Posted by Sierra
There’s a world that only you can control. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. The air is fresh and the breeze is great. You can reach up and grab the stars or better yet, be the first person to walk on the sun. And the best part is, you can do it all in the warmness of your bed.
So, you might be wondering “What is lucid dreaming?” Well, good. You’ve come to the right place. A lucid dream is any dream in which you realize that you are dreaming. You have full conscientiousness while you are asleep. This realization leads you to be able to control any aspect of the dream. Sounds cool doesn’t it?
I’ve been lucid dreaming for as long as I can remember. The other kids used to laugh at me when I said that I could control my dreams. But it’s not weird at all. Anyone can do it. So why should you? Lucid dreaming has many benefits.
Be more in control.
When you lucid dream you have the ability to do whatever you want. You can pause, fast forward, or rewind the dream. You can even change the scene and make objects appear or disappear. Some people love to fly in their dreams.
Death doesn’t mean dead.
Many people believe that if you die in your dream, you die in real life. The only way someone would die from a dream is if they were scared into a heart attack by a nightmare. By controlling your dreams, there’s a much lower chance of having a nightmare. If you are scared into a nightmare, try to blink your eyes because people don’t blink in dreams. This causes your mind to “wake up.” Falling in a dream will also wake you up so you can try to jump off of something.
What causes lucid dreams?
People become conscious during dreams when they realize something out of the ordinary or when they notice something extremely detailed. There are certain things in a dream that can cause you to become conscious like:
- Looking at a clock & seeing a major time difference (Like from 1pm to 11:39am)
- Looking in a mirror (Warning: May throw you into a nightmare)
- Looking at your hands
- Not feeling pain (Some people may still feel pain)
Thinking about your dreams can help you to lucid dream. before you go to bed every night try planning out how you want your dreams to go then constantly repeat to yourself that you will remember your dream. Once you wake up, before doing anything else, write down as much about your dream as you can possibly remember. Dreams are extremely easy to forget because they aren’t really memories, but rather figments of your imagination. The longer you hold off logging your dream, the more you will forget about it. Constantly asking yourself if you are awake or asleep also helps, as well as constantly doing something such as pinching yourself, spinning a top, or looking at your hands. The more you consciously do something, the more you will do it in a dream. If you were dreaming and asked yourself if you were asleep, your mind would suddenly begin to notice anything that is out of the ordinary. Everything will suddenly appear to be so detailed that you can see each of the veins on a leaf. If you pinch yourself and don’t feel pain you will know that it’s a dream, if you spin a top it will never stop spinning, and if you look at your hand you will realize that the detail is beyond what you normally see.
Once you become more experienced you can create your own world. You can create a beautiful island with your own imaginary animals and pretend spouse. The air in your lucid dream will be the purest you’ve ever inhaled. Once you lucid dream, you’ll never get enough of it. You will always want more, and your dreamworld will become your place of solace.
If dreams interest you, you will probably enjoy the movie “Inception“.
About SierraI'm an accounting major at Texas State University with a passion for all things international. I'm going to learn Russian, Portuguese, Italian, and possibly German one day. I've been speaking Spanish for 8 years and my dream is to one day travel across Latin America. DREAM Act 2015!
Posted on May 9, 2012, in Entertainment and tagged dream, Dream journal, Inception, Light-emitting diode, Lucid dream, Psychology, Social Sciences, Theories and Research. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.