Surely the ancients didn't keep a dream journal and go through all those gyrations just to have lucid dreams? Are we missing some ingredient today that they knew about millennia ago? There MUST be a better, more sure methodology to this "science"? I am not attempting to affront you just asking for more of an angle to the actual movement into this field of awareness.
Rebecca says: The most famous group of people for practicing lucid dreaming through the centuries were Tibetan Buddhist monks, although they called it Dream Yoga. I'm not an expert in this discipline but I expect if you were to study their techniques, you would find alternative methods. Here's a short article on Dream Yoga I wrote as an introduction to the subject.
One major difference could be the way we relate to our dreams (if at all, for many people). Western civilization dismiss dreams as bizarre / nonsense / ramblings of an unconscious mind. We have the underlying belief that they're not important. But Eastern cultures view them as meaningful, even as real experiences taking place in other realms. Dreams are important to them. I think this different philosophy has a lot to do with how easily we enter and manipulate our dream lives, and therefore discover lucidity.
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?