The Lucid Dreaming Experience

by Scott Morrice on 11/07/2012

I have been doing a bit of reading about the lucid dreaming experience recently.

First of all, let me start with the statement that apparently most people are not aware that they are dreaming, as they dream. And I’m not sure why that is.

But, in any event, the lucid dreaming experience is different. When you are lucid dreaming you are conscious of the fact that you are dreaming. It is akin to waking up—within your dream!

I’m not sure if this is a common phenomena, but I certainly have experienced it—though not very often, and not for a long time. I wonder if it is something that is easier to do, or if it is something that is more likely to occur, when you are younger. Perhaps as we age we get increasingly jaded, and this acts as an impediment of some kind. Much like déjà vu for example.

In any case, it has also been my experience that when I do become aware that I am in a dream, it is usually because I have just lived through an event—like flying—that all of a sudden I “know” could not have happened—unless I was dreaming.

And it is usually when I try to repeat or exploit that event—that I wake up! Sadly.

In talking to others, it would appear that there are varying degrees of involvement in lucid dreams. Some people are aware that they are lying in a bed, asleep. Some people can apparently access their waking memories. Some people, on becoming aware that they are dreaming—can modify their dreams as they go along—almost like rewriting the “script”.

Fortunately (?), lucid dreaming is a skill that can be learned. As to why you might want to do that, keep reading.

And as you practice, you get better. You can get to a place where you can practically lucid dream at will—if you want. In the beginning stages of mastery, lucid dreams only last a few seconds. And then, like me, you startle yourself, or get excited at the prospects (of flying), and you jolt yourself into full wakefulness.

What you are practicing is the ability to go into a lucid dream when you want, to stay in that state for an extended period of time, and then to manipulate your dream reality to achieve certain ends.

Apparently it helps to first exercise your ability to remember your dreams. And this is not something that comes easily to everyone. But it can be worked on by making it a goal—by actively intending it to happen—and then by recording what you can of these dreams as soon as you wake up. I am led to believe that over time this skill gets stronger.

And then, when you are lying in bed just before you go to sleep, decide on a dream—intend a certain dream—and try to reflect on that right up to the point that you fall asleep. Done properly, a certain stage of consciousness is “carried” into your sleep state, facilitating an early entry into REM sleep.

Assuming that all of this works, and you start to experience a lucid dream, relax—don’t react aggressively—just let it happen, and you are less likely to be kicked back out of it.

So, okay, why might you want to do this at all—other than to enjoy that absolutely uninhibited feeling of—(flying)?

Well, some say that lucid dreaming is the door to out-of-body experiences (OBE), sometimes referred to as—and I really hate to even write this down—astral projection. But lets not go there—for now. Lets save that for another (interesting?) post.

But another perfectly legitimate reason (and I’m not saying the first one isn’t—I’m just suggesting that this one clearly is) might, as an example, be used to reprogram our subconscious to modify, or even eliminate, some of the negative self-belief systems or fears that we have stored deep inside there.

I have already written about how hypnosis and self-hypnosis is used by our health professionals to address these issues.

Well, it has also been suggested that we can access our subconscious in our dream states. So, given that while we are in a lucid dream state we can, with practice, rewrite our dream script, as it occurs, then surely we can use that ability to target—to speak to even—our subconscious, with a view to flushing out and changing the negative habits, perceptions and the other limitations that are hiding in there.

I don’t know—but it seems worth exploring.

And then—with that behind us—we can move on to astral projection!!!

I’ll keep you posted.

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