Oscar Berg paid sixty-five dollars an hour for a “sleep

consciousness therapist” to teach him how to be aware while

dreaming. The idea was to learn to alter the outcome

of his nightmares. So, for example, if he dreamed of

an explosion and he was aware that he was dreaming,

he could confront that negative image, engage it in constructive

dialogue, and turn it into something helpful and pleasant.  He

could say, “Hey, you nasty old explosion, wouldn’t you be

happier and more fulfilled as a bouquet of flowers?” Then

it would turn into an image of a resplendent garden.


Paraphrases from the novel Intelligence by Susan Hasler.