Another indication that they’re different is that, while a high percentage of the material on NDEs and OBEs concentrates on the magical and mystical, many of the people talking about lucid dreaming just want to sell you stuff. Supposedly their products will allow you to enjoy lucid dreaming with next to no effort.
Lucid dreaming is defined as dreaming while aware one is dreaming. It may or may not include the ability to control the dream. There are all sorts of tips on how to do it. Here’s one that I know works. When you go to bed, spend a few moments going backwards through that day’s activities. When you wake up, spend a few moments going backwards through that night’s dreams. You should have your first lucid dream within a week.
Lucid dreams have mystical associations. The truth is, they’re just fun.