Dreams and How to Guide Them by Hervey De Saint-Denys

By Hervey De Saint-Denys

The Marquis Hervey de Saint-Denys (1822-1892), a French oriental student , begun on the age of 13 to ascertain his goals on a regular basis as a way of occupying his unfastened time. inside a yr he chanced on himself 'developing a school that was once mostly answerable for the observations recorded' during this publication: whereas dreaming he was once usually aware of his 'true state of affairs' - that's he was once acutely aware whereas dreaming that he was once dreaming. He had now not got down to domesticate this skill; very likely he had no longer recognized that such a capability used to be attainable. yet as soon as having come a move it during recording his desires, he fostered its progress. He came across extra that in dreaming he may h ave 'sufficient regulate' of his principles 'to consultant their improvement in no matter what course it applicable' him to take action. For a number of a long time he studied - and guided - his goals. In 1867, on the age of forty-five, he released this extraordinary publication , which stories his stories. it's the first e-book ever written concerning the course of desires throughout the technique of dreaming, and it continues to be this present day the main thorough.

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A close friend of mine , with whom I had travelled exten­ sively and who was interested in my researches , maintained with absolute conviction that he h ad never h2 d a dream during his first sleep . I had woken him several times soon after he had gone to sleep , and he had always assured me in per­ fectly good faith that he coul d not remember having dreamt at all . One night he had been asleep for about half an hour when I went up to his bed and uttered a few military comm ands in a low voice : ' Present arms!

I noted the street number and a sm all arched doorway de­ corated at the top with intertwined numerals . Then I shook myself awake with that sudden effort of will we c an always make when we feel we are asleep , and hastened to not e and draw details c arefully b efore the vivid impression faded . I was to visit Brussels some months later , and I intended at all costs to clear up a phenomenon which at first , in spite of myself, created in me these fantastic imaginings . With unbe arable im ­ patience , I waited for the time m y family was t o g o to Belgium .

I forgot my brother-in-law and the ants, which disappeared, so to speak, from my dream , and was looking at the priest's watch when the intruding noise of the screen falling that I mentioned earlier awoke me with a start . Why did I dream of that curious watch? I don't know . But one thing I am sure of is that on waking I remembered without a gap everything that had passed through my mind as I had dozed off and gone through that first short period of sleep. Similar observations following unexpected awakenings occur seven further times in notebooks of a more recent dat e .

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