Lucid dreaming is a powerful psychological tool that can be effectively used to observe and control your dream reality. Although this tool has been used for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the scientific potential of dream state self-awareness became popular. Today, lucid dreaming is a yet another personal development modality that some people use to explore their spirituality.How Does Lucid Dreaming Work?When you sleep, and begin to dream, the altered state of consciousness alerts your brain and switches it into full waking mode, whilst you are in dream state. This is a natural state to experience and is completely safe. You can experience new world realities and wake yourself up whenever you like. This awake but asleep state allows you to view your experiences clearly, and to explore the secrets of your unconscious mind.
Lucid dreaming transforms your inner dream state into a living alternative reality world. In this place you can see, hear, feel, smell and taste, in the same way that you experience these sensations in your day-to-day waking world. It is a living experience inside the experience of your dreams!Scientific ResearchTibetan Monks have been practicing the philosophy of ‘dream yoga’ for thousands of years. The modern day version of this practice – lucid dreaming – dates back to the 1800s, and was originated by the enthusiast dream researcher Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys.
In the 1960s, philosopher and psychologist Celia Green discovered the scientific potential of self-awareness whilst dreaming, and linked REM sleep and false awakenings. In 1975 British parapsychologist Keith Hearne produced the first recorded scientific evidence, by monitoring the eye movements of a lucid dreaming volunteer.
Mainstream science journals failed to pick up on the lucid dreaming discovery until Stephen LaBerge, at Stanford University, replicated the original experiment and published his findings. LaBerge went on to launch The Lucidity Institute, which researches the potential of consciousness in dreams.How To Lucid DreamOnce you tap into the right connection, lucid dreaming is not hard to do. Plus, anyone can do it. To have lucid dreams on demand, you have to teach yourself to recognise when you are in dream state.
The following methods will help you achieve habitual recognition:
Meditation - focuses your mind on demand
Visualisation - takes you directly from waking to lucid dream state
Reality checks - produce spontaneous self-awareness
Dream journalling – helps to recall dream memories in the waking world
Regularly practicing these techniques, just before you fall asleep, will help to plant the seed of lucidity. Your unconscious mind will then trigger a lucid dreaming state during sleep when it is ready.
Your virtual reality lucid dream world is filled with exciting adventures. You can become a super hero, hang out with your favourite celebrities, and do all the things you would never dream of doing in the real world. The experience is also more realistic that day dreaming.The Benefits Of Lucid DreamingLucid dreaming is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance creativity, solve problems and develop a greater sense of Self. It can also be used for the sheer pleasure of escapism.
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