Dreaming is consciousness in motion. Whether it
includes internal sensations of floating, a reaction to the body changing
position in the bed or rapid-eye movement, the state of sleep is seldom a frozen
zone. Indeed, sleep paralysis is a surprise to the system.
Dream imagery hitches a ride on this motion. Our perception scans the
background, the scene shifts and people cross our paths. Most often, the dream
is not a snapshot, but a slide show or movie. And it is rare to be just a member
of the movie audience. Rather, you enter onto the dream stage and become an
actor in the play. You stand or sit. You walk, run or drive across the
landscape. You can also fly.
There is no one-size-fits-all interpretation of flying dreams. My favorite
explanation links flying dreams to the out-of-body experience. In this view,
flying dreams signal a shift in perception and travel in altered states.
The key to dream flying is to match the movement of your consciousness with
the appropriate imagery. Successful incubation of a flying dream does not start
5 minutes before you go to sleep. It begins when you wake from your last dream.
1. Recall Smooth Dream Movement.
As you lay in bed, review your dream to see how you traveled through each
scene. Pay special attention to smooth movement like skiing, skating or surfing.
Notice when walking or riding in a car is so free of jiggles and bumps that it's
like sliding across glass. You're half-way there.
2. Re-enter And Re-visualize The Dream.
What if you discover, instead, that you were a dream couch potato? Take the
next step forward. Imagine that, instead of sitting, you are standing. If you
stood in your dream, imagine yourself walking. If you walked in your dream, run
in reverie. If you ran, pretend you can run right off the surface of the earth.
Then, take the next step upward. If you were dreaming at ground level,
picture yourself walking up the stairs, climbing a tree or hovering above your
3. Build Up A Library Of Flying Memories.
Your psyche needs strong flying memories with which to construct your dream.
Start in the observer mode. During the day, watch birds, butterflies, balloons
or planes overhead. For a literal depiction of people in flight, view TV or the
4. Move And Imagine In The Waking State.
Begin at a comfortable height. Eye level is the height with which we are most
familiar, and it's most easy to practice at that level in the waking state.
Flowing forward motion is best experienced as a passenger in a car, plane or
train. Look out the window and watch the scenery go by. Now, imagine that,
instead of sitting, you are flying. Let the sense of vehicle fade away.
Concentrate on the moving scenery and your moving body. Then request your dream
psyche to form a dream like this. Don't be surprised if you get a sitting-flying
To avoid this result, get out of your seat and go for a brisk walk while you
exercise your imagination. For a standing-flying dream, picture yourself flying
while you're standing upright in a bus, subway or boat. For easy upward or
downward movement, the escalator and elevator are your best places to practice.
5. Intend To Fly Just Before Sleep.
Use regular incubation techniques, like suggesting to yourself,
"Tonight, I fly in my dreams." Make sure that your recording tools are
ready when you wake. Relax and visualize yourself flying while you are stretched
out on your bed in your favorite flying position.
6. Avoid The Falling Dream.
Imagine yourself a few inches above your bed, over a pool of warm water or
within reach of a huge mound of whipped cream. Higher up, parachutes, hot air
balloon tethers, flying carpets and planes can aid your flight, if you wish. Do
you think you'll need a safety net? Pack one in your imagination before you
In the waking state, stand on one foot to encourage inner-ear balance.
Bounce, twirl and fall on your bed. Imagine flying while coming down the stairs,
then jump the last step to practice landing with a satisfying flourish.
A comfortable dream trip is closely related to your experiences in the waking
state. You won't be troubled about the idea of flying, falling or going out-
of-body when your physical body feels safe moving around in physical space. OBE
expert Robert Monroe was, first of all, a glider pilot. Perhaps the best flying
dreamers are those firmly grounded in waking reality.
These flying tips apply to all dreamers. Lucid and out-of-body dreamers have
their own special techniques. You can find some of them at the Fly-By-Night Club