So, lucid dreaming… for someone who’s into videogames I guess it’s only natural I get excited about this strange phenomenon that takes place only in your slumber.
If this is the first you’ve heard of “Lucid Dreaming” prepare to be blown away. Well maybe not but it is still pretty darn cool. In fact you may have already encountered it before. Basically when you’re asleep, it’s when you figure out that what you’re experiencing is nothing more than a dream. And it’s really that simple but it can lead on to so much more. Anything you can dream, you can do.
Your dreams are under your thumb, you get to choose what to experience. There really are no rules. You could dream yourself flying over New York City, walking on the moon, meeting your idol, starring in your favourite TV show, or what about bringing about the end of the world? Make the opportunity to do things you couldn’t ordinarily do in real life.
Flight is my most common experience when it comes to lucid dreaming, though I certainly want to give other things a shot. The detail is incredible, almost too realistic. For me things tend to look gritty but at the same time kind of bright, like some sort of bizarre Photoshop filter. Though sometimes you may have different degrees of lucidity. Sometimes I have full control over my surroundings and at other times I can only interact in the environment I’ve been given.
Hey there’s even useful reasons to lucid dream, not just entertainment. People have cited that it’s helpful for conquering fears, practising events in advance and all sorts. Now you’re really making the most of your day.
So you interested yet? There is so much to explore when it comes to lucid dreaming. Everyone can do it but it still remains largely unknown to most people. I’m currently reading Exploring the World of Lucid Dreams by Stephen LaBerge. Everyone on the Dream Views forums has suggested it’s a must read for all prospective dream hackers. It’s packed with quite a lot of info so I’ve put it aside for a while to find some time to process it all.
I’ve only had a small number of lucid dreams this year. I must admit, apart from keeping a dream journal I haven’t been trying that hard. I’m a long way off from becoming an expert but here’s a few beginner’s tips…
- Keep a dream journal – this is the best way to improve your dream recall. Make this your first step. Immediately when you wake up, rush to your diary and pour down that stream of consciousness onto that blank page. You must do it before it starts to fade and disappear from your mind completely. The brain is good like that.
- Ask yourself if you’re awake – if something strange stands out to you in your waking life, ask yourself the question, “Am I awake?”. Just make sure to do it silently if there’s people nearby. Straight jackets probably aren’t the best look for you.
- Take a reality test – there’s a number of “reality testing” techniques you should try. Perform one of them after asking yourself the above question:
- Check any text around you, look away and look back again. It should change if you’re dreaming.
- Look at your hands. Stare right at them. If anything bizarre starts happening, again chances are you’re dreaming.
Remember that learning the art of the lucid dream requires the patience of a surgeon, it’s not something you’re going to learn overnight. And everyone has their own methods. Just keep at it, try certain techniques for a while. If they don’t succeed, try a new set of techniques. You’re bound to find out what works best for you eventually.