I read in an article on lucid dreaming that a man had spent 100 years in a lucid dream. Is it really possible to prolong a lucid dream? If so is it possible to lucid dream for what feels like years? Lastly, if you can make time seem to go by slower how can you do it?
Rebecca says: The perception of time is a fascinating area to explore. Firstly, yes you can make a lucid dream last up to an hour or more in real time. Take a look at How to Stay Lucid for specific tips on increasing your lucidity and making the dream last longer.
Now for our perception while dreaming. When you're asleep, some parts of the conscious brain are activated while other parts are shut down. For instance, we have access to long term memories but not so much short term memories. The language centers are also usually shut off which is why it's much harder to read in a dream. What's more, our perception of time is altered, so that if you're having a vivid dream with a huge sprawling plot sequence, it can feel like you have dreamt for years. However I must stress that it's not perceived as real-time; it's merely an illusion of time. Consider it like watching a movie that spans 100 years, but the movie only lasted two hours. You can take on a lot of information and understand the greater passage of time without actually travelling through it second-for-second.
This time distortion can be triggered by dream herbs like Calea Zacatechichi. I once dreamed a lifetime in this state. It was wonderful - and, no, not at all like being "stuck" in some kind of dream limbo. It was a swooping, epic tale. I was not bored for a moment!
On the flipside, if you want to make time slow down in a lucid dream, you can create a whole plot that would take a long time to unfold in reality. Recall the fictional layers of dreams in Inception, in which each layer operated at a different speed from the next. Or the notion of "bullet time" in The Matrix, where you can slow down movement and, by proxy, the passage of time. Once you become proficient at controlling your dreams, you can do whatever you want with your perception of time.
Lucid dreaming, like any advanced skill, requires a considerable investment of time, energy and dedication in order to master. Yet, as a lucidity researcher, I'm regularly asked by those new to the subject, for an easy and low-effort technique. Something that
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?