Although the term “lucid” mean clear, but lucid dreaming is more than just a clear dream. To have a lucid dream you must know an interesting fact that it is a dream while you are dreaming. It is your chance to play around with the extraordinary abilities which are buried inside unused parts of your brain. This article will guide you through the phenomenon of lucid dreaming and explain the reality associated with it. Also, this article explains the various ways of having lucid dreams.
What’s lucid dreaming?
In simple terms, it is your ability to consciously observe and control your dreams. A lucid dreamer gets his inner dream world transformed into a living alternate reality, where everything he see, feel, taste, hear and even smell is experienced as authentic as in real life. As per the scientific, research lucidity can occur during the altered states of consciousness, i.e., when you realize that you are dreaming but your brain switches into waking mode inside your dream.
The difference between normal dreaming and lucid dreaming is that, in normal dreaming your self-awareness is shut down and you feel fuzzy and distant, but in case of lucid dreaming your conscious brain wakes up during sleep. Despite of the fact that you are a superhuman or not, lucid dreaming is one of the way for you to put all the deepest areas of your brain to good use while you are sleeping. Nowadays, people are getting attracted towards lucid dreaming because they want to do things which they could never do in waking life such as fly to the moon or sun or taste the fire.
Experienced lucid dreamers are realizing the benefits of lucid dreaming and are getting more attracted to it. With practice, anyone can do lucid dreaming and use it to explore the boundaries of your own agency and limits of the universe. It is a safe and natural phenomenon. During this phenomenon, you are always asleep in your bed and you can wake yourself up at any point of time, you wish to.
Is lucid dream real?
The scientific evidence for lucid dreaming was first produced in 1975 by Keith Hearne, a British parapsychologist. He produced scientific evidence by catching the pre-determined conscious eye movements of a lucid dreaming volunteer. But later, his research started slipping from the radar of mainstream science journals, and then Stephen LaBerge, an American psychophysiologist became famous for replicating this experiment and then formally published his findings. The early traces of lucid dreaming can be found when the Tibetan Monks used to experience the phenomenon of controlling dreams for a period spanning more than thousand years as described in the philosophy of dream yoga. The concept of lucid dreaming was popularized by Celia Green, a British writer on philosophical skepticism and psychology, in 1960’s by pointing out the scientific potential of self-awareness in dreams. She was the first to connect the link between rapid eye movement sleep and false awakenings.
How to lucid dream?
Everyone dreams and therefore everyone can experience conscious dreaming. Kids learn to lucid dream without any conscious reasoning and certain medications for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease can induce lucid dreams. An important point to note is that age and cognitive ability are not the factors to be considered for lucid dreaming. Research shows that everyone will experience lucid dreaming at least once in their life while some can experience it once in a month. Experiencing a lucid dream is not that difficult after you tap into the right mechanism. To have lucid dreams easily, you need to get into the habit of recognizing the dream state. Following are some of the steps to get induced into the lucid dream.
- Reality checks: During lucid dreaming, you must be able to spot the difference between a dream and reality. You should refrain from accepting everything to be real while you are dreaming and should quickly realize that something was strange after you wake up. In this way, by integrating reality checks into your working life, you can snap your conscious mind to realize that you were sleeping.
- Meditation: Meditation results in mindfulness, which helps in practicing lucid dreams to a large extent. Meditation is considered good for improving in-dream skills such as visualization and can also help in prolonging your lucid dreams. The connection between lucid dreaming and meditation is backed by scientific studies and the main reason for this interconnection is their involvement in higher states of awareness which are optimized up to 40 Hertz or gamma bands. Some of the key benefits of this are that you become more habitually focused, reflective, and self-aware and this leads to improve your dream recall and visualization skills during lucid dreaming.
- Dream journal: In case you are a beginner of lucid dreaming, then it is important for you to keep a dream journal. It is essential that you make a note of your daily dreams and write everything you remember about your dream. You should also write the date of your dream in your journal and make the note more descriptive by identifying themes such as location, characters, sensations, objects, sounds, etc. Maintaining a journal like this will help you in improving your awareness of the dream state.
- Dream herbs: Dream herbs are shortcut to a lucid dream and red spider lily is the most reliable dream herb for inducing lucid dreams. It has an active ingredient known as galantamine which induces wild and vivid dreams and remember that these dreams are miles away from your regular dreams. Thus, you can imagine the intensity of it. Red spider lily is among the easiest way to lucid dream and it may lead to your first lucid dream because of its intense realism which triggers you to recognize that you are dreaming by creating instant lucidity and stirring your conscious brain.
Thus, you can practice one or all of these methods during the waking day or just before you are about to sleep. Then, the rest will depend on your unconscious mind to trigger you during sleep. Based on the results obtained from a study, it showed that committed students of lucid dreaming took on an average between 3 to 21 days to have their first lucid dreaming experience. Thus, it can be inferred that the first moment of lucidity is the hardest but over the time it becomes easier to program the unconscious mind for lucidity.
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