Is it possible for everyone to lucid dream? Because I have been trying since the beginning of last summer and all that has happened is I got like a 5 second lucid dream. What am I doing wrong?
Rebecca says: Experts tend to agree that anyone who dreams can also lucid dream. It is a matter of bringing waking consciousness to the dreamworld.
Children can spontaneously lucid dream; one reader remembers having lucid dreams as early as three years old. And even those in ill health, like sufferers of Parkinson's Disease can have lucid dreams as a side effect of their medication.
Lucidity is a state of awareness where the conscious meets the unconscious mind. Like people who practice OBEs, hypnosis and meditation. These are all different states of mind that come with practice and the right techniques.
The only way to guarantee lucid dreams is consistency of practice. Write down at least one regular dream every day. Question your reality as often as possible, because this self awareness is how you become lucid in a normal dream.
Keep the idea of lucid dreaming on your mind during the day. I have more lucid dreams when I read books on the subject, so see what you can get at the library or online (even this website!) All this information filters through to the unconscious at night, and can help you realize when you are dreaming. Your first one was the hardest to achieve, so congratulations! Don't be put off because it only lasted 5 seconds - that happened to me at first too. It's the act of becoming lucid that counts. The next few may come quickly in succession, then you may not lucid dream again for weeks. As long as you are consistent and rack up more lucid experiences, it will get easier and easier, and soon you will have really long lucid dreams with amazing dream control.
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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?