How to Use Visualisation and Breathwork to Master Your Dreams
Visualisation is a powerful technique that can help us manifest what we want in our lives and understand ourselves better. When combined with intense breathwork, it becomes an even more powerful tool for transformation.
In this article, we will explore how visualisation and breathwork can work together to help us access our subconscious mind, reprogram our beliefs, manifest our desires and promote relaxation.
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is a technique that focuses on deep rhythmic breathing to access different states of consciousness. It is not technically meditation, but one can use the power of their breath to release old stagnate emotions, physically detox the body, relieve physical pain, gain overall energy and stamina, or even go into a dream state.
When we engage in intense breathwork, we can create a powerful connection between our conscious and subconscious minds. By visualizing something in particular while doing intense breathwork, we are able to access specific aspects of our subconscious mind.
Our breath helps to open up the pathways to our subconscious, allowing us to access and work with our unconscious thoughts and feelings. This connection allows us to access the power of our subconscious, helping us to manifest our desires. After all, our subconscious mind is where our inner beliefs truly live.
Reprogramming Our Subconscious Beliefs
Visualisation while doing breathwork can help us reprogram our subconscious beliefs. By focusing on our breath and visualizing what we want to create in our lives, we send positive messages to our subconscious mind. This can help to replace any negative thoughts or beliefs that may be blocking us from achieving our goals.
Our unconscious mind influences our behaviors, therefore programming it with our conscious intentions is key to having the life our choice and finding inner peace. While our unconscious mind is the storehouse of our memories, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions that have accumulated throughout our lives, it is therefore always being programmed all day and all night.
One of the most effective ways to consciously program the conscious mind is to visualize our desire during intense breathwork. It’s best to be lying down in a comfortable setting while practicing this technique.
Lucid Dreaming and Intense Breathwork
After an hour of intense breathing, when the breath returns to normal, some people may experience a phenomenon known as a “wake-induced lucid dream.” Lucid dreaming occurs when a person becomes aware that they are dreaming and can control the content of their dream.
During a wake-induced lucid dream, the person may enter a dream state while still conscious, allowing them to control the dream as it unfolds. It is thought that the intense breathing and altered state of consciousness induced by breathwork can create the conditions necessary for this phenomenon to occur.
During this time the subconscious mind is very susceptible to influence. That is why visualisation is so important during a breathwork session… because visualizing influences the dream state significantly. Some people will refer to a relaxed wake-induced lucid dream as a “meditative state.”
Breathwork has also been found to have a positive impact on mental health. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that breathwork was effective in reducing symptoms of depression and improving overall quality of life. Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that breathwork was effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD in military veterans.
One area where breathwork has been extensively studied is in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders. Research has shown that breathwork can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s “rest and digest” response. This can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and promote relaxation.
In addition to its benefits for stress and anxiety, breathwork has also been found to improve respiratory function. Studies have shown that breathwork techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing and pranayama, can increase lung capacity and improve oxygen saturation in the blood. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with respiratory conditions, such as asthma or COPD.
When it comes to lucid dreaming, one of the most well-documented aspects is its potential for therapeutic use.
Studies have found that lucid dreaming can be effective in treating conditions such as nightmares, anxiety, and depression. In fact, lucid dreaming has been used as a form of exposure therapy, where individuals with PTSD can learn to confront and overcome their fears within a controlled dream environment.
Additionally, lucid dreaming has been shown to have cognitive benefits. Researchers have found that lucid dreamers are more creative and better able to solve problems. This is thought to be due to the fact that lucid dreamers have greater control over the content of their dreams, which allows them to explore new ideas and concepts.
Recent studies have also shed light on the neural mechanisms underlying lucid dreaming. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has shown that different parts of the brain are activated during lucid dreaming compared to non-lucid dreaming.
For example, the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making and self-awareness, is more active during lucid dreaming. Finally, lucid dreaming has also been investigated for its potential use in skill acquisition. Studies have shown that practicing a skill during a lucid dream can improve performance in that skill in waking life.
In conclusion, visualisation and intense breathwork can be a powerful combination for transformation and self-understanding. It can help us access our subconscious mind, reprogram our beliefs, and promote relaxation. By incorporating visualisation and breathwork into our daily routine, we can achieve a state of happiness and wellbeing.