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From one of Dr. McKenzie’s postgraduate medical school lectures:


My primary interest is to make sure you know how to program the dreams – and the clinical vignettes mostly are to impress you with the magnitude of what you can do by using this technique.

It is easy to learn how to program dreams. I will give you some of the specific techniques now, and you will be able to do this yourself, and teach your patients to do this as well.

In logical sequence, let’s start with how you prepare yourself the night of the dream. There are several things you can do to enhance your ability to remember the dream. Everyone likes lists, so I will give you a list of things you can do:

1. Freud slept on hard boards so he would not sleep too soundly and this was so he would be able to remember his dreams better. You can try that – but it is a little heroic in this day and age.

2. Try the magic dream pill instead: take 100 mg of Vitamin B-6 the night before and you might even have the dreams in technicolor. Take 200 mg and you might not fall asleep – but if you really have to have an answer, you might do this and risk a night’s sleep.

3. Meditation at bedtime is helpful. This enhances our ability for dream recall. It brings our awareness to a slower brain wave frequency, which might be why we have more awareness during the dream-state – that is, because we have just been in a similar state with a degree of awareness. 

4. Deciding in advance to awaken at the very end of the dream, is a critical element to programming. The dream is remembered best if you awaken at the very end of it, not in the middle of the dream or in between dreams. All you have to do is decide that is when you will awaken, and you will. Have you ever tried to awaken at a certain hour in the morning – and you find you awaken at the precise time you designated? If the mind knows when the hands of the clock are precisely at the designated time, it certainly knows when you have come to the end of a dream.

5. Deciding that you will remember the dream and that you will write it down immediately are two more critical factors. The mind will do what you direct it to do. You must of course have paper and pencil right there – or it is phony programming.

You can even decide to awaken at the end of the fourth dream, remember it and write it down. We have four to five dreams every night, and if we awaken at the end of the fourth dream we do not miss so much sleep. When I really need an answer, however, I load up on the vitamin B-6 and awaken at the end of each dream, start writing, and then wait for the next dream. Sometimes each successive dream becomes more clear and gives a more definitive answer.

6. Try to begin writing before you open your eyes. I place my left hand on the side of the page and start at the little finger and work down. When you open your eyes you are no longer at the same state of consciousness, and it might be more difficult to remember the dream.

One time when I was having difficulty organizing a lecture on programmed dreams, for a presentation in Buenos Aires, I decided to catch the whole thing during sleep and just start writing immediately upon awakening – and I wrote 40 pages before I opened my eyes. This became the basis for my 1981 programmed dream tapes.

In addition to these six factors for remembering the dream, there are at least six more factors that influence your ability to even have the dream:

1. The intensity of the desire or the intensity of the need to have the dream will have a bearing on result. If you are desperate for an answer you are more likely to remember the dream.

2. Negative programming will prevent you from attaining an answer. If you decide in advance that you will not be able to do it, this definitely can interfere. It is like plugging a problem into a computer but adding the stipulation that the computer cannot solve the problem. Simply decide your mind will retrieve the answer, and then observe what you receive.

3. Unconscious resistance to receiving the answer can interfere. You might be afraid you will get a certain answer you think you do not want.

For example, a teenager who had a small inheritance, decided he wanted to spend the entire amount on an expensive sports car. I told him to program a dream to tell him what to do. He tried night after night until we both realized that he was not getting the answer because he was afraid he might get an answer he did not want to hear. So we made a slight adjustment and he programmed to get the answer that would bring him the greatest happiness. Now he no longer could have resistance to getting the answer, because he could not object to getting an answer that would bring him the greatest happiness. The answer came that same night, and it was to get the cheaper car – so he at least would have money to put gas in the tank.

This is an important consideration. Sometimes we are afraid we will get an answer that we particularly do not want to hear and would not want to follow, and so we are unable to have the dream. The way around this is to decide you will get the answer that will work out best for you.
This eliminates that particular resistance that could prevent you from getting the dream.

I must digress after mentioning the dream of the teenager. The dream technique is wonderful with teenagers. Sometimes you cannot tell a teenager anything, but you can ask the teenager to try the dream technique, and you can support whatever the teenager gets -- because it is highly unlikely there will be a wrong answer. When the teenager gets the answer during sleep, it comes from his or her own mind – and thus there is not the same level of resistance. When the teenager in the previous example received the answer to get the less expensive car, this totally satisfied him. When you get the answer during sleep, there is a knowing that it is the right thing to do, and that it will work out best.

4. When you use the dream to try to help others, it works better. This is the correct direction of flow of energy.

Daniel used this technique to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. King Nebuchadnezzar was going to execute his wise men if they could not interpret his dream – but he would not tell them what his dream was. So Daniel said “don’t do that: I’ll interpret your dream for you.” And he told King Nebuchadnezzar  “I first have to have a dream that will explain your dream to me.” Now you know he had to get the answer – to save the lives of the other people. This principle holds true. When you are doing something for someone else, you really do enhance your performance. There is more about this factor in the love-energy presentation that follows.

You also realize from this example, of course, that Daniel used this very same programmed dream technique. He simply decided to have a dream that would explain Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him. You can do that when you don’t understand your own dreams – or when someone else is having a dream that they cannot understand. The mind reaches beyond the dreamer, and we realize this over and over again with the programmed dreams.

From what you know about dream programming so far, there is nothing that could prevent Daniel from getting this dream, because there really are no boundaries or limits during sleep. So he had the dream that interpreted the king’s dream – even though the king never had told him what his dream was. This is just our programmed dream technique, and it has no limits. Some persons are more talented than others, of course, and there are very few Daniels and very few Edgar Caseys, but everyone can do this and everyone can get enlightened information – particularly if the desire is strong.

5. Write the programmed question the night before. The language must be precise, and the question must be formulated with hair-splitting precision. The wording cannot be sloppy or inaccurate:

For example, one 70-year-old lady wanted to travel to the Orient, but she was afraid of heights and was apprehensive that someone would book her in the 10th floor of a hotel somewhere in China – so she was hesitant to go. For weeks I had her programming what to do about her fear of heights, and she kept having dreams about being in one story buildings. Finally, somewhat disgruntled, she complained “I don’t seem to be getting the answer.” I too puzzled, but then during sleep I myself realized that she was getting the answer every single night. What should a 70-year-old lady do about her fear of heights? She shouldn’t go into tall buildings! When I told her this the next week she was still disgruntled, but clarified: “I don’t want to know what I should do about my fear of heights; I want to know what I should do to get over my fear of heights!” That was a different question. Her dream answer the next week was not psychoanalysis; it was every day one step higher.

Thus you can see the precision needed when formulating the question. Change one word and you get a different answer.

6. While the question must be formulated with very precise wording, it also must be all-inclusive. That is, we must not place limits on the answer. We cannot ask, should I do “A” or “B” – because there might be a million alternatives.

The programmed dream technique is perfect for research and for discovery. With direct access to the most creative levels of mind, and with access to information that goes beyond body/mind/brain/thought, to total enlightenment, we have access to unlimited resources.