“And in dreams the mind beholds its own immensity.“
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.”