Is it possible to have wings and a tail in lucid dreams, as in body modification?
Rebecca says: Yes, anything's possible in a lucid dream! I used to have the rule of thumb: if you can imagine it, you can dream it. But then I started to realize my lucid dreams are co-created by my unconscious mind too... so even if I can't consciously imagine something, my unconscious self can. (This gives rise to totally bizarre experiences which I didn't think I was capable of dreaming up myself.)
Now my rule of thumb is: anything's possible.
Shapeshift, teleport, defy gravity, pass through a black hole, collapse the universe, explore the quantum world, swim through solid rock, see in total darkness, touch music, become nothingness, and even pursue multiple lucid dream environments simultaneously...
Since your dreams are purely conceptual there are no physical limits or barriers. Everything that is possible inside your mind, is possible when lucid dreaming.
But how exactly?
To create the experience of having wings and a tail, just expect to have those attributes and they will appear. Or tell the dream aloud "I am a dragonfly / eagle / phoenix!"
Another method is to summon other dream figures and design their body modifications like a sculptor, then use them as a template for yourself. Or just start flying and behaving as the desired creature and your unconscious will fill in the details.
In my lucid dreams, I have modified my body in other ways, like shrinking myself down to miniature so I could ride on the back of my pet Sheltie like a horse.
I have also miniaturized myself further to explore the atomic world. I chose to do this by focusing my awareness on where I wanted to go, rather than thinking about the physical miniaturization of my body.
It all begins with the will to do something. Voicing your will out loud is even more effective. When you will it, it usually happens... (and if it doesn't - then you're not fully lucid).
Now, there is just one caveat to my "anything's possible" theory, and I must be clear about this: it only applies to the dream world itself. You can't pass impossible achievements or take physical changes across to the real world.
For instance, I'm often asked if you can learn a new language in a lucid dream. I understand that you can practice your existing knowledge of a certain language and wake up with better language comprehension, on a par with practicing in waking life. But you can't attain brand new information that you didn't already know. So if you've never heard or studied Icelandic, for example, it is impossible for you to learn new Icelandic words in a lucid dream.
As long as your desire is confined to achievements within the lucid dream world, you can become or do anything that resides within your conscious or unconscious mind.
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?