Previously I published my list of top 10 lucid dreaming movies. There are so many fantastic and imaginative movies out there that readers began suggesting others that could have easily made the cut. And they'd be right.
So here are 10 more lucid dreaming movies to stimulate your night life. Arguably, not all of them are specifically set in a lucid dream world, but they do certainly mimic many of the qualities of these internally generated fantasies.
Based on the best-selling book by Alice Sebold and directed by Peter Jackson, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from a lucid-dream-like limbo, revealing the impact of her death on those closest to her, all the while coming to terms with her own demise. Breathtaking visuals abound.
Alice In Wonderland centers around 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure depicted in Lewis Carroll's classic novel. In the movie, she reunites with her old friends - including Johnny Depp's deranged Mad Hatter - and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.
Open to interpretation, the compelling story of Donnie Darko features a delusional high school student who is regularly visited by a demonic rabbit with predictions of the future. Fan theories attempt to explain the fateful conclusion with schizophrenia, dreams, genuine precognition, and the looping tangent universe - take your pick!
Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus and his sideshow troupe promise the audience a journey to the Imaginarium - where dreams come true. Meanwhile, in the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, he claims to have lived for more than a thousand years...
John Malkovich plays himself in this brilliant comic fantasy. When a hapless puppeteer takes a desk job on 7½ floor of a Manhattan office building, he discovers a portal which literally transports him into the mind of John Malkovich. A unique movie driven by dreamy logic and explorations of the teleported consciousness.
In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. Fascinated with fairytales, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks...
A mind-bending action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up to find himself teleported into the body of an unknown man. His mission: to locate and stop a deadly terrorist attach in downtown Chicago. An imaginative and suspenseful plot - think Quantum Leap but darker.
In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year-old girl who works at the family circus wishes she could run away and join 'real life'. But she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, monkeybirds and sphinxes. She must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get back home.
Inspired by Philip K Dick's famous short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, this Total Recall remake features a factory worker, Douglas Quaid, who begins to suspect that he is a spy. The problem is, these suspicions arise only after his visit to Rekall - a company that implants fake life memories - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
From the creators of The Matrix movie trilogy, The Animatrix is a collection of nine animated short films from leading anime directors. They detail the backstory of the Matrix universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the artificial reality world.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?