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.