Those candidates who sincerely long for a mystical, direct experience must unquestionably begin with the Dream Yoga discipline.
The Gnostic must be very demanding with himself and learn to create favorable conditions to remember and understand all those inner experiences that always occur during sleep.
Before retiring to your bed at the end of your daily routine, it is advisable to pay attention to the state you are in.
Devotees whose circumstances make them lead a sedentary life will gain a lot if before going to bed they have a short but very lively walk outdoors. A walk will relax the muscles. I must clarify, however, that we must never abuse physical exercises; we need to live in harmony.
Supper or the final meal of the day must be light and free of heavy or stimulating foods. Foods that keep us awake or alter our sleep should be avoided.
The highest way of thinking is not thinking. When the mind is quiet and silent — free of daily routine and mundane anxiety — it is then in a state that is one hundred percent favorable for the Dream Yoga practice.
When the Superior Emotional center is actually working, the thinking process stops, at least for a brief moment. Evidently, the cited center is activated with Dionysian intoxication. Such rapture is possible when listening with infinite devotion to the delightful symphonies of Wagner, Mozart, Chopin, and others. Beethoven's music is especially extraordinary because it makes the Superior Emotional center vibrate intensely. The sincere Gnostic finds in it a vast field for mystical exploration, for it is not music of form, but of archetypal, ineffable ideas. Every note has a meaning; every pause is a Superior Emotion.
Beethoven, when feeling the cruel rigors and trials of the "spiritual night," instead of failing, as many candidates did, opened the eyes of his intuition to the mysterious supernatural, the spiritual side of Nature, to that region where angelic kings of these universal creations (Tlaloc, Ehecatl, Huehueteotl, etc.) live. Observe the musician-philosopher all along his exemplary existence. On top of his table, he always had in plain view his Divine Mother Kundalini, the ineffable Neith, Anahuac's Tonantzin, or the supreme Egyptian Isis. It is said that the great master had an inscription at the base of that adorable sculpture, written with his own hand, that mysteriously asserted: "I am she who has been, is and will be; no mortal has lifted my veil." Revolutionary and inner progress becomes impossible without the immediate aid of our Divine Mother Tonantzin. Grateful children must love their mothers; Beethoven loved his greatly. Outside the physical body, during the hours of sleep, the soul can talk to her Divine Mother. We must, however, begin with Dream Yoga discipline.
We need to take care of the bedroom where we sleep; it must be pleasantly decorated. The colors best suited for the goal we seek, in spite of what other authors recommend, are precisely the three primary hues: blue, yellow and red. The three basic colors constantly correspond to the three primary forces of Nature, the Holy Triamazikano: Holy Affirmation, Holy Negation and Holy Conciliation. Let us remember that the three original forces of this great creation always crystallize in the positive, negative, and neutral forms. The causa causarum of the Holy Triamazikano is found hidden in the active element Okidanokh. The latter, in and of itself, is only the emanation of the Sacred Solar Absolute. Obviously, if we reject the three fundamental colors, having given the above explanations, we become, by simple logical deduction, foolish.
Dream Yoga is extraordinary, marvelous, and formidable. It is, however, very demanding.
The bedroom has to be perfumed and ventilated, but not pervaded with the cold night temperature.
After undergoing detailed and careful preparation of himself for bed and of the room where he will sleep, a Gnostic must take care of his bed. If we observe any compass, we can see that the needle always points to the north. It is then possible to consciously take advantage of the planet's magnetic current, which always flows from south to north. A bed should be placed in such a way that the head is facing north. In this way, we can intelligently use the magnetic current indicated by the needle.
The mattress should be neither too hard nor too soft. This means that its texture must in no way affect the psychic processes of the sleeping person. Squeaking bedsprings or a base that cracks with every small movement of the body are serious obstacles for these practices.
A pad or notebook and a pencil should be placed under the pillow so that they can easily be found, even in the dark.
Bedclothes must be fresh and clean; the pillowcase must be scented with our favorite perfume.
Excerpted from Dream Yoga and The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac by Samael Aun Weor.