Lucid Dreaming is the act of dreaming and being aware that you are in a dream. Why is this so great? Because by being conscious in your dream, the next step is to control what you do and where you are in your dream. Say you want to fly around, when you begin to control your lucid dream it is possible as there are no more boundaries of reality. (Reminds me of the Movie Matrix).
Anyway Lucid Dreaming can be great for many reasons, some people use lucid dreaming to solve problems in what was lost time, other use it to analyze their dreams and psychology, and yet other just want to have fun. Whatever your reason, Lucid Dreaming is highly recommended.
Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started.
What does it mean?
In the study of dreams, it was Frederik Van Eeden who came up with the name ‘Lucid Dreaming’. This specifies the state of your being in a dream and yet being conscious of what you are dreaming about. But the level of your lucidity solely depends on your mental strength and stability to focus or center on this particular dream and to be able to control it to whatever degree required. This can be impulsive or planned. There are many instances where people do not realize that they are having a lucid dream and it may seem to them that they are awake. But this is not so; this is far from our physical nature where we are completely aware and awake.
Does it really help you?
Desire to learn and remain strongly focused is a very crucial requirement. It is not at all difficult, but becomes an intense performance. This can be achieved by anyone who is interested in the ‘dream’ world and has the capability to recollect those dreams and not forget them. You can actually for a long period of time be in control and make whatever changes or decisions needed to be taken. This is your sheet of blank paper, feel free to create what you want. You have the freedom to bring in or do away with any character or things that you want. It is a great feeling to be completely in control, isn’t it?
Be experimental and be free, and you never know what you can create. In a way you will also learn more about the spiritual side of you, the side that is unseen and yet exists. It gets you in touch with it and creates a kind of relationship between your natural and mystical self. There are two halves of every person, discover and learn to love the other half. Give your dream the direction that you want by being in control and being free. More than any other virtual reality show is Lucid Dreaming, which is your very own and more realistic. It is not time bound but is ‘self centric’, depending on your need to dream and create a lucid state where you are, where you want to be.
How do I start?
This may be your question. It is not tough. First of all you should be sure whether you want to be lucid in your dreams. The next is you just need to keep telling yourself that you want to be lucid and fully aware in your dreams. By repeating this, you are actually creating a powerful base in your subconscious, which is the key to effective Lucid Dreaming. Without which it will become a little difficult. Prepare well and in advance.
Then learn to accept it as a natural occurrence that most people have every night. But you say to yourself, that you are able to be lucid in your dreams, rather than just ordinarily dream. This brings you one step closer.
After this, encourage yourself to feel eager and happy about becoming aware and lucid in your dreams. If you are unsure or hesitant, then try to remove that feeling, as it will create an unseen wall for you, in your path to discover lucid dreaming. Be strong and sure in your decision and don’t falter from that.
When you realize that you have finally opened your inner self and permitted lucid dreams to have control over you, then you are finally ready to imply some methods to make it a success.
It is commonly used and is very effective in the field of Lucid Dreaming. This can be done every night before you go to bed. It is called the ‘Castaneda Approach’, which is good and effective for beginners. Here is what you are supposed to do every night:
1. Seat yourself comfortably on your bed and calm yourself down by telling yourself that you are forgetting all that occurred through the day.
2. Look at an object and focus and in a calm manner tell yourself when you dream tonight it will be with the help of this object.
3. Keep looking at the object and repeat to yourself mentally, when you see this object, you will know you are dreaming.
4. At this point you might get a little cross eyed and drowsy, but continue repeating the intention to get lucid.
5. After a few minutes when you are too exhausted or drowsy, quit doing this. But remind yourself one last time and lie yourself down.
6. When you awaken at night, ask yourself if you saw that object in your dreams. If not, don’t sweat. Keep doing this regularly every night and make sure that the atmosphere is conducive to your experiment.
7. It is guaranteed, after a few days you will see that object in your dreams. In fact when it happens, you will feel exalted and know that this is a ‘dream’. Don’t lose control but very calmly go through the entire dream and savor it completely. Afterwards, when you awake, take time out to write down in detail the events that took place in your Lucid Dream. Go ahead and create a dream diary, listing all the details.
Practice makes one perfect
If you want to be an expert in Lucid Dreaming, you need to make it a practice, for only this will make you perfect. Make it a point to wake yourself up and remember the last dream, as much in detail as you can. Your intention means everything. Be confident about being lucid in the next dream, it helps. Any musical instrument is not learnt overnight, but only through rigorous practice schedules. So is it with Lucid Dreaming
After many weeks, you still are not lucid? This may be due to some internal constraining factors, which could be any of these. Either you are afraid, your interest is half baked because you don’t really believe in it, you think it requires more effort, you are too tired to practice or try to remember the dreams, your life is too stressful and you cannot concentrate. We need to first start by facing these little fears and creating a congenial environment for Lucid Dreaming. If you are able to do so, you are well on your way to successfully be in control of your dreams.