With a combined 40 years of lucid dreaming experience, Daniel Love and Rebecca Turner aim to answer your most profound lucid dreaming questions. Each new segment features one reader question, sent in via our lucid dreaming forum. See below for details on how to submit your question.
Is it true that we can't invent new faces in our dreams, and that we can only dream of faces we've seen in the past?
Why do some people you meet in your lucid dreams seem to have a separate self awareness from that of your own?
What is the longest possible time you can spend in a lucid dream (in real time)?
I've been having dreams where I'm aware of everything around me as if I woke up but I can't move. What is this?
Did you ever heal yourself or others using lucid dreaming? If so, what was it like?
Does Asperger Syndrome affect the way you sleep, dream - and even lucid dream?
Got a burning question about consciousness and dreams?
Daniel Love is a lifelong lucid dreamer, initially inspired by his own early experiences in overcoming childhood nightmares using lucidity. He has dedicated his life to the research and teaching of lucid dreaming, running numerous workshops, retreats and talks around the world.
Perhaps most well-known for his Cycle Adjustment Technique, Daniel is also the author of the book Are You Dreaming? Exploring Lucid Dreams: A Comprehensive Guide. The book aims to bring the subject of lucid dreaming fully up to date and to appeal to those new to the topic, as well as advanced lucid dreamers. Check out this interview with Daniel Love here.
Rebecca Turner is a long time lucid dreamer, having discovered the ability the "wake up" in her dreams at 14 years old. She has been using this extraordinary ability ever since - as a creative outlet, as a platform for escapism, as a problem solving tool, and more.
Rebecca has dedicated her career to raising awareness of lucid dreaming among the general population, sharing her love of the topic through the website World of Lucid Dreaming and her online course The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track. Her reach extends to millions of online visitors each year. Check out this interview with Rebecca Turner here.
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?