September 11, 2013

Lucid Dreaming

September 11, 2013
Lucid dreaming is the awareness of being in a dream. Sometimes, we lucid dream by chance, but we can train ourselves to do this. It allows you to make things happen in the dream that are contrary to the will of the dream. Meaning you have control on what goes and what does not.



Steps to Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming means that you are fully aware that you are dreaming. The state of Lucid Dreaming or “Lucidity” takes place in the middle of a dream. The dreamer fully understands that they just entered their dream and consciously knows it’s just a dream.

Step 1 – Repetition:
Thought out your day either working or at home you must practice “Repetition.” You will have to keep asking yourself “Am I Dreaming Right Now?” a couple times an hour to sink in your head that you are not dreaming. This repetitive thought process helps you unknowingly remember this when you are dreaming.

Step 2 – Record Your Dreams:
You must learn how to record your dreams when you wake up. Keeping a dream journal is vital because it improves and expands your dream capability. Once you are able to remember the events and symbols in your dream you have a better chance getting to that lucid state. Taking the time and going through your previous recorded dreams before bed helps build a sense of awareness when you're in a dream state.

Step 3 – Control Your Sleep:
Controlling your dreams consists of being mindful of your sleep schedule. Changing your sleep behavior will greater your chances of having a lucid dream. Scientists reveled the lucid dreaming works best when taking a quick nap after you have gotten up from a long sleep. Randomly interfering with your sleep schedule usually increases Lucid dreaming as well.

Step 4 – Believe:
Start believing in your dreams and the significance behind them. People who feel a dream is just a dream would have trouble trying to lucid dream. You must understand the symbols and the mystic power behind them. Try your best to remain positive and confident. You must have a desire to want feel lucid.

Step 5 - Meditation:
For thousands of years meditation has been directly linked for human inner peace. Learning how to meditate is a great way to build your awareness on in your conscious and unconscious world. You will want to meditate before you go to bed for 10 to 20 minutes a day.

Step 6 – Conscious Mind Awareness:
The most important step is training your “Conscious Mind.” You want to start by becoming more aware of your daily surroundings and the objects around them. The items in your walking life that you would usually over look now has to be taken into account.  Anything from stop signs to billboard ads have to observed and taken note. You must observe the colour the shape and what it means. The reason is when you dream about an object that you analyzed in detail in your walking life you can apply it to your dream to see what is real and what is not. Once you can convince your mind that its just a dream the fun starts. Stretching your awareness in your day will help you gain more control of your dreams. You don’t need to keep focus on every single detail in your life because it would drive you mad. Just start with a couple of small observations a day that you would normally never look at in detail.

The Pros and Cons of Lucid Dreaming

Pros
Adventure and Excitement: In lucid dreaming, when you really become a master at it, you can manipulate the dream. You can fly around and use superpowers. 

Social Practicality: You can practice role playing in certain social situations. For example, if you want to imagine yourself talking to someone special, you can practice that. 

Nightmare Inhibition: If you are aware that you are just dreaming, dreaming about nightmares will be less frightening. When are aware something is not real, we’re less likely to be affected. 

Problem Solving: Dreams give us a chance to work through problems we may actually be facing in real life. They recreate the environment in which we can try to overcome or solve. 

Cons 
Addictive: Lucid dreaming can become addictive and this may affect your natural sleeping patterns and create unexpected health change. 

Alienation: Lucid dreaming is bizarre (not a lot of people know about it and not everyone can do it). So when you learn to lucid dream, it may be strange to be one of the few. 

Dissociation: Dissociation is sort of like day dreaming where we are not entirely focused on reality. Lucid dreaming may cause this giving us a harder time telling apart fantasy from waking states. 

Sleep Paralysis: One of the health concerns is the increase risk of sleep paralysis. When we are trying to lucid dream, we are playing on the boundary between waking and sleeping. Sleep paralysis is when we are awake, but our body is still asleep.
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