Dreaming is a completely natural experience; in fact it is a fundamental part of being human. Each and every one of us experiences a dream state when we sleep. Some of us are quite proficient at remembering and retaining the dream experience, while others claim that they “Do Not Dream” because they experience a complete absence of any dream memories.
Regardless of whether we recall our dreams or not, each of us experiences several dream states during the course of our daily sleep. The dreams that we each experience come to us in a wide range of styles and forms. The focus of our dreams can range from the mundane to the incredibly exciting and thrilling. Many people experience something frightening when they are asleep; these terrifying dreams are commonly referred to as nightmares or night terrors. At other times we experience dreams that are exciting and exhilarating, or even erotic. Unfortunately, the majority of our regular dreaming could be classified as trivial or mundane.
Many people often view dreams as a mental “sorting out” of the events found in their daily lives. Still others believe that God or some other higher power imparts dreams to us, and that dreams explain issues that are occurring in their lives, or even foretell events in the future. On the complete opposite side, other people often believe that their dreams are simply links to the thought held in their unconscious minds.
According to scientific studies, all humans dream on a regular basis. What is different among us is our ability to recall our dreams. Some of us can quickly and accurately recall several dreams from one night. While others have difficulty recalling any dream images at all. Some people go far beyond simple dream recall, and can even control the events that occur within their dreams. This ability is known as Lucid Dreaming.
What Is Lucid Dreaming?
A Lucid Dream is a dream in which the dreamer realizes that they are in fact dreaming, and achieves a state of “Conscious Awareness” within the dream. Often this allows the dreamer to then take control of the dream and determine what happens. This ability to have Lucid Dreams allows us to gain knowledge of what we experience when we are asleep.
Lucid Dreaming usually allows a person to control the flow of events within the dream. However, the degree of control experienced will vary from person to person and from dream to dream. So sometimes you will have more control over your dreams then you will at others. The two things that are constant within a Lucid Dream are:
1) You will have some degree of control over what happens within the dream.
2) You will be aware that you are not awake, and that you are in fact dreaming.
A Lucid Dreamer may not always have the ability to fully control their dreams. However, they will be far more likely to affect changes within a dream than a person who does not practice lucid dreaming would be able to accomplish. It is important to remember that having Lucid Dreams does not necessarily mean you will be able to fully control the dream, but you will certainly be able to experience the Dream while being aware that it is in fact a dream.
Lucid Dreaming can be done by anyone. Yes that’s right – Anyone. Some people find it easier to get started than others, but with some practice and a little perseverance anyone will be able to experience Lucid Dreams. The ability to elicit a Lucid Dream State is simply just a matter of practicing and training yourself to differentiate between when you are awake and when you are dreaming.
Many people are initially attracted to Lucid Dreaming because it offers a simple and inexpensive (Free!! Yippie!!) outlet for us to experience our fantasies. Lucid Dreaming provides us with an opportunity for adventure and gives us a place to experience all of our deepest desires. It gives us a place to play with our creativity and it provides us with access to our subconscious minds.
Dreams provide the most vivid mental images that most people will ever experience. A Lucid Dream state gives us direct access to these experiences. Once you start experimenting with Lucid Dreams you will discover that you just can’t get enough.
You will find that you yearn to have more Lucid Dream experiences.
Why Would I Want to Become a Lucid Dreamer?
The most amazing thing about lucid dreaming is that it can give you full control over everything that happens inside of your dreams. Essentially, you are the Boss; you are in complete control over your entire dream world. When you are in your dream world you can do anything that you want.
Have you ever wanted to fly?
Want to swim underwater for hours on end?
No one’s stopping you!
Is that building or mountain in your way?
Simply jump over it!
Some people are able to gain such a complete level of control over their dreams that they are able to actually create and form their own dream worlds. This gives the dreamer complete control over every aspect of their dreams. This opens up the possibility to the dreamer to experience, or “Live Out”, any conceivable fantasy or experience that they may desire.
The only limits to what you can do in your Lucid Dreams are those imposed by your imagination (and its your dream world so why would you put any limits on anything!!) Remember, all of these things are happening in YOUR dream world, none of these things are happening outside of your own mind. But just because they are not “Real” it certainly does not mean that they are not a whole bunch of fun.
What Are The Benefits of Lucid Dreaming?
One of the most obvious benefits of Lucid Dreaming is the fact that you are in control of your dreams. You get to do what you want, you are in charge. As we discussed in the section “Why Would I Want to Become a Lucid Dreamer?”, The only limit to what you can do in your Lucid Dreams are those imposed by your imagination. So if you have ever wanted to take a trip to the Moon or to Mars, or perhaps meet a celebrity like Paris Hiltom or Brad Pitt – Now is the time. And Best of all – Its All Free!!
Another great benefit is that you can use all of this time for productive tasks. That right, the average person who lives to the age of 80 will spend 20 Years ASLEEP!!! Can you imaging, 20 full years sleeping, incredible. Well, by using Lucid Dreaming you will be able to regain a portion of that lost time. You can use your Lucid Dreams for any number of tasks. You can use it for fun and recreation, take a flight around the world (you won’t even need a plane), See the world and meet new people (even celebrities) all from the comfort of your own bed.
Besides being a whole bunch of fun, Lucid Dreaming also provides you with some great chances to explore the inner workings of your own mind. Its important to understand that the time you regain by using Lucid Dreaming can also be used for more “Concrete” undertakings. Are you trying to learn a new skill or improve on an existing talent? Why not practice it while you are in your Lucid Dream state. Learn a language, play the piano, practice public speaking – whatever it is that your working on you can now work on it in your sleep.
When you are experiencing a Lucid Dream you can control the course of events as they unfold. You are able to steer the action away from hostile or unpleasant experiences, and guide the dream towards more pleasurable experiences. You are able to limit, or even entirely eliminate, any hostile or negative themes that can arise in dreams. This ability allows you to virtually destroy any nightmare before it even happens.
Many people also find that the time spent in Lucid Dream states can be well used to focus on Healing or Problem Solving. Many people report that they have made incredible physical recoveries from illnesses or found the answers to difficult questions in their lives by using Lucid Dreaming techniques.
And Best of all it can all be experienced Risk Free!
How Do I Become a Lucid Dreamer?
Any one can become a Lucid Dreamer. The first step involved in becoming a Lucid Dreamer is simply to possess the desire to become a Lucid Dreamer. Once you have made this simple decision it is only a matter of time until you are capable of having this phenomenal experience.
The ability for someone to elicit a Lucid Dream State is simply just a matter of practice and training. Once you have taught yourself how to differentiate between when your are awake and when you are dreaming, you will be well on the way to experiencing Lucid Dreams on a regular basis.
There are some “Tricks” you can use in becoming a Lucid Dreamer faster. Try these techniques and you should be Lucid Dreaming in almost no time at all:
* The most common technique is to periodically throughout the day ask yourself “Am I Asleep?”. Start now; ask yourself “Am I dreaming?” now do this 20 or 30 times a day. Leave yourself notes all over the place that ask this question. Asking this simple question will become so routine to your mind that eventually you will ask this question when you are asleep and you will answer, “Yes”. When this happens you will be well on your way to Lucid Dreaming.
* Another technique that people use with a high level of success is this: Before you fall asleep at night, tell your self repeatedly that you are going to have a Lucid Dream and eventually you will. If this does not work then try to be more specific, try something like “I’m going to Fly”.
Some people are able to experience a Lucid Dream state very quickly, sometimes within a matter of days of undertaking the attempt. For others it takes significantly longer to achieve their first Lucid Dream. For some people it can take weeks or even months before they begin to experience Lucid Dreams states. If you are not one of the people who can pick this up quickly, don’t despair. Just keep at it and remember that Anyone can do it – All that is needed is practice and perseverance.
Lets reiterate – Any one can become a Lucid Dreamer, it simply takes time and practice and the right understanding of the techniques involved in creating a Lucid Dream State to become a Lucid Dreamer.
How Do I Know If I’m Experiencing Lucid Dreaming?
If you find yourself asking a Giant Pink Elephant for directions to the supermarket, you may want ask yourself if you are asleep.
There are a few tricks to determining if you are asleep.
Ask your self “Am I Dreaming?”, if you answer “Yes” well then their you have it – You are experiencing a Lucid Dream. Be careful though, because you may be a liar! You may tell yourself that your awake when really you are asleep! This is because your mind wants to believe that everything it sees is always reality so you may get the answer that you are awake when in fact you are asleep. Luckily there are ways to spot this. Read something like a sign or a book title and then look away, now read it a second time. Is it different? If so chances are pretty good that you are asleep.
One of the most important things that you need to do when you first attempt Lucid Dreaming is to Question things. Question Everything! Start questioning your surroundings. Do things around you make sense? Are the people around you real? Are animals Talking? Can you Fly? Did another Giant Pink Elephant just give you a thumbs up and then run away? Where the heck did an Elephant get thumbs? These might be clues that not everything is as it should be, and that therefore you may actually be asleep and having a Lucid Dream.
This is important, when you ask yourself “Am I Dreaming?” do not just answer right away (remember your a liar anyways). Instead take a second and think about it. Look around, is everything really “Real”? Is something strange going on? All joking aside, but it really is important to take a second and pay attention. It is amazing how many people will just accept their surroundings as real, deny that they are asleep, and then politely wave back to the pink elephant and carry on as if everything is as it should be.
Look for incongruities, things that happen within your dreams that you should realize are “Not Normal”. Sometimes we enter a Lucid Dream state without even meaning too. Just pay attention to your surroundings – Look for things that shouldn’t really happen in “Real Life”. Did a Gorilla just tip his hat to you in the Elevator? Ask your self if your dreaming (If the answer is “No” you may want to get off at the next floor even if its not yours! Or ask yourself if maybe this is one of those times where you are lying to yourself.) You can also use incongruities to enter a Lucid State by simply realizing that you are asleep.
Another great thing about the Human body is the fact that your body is naturally paralyzed during sleep, and this natural paralysis will keep you from “Physically” acting out your dreams – so you can rest assured that if your flying about the universe chasing rocket ships in your dreams, at least you will know that your body is still safe in bed at home.
Remember, when Lucid Dreaming you are in control of what takes place. After all, it is taking place within your head. All of the action is taking place within your mind, which gives you complete control over everything that happens to you, so make it a pleasurable experience and have some fun with it.
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