We are in a valley, surrounded by clear sky and sunshine and mountains.
Beside the path is a large, current-less river and a massive red steel bridge. It runs from the bank on our side to over the top of the nearest mountain. I realize the bridge is just too huge and unreal and become lucid.
I start to climb the bridge. But soon the stairway disappears and is replaced by a log with two ropes for handrails either side of it.
Though it is precarious, I think: "I can handle this - I'm dreaming!" I effortlessly work my way along until I'm dancing and galloping up the slope of the log.
I wonder what this must look like to the dream people I left behind on the bank... but instead of adopting their point of view, I now see the world in 360-degree vision.
I can see the log rising up in front of me and sloping down behind me at the same time. To my right and left is open ocean, as if the river has expanded.
The people on the ground start cheering. When I consider the distance now between us, the bridge itself rises up, until I am so high, I am at the mountaintop.
I can see everywhere. It is breathtaking.
As I explore along the peak of the bridge I discover a dead end; an interior wall which wraps itself around me. Now I'm standing in a room at the top of the mountain.
There is a radio playing static which starts to tune itself and through it I can hear the cheers and the banter of the people on the ground, delighted that I made it to the top.
But suddenly, now I'm in this room, I get the sense that I can never go back and must press on...
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?