Upon reading about lucid dreaming, I came across a comment that said “If you can control your dreams, you can control your life”. It really got me thinking. Certainly, it can’t help you control your life entirely, but in some aspects it can. Having nightmares? Apparently you can stop them, or control them. Or if you’ve ever had an upsetting dream that is on your mind all day, you could turn it around. How? The answer is lucid dreaming. If you’ve never heard of it before, it just means being aware that you are dreaming, which allows you to control what happens in your dream.
I’ve always wanted to be able to do this. How cool would that be? I’ve often had dreams that I could fly, and it’s an incredible feeling. If I could lucid dream, I could soar through the sky as much as I desire. What a dream come true (pun intended!).
I don’t think it would take too long for me to develop this skill. Frequently, while tormented by a not-so-pleasant dream, I will consciously think “I’m gonna wake up now”. If I could just take that one step further, I’d be there.
If you can master the art of lucid dreaming, you could do anything. You could see the whole world. You could communicate with animals. You could breathe under water. You could eat an entire cake and not gain a pound!
Getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep means you spend one third of your life sleeping. Think about that! Now imagine being able to control that third of your life. Life is so fickle and uncontrollable, but your dreams don’t have to be. You could live an alternate life.
You are probably wondering how this can be accomplished. There are several methods that may help you to become a lucid dreamer. I’ve read from many sources that keeping a dream journal is one way to trigger lucid dreaming. The trick is to write down your dream in detail as soon as you wake up. Record sensations, feelings, and events that happened in the dream. This trains you to remember them.
I’ve also read certain supplements could srtimulate more vivid or lucid dreams. I don’t think I will try this method, though, since it shouldn’t be done without consulting your doctor. Other sources gave advice such as repeating the words “I will be aware that I’m dreaming” before falling asleep, listening to binaural beats, and meditation prior to going to sleep. Another technique that seems promising is getting your brain active while your body is full of sleep hormones. This means that if you wake in the middle of the night, get up, walk around, and maybe have a snack before returning to slumber.
My goal is to document my dreams, and my progress in dream lucidity. Over the next few weeks I am going to be trying some of the methods, and posting about my dreams. This will be challenging because the last thing I want to do when I wake up is start writing. My first instinct is to go back to bed, but I will be strong. You have to write it down as soon as you wake up, while it’s still fresh in your mind.
This will be fun, as my mind produces the strangest of dreams. Often I get so caught up in a crazy dream that I don’t wake up on time. It makes me late for work or school, on occasion. Come to think of it, maybe this whole thing is a bad idea! Oh well…