Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dream

Lucid Dream

Lucid dreaming often gets lumped in with near-death and out-of-body experiences. They’re all thought of as windows on a reality that’s normally closed to us. In one sense that’s true. They aren’t part of our normal reality. But lucid dreaming is not like the other two. NDEs and OBEs are usually the result of trauma or other radically altered states, such as anesthesia or the effects of other drugs. Those are not the kinds of experiences you want to have any more often than you have to. Lucid dreaming, on the other hand, is something you can do every day with no ill effects. If anything, people say it makes their lives better.

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.

rjb

4 comments for “Lucid Dreaming

  1. February 17, 2013 at 13:05

    This is neat. I read something about lucid dreaming not long ago. I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing! It has helped me to understand some recurring dreams and therefore identify what was the concern. I no longer have nightmares since I discovered I could control the dream while it is happening, or deconstruct its meaning later.
    The mind is a wonderous thing…even when muddled or addled, like mine! 🙂

    • February 17, 2013 at 13:49

      Yes, the mind is wonderful. It can give us the nightmares, and give us a way out of them, too.-)

      rjb

  2. February 21, 2013 at 03:57

    I know this isn’t lucid dreaming….
    But I have the distinct memory about when I was little……….that I could tread air. Just like being in the swimming pool except that I was moving around our house treading air. Going from room to room.

    • February 21, 2013 at 09:20

      So you dreamed that you could tread air, but you weren’t aware you were dreaming at the time?

      rjb

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