REBECCA TURNER: “9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Lucid Dream”

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Here is my list of the 9 reasons why everyone should lucid dream. These include profound benefits that touch all of us, no matter our culture, beliefs or life circumstances. Ultimately, I think all of these benefits put together would play a serious role in advancing the human race, if only it was something that came naturally to all of us. What I’m really saying is: lucidity is a powerful mental tool like no other.

1. Lucid dreaming creates freedom and escapism.

This is probably the one and only reason most people initially pursue consciousness in dreams — to have sex with their secret crush, to re-enact a day in the life of Jack Bauer, or to fly like an eagle over breathtaking scenery. We all have unfulfilled desires and lucidity is an amazing way to experience them in stunning realism. It is our natural virtual reality headset, our one portal to other worlds where we can temporarily escape this reality and live the life of our dreams… Literally.

If you’re not a lucid dreamer, think of this escapism as akin to watching a movie or diving into a novel. But here, you are the central protagonist and all the characters, plot twists and epiphanies are profoundly tailored to your needs. An experienced oneironaut can manifest anything they want in a guided dream, or they can let the dream movie play out of its own volition. This gives us both the ultimate power to create any situation imaginable, and the thrill of being presented with unexpected twists and turns produced by our own subconscious.

Many people never get over the need for escapism in lucid dreams. The important thing is to remember — at least every now and then — to reach beyond the novelty value and see the potential of conscious dreaming as it truly stands.

2. Lucid dreaming reveals the power of your brain.

When you become conscious in the dream state, you have an astonishing opportunity to experience a vivid and tangible dreamworld that is not actually real. Probably the most shocking example of this is a false awakening, where the dreamer becomes convinced they are awake — so vivid is the detail of the dream. Think about that: in a sleep state, where your body is processing only the tiniest amounts of external stimulus, your internal world is as rich as it ever was. Your brain realistically reproduces a world with tables, buildings, gravity, air, emotions, atoms (in fact anything you can conceive of) and it’s very lifelike. While limited to the scope of your subconscious imagination, the lucid dream world is still a shocking place which truly has the capacity to mimic reality.

3. Lucid dreaming prompts us to question the nature of reality.

In questioning the nature of our perception, it naturally leads us to question the nature of reality — that is, the world as it exists around us. Some New Age philosophies suggest that consciousness creates reality, but I tend to believe it is the other way around. The universe was born first and did rather well for 12 billion years before the little critters on planet Earth developed consciousness. But why did it all happen? Does our very existence spring from another universe? Are we a hypothetical outcome — Schrodinger’s living cat? Or is ours the only universe, the only reality, in existence?

These are important theoretical questions but ones which can only really be pondered by stepping outside the box of everyday thinking. And lucid dreaming provides a useful platform. For instance, we can ask: where do our dreams take place? Why, when dreams are solely based on our conscious experiences, do we let them disobey the fundamental laws of cause and effect? What can dreams teach us about the nature of reality? And how can we use lucid dreaming as a lens on our conscious experience?

Of course we can have no definitive answers, all we can do is theorize. But I think it is very exciting to use lucid dreaming as a tool to do so.

4. Lucid dreaming is a direct line to the subconscious mind.

Eat your heart out Sigmund Freud. Lucid dreamers can literally talk to their own subconscious mind in the dreamscape.

I once had a nightmare, in which I was being flung by a dark pointy figure up and down a narrow hallway. I wasn’t lucid at first, although I was conscious enough to feel pain and each smack really hurt. After two or three smashes I had the conscious insight to ask whether I was dreaming. Of course I was. I didn’t waste any time; I marched up to the silhouette man and grab him by the shoulders.

“WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!” I shouted. His aggression immediately turned to sadness and childish frustration. “I can’t reconcile this,” he said, and shoved a notepad in my hands. He has scrawled the words “be loved, love yourself”, referring to a philosophical debate I had been having earlier that day: Is it more important to love yourself, or love someone else?

Clearly, my conclusion was at odds with my subconscious. There was absolutely no symbolism required. My inner child was acting out with a massive tantrum — and demanded my attention. Yet it is only when lucid that I have the opportunity to resolve such issues face-to-face.

Instead of fearing the pointy figure or wanting to banish him, I now felt empathy for him. He hadn’t understood. So I explained my reasons as if he were a child. Draining away both physically and emotionally, the creature left and I woke up in awe of the childish element that arose from my subconscious self.

5. Lucid dreaming is a training ground for real life.

Being a virtual reality simulation, the lucid dream world is an ideal place to practice real life skills – from the perfect flying kick to playing classical piano.

Research has revealed that we can increase our procedural memory for fine muscle movements inside a lucid dream. So, after practicing flying kicks for half an hour in a lucid dream, your kicks would literally be better upon waking.

Likewise, in the book Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold, a surgeon explains how, before going to sleep at night, he would review his surgical cases for the next day. Then he would become lucid in his dreams and practice them in precise detail. As a result, he was able to refine and polish his techniques and perform procedures much faster than the average surgeon. He credited his edge to lucid dreaming.

6. Lucid dreaming creates a natural high.

The moment when you recognize that you’re dreaming, it creates a rush of excitement. It’s when you realize that you are back in lucid land, where anything and everything is possible. This natural high stays with you throughout the dream and on waking. A deliciously memorable lucid dream has colored many of my waking days.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an expert oneironaut, we all relish the state of conscious dreaming and take away blissful new experiences almost every time it happens. Such dreams can be euphoric in nature and create memories and insights that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It’s probably one of the best natural highs we are capable of creating, in the same class as jumping out of a plane or falling in love.

7. Lucid dreaming helps you to grieve.

Often when we lose loved ones, we have the sense that there is some unfinished business. Whether the death comes suddenly without warning, or slowly and predictably, we would all take that opportunity to have another hour with the deceased. Depending on your beliefs, you may feel the deceased has messages for you (reflections after life is over) and you, too, may have messages for them (unresolved feelings of guilt or anger or simply how much you miss them). So, how do you resolve your unfinished business?

I don’t believe that spirits contact us from the afterlife, and the idea of contacting lost loved ones via psychic mediums is a sad state. (I used to believe; how painfully funny it is to look back at the messages I used to “make fit” with my reality. But no, after much experience and critical thinking, I strongly believe mediums are tricking their customers or tricking themselves – or both.) The idea of spirits appearing in our dreams is equally unsatisfying for me.

However, dreams of the dead do have a capacity for grief and healing. You just have to accept that the deceased are not actually visiting you — and that it’s just a part of your own subconscious mind playing a role. These dreams tend to occur naturally when you are grieving the loss of someone close to you; thoughts of them during the day will filter into your dreams. But if your loved one doesn’t appear to you at night, or you just miss them and want to give them a hug, then dreaming lucidly about them is a wonderful proposition.

Lucid dreams offer us the closure we need to overcome our grief and move on with our lives. That’s not to say we want to forget. A lucid experience can enable us to consciously visit any period in our past and re-live those memories; playtime with a childhood pet, conversations with a late parent, and intimacy with a lost partner are all ways to grieve and remember loved ones.

8. Lucid dreaming is like taking a creativity pill.

We all know that regular dreams can be a bizarre place of inspiration… and when conscious dreaming, we can actively seek out creative ideas and bring them back to the waking world.

Famous painters like Salvador Dali, William Blake and Paul Klee all created artwork inspired by their dreams.

If you’re seeking artistic inspiration while lucid, head into a gallery and study the images you find there. They may arise from your memory, subconscious creativity, or a combination of both. But best of all, they will contain elements of your conceptual understanding of the world, which can make for beautiful and baffling interpretations.

Equally, lucid dreams can give way to amazing musical inspiration. Composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner all pointed to dreams as the source of their creativity. Dreams reveal our most creative side because of the free-flow of ideas arising from the subconscious mind, unhindered by the rational conscious.

9. Lucid dreaming can advance the human race.

I believe that if every human being became a frequent lucid dreamer starting tonight, our culture, art, technology, medicine, science and even religion would quickly develop in a whole new direction. Imagine if every inventor suddenly had a breakthrough lucid dream about a new invention? If every artist suddenly began producing subconsciously-inspired artwork? If every scientist could suddenly solve advanced problems that had previously left them stumped?

In short, if we all had access to lucid dreams and used them in a productive capacity, we would tap into greater power within. The entire human race would be enriched as a result, individually… and universally.

 

 

~via BodyMindSoulSpirit.com

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NAVEEN KUMAR: “Lucid Dreaming… Exploring Inner Dimensions”

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“And in dreams the mind beholds its own immensity.

~Naveen Kumar

 

Dreaming is surely be considered the most wonderful mysteries of the sleep; then how much more so must be considered the lucid dream, in which dreamers know that they are dreaming and are in a certain sense awake, and yet are in deep asleep. A very sensitive state of consciousness that differs from the ordinary dream state. And in dreams the mind beholds its own immensity. What has been seen is seen again, and what has been heard is heard again. What has been felt in different places or faraway regions returns to the mind again.  Seen and unseen, heard and unheard, felt and not felt, the mind sees all, since the mind is all.

During sleep the soul moves from one plane of consciousness to another. The soul is like a free bird. If the physical consciousness wants to observe what the soul is doing, it has to allow itself to be molded and guided by the soul’s light. Only then can one expect to be conscious twenty-four hours a day. If you wish to be more conscious of your experiences during sleep, the best thing to do is to spend more time in meditation.

DREAMS vs LUCID DREAMS

In the dream state the doors or windows of the senses are shut. The mind remains alone and plays. It is the subject and it is the object. It projects various sorts of objects like space, mountains, rivers, gardens, etc., from its own body from the material collected during the waking state. It manufactures curious mixtures and marvelous combinations. Sometimes the experiences of the previous births that are lodged in the causal body flash out during the dreaming state. Where as in Lucid dreaming, the dreamer is partly conscious or awake and aware of his dream state and he can also experience the realities of both physical and dream planes.

In lucid dreams, people witness strange sensations and events and that usually does not seem in the material world. These sensations includes, finding yourself in the middle of chaos, flying alone in the space, free-falling, sleep paralysis etc.

The experience of sleep paralysis occurs when your mind partly wakes up, but your body remains asleep. Physically asleep, you stay paralyzed. But mentally conscious, you may start to panic and the half-dreaming mind conjures up nightmarish images to explain what is happening, often based on cultural beliefs.

One more interesting thing about lucid dreaming is, it is possible to be lucid and have little control over dream content, and conversely, to have a great deal of control without being explicitly aware that you are dreaming. Once lucid, dreamers usually choose to do something permitted only by the extraordinary freedom of the dream state. One can have the choice to control on dream events. For example, you could continue with whatever you were doing when you became lucid, with the added knowledge that you are dreaming.

LUCID DREAMS AND OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE (OBE)

Studies says, OBE is also considered as a type of lucid dream. Both includes the techniques that are virtually identical to Wake Induced Lucid Dreams. They are virtually the same phenomenon. Out of body experiences are personal experiences during which people feel as if they are perceiving the physical world from a location outside of their physical bodies. The human consciousness separating from the human body and traveling in a discorporate form in the physical world. During an OBE, even though you experience your consciousness outside your body, still linked to your physical body (Like Anchoring a boat to the shore). Here comes the difference in OBE vs Astral Projection, where consciousness completely get separated and moves freely out-of-body and receives not commands from physical body. And it’s entirely depends on the person who is experiencing and controlling the process. When the experience is over, you return to your body and merge your consciousness back into it.

With great practice and concentration, one can easily convert OBE to an astral projection. We can say astral projection is a well-controlled lucid dreaming.  However astral projection is also possible without having lucid dreaming. To achieve perfection in Astral projection, one need to have an absolute knowledge about the physical body, controlling the senses and extreme concentration levels.

Benefits of Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams give the most wonderful experience to the one who is practicing in his/her life.

1 .  The main thing that attracts people to lucid dreaming is the potential for wild adventure and fantasy fulfillment.

2 .  Lucid dreaming may well be the basis of the most effective therapy for nightmares.

3.  By properly practicing and controlling Lucid dreaming, one can expand their limits of consciousness.

4.  As lucid dreaming creates a bridge between unconscious mind and conscious mind, lucid dreaming may well be the basis of the Astral projection.

5.  With Lucid dreaming one can experience limitless freedom from the material world.

6.  With lucid dreaming, one can experience unlimited freedom and can explore the world/realms beyond the physical/material world.

7.  Lucid dreaming breaks the boundaries and incredibly improves your creative potential.

8.  Useful in healing: Healing always starts from a thought that “you are going to heal”. So by training your mind, you are going to heal your mental health and by healing your physical health.

 

 

“We are asleep. Our life is a dream. But we wake up, sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.”  

~Ludwlg Wlttgenstein 

 

 

 

~via enlightened-consciousness.com

SPIRITUAL UNITE: “Benefits of Lucid Dreaming — 5 Tips You Can Use Now”

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There are many benefits of lucid dreaming, I don’t know where to begin. The main benefits of lucid dreaming is that you can nurture stress relief while you are dreaming.

For me that’s the main benefits of lucid dreaming, however there are many other benefits lucid dreaming which can aid you in your life. I have listed all the lucid dream experiences I have encountered.

Benefits of Lucid Dreaming (Lucid Dreaming Side Effects)

Stress Relief –One of the benefits of lucid dreaming, as mentioned above is to relief stress. If you are feeling very stressful in your life, it can be very helpful to key into a lucid dream, and take a vacation anywhere you like for free. You can use sex in your lucid dreams to relief stress, or you can act out your fantasy where you are beating the bad guys. All these represent eliminating all stress factors you have in the moment.

Solve Problems –Numerous mathematicians and scientists observed this to be best benefits of lucid dreaming. You can think about your problems you are facing in your dream. Since your brain is working in a different way in a dream, new connections can be made which were not possible before, so you may come up with new ways to solve problems. You can also use lucid dreams to try out life problems and see how they play out in your dream.

Boost in Creativity –Most people are super creative when they lucid dream. According to history some inventors and painters used lucid dreams to find ideas which they have used in real life. There are musicians who can compose real music in their dreams. Even if you are not a creative person, your brain can make new connections when you are dreaming, this is free creativity on the subconscious level, you can take this creativity into your real life.

Practice Your Skills –According to experts, in a lucid dream you can practice skills physically and improve them. Many professionals like, pilots, surgeons and martial arts practitioners have been known to practice their skills with lucid dreams. This is one of the amazing benefits of lucid dreaming, you can use it to make solid connections in your brain and these actions can become natural.

Facing Your Fears –Many people use lucid dreams to face their fears. You can use your lucid dreams to face your worst fear, you would do this  slowly, you know you can wake up. Slowly you can conquer your worst fears with lucid dreaming. I have overcome many fears, I never enjoyed doing them but the benefits were immense.

There are many more benefits of lucid dreaming, they are the ones I have used and hear from other people. I believe the best way to experience these benefits is that you should start doing them.

 

 

 

 

 

~via spiritualunite.com

AARON WEIS, CH: “Herbal Oneirogens ~ Hidden Realms Of Your Dream World At Your Finger Tips”

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