I have heard many times that lucid dreams involve all the senses... so if touch is one of them wouldn't you have pain to go along with it? Pain is pretty much part of touch, like if you press your fingers on a desk you will feel it, but when you press too hard it obviously will begin to hurt. I understand that may be a hard thing to explain though, because the senses in a dream might be outrageously different, or not.
Rebecca says: Yes, you can feel pain in a lucid dream - but usually only if your awareness is specifically tuned into that sensation. I can only remember a few times when I've actually felt real pain while lucid dreaming.
For instance, if I jumped off a cliff and landed splat on the ground, it wouldn't necessarily hurt. Chances are, I'm focused on landing softly anyway. In fact, just like we avoid pain in the real world, I wouldn't mind guessing we avoid pain in lucid dreams without really thinking about it.
Even if you let your unconscious guide your lucid dream on your behalf and your dream takes a nasty turn, you can either endure the pain or demand that it stops. If you don't have the level of consciousness to stop the pain mentally, then you're not really lucid anymore and it should be dumbed down to the level of a normal - if somewhat vivid - dream.
The few times I've experienced pain in a lucid dream, it was very different from real pain. It was inconsistent with the cause, and stopped abruptly when the dream moved on. What's more, there was no psychological component, which can make real life pain so much worse.
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?