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You and I dream every night. Every night, when we have fallen asleep, we dream! And yet, most people rarely remember their dreams. This is not a coincidence, it is just the way we have been brought up to think about our dreaming life. After all, aren’t dreams nothing more than just some imaginary hallucination?
Well, as it turns out, this is not true. The truth is that our waking reality resembles the reality within dreams to such a great extent that, judging from brain activity, there is almost no difference. From the point of view of the lucid dreamer, who has learned to become consciously aware inside the dream world, the world around her indeed is quite realistic!
So why does this matter? So what if the dream world is realistic? Well, I’m glad you asked. There are a couple of good reasons.
Become aware in a beautiful, vast and strange world
First of all: lucid dreaming is simply amazing. Becoming aware in another beautiful, vast, and slightly strange world is in and of itself an eye-opening experience. Flying over cities, visiting any landscape you can possibly imagine, or watching the Earth from the moon. All of this and more is completely possible. However, there is more than fun to lucid dreaming.
Solve your meaningless worries
All stress and anxiety comes from the same source: thoughts that project into the future or worry about the past. You will find that there is no room for these meaningless issues in lucid dreams, because your mind is operating in a different way. Learn about this creative way the mind works in lucid dreams, and find out how to apply this knowledge to your waking life.
Master skills by reinforcing neural pathways
Scientific research has shown again and again that visualization aids performance as much as physically performing. Furthermore, symbolic learning theory tells us how important the role of images are in developing a skill. Mental blueprints are created in order to accomplish an action successfully. What is of importance here, is the power the mind has in the performance of physical skills. As I wrote earlier, the same brain regions activate during dreams when performing a task as when performing that task during waking life. So, lucid dreams are, in essence, extremely strong visualizations. Apply this knowledge and use your lucid dreams to master the skills you have.
Develop willpower, concentration and mental clarity
Concentration is the absence of distractions: a presence of mind. Learning to lucid dream regularly is a form of mental practice. If you ever experience brain fog, try lucid dreaming! By learning to use the creative mind active in lucid dreaming, you will find that you are distracted less easily in waking life. Learn how to become more productive in life by developing this mindset. Lucid dreaming is a powerful meditation tool as well. Not only does controlling the flow of your dreams consist of meditation itself, you can also try out meditating… inside the dream.
The only limit is your imagination
Say you’re an artist, then lucid dreaming can aid your creativity enormously by allowing you to use your mind in a much different way. Have you lost someone; you can find closure by “visiting” the passed. If you wish to solve a tough problem you have, you can ask the dream for answers. If you have an important presentation to do, here is your place to prepare in front of a full crowd, without the social consequences. Do you want to explore your sex life? Lucid dream away.
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”Henry David Thoreau
So, I hope I have made you consider opening yourself up to the depths of your mind! There is much more to be said than I can write here, but the internet may offer you some answers. If not that, some great books have been written on the subject, too. If you want to speak to me directly about lucid dreaming, then you can hit me up on my YouTube!
Learning to Lucid Dream
What are the kind of things you learn by lucid dreaming?
• How sleep works and how to sleep optimally and healthily.
• Keeping a dream journal in the most effective way.
• How to perform reality tests efficiently.
• Increasing awareness through meditation.
• Direct techniques for inducing a lucid dream at will.
• Beliefs and expectations which may be holding you back from success.
• How the brain creates the dream world and what part you play in it.
• Communicating with people in the dream world.
• Dealing with fear.
• Getting to know who you are.
• Finding answers through interpreting dream signs.
• Aiding your creativity and imagination.
• Overcoming nightmares.
• Improving your memory in dreams and awake.
• Confronting emotional issues, stress, trauma.
… and much more!
My name is Sven Eijkelenkamp. I’m a human male from the Netherlands and was born in 1998. I have always had a thing for psychology and philosophy. When I started meditating and having lucid dreams, my interest for exploring the mind really took off. I realized that so many of us do not know of the power we have available to us by simply looking inside and understanding the essential nature of our mind. There are many insights to be had there! My goal with The Lucid Mind is to inspire and motivate people to try out lucid dreaming. I make videos on YouTube that are supposed to both educate but also entertain you on this topic. Come say hello! 😀
Frequently Asked Questions
• Is lucid dreaming something for me?
This all depends on you. If you have a very busy, hectic life right now, you might not want to add more onto it by learning how to lucid dream. However, if you feel curious, don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back!
• Can I lose touch with reality if I lucid dream too much?
Lucid dreaming requires training in awareness. Becoming more aware of your surroundings, your emotions, your thoughts and the world in general. If anything, lucid dreaming will help you become more in touch with reality.
• Is lucid dreaming dangerous?
You already dream every night. The only difference here is becoming conscious of doing so. Dreams are not dangerous, nor are lucid dreams.
• Am I too old/young for lucid dreaming?
Awareness is not related to age, nor is dreaming, nor lucid dreaming. It is like that quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you’re right.”
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