Lucid dreaming is an experience that EVERYONE should have at least once in their life. People often ask what lucid dreaming is, and discover that they’ve perhaps had one or more lucid dreams in the past without realizing it. To become aware that you are dreaming during a dream allows you absolute control over your own private universe, which is often as clear if not clearer, sharper and more real than waking reality. Lucid dreaming is an absolutely amazing experience.
What can lucid dreaming be used for?
Dreaming can be used to practice real life events and techniques, such as sporting for one example.
You could also take the opportunity to practice and master flying around your neighborhood in absolute full 3D reality!
Lucid dreaming can be used to gain spiritual or psychological insight into issues that are affecting you.
Experiment with different behavior, see how people respond.
Brainstorm new ideas
Resolve nightmares and fears
A lucid dream is unfortunately a largely ignored phenomenon in modern day society. In it’s simplest terms, it is when a dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming. Often this is confused with controlling a dream. It is entirely possible for a dream to be lucid despite not having good or any control over it. Also possible, is controlling a dream without realizing it to be a dream and mistaking it with reality.
It would also be wise to explain what lucid dreaming is NOT:
Lucid dreaming in itself is not harmful in any way, at least no more or less than any other regular dream. You can not become lost, or trapped in lucid dreams. You can not become possessed by demons, monsters or anything similar. Millions of people practice lucid dreaming either purposefully or without even realizing it.
Lucid dreaming in itself is not some kind of strange or occult practice.
Lucid dreaming is not some kind of mental disorder – in fact, the ability to lucid dream is a sign of a healthy mental and conscious state.
Lucid dreaming is not difficult and does not require a high IQ or an honors degree. In fact, the more ‘intelligence’, ‘thinking’ and ‘logic’ one tries to apply to lucid dreaming, the harder it becomes. If you’ve ever had a dream before, even if it was years ago, you are capable of lucid dreaming. This applies to everyone.
Lucid dreaming is not a religion and as such requires no blind FAITH or BELIEF. In fact, you are better advised to practice the techniques and learn through your own experiences, rather than hanging on to other people’s reported experiences that you may or may not believe, and that may or may not resonate with you. Lucid dreaming is like any other skill – the more you read about it and intellectualize it, the more distant it becomes. The quickest way to learn to ride a bike is to just get on it and start practicing. Reading manuals about how to ride a bike is absolutely pointless! You have spent your whole life being told what to believe and how to experience the world around you. This is your own untouched world to be experienced without the conditioning of others!
There are two ways to actually enter lucid dreaming from within a dream. These are a) by realizing that you are dreaming within a regular dream, or b) directly from waking reality. I generally class any LD attempt where I lose awareness for up to a maximum of 10 seconds to be a ‘wake induced lucid dream’ or WILD. That is, a lucid dream aka ‘dream consciousness’ or ‘dream awareness’ directly from regular waking awareness. When I find myself in some dream or nightmare, and ask the golden “Am I dreaming?” question, I class this as a ‘dream induced lucid dream’ or DILD. The “Am I dreaming?” is called a reality check.