Brainwave entrainment technology, also known as binaural beat technology, represents a new way to alter our consciousness. Binaural beats can be used to create drug-like effects on the brain, encourage meditation and also improve the possibility of lucid dreaming.
While it may sound strange, binaural beat technology utilizes nothing but sound files played through stereo headphones. In one ear, a certain pitch is played, and in the other a slightly higher or lower pitch. When listened to, the brain synchronizes these two pitches and a wavering sound can be heard. These differing sounds alter the relationship between the left and right sides of the brain. The resulting effects depend on the two pitches and the distance between the two tones.
Does it Really Work?
The company i-Doser, which works in binaural beat technology, offers a “Lucid Dream” mp3 specifically designed to encourage the chance of lucid dreams, and improve your in-dream memory. I’ve used this audio file on a number of occasions, and have generally had more success than I have when sleeping without any lucid dream aids. More >
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”? More >
When we’re in a dream, we usually don’t consider that we aren’t in the waking world. No matter how bizarre the events that happen around us (the dead coming back to life, the ability to fly, being in a foreign country) we accept what is happening as reality. In a lucid dream, however, we realize that we’re currently in the dream world, and that everything around us isn’t real in the usual sense. Once this happens, we can use our conscious mind to guide the direction the dream takes, and the results can be incredible.
Lucid dreaming occurs during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. REM sleep occurs when the body is most deeply asleep, occurring in patters after five or six hours of sleeping. During this time, the mind is just as conscious as it is when we’re awake, while our body remains fully unconscious, or perhaps in sleep paralysis.
If you’ve seen the film “Waking Life”, you might know a little about lucid dreams already. You can fully enjoy the regular craziness of dreams while totally aware, have sex with whoever you want, however you want, and come to terms with your fears and nightmares.
While we can influence the direction our lucid dreams take, there’s still a fair amount of the dream that is beyond our control. This level of dreaming comes from the deepest part of our subconscious, and lucid dreaming gives us a deeper insight into this realm.
This is the second in Psychic-Dream.com’s series on having lucid dreams. Following these methods is really not too difficult, and adapting them to your life will greatly improve your odds of having awareness of your dream world.
In this section we’re going to look at a great way to encourage lucid dreams: Starting a dream journal. Just get an empty book (a large one, because you’ll be doing a lot of writing) and keep it with a pen next to your bed. When you wake up during the night or in the morning, write down any dreams that you can remember STRAIGHT AWAY. Try not to move in bed too much (don’t keep your journal somewhere you can’t reach from bed) because you’ll start to forget your dream. Write down absolutely everything you can remember, no matter how insignificant it might appear. Also, try to write without paying too much attention to what you’re writing down. If you start thinking for too long on a certain moment of the dream, you might forget other aspects of it. Just let it flow out. It’s also a good idea to mark the date of each dream you have.
This is the first in a series on getting you to have lucid dreams, where you’re able to be completely conscious of your dreams and manipulate the experience to your liking. Lucid dreaming can help you conquer fears, come to terms with loss and increase your spiritual awareness. It can also function as something of a gateway to having out of body experiences.
The requirements for getting yourself to have a lucid dream are simple enough, but it can take a while and you’ll need to stick to it. What’s especially difficult is that you’ll have to alter your habits when you’re at your laziest. That is, when you first wake up after a deep sleep.
The key to having a lucid dream is to gain the ability to realize that you’re dreaming. There are many techniques and tricks to doing this, but we’ll just focus on a few of the popular and simple methods for the time being.