The Incredible World of Lucid Dreaming

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The Incredible World
of Lucid Dreaming

Have you ever been dreaming and then suddenly become conscious that you were in fact dreaming? Well this is what is considered lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is AWARE that they ARE in the middle of a dream.

Imagine you’re having a lucid dream. This means you’re lying in bed having a dream, and while still within the dream world, you become conscious and aware that you’re dreaming. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking control of a situation within the dream and making it play out the way we want. Other times the entire dream world can completely transform around us and mold itself into whatever we imagine. This is called lucid dreaming and it is something that everyone experiences in varying degrees from time to time

 

“ But why are people interested in learning to be conscious in their dreams? According to my own experience, and the testimony of thousands of other lucid dreamers, lucid dreams can be extraordinarily vivid, intense, pleasurable, and exhilarating. People frequently consider their lucid dreams as among the most wonderful experiences of their lives.

If this were all there were to it, lucid dreams would be delightful, but ultimately trivial entertainment. However, as many have already discovered, you can use lucid dreaming to improve the quality of your waking life. Thousands of people have written to me at Stanford telling how they are using the knowledge and experience they have acquired in lucid dreams to help them get more out of living.”

Stephen Laberge, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming,

Reasons to Lucid Dream

1. Lucid dreaming creates freedom

2. Lucid dreaming reveals the power of your brain

3. Lucid dreaming prompts us to question the nature of reality.

4. Lucid dreaming gives us direct access to the subconscious mind

5. Lucid dreaming is like taking a creativity pill

6. Lucid dreaming can advance the human mind.

“ But why are people interested in learning to be conscious in their dreams? According to my own experience, and the testimony of thousands of other lucid dreamers, lucid dreams can be extraordinarily vivid, intense, pleasurable, and exhilarating. People frequently consider their lucid dreams as among the most wonderful experiences of their lives.

If this were all there were to it, lucid dreams would be delightful, but ultimately trivial entertainment. However, as many have already discovered, you can use lucid dreaming to improve the quality of your waking life. Thousands of people have written to me at Stanford telling how they are using the knowledge and experience they have acquired in lucid dreams to help them get more out of living.”

Stephen Laberge, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming,

Solve life challenges
Problem solving is definitely possible in conscious dreaming. In a lucid dream, you can get rid of traumas, phobia, anxieties, and a number of other disorders; you can develop new skills, travel to fascinating places, and so forth. Needless to say, conscious dreaming is the best way to ensure that the subconscious part of your mind works for you.


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Lucid dreaming is something that occurs naturally while we are dreaming, that,causes us to become completely self aware and in control of things within the dream world. It usually happens at random and only appears to lasts for a very brief period of time. It is usually quite an enjoyable experience for most people and they find that they can do extraordinary things like fly and move objects with their mind.

Even while you’re lucid, you probably can’t control everything, nor would you necessarily want to, but the knowledge that you’re dreaming gives you a fascinating new perspective on your in-dream experience. You can interact with the dream reality on a whole new level.

Some people have found that lucid dreaming is an excellent way to combat re-occurring nightmares. The main problem with people’s nightmares is that they are usually a victim.

Shamanic lucid dreaming is well known in South America, as well. Chilean anthropologist Rosa Anwandter suggests that there are over 20 dream-honoring societies in the Amazon basin and another half-dozen in Peru. One clear example is the Guarani peoples, who meet regularly in circle to share their dreams. The Guaranis of Paraguay also recognize lucid dreaming, and are said to move their villages based on dream warnings of future floods

Anwandter, Rosa (2008). Dream societies in South America. Presentation for the annual conference of the International Association of the Study of Dreams. July 12, 2008, Montreal, Quebec



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To most people lucid dreams may seem like a rare commodity, but what few people realize is that lucid dreaming can be done at will. Not only can we lucid dream at will, but with practice we can schedule specific lucid dreams upon going to bed. The main difference is that you become virtually fearless, since you know that nothing in the dream world can hurt the real you — the dreamer who’s having the dream

Along with peacefulness and joy, lucid dreams can provide mystical and transcendental experiences to their dreamers. In this example a subject recounts a profoundly spiritual lucid dream:

" Lucidity faintly pervaded the initial stage of the dream, was lost, but then returned with brief but devastating clarity… I wandered off the road into an open space where multitudes of people were assembled. Then, somehow, sense of time and self were lost… and I couldn’t bear to leave that bliss…but inexorably I was waking up (Green 51)."

This exhilaration is characteristic of most lucid dreams, and can be therapeutic to the dreamer. The next example illustrates a subject releasing stress in a dream; annoyed by a person she was having dinner with:

" I realized with the utmost clarity that I was dreaming and could do exactly what I wanted…The scene changed and I found myself in another room, walking toward this woman… and we hugged each other (Green 134)."

Research has shown that people can actually practice things like musical instruments while they are in the lucid state and their performance will actually improve. The same thing has been shown for people who "study" for tests while lucid dreaming.

By practicing lucid dreaming on a regular basis, you can actually lengthen the amount of time that you spend in the lucid dream state. It is similar to exercising a muscle. Your ability to lucid dream strengthens over time with practice.

"Your body is asleep but in your brain your mind is bright and awake and awareness is now in your brains own created dream world."

Lucid dreaming is NOT just a load of “New Age hippy crap.” Neither is it the work of Satan.

Do you realize we spend 30% of our lives sleeping and dreaming? Now we can put that time to good use. While awake our lives are pretty much the sum total of our habits and programming. This programming happens to us all the time via TV, Radio, Newspapers and especially from those close to us - friends and family. Even though they are well meaning some of their fears and limitations have been programmed into us which cause limit and lack in our lives.

"Once you reach this level of lucidity, everything changes. You’re still experiencing reality — it doesn’t simply stop – but because you recognize it as a dream, you’re able to interact with it on a whole new level. You will still experience pleasure, pain, and fear as you react automatically to in-dream events, but because you know you’re really the outside dreamer who cannot be truly harmed by anything within the dream, you begin to relate to life from a state of inherent fearlessness. " Steve Pavlina

If you want more in your life you need to become more by changing the way you look at things, attitudes that in the past have held you back. Now, as most of us know it's hard to have the determination and willpower to change our habits even though we really want to. The reason it is so hard is because there is a momentum or inertia in the way you have been doing things. In order to change that it will take an extraordinary amount of focusing in the desired direction to cause a change. Most of us are tapped out at the end of the day and don't have the personal power it takes to cause permanent and lasting change.

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What are lucid dreams? What is the physiology of dreams and lucid dreams?

Lucid Dreaming was perfected thousands of years ago by our ancestors, and are still practiced today in dozens of indigenous cultures around the world. Lucid dreaming is actually a shamanic skill, a method of heightened awareness in the dream that allows healers, medicine men and soothsayers access to information, insight and energetic powers. Now there are amazing Systems to help you reach these incredibly spiritual mind states,

Lucid dreaming is quite simply the ability to achieve lucid awareness while dreaming. Numerous scientific studies have shown that lucid dreaming confers significant mental and physical benefits to the practitioner. Here are some the ways in which conscious dreaming has been shown to improve people’s lives:'

Lucid dreaming is usually quite an enjoyable experience for most people and they find that they can do extraordinary things like fly and move objects with their mind.
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•Improved problem-solving skills:
Lucid dreaming helps you process much of the subconscious “babbling” in your mind that distracts you and prevents you from being able to concentrate on a task at hand. When you quiet these voices your ability to think critically and solve problems increases significantly.
Scientists understand the benefits of lucid dreaming; some have used it to enhance their problem solving skills in extraordinarily creative ways.Take Friedrich Kekule's discovery of the structure of the benzene molecule; Otto Loewi's experiment on nerve impulses; and Elias Howe's invention of the sewing machine. These dream-inspired inventions highlight the stunning power of the dreaming subconscious mind.

Once you learn the basics of lucid dreaming, you can solve problems on demand - and on a whole new level. That's because you are not limited by your logical conscious brain. Instead, you can solve problems creatively in a 3D environment, or by drawing deeper insights directly from your subconscious mind. Just ask any question to your lucid dream and wait for the answer..

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•Higher energy levels: This one follows naturally upon the last… If you are sleeping better at night then you will be better rested during the day. Not to mention that when you’ve spent the whole night fighting off supervillains you will wake up feeling supercharged and ready to take on anything the waking world will throw at you!

One dreamer, after having a lucid dream said that she was left with “ 'a feeling of bubbling joy' that persisted for a week or more” (LaBerge 10).

Face Your Fears The benefits of lucid dreaming are far-reaching? Conscious dreaming allows you to face your fears in a controlled setting. If you are afraid of heights, why not jump out of an airplane? In the alternate reality of lucid dreams, you can slow down time for a controlled fall, and float gently to the ground. Once you have done this at 10,000 feet you will be surprised how you feel about heights in the waking world.

• Greater self-control: Do you suffer from addiction issues? Looking to lose weight, perhaps,Losing weight is something that almost everybody would like to do at some point in their life, both for health reasons and for self image.or quit bad habits and pursue a healthier lifestyle? When you control your dreams, you can enter into a self-hypnotic state in which you can retrain your own mind to adopt healthier behaviours.

•Greater self-confidence: When you control your dreams, you can face your fears head on and learn how to overcome them. These triumphs will carry over to your waking life and will empower you with a new sense of self-confidence.

Do you lack confidence in the waking world? If so, you can use conscious dreaming to release your inhibitions and be totally free in a realistic dream world. If you want to improve your public speaking abilities, you can rehearse the event in a lucid dream. Having practiced your speech in a realistic environment, you will find you have more confidence when it comes to making the speech in real life. Remember - practice makes perfect.

• Greater self-awareness: What are the deep-rooted anxieties that fill you with unease? You can confront them in the safe environment of a lucid dream and understand what you need to do in your waking life to resolve this issues and attain a higher level of peace

The benefits of lucid dreaming are far-reaching. You can take on a new life in lucid dreams, free of all your fears and inhibitions, confident that you can do absolutely anything. This has a real positive impact on your waking life.

Lucid dreams are a playground for experimentation. You can try out any concept imaginable - from business, to sports, to relationships - anything you like. By rehearsing a situation or simply toying with different outcomes, you can improve your confidence in any number of waking scenarios.

You can practice new skills in lucid dreams. In Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr Stephen LaBerge, there is a testimony from a surgeon. Before going to sleep, he would review his surgical cases for the next day. Then he would practice them in precise detail in lucid dreams. He has a solid reputation as a surgeon because of this, being able to refine and polish his techniques and perform procedures much faster than the average surgeon.

• Improved memory: Do you ever wonder where all your forgotten memories go? They’re still in your brain — they’re just so deeply buried your surface mind can no longer access them. But when you lucid dream, you can relive those memories and greatly expand your powers of recall.

• Better, more restful sleep: Sleep issues are often the result of residual stress and anxiety. But when you learn how to lucid dream, you can resolve the issues that are causing that stress and anxiety. Not only that — when you spend your nights having incredible experiences such as flying, exercising supernatural powers, shape-shifting into whatever animal you want — you will be excited to go to sleep each night because you will be so excited to embark on your next nocturnal adventure.

Fears and nightmares can devastate people to the point that sleep becomes a painful association. With lucid dreaming, you can face these fears and nightmares knowing that you are safe and cannot be injured. Imagine also being able to change elements of your dream in order to help you defeat those nightmares.

Hypnotherapists recognize the value of dreams for revealing information from the subconscious mind and venting blockages and frustrations as therapeutic change occurs. They know the power of an active imagination in hypnosis and the waking state. Think how much more powerful that active imagination can be in dreaming. Dream content is as vivid and rich as perception during the waking state-in fact, even more so. The dream world is multi-dimensional, multi- textural, and so "real" that studies have shown physiological response to take place as if the event were actually happening.


How does it work? One explanation is that dealing with a worst case scenario in a positive way creates new neural patterns in your subconscious mind. Reinforcing that belief with more experiences that seem real can dissolve the fear altogether. From skydiving to spyders *(Why not ask that spider what he represents? He may give you an astonishing response that finally allows you to rationalize your fear) you can face your fears and reprogram your subconscious reactions, knowing that absolutely no harm can come to you.

Practice a martial art,/Tai Ch/ As any Practioners will tell you, repeated practice is essential if a high level of competence is to be achieved. Your brain needs to learn the various different forms and movements so that you can react to a given situation instinctively and without thought. What better way to go through your different fighting styles and movements than in a lucid dream? In fact there is nothing to stop you fighting with an opponent to improve your sparring skills.

Public speaking can be a nightmare for lots of people. Does the thought of giving a speech at a wedding or an after dinner party make your blood run cold? Lucid dreaming is a great way to overcome these obstacles.

Break the bonds of reality. We live in a world full of rules. What’s acceptable and proper, what’s allowed or forbidden. Lucid dreaming lets you live in a world run by your rules, so let your imagination run wild.
• Learn how to fly in Dreams.
• Creative problem solving.
• Sexual encounters.
• Psychic powers.
• Traveling into space and exploring the universe.
• Meditate like a Zen momk

Dreams can carry over feelings into the waking world – just as a nightmare can induce stress into your daily life, an inspirational dream can keep you happy and motivated throughout the day. Many people use lucid dreaming techniques to give themselves that needed kick to jumpstart their day.

Solve life challenges
Problem solving is definitely possible in conscious dreaming. In a lucid dream, you can get rid of traumas, phobia, anxieties, and a number of other disorders; you can develop new skills, travel to fascinating places, and so forth. Needless to say, conscious dreaming is the best way to ensure that the subconscious part of your mind works for you.

But that's not all...

Transcendence: Lucid dreaming demonstrates the fact that the world we see is a construct of our minds. It forces us to look beyond everyday experience and ask the question, "If this is not real, then what is it?"


Conscious dreaming is a fascinating experience. The realism is amazing, yet you are in a completely safe and controllable environment. It's against this background that you can face your fears, enhance your creative problem solving skills, improve your confidence and practice new skills.

That's not to mention the enormous fun that comes from playing within your own virtual reality dream world and how it relates to your own subconscious mind. Soon you will see it is all interconnected - conscious and unconscious - enabling you to use this playground for profound personal growth and insights.

Lucid dreaming is a skill that anyone can develop with motivation and effort. The enjoyment and benefits are well worth it. What could you do with the third of your life that is spent sleeping? How could you use it to benefit the other two-thirds? Through lucidity the line between the dream world and the waking world begins to blur, providing unique opportunities to interact consciously with your subconscious mind.

Some years ago two devices, the DreamLight and the NovaDreamer were created and marketed in the USA. Both used advanced technology to help their users achieve lucid dreams. These devices sold for anywhere from US $400-$1000. At the present time, manufacture of both devices has been discontinued.

But now a similar (and in some ways superior) device has been produced in Europe. This new device, the REM-Dreamer, features new technology not available in the NovaDreamer to help you recognize and stabilize lucidity in your dreams. REM-Dreamer also contains LCD display, which was not available in the NovaDreamer. Thanks to LCD display working with the REM-Dreamer is very easy, much easier than with the NovaDreamer.

The REM-Dreamer consists of circuit board tucked inside the mask and LCD display connectable to the board. There are two lines in the LCD. Upper line shows menu entry (for instance: 1. Delay time), lower line shows value of parameter of the menu entry (for instance: 00:10:00 of the delay time).
There are 13 menu entries on LCD display:
1. Delay time.
2. Preset.
3. Flash brightness.
4. Sound volume.
5. Cue length.
6. Cue frequency.
7. Length of series of cues.
8. DreamAlarm.
9. TWC.
10. REM detector test.
11. Generated series of cues.
12. REM detector sensitivity.
13. Turn off the REM-Dreamer

The REM-Dreamer uses infrared sensors to detect when you are in REM (dreaming) sleep. At that point the REM-Dreamer gives you sound and light cues (beeps and flashing lights) to remind you that you are dreaming. Thus, external world stimuli are transferred to the world of your dreams, and it becomes easy to achieve lucidity.

In their work in dream laboratories researchers discovered that external world stimuli reach the dreaming mind but are "reinterpreted" within dreams in order to enable the dreamer to remain asleep. In this way the dreamer is protected from frequent awakenings.
For example, if a dreamer's face is sprinkled with water when he or she enters REM sleep, the dreamer might report rain in their dream. Or, if a dreamer is exposed to perfume, the dream might include a dancing partner and a ball.

The REM-Dreamer uses this technique of reinterpretation by providing the dreamer's mind with preset visual and/or audio cues (flashes and beeps) which help the dreamer understand that they are dreaming. For instance, when the REM-Dreamer displays a flashing light the dreamer may dream of sunlight reflecting in a window pane, an ambulance with its lights flashing, or a camera's flash. The dreamer learns to recognize these signs in dreams, and these signs become the dreamer's gateway to lucidity.

The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again. But then he thought to himself, "Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?"

The REM-Dreamer now features a new method of inducing lucid dreams. Our newest model enables two-way communication between the sleeping person and the REM-Dreamer. Researchers have confirmed that, while sleeping and dreaming, people move their eyes in the same directions that they do in their dreams. This fact helped inspire the creation of the TWC (Two-Way-Communication) technology. The TWC technology enables communication between the REM-Dreamer and the sleeping person during the dreaming state.

For instance, when the TWC feature is turned on the REM-Dreamer begins to generate a series of cues of increasing intensity when it senses that dreaming has begun. When the level of these cues has increased sufficiently to reach the dreaming mind the dreamer has the option of signaling back to the REM-Dreamer by moving his or her eyes in a predetermined manner (within the dream state) and, on sensing that movement, the REM-Dreamer will stop generating cues.

When the TWC feature is turned off the intensity of the cues is pre-selected by the user and does not change throughout the night. For some users, this meant that the intensity of the cues was too weak to reach the mind, or too strong, resulting in the dreamer being awakened.
When the TWC feature is turned on the intensity of the cues can be adjusted from the dream. Thus, the chances of lucid dreaming are increased much.

The REM-Dreamer is the first lucid dream induction device in the world, which uses this technique and technology. In addition, the newest REM-Dreamer still includes the simple and easy-to-use settings of inducing lucid dreaming without TWC. Both methods can be used

The REM-Dreamer can enhance dream recall and shorten the time needed to learn lucid dreaming. Many people have used the REM-Dreamer as their primary method to learn lucid dreaming. As their abilities in lucid dreaming increase, the TWC technology can be utilized to enhance and deepen the lucid dream state.

" Starting the FIRST NIGHT! It has been getting easier each night to choose what I want to dream about"
-Joe G, Colorado

The REM-Dreamer kit comes with a very comfortable sleeping mask with a small printed circuit board tucked inside that detects REM sleep, giving cues in the form of flashes or beeps.

 

The kit also includes LCD display, device connectable to the REM-Dreamer board, which allows the user to adjust all settings very easily. The user can use any of several simple presets, or can customize the number of sounds and light flashes, their volume and brilliance, frequency per second, and duration. In addition, the REM sensor can be set to accurately track your personal REM eyeball movement. The device comes with the user's manual (36 pages).

The REM-Dreamer has given many people the opportunity to experience lucid dreaming, and the opportunity to use this natural state of consciousness to program their subconscious, influence their behavior, explore the world of the mind, and work with habits of body and mind, depending on their own needs and desires.

You might believe that dreams are the random sparks produced by chemical processes in the brain, or symbolic worlds in which we continually replay and re-examine the experiences of our waking life, or gateways to a multi-dimensional universe our feeble human minds can barely comprehend. Whatever your thoughts on dreams, there’s no denying that establishing a stronger connection to your subconscious mind can result in huge benefits to your waking life — benefits you would be crazy to ignore.

Can anyone do it?
Yes, some take longer than others to achieve lucidity, it can come with the first dream or it can take more practice. Sometimes when you've been trying so hard for so long, you give up and it just happens. I personally think that some people have the right brains for lucid dreaming, its a bit like being good at the guitar, everyone can learn but some do find it easier than others. And using electronic Lucid Dreaming devices just males it that much easier
Is it safe? Well you cannot be harmed in your lucid dreams, you are the dreamer, you and only you are in control.

S LeBerge

 

Once you learn the basics of lucid dreaming, you can solve problems on demand - and on a whole new level. That's because you are not limited by your logical conscious brain. Instead, you can solve problems creatively in a 3D environment, or by drawing deeper insights directly from your subconscious mind. Just ask any question to your lucid dream and wait for the answer...

When people experience their first lucid nighttime dream, it’s normally a very exciting experience. I can describe the feeling as one of exhilaration… like, “Wow! I’m dreaming. This is absolutely amazing.” Once you get a grasp on that perspective, it’s such a wonderful feeling you never want to let it go.



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