(Preparation, waking up in the dream, controlling the dream, practical applications)
What is lucid dreaming?
In a normal dream, the dreamer is unaware of his situation, and usually experiences strong obligations like having to take a final, but not being able to find the right classroom, or running away from a dark figure on a shadowy street. Basically, they think they are in waking life reality, when they are actually in their bed sleeping. In a lucid dream you are aware that you are experiencing a dream, and can then control all aspects of the dream. You can fly, confront nightmares, or do whatever you can imagine possible.
How can one prepare to have a lucid dream?
First you have to remember your dreams. You may have already had a lucid dream, but you forgot about it after waking up. Everyone dreams, just not everyone remembers them. Some things you can do to start remembering is to have a notebook and pen right next to your bed that is used only for writing down dreams. Then, when you go to sleep, tell yourself that you will remember your dreams, and the first thing you do after waking up will be to ask yourself what you were just experiencing. At first you may only find that you only know the setting, or a character that was there, or some vague thoughts. Write down as much as you can, even if it’s only a few words. After you do this for a couple weeks you will notice that you’ll be able to write multiple pages a night filled with your dreams.
Once you’ve written your dreams you can start looking for strange occurrences in them. Read your dream journal and write down anything that wouldn’t be possible in your everyday waking life. An example would be strange context, like having a job interview in a bathroom. Then you can test yourself to see if you’re dreaming any time you are in a bathroom, and hopefully the next time you have a strange bathroom dream, you will become lucid.
How can you test to see if you’re dreaming?
Looking for absurdities, but they can often be rationalized by the dreaming mind. One good way to test your reality is to read a word, look away, and read it again. In a dream, the seemingly physical letters are unstable, and will change by either turning upside down, scrambling, or turning into Egyptian Hieroglyphics. You can use numbers, like a digital clock, and it will cause the same result. If you do this test while you’re awake, and turn it into a habit, eventually you will do it in a dream and become lucid.
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Do you stay up at night, afraid to sleep because of scary recurring nightmares? Would you rather experience your dream state confident, excited and able to do whatever you wanted?
With Dream-Awake you can become aware and lucid whenever you’re dreaming. Our Stanford Scientists invented patented REM eye movement detecting goggles that you wear while you’re asleep. What happens is during the first four stages of sleep, you are not dreaming. It is in REM sleep, or “Rapid Eye Movement” sleep where you perceive dreams. What our patented technology does, is it sends out a pattern of flashing lights when the goggles detect the subtle eye movements of REM sleep. All you have to do is condition yourself to ask yourself if you’re dreaming whenever you see flashing lights. These lights may occur as police lights, an incoming train, or lightning flashes. Once you become lucid you will be able to fight off whatever monsters are threatening you and will have a pleasant, fun nights rest.
If you find yourself waking up, and taking the goggles off after they have started flashing, be aware that you may have just experienced a false awakening, and that you could still be dreaming. Always check your state.
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What can you expect once you are Lucid in a Dream?
First of all, you should remain calm. If you become too excited you can cause yourself to wake up out of the dream. You may also only be lucid for a short while, before some other character or event causes you to forget and you lose awareness. This can be prevented by telling yourself “you’re dreaming” once you become lucid, or doing things that are impossible like flying. After a while the dream fades. At first your sense of sight will start to fade and it will feel like you are blind. When this happens, you can prolong the dream by spinning as fast as you can when you start to see that the dream is fading, and the dream will either come back in full vibrant color, or you will experience a false awakening. A false awakening is when you dream that you wake up in a bed, but you are still dreaming. These experiences can be very real, and you have to do a reality check in order to figure out if you are still dreaming or not. You could wake up in an absurd place like a forest, or in the street.
How can Lucid Dreaming benefit your everyday waking life?
If you are a musician or actor, you could perform in front of a huge audience which will make you more confident that you’ll be able to do it in real life. If you’re a script writer you could meet the characters from your screenplay and ask them what their desires are, what they’re afraid of, and learn how they would react to certain conflicts. The possibilities really are limitless. If you believe in the law of attraction you could use your dreams to visualize yourself achieving success. You could design your dream house, drive around in your favorite car, have the perfect spouse, really, anything is possible.
Thank you Chris, we’re running short on time, but I have one last question.
How can you make sure you aren’t dreaming this right now?
Umm… [fade to black, play clip false awakening]
Close up face, gets up
Wide shot, bedding is in forest/city/plains
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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming — Stephen LaBerge