Dreaming While Awake?
Imagine this: you’re exploring things and emotions you never thought were possible. You have the opportunity to control anything that goes on, and have the power to change anything if needed. You’re exploring these crazy ideas as if you were doing it in real life, however you’re merely dreaming. Is there a monster chasing you as you lucid dream? No worries – with the power of your mind, you can dismiss that monster and completely modify the dream just the way you want it. So instead of being chased by a monster, you can talk with your favorite actor or be an actor yourself being chased by hundreds of fans!
The act of lucid dreaming can be confronting, but can be an experience not to be forgotten or avoided. These endeavors can happen if you set your mind to it, and learn how to do it; or you may be gifted with this natural ability. We’ve all experienced a nightmare; a falling dream; a daydream, etc. Imagine if you had the ability to be in complete control of what happens. Have the ability to fly through the sky, perceive a scenario from a different perspective.
Sounds cool, huh? If you were able to live in your dreams, then wouldn’t going to sleep every night be exciting opposed to an inconvenience? We all know that there aren’t enough hours in a day, which is absolutely true. Lucid dreaming will make out as if you never sleep, but still receive the same effects. In saying that, whatever happens in your dreams will not (necessarily) happen in real life. For example, you may win the lottery in real life, but wake up as rich as you were the night before.
Although lucid dreaming requires practice to ensure perfection, it is definitely achievable to anyone at most ages. It is not dangerous, nor will it physically affect you whatsoever. It’s simply a dream that you’re consciously aware of and able to manipulate. How are you able to achieve such an experience? It’s not easy, but can be achieved.
1. Keep a Dream Journal
Keeping a dream journal will allow you to have an easier ability to remember past dreams, and can increase memory whilst enhancing the vividness of the dream. As a result, it may consequent to a lucid dream over time. A dream journal is a powerful and fundamental aspect to having a lucid dream; it can differentiate someone from having a lucid dream and not having one at all.
2. Positive Mindset
Without having a mindset of “I’m going to have a lucid dream tonight”, it may be far more difficult to achieve than otherwise. Entering a dream just telling yourself that it will be lucid has been a method that has worked for many over the years, and will continue to do so as it reinforces the mind as you sleep, and will increase the likeliness of it occurring.
3. Differentiating a Lucid Dream from Reality
Right now, as you are reading this article, what makes you think you’re not lucid dreaming? Lucid dreams can be very similar to reality, and hence it is important to know the difference between the two. This method involves training of the mind to ensure it is done correctly. The most important way this can be achieved is to look for signs that you’re in the lucid state. Look around you. What can you see? There may be signs which are illogical, and may be obvious that you’re in a lucid dream. Others may not be so obvious. One tip many lucid dreamers focus on is being able to breathe whilst holding their breath. This is an obvious sign as to whether or not you’re in a lucid dream. If you are able to hold your breath as you breathe, then this is a clear sign that you are not in reality, and have achieved lucidity.
Along with lucid dreaming comes things needed to be aware of. One of the most important things you must consider is whether or not you’re actually experiencing a lucid dream. Think about this: what makes you think that as you read this article, you’re not lucid dreaming? What makes it a reality? As you lucid dream, you can feel, see, read, smell, etc. just as you would in real life. It’s a scary thought, but once you are able to distinguish a lucid dream from reality, you’re able to feel more comfortable and begin enjoying your dreams.
Remember that dreams are often illogical, which can be the first hint that it’s a dream – however that’s not always the case. Some dreams can make perfect sense, so don’t completely rely on a realistic event to differentiate a lucid dream from reality. In saying that, with practice comes experience and perfection. It will not be an instant accomplishment, however will become easier and easier in due time.
Lucid dreaming is an encouraged act and should not be avoided and/or feared. It can be a time to explore things you never thought existed, and experience things which wouldn’t be possible in real life. Why wouldn’t you want to overcome your fears and live a happier, less stressful life? Why shouldn’t you look forward to sleeping; now capable of controlling and experiencing your dreams as if they were real life? The exciting adventure you endeavor can be thrilling, and most certainly rewarding – and should be considered.
Guest post by Kerry McGlone
Bio: Kerry McGlone is a Lucid Dreaming enthusiast, and creator of http://www.dreamlucidly.info/ As a frequent researcher, she has attained knowledge and experience on lucid dreams, resulting in an enhanced understanding and having the passion to share knowledge with others. If you’re interested in becoming a lucid dreamer, feel free to give Dream Lucidly a visit!