World of Lucid Dreaming:
Learn How to Control Your Dreams

Lucid Dreaming is the scientifically proven ability to become conscious while dreaming - to "wake up" and take active control of your dreams.

In this heightened mental state you can:

  • Explore your dreamworld with total clarity, where everything you see, hear, touch, taste and smell can be as authentic as reality.

  • Fulfil any fantasy like flying, having sex, base jumping, shapeshifting, time traveling, meeting your hero and visiting other worlds.

  • Overcome personal issues like fears, phobias, anxieties, nightmares, past traumas and recurring dreams.

  • Tap into your creative genius by creating music, seeking artistic imagery and conversing with your dreaming inner self.

 

 

What Does Lucid Dreaming Feel Like?

A fully lucid dream is tangible, rich and visually detailed - sometimes furnishing you with even greater awareness than you have right now, such as 360-degree vision or existing in two places at the same time.

Because it all takes places in your mind, the dream world has no physical laws. Anything you can conceive of comes true.

You can take control and warp The Matrix like Neo, fly and soar over cities like Iron Man, slow down time Inception-style, have sex with anyone, fight like a ninja, re-live childhood memories, and more.

In fact, the possibilities of lucid dreaming are limitless.

But a lucid dream is not merely a fantasy playground; it's a chance to interact with other parts of your psyche via dream characters and with your unconscious self via the fabric of the dream itself.

This website reveals all kinds of applications for conscious dreams, so if you think lucid dreaming is just about wish fulfillment - think again.

 

The Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

Once you know how to become lucid in dreams, you will discover a strange new world - an entire universe, no less - of which you are fully aware and can manipulate with the power of thought.

Beyond the fantastic escapism, you can interact with your unconscious dream self. That's because a lucid dream is a co-created experience; where your conscious and unconscious collide.

In regular dreams, the environment, characters, themes, symbols and plot are all driven by your unconscious mind, which communicates through experiential memory and conceptual form.

With self-awareness (lucidity) in your dream world, you can co-create the dream by wilfully performing any desired action within the unconscious dreamscape. You can ask any question or give any command and your unconscious dreaming self will respond. For instance, simply ask out loud of your dream:

  • What is my perfect partner like?
  • What is my ideal career?
  • Where shall I live in the world?
  • How can I become wealthy?
  • What is the purpose of my life?
  • What is my greatest fantasy?
  • What will my life be like in 10 years?

The answer's origin may even surprise you; written in clouds in the sky or beamed telepathically into your mind.

Lucid dreaming is a strange new world... Come on in! :)

 

Is Lucid Dreaming Scientifically Proven?

The Science of Lucid DreamingYes. There is significant scientific research that proves the existence of lucid dreaming.

Brainwaves (via EEG), bloodflow (via MRI) and eye movement (via EOG) data have all validated significantly heightened awareness during the lucid dream state.

Indeed, lucid dreams now provide credible explanations for the night-time phenomena of alien abduction and astral projection.

There are three particularly groundbreaking experiments from the last 40 years which scientifically validated the existence of lucid dreams:

 

The First Proof of Lucid Dreaming

In 1975, lucid dreaming was scientifically proven in the laboratory for the first time by the British parapsychologist Dr Keith Hearne. He recorded a set of pre-determined eye movements from his volunteer, Alan Worsley, who was in a lucid dream, via an electro-oculogram (EOG).

By manipulating his dreaming Rapid Eye Movements (REM), Worsley showed that he was was lucidly choosing to look in certain directions while dreaming. It was a basic communication between the dreamer and the outside world.


Lucid Dreaming as a New State of Consciousness?

More recently, a 2009 study by the Neurological Laboratory in Frankfurt showed significantly increased brain activity while lucid dreaming.

An electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded highly active brainwave frequencies up to the 40 Hz (or Gamma) range when lucid. This is far more active than the normal dream state (Theta range, 4-7 Hz), supporting the need to classify lucidity as a separate state of consciousness altogether.

The research also showed heightened activity in the frontal and frontolateral areas of the dreaming brain - the seat of linguistic thought and other higher mental functions linked to self-awareness. Sleep scientists accepts that lucid dreaming may offer considerable insight into human consciousness.

 

"Brain Zaps" Reliably Trigger Lucid Dreams

In 2014, this remarkable research out of Frankfurt University revealed that lucid dreams can be induced with electrical stimulation of the brain.

When non-lucid dreamers were subjected to 30-second jolts of electrical current to the frontal cortex, they reported spontaneously vivid dreams in which they fully recognized that they were dreaming.

Amazingly, at 40 Hz (the Gamma frequency previously linked with lucid dreaming) the trigger was effective 77% of the time.

 

Where to Start

Everyone has the potential to lucid dream - but only a small fraction of people learn how to harness the ability and use it on a regular basis.

This site is designed for people who are serious about learning the art of lucidity. With my tuition, you will learn to:

  • Have lucid dreams often - sometimes nightly
  • Control your dream world with full clarity
  • Interact with dream characters on a meaningful level
  • Allow the dream to guide you through adventures
  • Reach new insights and enlightenment

This site contains hundreds of articles. Don't let that overwhelm you - because no matter where you start, you will soon find something of value. If you don't have time to dig in now, bookmark the site for future use.

Some readers start or finish their day by spending 15-30 minutes here because it puts lucid dreaming on their brain. This is known as dream incubation, and helps promote spontaneous lucidity.

If you're not sure where to begin, sign up to my free starter course, 10 Steps to Lucid Dreams, to be guided through basic lucid dream induction techniques.

Lucid Dreaming Fast Track Online Study ProgramIf you're ready to jump in with both feet, check out my interactive course, The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track. This leading online resource gives you everything you need to know to control your dreams in one strategic lesson plan.

Finally, becoming lucid can be a mind-blowing experience. You will find it helpful to share your experiences and ask questions about what is normal or what to expect. Our friendly lucid dreaming forum welcomes you.

 

The Lucid Dreaming FAQ

If you've just discovered conscious dream control, you'll probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most common things people want to know:

How long does it take to have your first lucid dream?
How do I know when I'm lucid?
How can I stay lucid for longer?
How can I change the scenery?
How can I have flying dreams?
Can I get stuck in a lucid dream?
How do I talk to my unconscious in a lucid dream?

 

How long does it take to have your first lucid dream?

One study showed a group of committed students were able to have their first lucid dream, on average, within 3-21 days. They were equipped with the right tutorials and practiced mindfully every day.

This is a guide only. Some people already possess the skills and have their first lucid dream the same night they discover the concept. Others may take months to learn the skill, especially if you're only making a half-hearted approach.

If you are struggling to have your first lucid dream, ask yourself:

  • Are you dream journaling every morning?
  • Are you spending at least 20 minutes a day on mindful meditation?
  • Are you raising your self-awareness during waking life?
  • Are you practicing your reality checks frequently and mindfully?
  • Have you planned out what you'll do in your first lucid dream?
  • Are you unconsciously incubating the desire to lucid dream?
  • Have you mastered any in-depth lucid dreaming techniques?

 

How do I know when I'm lucid dreaming?

In Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams, the moment you become lucid is the moment you suddenly realize you are dreaming.

In many 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 zoom into focus and become much more vivid. You have far greater awareness of your body and it is more like a waking experience, 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 beyond your control. It is a co-created experience and your unconscious mind still plays a key role.

 

How can I stay lucid for longer?

Beginners often find their lucid dreams end prematurely. Sometimes, the sheer excitement causes you to wake up. Other times, you may simply forget you are dreaming and the unconscious mind regains full control. In this case, the dream loses its intensity and become just like a regular dream again.

To prevent this, cultivate a calm and focused mind set in the dreamworld. Remind yourself that you are dreaming often to stay mentally grounded.

A simple way to enhance your lucidity and thereby prolong your dream is to rub your hands together while saying "I'm dreaming". This kinetic sensation stimulates the conscious brain, while drawing awareness to your dream body and away from your physical body lying asleep in bed.

These techniques have helped me experience lucid dreams as long as an hour.

 

How can I change the scenery?

Making the dream scene morph in front of your eyes can sometimes be difficult - mainly because you simply don't expect it to happen. This is typical of the results beginners complain about because they lack the anticipated dream control.

If you're having problems with dream control (and I should stress that not everyone does have such issues) the best way to change things is to work with your unconscious dream logic. For instance, to change the scenery:

  • Locate a dream door (a door that stands randomly in the middle of any landscape) and step through to another world.

  • Pass through a mirror portal (a liquid-like mirror that leads to another dimension) and emerge in any scene you choose.

  • Change the channel on a TV, then jump into the screen and allow the image to become 3-dimensional around you.

  • Turn away from the scene, imagine a new location emerging behind you. When you turn back - lo and behold - it is there!

  • Spin around and imagine a new scene appearing when you stop spinning.

As you can see, there are many creative solutions to issues of dream control. The most important thing to remember is that your conscious expectation plays a major role. If you question your own ability to manifest new scenes, then your abilities will falter. But if you remain confident and learn from your experiences, you'll soon find that absolutely anything is possible inside a lucid dream.

 

How can I have flying dreams?

Learning how to fly in lucid dreams is something we all want to master first.

However, it's not like you've had any practice in real life, so the concept can be a little difficult on the lucid dreaming mind. While some people take to the sky like Superman, others can get stuck in power lines, bump into buildings, or waver as if gravity is acting against them (which of course it isn't!)

Think of the movie The Matrix, when Morpheus asks Neo how he beat him in a virtual reality fight. Was it because he was stronger, faster, or fitter in this simulated world? No. It was because he truly believed he was better.

It's the same in lucid dreams. See how to have lucid flying dreams which explains the expectation principle and a three-step flight training program.

 

Can I get stuck in a lucid dream?

If you are imagining getting stuck in a lucid dream that way a child gets stuck in a painting in a horror movie, then no, that's science fiction.

You can no more get stuck in a lucid dream than you can get stuck in a regular dream or nightmare. "Dream limbo" is just a plot device for the movies.

In fact, lucidity affords you the opportunity to wake up on demand. Many people learn to start lucid dreaming naturally by using it to wake up from nightmares. Just open and shut your dream eyes firmly while saying "WAKE UP!" You can use the same moment of clarity to transform your nightmare into a guided dream.

While it is possible to become engrossed in a lucid nightmare or false awakening, this is not the same as being trapped in a dream forever. Perhaps frustrating, perhaps enlightening, they are no different in length from typical periods of REM sleep, which max out after a certain period of time.

 

How do I talk to my unconscious in a lucid dream?

As the lucid dream is a co-created experience, you can find profound communication with the unconscious arising from dream events or the fabric of the dream itself. The easiest way is to start a dialogue with the dream: just ask questions out loud. See the article 10 things to ask your lucid dream self for specific questions to pose to your dreaming self.

To continue reading questions like this, see my full lucid dreaming FAQ.

 

That's enough to get you started. Thanks for dropping by the World of Lucid Dreaming and I hope you find this a useful resource for many years to come!

Best wishes,

Rebecca Turner

Rebecca Turner
Creator, World of Lucid Dreaming

 

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