I have personally had around three or four lucid dreams in my lifetime, although the last time was many years ago. I remember during one particular dream I was totally aware that I was, in fact, dreaming and I was in complete control of my actions. The environment, people and events were not within my control, although I could control how I reacted to them. It was an exciting feeling and I remember thinking “I hope I don’t wake up soon”. Unlike the majority of my dreams, the lucid dreams I have experienced stood out in my memory and awoke a keen interest in dreaming and what it’s all about. The fact that scientists understand very little about dreaming is intriguing and allows everyone to form their own ideas and theories.
I definitely believe that dreams have a purpose, although I’m not entirely sure what that is! What I do know is that they allow you to experience things that aren’t possible in real life, and, for me personally, unlock thoughts and ideas that I never knew were even in there. The volume of information and the strength of imagination within the sub-conscious is fascinating.
Dreams generally become more vague and less regular as we age – many adults that I know claim that they don’t dream at all. It’s more likely that they do dream but are unable to remember them upon waking. Learning to lucid dream can apparently enable you to take control of your dreams – giving you a heightened awareness within your dreams and the ability to recall dreams upon waking. Although many people experience lucid dreams on rare occasions, there are techniques that can apparently help you lucid dream on a regular basis.
How to Lucid Dream
I was keen to learn how to lucid dream so I began researching the subject. On www.astralzen.com you can find detailed information on how to lucid dream. There are numerous techniques described on this website to help you to have both “WILD” (Waking Induced Lucid Dreams) and “DILD” (Dreaming Induced Lucid Dreams). These techniques include deep relaxation, meditation and mantras. I have no idea whether these methods work, although research tells me that they often do. I intend to give this a try, as I feel that the techniques could be beneficial to my overall well-being, as well as hopefully allowing me to lucid dream. I’d also be interested to hear about other people’s experiences of lucid dreaming, and their theories on dreaming in general. Please let me know in the comments below!