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.
A lot has happened in the last 5 months. But how did we go from business as usual to changing the face of the entire lucid dreaming supplements industry? It’s a story that I think will interest you – and you might even learn a thing or two in the process. When I was first taken on-board as Chief Lucidity Officer in 2016, one of the first things I was tasked with was taking a good look at our operations and giving things a bit of an overhaul.
What is reality? How can we define it - fit it into a box - so that whatever experiments we throw at it, our definition always holds true? I consciously observe the lucid dream world. It is real to me because the firing of neurons in my brain stem are interpreted as real sensory data by my brain. I could argue that lucid dreams constitute part of my reality.
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.
Years ago, before I had my first lucid dream, I had a very specific idea about what a lucid dream would feel like. I thought it would be intense and magical and a little bit spooky. This turned out to be a pretty accurate representation. Becoming aware in the dreamstate is like entering another world. One where physical laws can be manipulated (there is no spoon, Neo) and your fantasies can come true in an instant. There's definitely something magical about that - and it's as if the lucid dream world is a living, breathing organism that can react to your very thoughts.
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...
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?