The dream yoga of Naropa is founded on the core understanding that waking consciousness, dreaming and death are all illusory states that need to be transcended. This gives rise to three periods of practice:
1. during the days, remind yourself that you are dreaming;
2. at night, become conscious that you are dreaming and practice transforming and directing your dreams- for example, by traveling to one of the heavens and receiving instruction from a spiritual teacher, perhaps a Buddha;
3. control your reactions to what you see and experience in any of the bardo realms (or states of transition) so you can move beyond attachments and desires into the clear light of higher consciousness. The aim is continuous awareness.