What is a lucid dream?
By definition, a Lucid dream is a dream that happens while a person is aware of the fact that they are dreaming. During this type of dream, a person may be able to control the dream’s narrative, the people in the dream, and the environment of the dream. Although this sounds like a “totally out-there” type of thing, some people actually claim they have this power. Apparently, the ability to control a dream comes naturally or more easily to certain types of people than it does to others. However, people actually train for months to get this skill down.
Why would anyone want to control their dream?
There are several reasons one might be interested in controlling their dreams. First of all, there are no rules in the dream world, and it’s pretty awesome! Time is inconsistent, gravity has no pull, and all other laws of nature do not apply. One can fly in a dream, or even breathe underwater. Some people even report being able to touch fire without being burned while lucid dreaming.
Aside from nature, people can also control who they speak to and how the people they speak to them respond. It’s kind of like a Sims computer game where you create your own world without any consequences. Some people even report being able to get romantic with a person they desire.
A dive into your psyche
Lucid dreaming can also be therapeutic. A lot of times we push away all the things that bother us. Our minds try our hardest not to think about our issues and challenges without us even realizing it. Some psychologists believe that recurring symbols in our dreams are the path to our “suppressed” challenges that cause emotional distress.
They also believe that this is why some people experience recurring dreams of either being chased or harmed in some way. Many who experience these haunting moments before they wake up, train to use lucid dreaming as a way confront their most profound issues. The theory is that once they can control the dreams, they can turn around, see whos chasing them and perhaps approach the person or thing causing them to panic.
Famous, brilliant minds
Famous artists composers and inventors use lucid dreams to achieve groundbreaking things. Salvador Dali, Einstein, and Beethoven are a few of the great minds who used this dream method.
Dreams take place during rem. Body is fully relaxed and paralyzed. When you get a good nights rest, you can enter the REM stage about 5 times. REM can last for about 30 seconds to a few minutes, however, because dreams do not follow the laws of nature, 30 seconds can feel like an eternity.
There’s a large community of lucid dreamers that claim to have the ability to lucid dream. Once every two years, a lucid dreamers convention takes place. People who studied the matter in labs share their findings while others share their experiences.
Stanford University studied lucid dreaming by attaching probes to an alleged lucid dreamers mind and body. They told her what to do in their dream and watched if the brain activity coincides with this dream.
For instance, she stated she would have a romantic encounter in her dream. The researchers watched her physiology react the same way people do when they’re romantically involved in real life.
Lucid dreaming training is pretty simple but requires a person to take it seriously. There are also different levels of lucid dreaming depending on how much control you gain over your brains dream state.
There are several different ways to tap into your dream world. The techniques from least hard to hardest are Diald, Mild, and Wild. An aspiring lucid dreamer usually begins training with the Diald method and slowly works his or her way to the Wild method.
Dream initiated lucid dreaming takes place when you’re already dreaming, and you realize that you’re not awake. You learn to do this by creating obsessive habits such as counting your fingers, checking the time or noticing your hands and asking yourself “am I awake?” In dreams, things like time and numbers do not work like they do in nature. When you check the time in a dream, it won’t make sense. You can also make a habit of remembering how you ended up somewhere. In dreams, you start off in one place and end up in a totally different place. When you realize you have no recollection of how you got to where you are, you’ll know you’re dreaming.
Mnemonic induced lucid dream: you memorize a mnemonic several times, and it helps you realize you’re dreaming. This type of lucid dreaming relies on the dreamer him or herself. Rather than noticing logical loopholes within a dream, the person tells themselves they are dreaming. To do this, you set the alarm to wake up a bit earlier than you normally do. Then you focus was you repeat “I am going to remember my dream.” Next, you try to fall asleep directly afterward. Somehow this helps a person become aware that they’re sleeping.
Wake-initiated lucid dream. You wake into the dream state and control your dream. In this case, you purposely enter into a dream state. You trick your mind into thinking you’re asleep. To WILD dream You breathe deeply and try to relax. Your brain will check if you’re awake by giving you the urge to roll over or scratch an itch. These urges need to be suppressed. The dreamer can utilize visualization technique that requires you to mentally focus on images formed by lights while you try to relax. The goal is to let these images occur naturally as opposed to forcing them. The moment when you no longer focus on these images and merely see them then you know you passed into your dream state.
The ability to lucid dream is pretty hard to develop. It usually takes months for a person to get this skill down. The key is persistence and patience. Although its hard work, its worth it. Afterall, you’ll feel what its like to fly.