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How Henning Greve played his subconscious

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Syke – choose what you dream – wouldn't that be great? Henning Greve can do that, at least a little. How he does it and how to learn it speaks Thursday. In Waldstraße Seminar House 1 at 7 pm he talks about "dreaming of salvation". His presentation is accompanied by several exercises for beginners.

Henning Greve is known first and foremost as a full-time artist and second as an ecologist, who recently became a follower of the City Council of the Greens. In addition, he has always been interested in psychology and alternative medicine. The combination of both brought him to the subject of daydreaming some time ago.

"Through dreaming, the subconscious works on their subjects and we usually have no control over them," Greve explains. "But everyone has experienced these moments when it is clear to them that they are dreaming." And that's the point where you can apply leverage, according to Greve. "If I stay clear and don't even wake up unconscious, I can control the dream. I haven't come very far yet," Greve admits. "But I've had some great experiences with that already. Maybe it was the beginner's luck."

Am I still awake or already dreaming? Henning Greve developed his methods of how to determine this in a dream: Does the room still look exactly the way I left it? – Do I have nine, ten or eleven fingers? Feeling: When he realizes that he is dreaming and does not wake up from it, he can control his dreams. photos:

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The trick is basically to create those clear moments that let you know: you are only dreaming. And then maintain that state. Henning Greve learned: You can really train that. For example, he developed some reality tests for himself. How many fingers do I have? If there are ten and they look normal, you're probably awake. If it’s eleven and little puffs of smoke are rising from it, probably not. Or if a room changes when you enter it repeatedly. Or a book. "If you put such reality tests into reality and repeat them often enough, it will eventually come to your dreams," Greve says. You just have to accept that others are surprised to see you counting down at the supermarket or continuing to open and close the same book.

But why should all this be good? Greve: "On the one hand, it's a great fun factor if you can manage your dreams. On the other hand, sometimes it's also about solving problems." Story of a recurring dream: "I'm in a meadow somewhere, and then a big cop runs toward me." Greve usually tries to run away from the animal. But the other day had such a clear moment in this dream. "Then I decided to just quit. It didn't turn out the way I hoped. The cop just overtook me. But I realized: OK, at least nothing will happen to you."

For information

Henning Greve will give his lecture on Thursday, November 28 at 7pm at the invitation of Gesundheitskreis Syke. Participation in the Waldstraße 1 seminar house in Syke is free for members. Guests pay three euros for the entrance fee.