Actions. The effectiveness auto-training, self-programming and self-hypnosis have been long established. They have been proven to bring results even when performed while awake. The deeper the trance state that they are implemented in, the more effective they are. From this perspective, the idea cannot but occur of also using similar techniques to heal through lucid dreaming, as lucid dreaming state is the deepest hypnotic trance state that can be achieved consciously and independently. Moreover, the usual trance state in which self-hypnosis is performed does not even begin to compare with lucid dreaming in terms of substance or effectiveness. Therefore, self-programming is many times more effective in lucid dreaming than in any other state. This is, for all effective purposes, a new era of development for these kinds of technologies.
Programming in lucid dreaming consists of creating self-fulfilling subconscious resolutions. Since a person in lucid dreaming is in the deepest of all possible altered states of consciousness, this is the most effective place for such programming. Given the fact that much human illness is psychosomatic in nature, and yet still causes real suffering, programming techniques employed in lucid dreaming can destroy such "diseases" at the root.
In practice, one gets into lucid dreaming and introduces a resolution directly at the subconscious level to remedy a specific health problem. There are several variations of this action in lucid dreaming. First, one simply can firmly state one’s resolution aloud regarding remedying a problem or regarding one’s well-being. Second, programming can also be effected wordlessly, at the level of speechless understanding and intention. This second variation is much more difficult than verbal suggestion, so it is better for the novice to shy away from it.
The duration of one attempt should not take up an entire lucid dreaming, as what matters here is not the length of an attempt, but it’s quality. What’s important is that the programming occurs in the subcortex at the deepest and most meaningful level, even if it lasts for only 10 to 15 seconds. Don’t assume that several words pronounced half-heartedly will do all of the work on their own, as if this were the same thing as casting a spell. These words need to be experienced and felt at all levels of perception and consciousness awareness.
When programming your subconscious, it is very important to note that verbal formulas should not contain negations. For example, one should not say, "I do not have insomnia." Instead, it is much better to affirm, "I sleep deeply and soundly, I fall asleep quickly." As with other techniques for self-healing in lucid dreaming, acting on a problem just once is often not enough when programming. It is better to introduce resolutions several times on different days. Sometimes it’s advisable to implement an entire treatment regime.
Therapeutic indications. Programming for self-healing in lucid dreaming can be applied to almost any disease or ailment, but it works best of all for problems of personal psychology or general well-being. For example, one may use it to improve overall working capacity, alleviate fatigue and anxiety, increase stamina, improve overall health, bolster the immune system, and much more.
Example. A practitioner has an illness that is at a serious stage and accompanied by fatigue as well as irritated mood, but has no possibility of taking sick-leave to get better, as he needs go to work every day. And so, he enters a deep lucid dreaming and begins to say aloud the following words: "Once I exit lucid dreaming, within a day I will feel buoyant, healthy, and active. I will be in a good mood and have ideal overall well-being. I am healthy. I am active. I am happy. I have boundless energy, and I am full of vitality." Meanwhile, he does not merely utter these words, but also tries to feel them, to experience them. Of course, it’s better for him to initiate further procedures to treat the disease itself before exiting lucid dreaming. In any case, repeating such an affirmation almost immediately after returning to reality may also bring solid results.
Effectiveness. The effectiveness of programming for self-healing through lucid dreaming is not very high, as most people are unable to feel the self-programmed resolutions fully and deeply. Effectiveness for beginners is somewhere within the bounds of 30 and 50 percent. Effectiveness increases with practice. Interestingly, a single session is very often enough for experienced practitioners – unlike the case with other methods for self-healing through lucid dreaming.
Difficulties. The main difficulty arising when using programming techniques occurs with being able to sincerely feel the resolution being made. This can be an insurmountable obstacle for many due to their psychological makeup or difficulties in understanding what is going on. It is also necessary to make separate note of the fact that the process of programming may eject a practitioner from lucid dreaming, as it tends to be relaxing. Thus, it is important not to forget to employ some of the techniques for maintaining lucid dreaming while programming. For example, one might constantly rub the hands together, scrutinize something up-close, or keep vibrations going the whole time.
Accessibility. Considering likelihood of effectiveness and technical difficulties, self-healing in lucid dreaming through programming is often not very accessible for beginners. Therefore, unless there is some specific goal that can only be solved only in this way, it is better to use other techniques.