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Lucid Dreaming

March 13, 2024 Jennifer Doran

Lucid Dreaming

Sleeping, dreaming, it’s interesting stuff. I always thought that REM sleep occurred after you’ve been asleep for a while. As of late, especially if I wake up in the middle of the night and go back to sleep, I find that many times I’ll dream. Deep and detailed dreams. Sometimes, I’ll realize that I’m dreaming and soon wake up. I don’t know if this happens to you. So, I’m looking to lucid dreaming as another way to do my psychic work. I thought that maybe you’d like to come along for the ride.

Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon in which a person becomes aware that they are dreaming while still in the dream state. This awareness allows the dreamer to actively participate in and, to some extent, control the dream environment and narrative.

During a lucid dream, individuals may be able to manipulate aspects of the dream, such as flying, changing the dream scenery, or interacting with dream characters. The level of control can vary greatly from person to person and even from one lucid dream to another. Some people may have spontaneous lucid dreams, while others may use techniques to induce them intentionally.

Various methods exist for inducing lucid dreams, including reality checks (habitual questioning of whether one is dreaming throughout the day), keeping dream journals, practicing meditation and mindfulness, and utilizing specific induction techniques like the Wake-Back-to-Bed (WBTB) method or the Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) technique. I’ll get more into these techniques next week/.

Lucid dreaming has been a subject of interest for psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers due to its potential implications for understanding consciousness, the nature of reality, and the brain’s functioning during sleep. Additionally, some people pursue lucid dreaming for recreational or therapeutic purposes, such as exploring creativity, confronting fears, or addressing recurring nightmares.