what is lucid dreaming

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It’s been a while since I first started telling friends and acquaintances about how to achieve lucid dreams, and a few have reported back on their experiences to me. For the most part, they haven’t been positive!

So why aren’t they getting the lucid dreams they’re after? After a little inquiry, the general report goes something like this:

“I tried to learn lucid dreaming for a few nights, I even set up a dream journal. But after a couple of days, I hadn’t noticed any difference. I think I started to have one this one time, but I got too excited and couldn’t stay with it. I want all the fun that a lucid dream can bring, but it’s just too hard!”

I’m sure many of you have felt the same way. I know I have. Lucid dreams present a tantalizing possibility, but when we come up against difficulty, it’s easy to just get disheartened and forget about it.

But so long as we remember that anyone can have lucid dreams and we stay committed, it won’t be too long before we’re having long, fully lucid dreams.

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What is Lucid Dreaming?


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.

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