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By Hervey De Saint-Denys

The Marquis Hervey de Saint-Denys (1822-1892), a French oriental student , all started on the age of 13 to check his desires on a regular basis as a way of occupying his unfastened time. inside of a yr he came across himself 'developing a college that used to be principally answerable for the observations recorded' during this e-book: whereas dreaming he was once frequently aware of his 'true state of affairs' - that's he used to be acutely aware whereas dreaming that he used to be dreaming. He had now not got down to domesticate this skill; most likely he had no longer identified that such a capability used to be attainable. yet as soon as having come a pass it during recording his desires, he fostered its progress. He found extra that in dreaming he could h ave 'sufficient keep an eye on' of his principles 'to consultant their improvement in no matter what course it desirable' him to take action. For numerous a long time he studied - and guided - his desires. In 1867, on the age of forty-five, he released this amazing ebook , which experiences his stories. it's the first booklet ever written concerning the path of goals in the course of the technique of dreaming, and it continues to be this day the main thorough.

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As it was , I knew that I was dealing with a psychologic al 32 Dreams and How to Gu£de Them phenomenon which was prob ably explic able , and withoul knowing whether I should ever h ave a precise explanation of if I c almly returned to the conscientious analysis of phenomen d more accessible to human investigation . Several years p asse d . I had almost forgotten this episode 0:, my adolescence when I was obliged to travel through variou p arts of Germany, where I had already been in my youth' Thus it was that I found myself in Frankfurt , quietly smokin ' a cigarette after lunch and walking along with no fixed plan .

Next we must examine what determines the train of our ideas in dreaming, what m akes our thoughts turn to a p articular subject . But first I must pr�sent some preliminary comments, together with some m aterial from my diaries which supports the three propositions listed. My first rem ark referred to something anyone will have been able to prove for himself m any times ; namely, that while some visions are perfectly clear , m any others seem misty and confused . When it is the whole dream that is either nebulous or clear , the c ause of the clarity , or l ack of it, often lies in the degree of intensity of sleep .

My brother-in-law was with me, carrying a large sack, in which to put the ant-heap . I heard a voice calling me from the middle of the avenue. I turned and saw one of our neighbours , M . de C . , accompanied by the Cure d'D . , who was showing him his watch . I forgot my brother-in-law and the ants, which disappeared, so to speak, from my dream , and was looking at the priest's watch when the intruding noise of the screen falling that I mentioned earlier awoke me with a start . Why did I dream of that curious watch?

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