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”? More >