You spend about eight out of every twenty-four hours, or one third of your entire life, in
sleep. This is an inexorable law of life. This also applies to the animal and vegetable
kingdoms. Sleep is a divine law, and many answers to our problems come to us when we
are sound asleep upon the bed. Many people have advocated the theory that you get tired
during the day, that you go to sleep to rest the body, and that a repairing process takes
place while you sleep. Nothing rests in sleep. Your heart, lungs, and all your vital
organs function while you are asleep. If you eat prior to sleep, the food is digested and
assimilated; also, your skin secretes perspiration, and your nails and hair continue to
grow. Your subconscious mind never rests or sleeps. It is always active, controlling all
your vital forces. The healing process takes place more rapidly while you are asleep as
there is no interference from your conscious mind. Remarkable answers are given to you
while you are asleep.
Why we sleep
Dr. John Bigelow, a famous research authority on sleep, demonstrated that at night while
asleep you receive impressions showing that the nerves of the eyes, ears, nose, and taste
buds are active during sleep, and also that the nerves of your brain are quite active. He
says that the main reason we sleep is because “the nobler part of the soul is united by
abstraction to our higher nature and becomes a participant in the wisdom and
foreknowledge of the gods.”
Dr. Bigelow states also, “The results of my studies have not only strengthened my
convictions that the supposed exemption from customary toils and activities was not the
final purpose of sleep, but have also made clearer to my mind the conviction that no part
of a man’s life deserves to be considered more indispensable to its symmetrical and
perfect spiritual development than the while he is separated from the phenomenal world
Prayer, a form of sleep
Your conscious mind gets involved with vexations, strife, and contentions of the day, and
it is very necessary to withdraw periodically from sense evidence and the objective
world, and commune silently with the inner wisdom of your subconscious mind. By
claiming guidance, strength, and greater intelligence in all phases of your life, you will be
enabled to overcome all difficulties and solve your daily problems.
This regular withdrawal from sense evidence and the noise and confusion of everyday
living is also a form of sleep, i.e., you become asleep to the world of the senses and alive
to the wisdom and power of your subconscious mind.
Startling effects of sleep deprivation
Lack of sleep can cause you to become irritable, moody, and depressed. Dr. George
Stevenson of the National Association for Mental Health says, “I believe it can safely be
said that all human beings need a minimum of six hours’ sleep to be healthy. Most people
need more. Those who think they can get along on less are fooling themselves.”
Medical research scholars, investigating sleep processes and deprivation of sleep, point
out that severe insomnia has preceded psychotic breakdown in some instances.
Remember, you are spiritually recharged during sleep, and adequate sleep is essential to
produce joy and vitality in life.
How to use self hypnosis to Overcome Sleep Problems
You need more sleep
Robert O’Brien, in an article, “Maybe You Need More Sleep,” in an issue of The Readers
Digest, reports the following experiment on sleep: “For the last three years experiments
have been in progress at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.
Subjects—more than one hundred military and civilian volunteers—have been kept
awake for as long as four days. Thousands of tests have measured the effects on their
behavior and personality. Results of these tests have given scientists astonishingly new
insights into the mysteries of sleep. “They now know that the tired brain apparently
craves sleep so hungrily that it will sacrifice anything to get it. After only a few hours of
sleep loss, fleeting stolen naps called ‘lapses,’ or micro sleep, occurred at the rate of
three or four an hour. As in real sleep, eyelids drooped, heartbeat slowed. Each lapse
lasted just a fraction of a second. Sometimes the lapses were periods of blankness;
sometimes they were filled with images, wisps of dreams. As hours of sleep loss
mounted, the lapses took place more often and lasted longer, perhaps two or three
seconds. Even if the subjects had been piloting an airliner in a thunderstorm, they still
couldn’t have resisted micro sleeps for those few priceless seconds. And it can happen to
you, as many who have fallen asleep at the wheel of a car can testify. “Another startling
effect of sleep deprivation was its attack on human memory and perception. Many sleep
deprived subjects were unable to retain information long enough to relate it to the task
they were supposed to perform. They were totally befuddled in situations requiring them
to hold several factors in mind and act on them, as a pilot must when he skillfully
integrates wind direction, air speed, altitude, and glide path to make a safe landing.”
Sleep brings counsel
A young lady in Los Angeles who listens to my morning radio talks told me that she had
been offered a lucrative position in New York City at twice her present salary. She was
wondering whether to accept or not and prayed prior to sleep as follows: “The creative
Intelligence of my subconscious mind knows what is best for me. Its tendency is always
life ward, and it reveals to me the right decision, which blesses all concerned. I give
thanks for the answer which I know will come to me.”
She repeated this simple prayer over and over again as a lullaby prior to sleep, and in the
morning she had a persistent feeling that she should not accept the offer. She rejected the
offer and subsequent events verified her inward sense of knowing, because the company
went bankrupt in a few months following their offer of employment to her.
The conscious mind may be correct on the facts objectively known, but the intuitive
faculty of her subconscious mind saw the failure of the concern in question, and
prompted her accordingly.
Saved from certain disaster
I will illustrate how the wisdom of your subconscious mind can instruct you and protect
you relative to your request for right action as you go to sleep. Many years ago, before
the Second World War, I was offered a very lucrative assignment in the Orient, and I
prayed for guidance and the right decision as follows: “Infinite intelligence within me
knows all things, and the right decision is revealed to me in divine order. I will recognize
the answer when it comes.”
I repeated this simple prayer over and over again as a lullaby prior to sleep, and in a
dream came the vivid realization of things to come three years hence. An old friend
appeared in the dream and said, “Read these headlines—do not go!” The headlines of the
newspaper, which appeared in the dream, related to war and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Occasionally, the writer dreams literally. The aforementioned dream was undoubtedly a
dramatization of the subconscious mind which projected a person whom I trusted and
respected. To some a warning may come in the form of a mother who appears in a dream.
She tells the person not to go here or there, and the reason for the warning. Your
subconscious mind is all wise. It knows all things. Oftentimes it will speak to you only in
a voice that your conscious mind will immediately accept as true. Sometimes your
subconscious will warn you in a voice which sounds like that of your mother or some
loved one which may cause you to stop on the street, and you find, if you had gone
another foot, a falling object from a window might have struck you on the head.
My subconscious mind is one with the universal subconscious, and it knew the Japanese
were planning a war, and it also knew when the war would start.
Dr. Rhine, director of the Department of Psychology at Duke University, has gathered
together a vast amount of evidence showing that a great number of people all over the
world see events before they happen, and in many instances are, therefore, able to avoid
the tragic event which was foreseen vividly in a dream.
The dream which I had showed clearly the headlines in The New York Times about three
years prior to the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. In consequence of this dream, I immediately
cancelled the trip as I felt a subconscious compulsion to do so. Three years later the
Second World War proved the truth of the inner voice of intuition.
Your future is in your subconscious mind
Remember that the future, the result of your habitual thinking, is already in your mind
except when you change it through prayer. The future of a country, likewise, is in the
collective subconscious of the people of that nation. There is nothing strange in the dream
I had wherein I saw the headlines of the New York newspapers long before the war
began. The war had already taken place in mind, and all the plans of attack were already
engraved on that great recording instrument, the subconscious mind or collective
unconscious of the universal mind. Tomorrow’s events are in your subconscious mind, so
are next week’s and next month’s, and they may be seen by a highly psychic or
No disaster or tragedy can happen to you if you decide to pray. Nothing is predetermined
or foreordained. Your mental attitude, i.e., the way you think, feel, and believe
determines your destiny. You can, through scientific prayer, which is explained in a
previous chapter, mold, fashion, and create your own future. Whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
A cat nap nets him $15,000
One of my students mailed me a newspaper clipping three or four years ago about a man
called Ray Hammerstrom, a roller at the steel works in Pittsburgh operated by Jones and
Laughlin Steel Corporation. He received $15,000 for his dream.
According to the article, the engineers could not fix a faulty switch in a newly installed
bar mill which controlled the delivery of straight bars to the cooling beds. The engineers
worked on the switch about eleven or twelve times to no avail.
Hammerstrom thought a lot about the problem and tried to figure out a new design, which
might work. Nothing worked. One afternoon he lay down for a nap, and prior to sleep he
began to think about the answer to the switch problem. He had a dream in which a perfect
design for the switch was portrayed. When he awoke, he sketched his new design
according to the outline of his dream.
This visionary catnap won Hammerstrom a check for $15,000; the largest award the firm
ever gave an employee for a new idea.
How a famous professor solved his problem in sleep
Dr. H. V. Helprecht, Professor of Assyrian at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote as
follows: “One Saturday evening . . . I had been wearying myself, in the vain attempt to
decipher two small fragments of agate which were supposed to belong to the finger rings
of some Babylonians.
“About midnight, weary and exhausted, I went to bed and dreamed the following
remarkable dream: A tall, thin priest of Nippur, about forty years of age, led me to the
treasure chamber of the temple . . . a small, low ceilinged room without windows, while
scraps of agate and lapislazuli lay scattered on the floor. Here he addressed me as
follows: ‘The two fragments which you have published separately on pages 22 and 26
belong together, are not finger rings . . .. The first two rings served as earrings for the
statue of the god; the two fragments (you have) . . . are the portions of them. If you will
put them together you will have confirmation of my words.’ . . . I awoke at once . . . I
examined the fragments . . . and to my astonishment found the dream verified. The
problem was then at last solved.”
This demonstrates clearly the creative manifestation of his subconscious mind, which
knew the answer to all his problems.
How the subconscious worked for a famous writer while he slept
Robert Louis Stevenson in one of his books, Across the Plains, devotes a whole chapter
to dreams. He was a vivid dreamer and had the persistent habit of giving specific
instructions to his subconscious every night prior to sleep. He would request his
subconscious to evolve stories for him while he slept. For example, if Stevenson’s funds
were at low ebb, his command to his subconscious would be something like this: “Give
me a good thrilling novel which will be marketable and profitable.” His subconscious
Stevenson says, “These little brownies [the intelligence’s and powers of his subconscious]
can tell me a story piece by piece, like a serial, and keep me, its supposed creator, all the
while in total ignorance of where they aim.” And he added: “That part of my work which
is done when I am up and about [while he is consciously aware and awake] is by no
means necessarily mine, since all goes to show that the brownies have a hand in it even
Sleep in peace and wake in joy
To those who suffer from insomnia, you will find the following prayer very effective.
Repeat it slowly, quietly, and lovingly prior to sleep: “My toes are relaxed, my ankles are
relaxed, my abdominal muscles are relaxed, my heart and lungs are relaxed, my hands
and arms are relaxed, my neck is relaxed, my brain is relaxed, my face is relaxed, my
eyes are relaxed, my whole mind and body are relaxed. I fully and freely forgive
everyone, and I sincerely wish for them harmony, health, peace, and all the blessings of
me. I am at peace; I am poised, serene, and calm. I rest in security and in peace. A great
stillness steals over me, and a great calm quiets my whole being as I realize the Divine
Presence within me. I know that the realization of life and love heals me. I wrap myself
in the mantle of love and fall asleep filled with good will for all. Throughout the night
peace remains with me, and in the morning I shall be filled with life and love. A circle of
love is drawn around me. I will hear no evil, for Thou art with me. I sleep in peace, I
wake in joy, and in Him I live, move, and have my being´
Summary of your aids to the wonders of sleep
1. If you are worried that you will not wake up on time, suggest to your subconscious
mind prior to sleep the exact time you wish to arise, and it will awaken you. It needs no
clock. Do the same thing with all problems. There is nothing too hard for your
2. Your subconscious never sleeps. It is always on the job. It controls all your vital
functions. Forgive yourself and everyone else before you go to sleep, and healing will
take place much more rapidly.
3. Guidance is given you while you are asleep, sometimes in a dream. The healing
currents are also released, and in the morning you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
4. When troubled by the vexations and strife of the day, still the wheels of your mind and
think about the wisdom and intelligence lodged in your subconscious mind, which is
ready to respond to you. This will give you peace, strength, and confidence.
5. Sleep is essential for peace of mind and health of body. Lack of sleep can cause
irritation, depression, and mental disorders. You need eight hours’ sleep.
6. Medical research scholars point out that insomnia precedes psychotic breakdowns.
7. You are spiritually recharged during sleep. Adequate sleep is essential for joy and
vitality in life.
8. Your tired brain craves sleep so hungrily that it will sacrifice anything to get it. Many
who have fallen asleep at the wheel of an automobile can testify to this.
9. Many sleep deprived people have poor memories and lack proper coordination. They
become befuddled, confused, and disorientated.
10. Sleep brings counsel. Prior to sleep, claim that the infinite intelligence of your
subconscious mind is guiding and directing you. Then, watch for the lead, which comes,
perhaps on awakening.
11. Trust your subconscious completely. Know that its tendency is always life ward.
Occasionally, your subconscious answers you in a very vivid dream and a vision in the
night. You can be forewarned in a dream in the same way as the author of this book was
12. Your future is in your mind now, based on your habitual thinking and beliefs. Claim
infinite intelligence leads and guides you and that all good is yours, and your future will
be wonderful. Believe it and accept it. Expect the best, and invariably the best will come to you.
13. If you are writing a novel, play, or book, or are working on an invention, speak to
your subconscious mind at night and claim boldly that its wisdom, intelligence, and
power are guiding, directing, and revealing to you the ideal play, novel, book, or
revealing the perfect solution whatever it may be. Wonders will happen as you pray this