Lucid dreaming is when the dreamer takes control of a dream. The dreamer realises that they are dreaming and they project their consciousness into the dreamscape. Dreams are like a broadcast from your subconscious mind. They’re packed with all sorts of useful information.
Think of it this way – During the day your subconscious acts as a hard drive. You’re constantly downloading information. During the night, you stop downloading and your subconscious processes the information. By the time ‘REM sleep’ comes around, your subconscious has a written evaluation, which has been made into your very own motion picture. Your subconscious acts as your very own mental health doctor! Of course, this is a simplified analogy. I can’t even begin to comprehend how information is actually processed.
So, what are the main advantages of being lucid?
- It’s fun!
- Develop your connection with alternate reality
- Can act as a stepping stone for Astral Projection.
- You can ask your subconscious questions
- Do whatever you want, if you can imagine it, you can do it
There are so many advantages to lucid dreaming. However, there are some disadvantages that can make it much more challenging. If you’ve never experienced it, you may have to put a lot of time and effort into achieving your first lucid dream. This is because you don’t know what you’re meant to be looking for. Nobody can show you, you have to realise on your own. This can be quite frustrating and the more frustrated you get, the less likely it’s going to happen for you. You have to have the right mindset.
In my experience, I was quite lucky, I had a lucid dream by accident. I got shot in the stomach in a regular dream, I then said to myself: “Oh, it’s ok. I’m dreaming”. That just happened to be right at the end of that dream sequence. Everything went black for about 2 seconds, maybe less. The next dream sequence then came into full colour HD for me! At this point, I had become fully lucid right at the beginning of a fresh new sequence. At the time, I’d never even heard of lucid dreaming. I didn’t really have a clue what was going on. The experience didn’t last very long. Only later did I realise what had happened to me.
So, what are the main disadvantages of when your actually lucid, in full control?
- Getting excited, losing consciousness – which leads to waking up as normal
- Becoming lucid, then losing lucidity – falling back asleep
- Interrupting the dream sequence
Lucid dreaming is fun and it something to practice. However, I think the best way to get the most out of your dreams is to practice dream recall. When you have any normal dream, as soon as you wake up, keep your eyes closed. Try to recall everything that happened. Do this every single time you have a dream.
The next thing I do after recalling the dream, is to find out what the symbols mean. (Click Here for the dream dictionary website that I use). Search for the meaning of each symbol. Write down the meanings if it makes it any easier.
Take the content of the dream and apply it to your life situation. What’s going on in your life right now? What is the dream trying to show you? What problem are you ignoring? Sometimes, dream symbols have more than one meaning. Use the meaning that is most relevant. If you find that you can’t decode it and you’re really struggling, forget it and move on. Don’t try and make something up. Over time, your dreams become more frequent and more vivid.
Make sure the watch the film Inception for some ideas. Remember! Be patient! You will get there. It gets easier the more you practice – Practice, practice, practice.