We’ve all had a dream stick with us after we’ve woken up. Like velcro, we struggle to peel ourselves out of our sleeping world and into our waking life. Dreams are often played off as random nighttime chaos our brains invent on the fly, like an artificial intelligence trying to write a script after watching 1,000 hours of a tv show. It’s only vaguely reminiscent of reality, but many believe that these dreams can actually tell us a lot about our inner world. Some argue that dreams result from our brains processing what happened to us during the day, replaying the events under even stranger circumstances. Others think that dreams are a window into our subconscious minds, giving us a glimpse at our true inner thoughts and desires. Then some believe that our dreams are a reality, just happening in a different plane of existence or alternate dimension. And when we dream, we travel through the astral plane and live another life altogether.
No one really knows for sure what our dreams are or what they mean. But if your dreams are causing you a disturbance, there are several things you can do to combat the energy and protect yourself while you sleep. You may find yourself in need of protection if you do any of the following:
- Waking up multiple times a night
- Having a hard time falling asleep
- Frequent nightmares or emotionally triggering dreams
- Waking up in the morning feeling like you didn’t get any sleep
These are all signs that you’re not getting a full night’s rest. This could be due to several factors, and a trip to the doctor is absolutely encouraged to rule out any serious health concerns. But if you’re sure that the disturbance isn’t related to any physical issue, then it’s time to take the fight to the astral plane.
Your bed is a holy space. Sleep is the closest your body will ever get to death before your time actually comes. It’s a vulnerable space to be in, and it isn’t easy to get good sleep when you don’t feel fully protected, both physically and spiritually. Your first step to sleep protection is to cleanse and seal your bed. To do this, gather the following materials:
- 1 cotton muslin bag
- Anise to repel nightmares
- Chamomile flowers for pleasant dreams
- Lavender buds for calm and serenity
- Mugwort for protection
- Rose petals for love
- Amethyst to block negativity
- Rose quartz for inner healing
- Clear Quartz to amplify the energy of your other crystals
- 1 small piece of paper
- 1 pen
- 1 permanent marker
- 1 incense stick
Before you begin, make sure that your bedding has been freshly washed, and the bed is made. This will remove the first layer of residual energy residing within your bedding. Make your bed using mindfulness techniques, and focus on creating a clean slate. Now, it’s time to dedicate the space.
Cast a circle in any way you choose, but make sure the circle expands to include the entire bed. Light your incense once the circle has been cast, and use the smoke to remove the last layer of residual energy by slowly dragging the smoke across the bed. Once it’s been cleansed, begin to meditate on the intention you want for when you go to sleep. This can be just a basic intention since you might eventually add on additional intentions as you get into actual dream work and astral projection—something simple like “I will awaken fully rested and rejuvenated.” Meditate on this mantra until you feel it has been fully ingrained within you. You can place a hand on your bed and channel this energy into your bed and imagine it expanding out to fill the entire space.
Next, you’ll create a sleep sachet to put under your pillow. This bag will stay with you in bed at all times to keep the space charged with your intentions. To begin, gather your muslin bag, your herbs, and your crystals. Use the smoke from the incense to cleanse the bag both inside and out. Once cleaned, use a black marker to draw a pentagram or a sigil on the bag. Next, start adding your herbs and crystals, intentionally embodying their properties as you add them. Next, write your mantra on the piece of paper and add it to the bag. Seal the sachet shut and place it under your pillow or your fitted mattress sheet so it stays in place. Close your circle and bask in the new energy of your bed!
Now that your bed has been dedicated as a holy space, it’s time to add any additional protection. This will largely depend on what you plan on doing in your bed once it’s time to go to sleep. Do you want to astral project into different realms, or is that too exhausting? Do you want your dreams to be deeply immersive, or is that too triggering? Depending on your intention, the ways you protect yourself will be different.
There are several ways you can set boundaries to protect yourself and limit the amount you psychically travel for those looking to scale back while they sleep. Veling is a practice done in several cultures around the world and can help protect the energy leaving your third eye and crown energy centers. Keep in mind that it’s important to research different veiling methods to ensure you’re respectful of cultures that are often exploited by the spiritual community.
One simple way to do this is to find a beanie or headband that can fit snugly around your head. Get one in a color that embodies the tone you want while you’re sleeping. For example, a black beanie would be best if you mostly want protection since black is largely associated with protection. Next, you can use a thread to embroider a pentagram or sigil onto the beanie. You could also add a crystal using some fabric glue or even make another sleeping sachet that you can sew into the beanie. Once the beanie looks the way you want it, it’s time to add your magick.
If you haven’t already, cast another circle and hold the beanie in one hand while placing your other on the bed. Remember the intentions you set while you were dedicating your bed, and imagine those intentions channeling from your bed through your hand and into your beanie. Once you feel that a connection has been made, say the following spell:
“Darkest nights, brightest moon, from dreadful dreams I am immune. Heavy eyes, deepest sleep, when morning comes, I will not weep. Wandering soul, stay in bed, and refuse to stray beyond my head. Protected now from an endless sleep, my energy is mine to keep. When morning comes, I will rise again. Body restored and energy regained. So mote it be.”
Once the spell has been cast, go ahead and place your beanie on your head. Feel the protection surrounding your mind and containing your energy under the veil. Closeout the circle and wear your veil whenever you sleep.
When we dream, we create channels to both our outer and inner worlds. Veiling is the practice of setting boundaries with those channels, but what do we do when we want to open those channels?
First, setting boundaries is still wildly important, especially if you’re astral projecting. You want to make sure that it’s happening on your own terms and within means that you’re comfortable with. You don’t want to bring any negative entities or energies back with you, so setting an intention and laying a boundary is the first step to diving deeper into your sleeping world.
First, add some additional items to your sleeping space. Placing a few crystals next to your bed or under your pillow can help solidify your intentions. Labradorite is known for helping people navigate the astral plane, and obsidian (Clck here to read more about the benefits of Obsidian) is known for adding protection. Placing these crystals next to your bed at night will help keep you within your boundaries as you sleep.
Before going to bed, take time actually to set those intentions and boundaries. Don’t just lay down and hope for some wild, random adventure. Journal for a few moments about what you want to experience. Do you want to connect more to your inner child? Are you sensing some tension in your body and are looking to your subconscious mind for an answer? Are there any spirit guides or family you’d like to connect to while astral projecting? Take some time to journal and actually write what you want, and then go to sleep while meditating on that intention. When intentions are set, your mind will understand where to take you.
Sleep is a powerful and often underutilized tool for witches of all kinds. A big piece of witchcraft is learning to master and manipulate your energy, and if you can learn how to do this while unconscious, you’ll become remarkably powerful.