There are a number of commonly discussed advantages of lucid dreaming. Some of these are the ability to rehearse real-life scenarios, to practice mental tasks we’re working on in life, and in the case of Tibetan Buddhists, to get ourselves ready and able for when we cross over to the spirit world.
There’s another big advantage to lucid dreaming, one that makes it incredibly important for today’s world: The ability to question what is happening around us.
It’s no secret that in today’s society, we live with a great deal of control from others over our lives. We’re forced to work long hours, pay for things we don’t really need, and keep our thoughts and actions in line with what is generally acceptable. After September 11, many were afraid to go against the media and Government-driven campaign of patriotism and fear, and those that did were often unwilling to take real action to stop two unnecessary wars.
This same acceptance of what is happening can be seen in our dreams. We could be sailing on the Titanic, being stalked by zombies or at a news conference with our pants down, and still not question the reality of what is happening around us. If we’re able to accept these fanciful situations as reality, what kind of mutations of the real world could we be willing to accept as “the way things are”?
When I was a child and was on holidays from school, I would always dream that I was back in the classroom working. This theme came about later in life as I dreamed that I was still at old jobs I hated and had left or been fired from. At some point in these dreams, I would realize that I was on holiday or had a new job, and I would do my best to try and escape the place I was at, without my teachers or boss finding out.
These dreams were always accompanied by the feeling that I was doing something bad. Even when I became somewhat aware that I was within a dream, I still felt like I was going to get into trouble for leaving the place I should be.
Obviously, all of these feelings were in my own head, and the guilt I felt was completely unwarranted. Guilt is one of the driving factors in leading us to not question the world around us, and everyone from Jesus to Nietzsche have spoken of how useless an emotion it is. We’re afraid to question the system that we’re a part of, as we’re afraid that someone will in turn question us for not falling in line. And then who knows what they’ll find out?
Once we learn how to lucid dream, however, we realize that those feelings of guilt are entirely in our own heads. If we simply stand up and say, “This is bullshit!”, we won’t get in trouble, the forces we were afraid of simply disappear. When we have the courage to stand up and face situations we’re afraid of, we realize there was nothing to fear, and that the only concerns that existed were invented by our minds.
Of course, the practicality of the world is such that the forces aiming to keep us imprisoned and feeling guilty are not so easy to overcome. But by gaining the ability to lucid dream, we gain the courage to question the reality that is presented to us, and to start accessing the arena of what really exists.
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