myself to be programmed while asleep, for the next day I rise knowing that I am a free agent. I understand that every action and event of the day is essentially predetermined by my feelings as I prepared for sleep, and while I was in that place of warmth and trust in the arms of the one universal subconscious mind.

Here are some suggestions for your own bedtime routine:

— As you lie in bed preparing for your nightly slumber, remember that the last thought you have in your mind can last up to four hours in your subconscious mind. That’s four hours of programming from just one moment of contemplation prior to going into your unconscious state. Create a reminder like a prayer or mantra to place by your bed. Write these words and read them as you get comfortable: I am going to use these moments to review what I intend to manifest into my life. Keep that sign there to remind you how to spend your pre-sleep moments nightly.

—If before dropping off to sleep you are assailed by worry, distress, or fear, do not stay in bed. Get up, turn on the light, take a few deep breaths, read from a spiritual text, meditate for a few moments in front of a white candle, say a prayer—do anything other than staying there lying down. You cannot defend yourself against these onslaughts while remaining snug in your bed. If distressing feelings come back when you return to bed, get up, turn on the lights, and try something else. When you finally do feel peaceful back in bed, repeat your loving I ams and drift off to sleep ready to have your ears opened and your instructions sealed.

Comments (34)

  • 1.

    September 12, 2012
    4:10 pm

    That was great! I needed the advice and will try it tonight. Thanks Wayne!

    – pam
  • 2.

    September 12, 2012
    8:46 pm

    Thanks, I teach prenatal meditation techniques and this fits right in to the third trimester insomnia. I will pass this on to my ladies and families. Peace, Betsy - long,long, long time follower..........and purveyor of your ancient wisdom.... I I love the "I am that, I am" mantra also. use it w/ Tapping

    – Betsy, the birth Goddess
  • 3.

    September 12, 2012
    11:42 pm

    Thanks Wayne for this wonderful information. Shall try tonight! Guide us like this. Rita

    – Rita
  • 4.

    September 13, 2012
    1:06 am

    I have just translated the book Wishes Fulfilled in Slovenian and it's about to be published. I am amazed by how it got to me, I love the "how to drop off to sleep part" and it's amazing that it's the first time I acknowledge your blog and get exactly this advice... It's a pity we've just woken up in Europe :)

    – veronika
  • 5.

    September 13, 2012
    1:30 am

    Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed reading this piece.

    – gillian
  • 6.

    September 13, 2012
    5:46 am

    Thank you Wayne!! A beautiful reminder for us all to consider what we are thinking before we go to sleep!! Love this!! Bless you!!

    – Becki
  • 7.

    September 13, 2012
    9:10 am

    Thank you! Those last few minutes or hours are best used strengthening love of self and gratitude for all answered blessings. Thank you for sharing your intentions and the words you use to express them. It's great to learn new ways of articulating our hearts' desires. All my love and blessings to you and everyone, :)

    – russ
  • 8.

    September 13, 2012
    9:26 am

    Thank you Wayne you are very inspiring, I must say I have almost all of your books on audible I listen to these at night I listen to them at work while im at my desk. I even look at your programs on PBS........... I wish some day I can wrtie to you and tell you how far I have become in my spititual life. Thank God through you.

    – Asha
  • 9.

    September 13, 2012
    12:09 pm

    :) You're an Angel!

    – Penny
  • 10.

    September 13, 2012
    4:42 pm

    "As you interweave your love, thoughts, and beliefs with spirit, your life is formed. You would be wise to respect that truth in all its applications." - Jesus speaking to Glenda Green as she paints His portrait. From her book Love Without End.

    – Dennis
  • 11.

    September 14, 2012
    3:40 am

    "the last thought you have in your mind can last up to four hours in your subconscious mind." That sounds very interesting, but how do we know that's true?

    – James
  • 12.

    September 15, 2012
    10:39 pm

    at age 66 a set of your cd's appeared to me. Yet I had thought of "Your Erroneous Zones" since the 70's. Grateful am I for becoming a better person at any age. Yes, sleep is normal now. I can't learn enough. Thank you, Melody

    – Melody
  • 13.

    September 16, 2012
    5:27 am

    Thank you for the reminder. While I have been practicing this since reading your book Wishes Fullfilled, and I have noted I am more peaceful in a very frightening, insecure and trying time right now, in my life. My dreams have been quite colorful and full of lovely messages as well.

    – Rebecca
  • 14.

    September 16, 2012
    5:42 am

    This makes sense. It is also true that when we are at death's door we do something similar. It is our last thoughts and feelings on earth that determine what particular part of the astral worlds we go to. It is the one overwhelming feeling or desire in this life that determines where we will go afterwards.

    – kim
  • 15.

    September 16, 2012
    5:43 am

    It is good to practice good thoughts and feelings before we sleep.

    – kim
  • 16.

    September 16, 2012
    12:59 pm

    I use music to get to sleep. I learned this when I had my baby & tested in preschools, too. I have a broad selection of "softy" music, but this disc is guaranteed to deliver deep relaxation and fitfull sleep:

    – Lynne
  • 17.

    September 17, 2012
    2:10 pm

    Hi Dr Wayn . Wow i never know that it stay in the mind for so long you help me a lot to day thank you Regards Theuns South Africa

    – Theuns
  • 18.

    September 18, 2012
    3:02 am

    Hello,I ive in Barcelona ,Spain and would like to speak with Wayne Dyer,if he come here.Thanks Sylvia

    – Sylvia
  • 19.

    September 19, 2012
    11:21 am

    thank you wayne...i have been a believer and follower of yours for many years...bless you...

    – jeanne
  • 20.

    September 23, 2012
    5:51 am

    Thank you Wayne! You have such a profound influence in my life! Blessings be upon you!

    – dale
  • 21.

    September 23, 2012
    7:02 pm

    It really is amazing how much better life is when one's first and last thoughts of the day are positive. Namaste!

    – Joseph Wadas
  • 22.

    September 24, 2012
    9:35 am

    You are such a beautiful guiding friend!!! I ve just finished Real Magic by you, that wonderful book was at my house since I was little, and I think that know I was prepared to start with you!

    – selene
  • 23.

    September 29, 2012
    8:55 pm

    I sleep like a baby. No waking up with the drama my body was putting me though. I AM affirmations are at the top of my every thought from AM to PM. I know I Am healed and have the proof. I Am Healed, I Am perfect health, I Am Already Healed, I Am grateful, I Am thankful. I feel fantastic for the first time in years! :)

    – Yana Freeman CCHt
  • 24.

    September 30, 2012
    7:58 pm

    This was exactly what I needed. Thank you.

    – Toni
  • 25.

    October 4, 2012
    5:30 am

    Thank you very much for this teaching!

    – Ra
  • 26.

    October 8, 2012
    4:17 pm

    Thank you Wayne for this reminder of how to train my subconcious mind. I write positive poetry,then read it to myself before going to sleep..I've been a fan of your writing since your first book, it always seems to be exactly what I need to learn.

    – David Mcneal
  • 27.

    October 9, 2012
    3:54 am

    I am grateful for you very much . Safi

    – sweetyheart
  • 28.

    October 9, 2012
    4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for your tribute to Doc Hawkins - you introduced him to us 2004 when you came to Melbourne, Australia.Also thanks for introducing us to Anita Moorjani - I went through cancer treatment this year and found her work super inspirational.We will see you in Maui in January. Bless you Wayne,you are a miracle worker.

    – vicki fraser
  • 29.

    October 10, 2012
    9:14 pm

    So true... I really love learning from you! Thank you for being my mentor. God bless you always!

    – Primie
  • 30.

    October 22, 2012
    9:25 pm

    I dreamed Deepak Chopra gave me a professional healing.I returned for more healing and observed a man, suffering from a serious foot ailment, dressed in white entering an exam room.I knew he was healed.The end of the dream.My feet are healed as to which path to take.I sleep deeply.Now I step into my days affirming opening a Maui spiritual center.

    – Melissa
  • 31.

    October 24, 2012
    4:21 pm

    I count my blessings. I sleep deeply. As a perennial student of Metaphysics since 1969, I think I may have done it all..but wait here is a year of desperation. My gratitude list still going, however, the let go and Let God waning, I walked outside and screamed for help today, a petition to God.

    – Jean
  • 32.

    November 1, 2012
    6:44 am

    After I read this same information from "Wishes Fulfilled" this past week, I have already started sleeping better. This has already improved my attitude and my creativity. It is like getting a booster shot of life. Thank you so very much, Dr. Wayne Dyer!

    – Krista
  • 33.

    November 21, 2012
    5:02 pm

    This makes sense to me and I will try it tonight before dropping off to sleep and go astral surfing.

    – Herb
  • 34.

    November 27, 2012
    2:15 pm

    Thank you very much this article, Dr. Dyer. Ever since I purchased 'Spirit Journeys' by Denis Linn, I listen to at least one of her guided meditations almost every night before falling asleep. These meditations include positive affirmations which are great to hear before falling asleep. (Thank you, Denise Linn!)

    – Donald

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