Using your imagination to project yourself into the Multiverse, or the Universe of all possible Universes, can bring you about as close to the Buddhist concept of nirvana -- a state of perfect peace, in which the ocean of the mind calms and all worldly cares and desires are given up, as it is possible to go in your present lifetime. This is also the best frame of mind to use to overcome insomnia!.
Are you really there or is this just a powerful healing metaphor? Who cares? The experience is real, if you imagine it vividly enough; and most psychologists and educators agree that experience is the forerunner of change
As I have said elsewhere, i like to use the Best Me Technique as a systematic, comprehensive method for involving one's whole being in the content of a suggestion or autosuggestion. The Best Me Technique utilizes the simultaneous involvement of Beliefs, Emotions, Sensations and physical perceptions, Thoughts and images, Motives, and Expectations, for greater involvement and effectiveness. Taken together, the elements of this technique form the acronym, BEST ME, and may be summarized as follows.
BEST ME suggestiions may be presented in any order and repeated as often as necessary, with elaboration and variation, much as one might vary the verses and choruses of a song one is composing.Belief systems which orient an individual to person, place, time, and events may be suggested as being different, allowing the participant to mentally transcend present realities.Emotions may be enriched, intensified, weakened, or combined with others.Sensations and physical perceptions may be suggested and experienced with an intensity approaching those of real events.Thoughts and images may be created and guided in response to explicit or indirect suggestions.Motives may either be suggested directly or implied as a consequence of other events.
Here is the core of the BEST ME suggestions I use when I wake up in the middle of the night and want to get back to sleep without tossing and turning until it finally overtakes me. The thoughts are pleasant and enjoyable to think about, and if I just keep turning them over and over in my mind, it isn't long before I'm asleep again.
B. You are entering an alternate Universe, in which time and space as we know it do not exist.
E. You are floating endlessly on and on, in an infinite ocean of perfect calm and serenity.
S . Feel yourself being totally absorbed inton this infinite ocean of perfect peace, and feel it flowing through every muscle, and fiber, and nerve of your body.
T. Now, as you come to the very center of this infinite, boundless ocean of perfect peace and calm, the ocean of the mind is becoming perfectly calm, as safe and as secure as a little baby tenderly cuddled in its mother's arms.. [This is only one of a number of images you can use to convey sense of perfect peace.]
M. All your worldly cares and desires have vanished, as you become completely absorbed in this infinite ocean of perfect, boundless, peace and calm
E. Now you will be able to drift on to sleep, from which you will awaken perfectly rested and refreshed.
There are plenty of other things you can do to get a good night's sleep,. and you may have to work at it at first. But, instead of worrying about the cares of the day, the thoughts of the BEST ME technique which you will be using to occupy your mind are pleasant ones.
Lke other forms of meditation, the more you practice it, the better you become. I have used it myself nearly every night for a couple of years; and I can vouch for the fact that with time and practice, its effectiveness and its benefits become much greater over time..
I still do briefly wake up once in a while; and I still have to allow myself plenty of time to get a good night's sleep. But when I do wake up, by turning my mind to these pleasant thoughts instead of worrying about all the things that I have to do the next day, so far at least, I have always managed to awaken feeling refreshed and ready to go. The feedback I have rexeived from my postings on Google+ has also been strongly positive. If you decide to try it yourself, I hope you get the same or even better results!