zaterdag 5 oktober 2013

Lucid Dreams

What is lucid dreaming?

A lucid dream is when you consciously wake up inside a dream. The word lucid means clear so it literally means as clear dreaming. It is a result of heightened consciousness in the dream state, initiated by the realization that you are dreaming and self-aware.
Most people will have one or two conscious dreams in their lifetime by accident. But with practice, you can learn how to have lucid dreams regularly and act out your greatest fantasies and use it for personal development. While some children can program their dreams naturally, for most adults it requires some knowledge of lucid dreaming techniques and a dedication to the concept of waking up in your dreams.
The reason so many people are drawn to lucidity is because it sets them free and allows them to do impossible things in the dream world. Once you learn to induce conscious dreams, you can control your actions, manipulate the scenery, and drive the plot as you see fit. This enables you to explore the depths of the oceans or the edge of the universe. You can travel forward in time, fly to the moon, or run like a cheetah. There are no limits in the world of lucid dreaming.
As the lucid dream is a co-created experience, you can find subconscious communication arising from many different places - via dream characters, dream events, or even the fabric of the dream itself. The easiest way is to start a dialogue with the dream; just talk out loud.

How will I know when I'm lucid?

"Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?"
M.C. Escher

In Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams, the moment you become lucid is the moment you suddenly realize you are dreaming. In the movies, fictional characters often realize they're dreaming and make funny comments about it but otherwise allow the dream to continue of it's own accord and nothing changes. Lucid dreaming is nothing like this :) In real life, the effect is quite different. Saying (and knowing) "This is a dream!" results in a rush of clarity of thought. Your surroundings will zoom into focus and become much more vivid. You will have far greater awareness of your body and it is more like a waking experience, seeing the dream through your own eyes and having the opportunity to move freely and take in much more sensory information. The features of conscious dreams can spontaneously change just like a normal dream. For instance, you may manifest a group of bear cubs which later change into a pile of boxes. Of course, you can easily call the bear cubs back again. But don't be surprised if you notice these subtle changes which seem beyond your control. Remember, it is a co-created experience and your subconscious mind is still playing a key role.

Are lucid dreams tiring?

The short answer for 99% of people is no.
You dream for around 100 minutes every night, broken down into multiple different dreams occurring in different phases of sleep. The average proficient lucid dreamer can expect to do it maybe 2-4 times a week, with each session lasting 10-40 minutes. Most people don't miss that sleep - even if it were deemed to be worthless (which it isn't). Indeed, a lucid dream can often leave you on a natural high for the rest of the day, which gives you more mental and physical energy.
For a very small fraction of people, lucid dreaming occurs every night. They can feel engulfed by their conscious dreams and unable to sleep deeply and properly the whole night. This can leave them feeling sleep deprived and is a very real sleep disorder once it begins to impact on their normal daily life. That's not to say lucid dreaming is a sleep disorder - anything in excess can have profound effects on the mind and body. People who complain of this condition have usually been lucid dreaming their whole lives and should seek expert advice from a sleep specialist.

What are false awakenings?

In false awakenings, you believe you have woken up but are in fact still asleep. It's a very vivid experience and shares some intriguing characteristics with lucid dreams.
Some people get dressed, have breakfast and leave the house in their false awakenings. Most of these actions are performed on auto-pilot so it's not really a fun or controllable dream experience. However the realism can be shocking in hindsight - which is why people don't often recognize false awakenings while they occur.
Lucid dreamers tend to have more false awakenings than other people, because this is a state in which consciousness clashes with the dream world. It is an odd side effect but not at all dangerous and can actually lead to the creation of more conscious dreams. This occurrence is often used in movies to reveal their character's fears coming true - and was used to the extreme in the comedy movie Groundhog Day.
The best way to work with false awakenings is to check your reality every time you wake up and if your impossible action comes true... it means you're still dreaming ;)

Does brainwave entrainment help you lucid dream?

Brainwave entrainment is a scientifically proven method of entering meditative states at will. It's based on precision audio technology like isochronic tones and ushers the brain into a deeply relaxed state.
I believe entrainment is good for lucid dreaming on two levels. Firstly it helps you to attain deeply meditative states on demand, which improves your self-awareness, visualization skills and ability to stay conscious throughout altered states.
Secondly, it enhances your ability to enter the Mind Awake / Body Asleep state (used in Wake Induced Lucid Dreams) which is a powerful way of having lucid dreams and out of body experiences on demand. It focuses your mind on staying consciously aware while putting your body into a sleep and dream state.

Should I use dream herbs?

Dream herbs are very good at temporarily improving your dream recall, as well as giving you very intense and meaningful dreams the same night. Sometimes these are lucid dreams and at the minimum they are very vivid and memorable dreams.
I find certain dream herbs create interesting dream experiences and are worth experimenting with just for fun and to understand more about the dreaming mind. Beginners may want to try the popular herb like Calea Zacatechichi.

Can I use lucid dreams to induce OBEs?

Some people believe out of body experiences (OBEs) are literal, physical projections of your awareness outside of your body. It may also be called astral projection. There is no denying the experience is somewhat similar to a lucid dream and there is nothing stopping you from inducing an OBE from within a conscious dream state.
You may also find that while practicing lucid dreaming techniques, you have some other unexplained experiences which may feel like you're moving out of body. In reality, this may just be a transition from your physical body into an imaginary dream body - a bit like a false awakening, which begins with you waking up in bed.

This is a collaboration from 1996 between bad data and miasma of em:t, along with Celia Green, a controversial psychologist and founder of the Institute of Psychological Research.
This unique album achieved major recognition, and rightly so - it was even reviewed in New Scientist and the New Stateman. The subject is indeed lucid dreaming - Celia Green herself and other voice artists read excerpts from her groundbreaking book on the subject. The backdrop is formed by em:t's trademark deep, moody hypnotically machine driven soundscapes.
this is the entire cd , just let the playlist run ...

Celia Green

The authors advance the idea that when someone sees an apparition, not only is the figure of the apparition hallucinatory but the rest of the percipient's environment as well. This novel and at first surprising conception enables them to relate experiences of seeing apparitions to other unusual states of consciousness, notably lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences. It also enables them to explain for the first time certain hitherto puzzling features of apparitions, such as the fact that they are usually quite solid-looking and not transparent.

Lucid dreams are dreams in which a person becomes aware that they are dreaming. They are different from ordinary dreams, not just because of the dreamer's awareness that they are dreaming, but because lucid dreams are often strikingly realistic and may be emotionally charged to the point of elation.
Celia Green and Charles McCreery have written a unique introduction to lucid dreams that will appeal to the specialist and general reader alike. The authors explore the experience of lucid dreaming, relate it to other experiences such as out-of-the-body experiences (to which they see it as closely related) and apparitions, and look at how lucid dreams can be induced and controlled. They explore their use for therapeutic purposes such as counteracting nightmares. Their study is illustrated throughout with many case histories.

lucid dream tutorials
lucid dream ebooks
The Orb: O.O.B.E.

The Science of Lucid Dreaming 

Jean Giraud : Out Of Body 

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