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.
Here's a good question. If a lucid dream is any dream in which you know you're dreaming, then why aren't we always lucid in dreams? Why doesn't it just become the default state of dreaming? Why do we accept our dreams of flying pigs and dinosaurs as an extension of waking life? What is the mechanism for defaulting to non-lucid dreams? Intriguingly, scientists have approached this question from three different angles./p>
What do blind people dream about? Can they "see" in their dreams? Take a look at scientific studies into the dreams of the blind, colorblind, and black-and-white dreamers. In 1999, dream researchers at the University of Hartford analyzed 372 dreams of 15 blind people. They found that both the congenitally blind and those who went blind before five years old did not have any visual dreams at all. That's because our dreams are made up of real world experiences and our innermost thoughts, anxieties and desires. So for someone who has never perceived images or light (or can't remember any) their dreams simply can't manifest visually.
Not long ago, scientists at Frankfurt University discovered how to produce lucid dreams with electronic stimulation. It was a world first. And - astonishingly - it worked in non-lucid dreamers 77% of the time. Now you can buy the same technology for yourself. The foc.us V2 - which delivers the proven optimum 40 Hz transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) - was originally developed to increase working memory in video gamers and improve sleep.
As technology continues to move us towards more immersive dreamlike experiences, one can only wonder what digital wonders lay just beyond the horizon of tomorrow. We may also question just how the future of virtual reality will impact the study and practice of lucid dreaming. Are we, perhaps, the last generation to whom lucid dreaming will maintain an appeal?
Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller. He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination. He's also a school teacher, and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork. Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams.
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?