Dreaming is a process that the majority of the population, if not everyone, go through it every day. For the couple of seconds the person dreams – whether the dream is bad, or good – it feels like it is real until the dream reaches the peak and the person wakes up.
Individuals have different viewpoints when it comes to dreams. Some of them might be fans of them and don’t ever want to wake up, while, there are some who are afraid to go to sleep precisely because of dreaming. And, some people take dreaming to a whole new level. Take, for instance, some dream obsessed people, record their dream after they wake up, or write them down in notes to remember and share them with friends. I mean, yes, the details matter a lot when you want to share it with someone close.
Something else worth mentioning – that most probably you are aware of by now – is that there are different types of dreams. Daydreams – when a person’s brain and imagination wander around between the consciousness and the sleeping state of mind. Nightmares – when the dream seems too real and this leads to the person waking up in panic and not wanting to go back to sleep. Recurring dreams – the ones that keep repeating over weeks, months, or sometimes even years. Lucid dreams – are the ones when you “wake up,” while dreaming.
As you can see, there are different kinds of dreams, however, above we listed the ones that occur most of the time. Also, the meaning of each and every one of them varies from one another. What we are here for today, is talk about the last one, Lucid dreams.
What Exactly Is Lucid Dreaming?
According to the Urban Dictionary, the meaning of Lucid Dreaming reads as below:
A lucid dream is where you are dreaming, but you’re aware at the fact that you’re dreaming. Once you conclude the fact that you are aware of your dream, you can control anything in it. You can fly, walk on walls, make people appear, bend reality, change the environment, teleport. The possibilities are endless.
Have you ever found yourself dreaming and all of a sudden you realize you are actually on the dream able to manage it? Well, if you just said yes, then what you have experienced is known as lucid dreaming.
According to Medical News Today, it has gotten more attention than ever by movies, such Inception. This is how a character from the movie puts this:
Well, dreams, they feel real while we’re in them right? It’s only when we wake up then we realize that something was actually strange.
Some of the people are able to enter a dream, besides that, be fully aware of it. As specialists explain, lucid dreaming is when “within a dream, the dreamer while dreaming, is aware that they are dreaming.”
The very first record of lucid dreaming appears to feature in the treatise On Dreams by the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. In it, he describes an instance of self-awareness during a dream state. This is what he wrote:
“[If] the sleeper perceives that he is asleep, and is conscious of the sleeping state during which the perception comes before his mind, it presents itself still, but something within him speaks to this effect: ‘The image of Koriskos presents itself, but the real Koriskos is not present.'”
How To Lucid Dream?
There are some individuals out there who want to try and achieve lucid dreaming, and, some who have already experienced it, want to perfect it.
According to a study which was conducted by Dr. Aspy, and colleagues shows that there are three common techniques when it comes to lucid dreaming.
1. Reality Testing
Reality testing involves verifying whether you are dreaming, both in real life and during a dream. For instance, throughout the day, a person may want to ask themselves “am I dreaming right now?” as they try to make their hand pass through a solid wall. This technique relies on intention. In real life, the wall will remain solid and impenetrable, while in a dream the hand will easily pass through.
Another “reality check” is rereading a line of text. In reality, if we read the text on a poster, for instance, it will stay the same when we reread it. In a dream, however, the text will constantly shift. Conducting these experiments repeatedly throughout the day may make it easier to remember to conduct them during a dream state, thus allowing the dreamer to gain awareness of the dream.
2. Waking Back To Bed
The ‘waking back to bed’ technique requires setting an alarm to wake up the sleeper after about 5 or 6 hours of going to sleep.
After the person is awake, he/she should remain awake for a while, before going to bed again. This technique is supposed to immerse the sleeper immediately into REM, the phase of sleep during which they are more likely to experience a lucid dream.
3. Mnemonic Induction
The third technique, Mnemonic Induction requires intent and lots of practice.
With mnemonic induction, a person must repeat to themselves, just before going to bed, a phrase such as “tonight, I will notice that I am dreaming,” so as to “program” themselves to achieve in-dream lucidity.
The Dangers Of Lucid Dreaming
According to HowToLucid, there are a few dangers that come along with lucid dreaming, nevertheless, they are not as huge as, take, for instance, diving with sharks, climbing a tree, or train surfing. The risks are very low and tiny, so, here’s a list of the most common dangers. Reality vs dreaming, addiction, false awakenings, controlling, are just a few of the main ‘dangers.’ You can read about it here.
This article serves solely for informational purposes.