Let's talk active dream control. This section is for lucid dreamers who understand how to become lucid - but find themselves flung into a strange and unpredictable dreamscape. You may feel you have very little dream control and this is totally normal for beginners. That's because the dreamworld obeys very different laws compared to physical reality.
In the waking world, if you want something to happen (like walk forward three steps) you simply will it to happen and your body does the rest. As long as it's within the realm of physical possibility, control of your waking reality is easy.
In a lucid dream, the rules are changed. You are suddenly in possession of a ghostly, ethereal body that can run through walls and travel through time. The dreamworld cares little for Einstein and Newton. The dreamworld is governed by your unconscious mind, and it is your task to work with it - not against it.
The following articles may sound utterly bizarre to non-lucid dreamers, but if you have any lucid dreams under your belt you will begin to understand the language of the unconscious mind. You'll learn how to tame its logic and how to control your dreams.
How to prolong lucid dreams and enhance the clarity and consciousness of your guided dream. Includes a range of very easy dream stabilizing techniques.
How to control your dreams with clarity. My own first-hand lucid dream research with advice on how to actively control and manipulate your lucid dreams.
Three ways to maintain dream control when you start to lose lucidity. Plus, why dream control isn't always what your unconscious dreaming self wants most.
Learn how to create dream characters in your lucid dreams. These six ways of summoning new characters will help you understand the nature of dream control.
Reframing is one of the most potent mind hack techniques for lucid dreaming. An excerpt from Daniel Love's excellent book Are You Dreaming?
Remember this scene in The Matrix? In the Jump program, Morpheus teaches Neo how to free his mind. The lucid dreamworld, too, demands this kind of mental reconditioning.
Setting a lucid dream intention means consciously planning an objective to fulfill to make your lucid dreams more rewarding. Find inspiration here...
Five lucid dream challenges for beginners: have flying dreams, taste delicious foods, run through walls, go star-gazing and talk to your unconscious mind...
Tibetan Dream Yoga is a similar practice to lucid dreaming in the ancient philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. Explore new depths to lucidity.
It's the number one goal for many - but is lucid dream sex all it's cracked up to be? How easy is it for beginners?
Find out what happens when you look at your reflection in a lucid dream mirror... And how to use dream mirrors as portals to alternate dimensions.
Ever wanted to master flying in your lucid dreams? Here's your step-by-step flight training - from bouncing in meadows to rocketing through outer space!
Many beginners want to have flying dreams - but flying in lucid dreams isn't always so intuitive. Here's how to soar like a superhero on your lucid quest.
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For centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have been working on waking up in their dreams, so that they can "wake up" at the moment of their death. They also believe that whatever cultural assumptions you have during life will become true upon death. Can lucid dreaming prepare us for the dying process? What might happen at the actual moment of death? Why are we scared of death and how might bodiless lucid experiences help to reduce our fear? In this interview, Dr Clare Johnson and Dr Keith Hearne dive into the lucid void, Tibetan Buddhism, and lucid dreaming as an emotional and spiritual preparation for death.
Does this face look familiar? It should. This is the result of image averaging - a technique in which multiple headshots are averaged out into a single face. In this case, our composite guy was generated by psychology student and photography enthusiast, Bill Lytton. Lytton averaged out 32 attractive male celebrity faces. To avoid personal bias, he referred to Maxim's Hot 100 and other opinion polls. He also averaged out a bunch of unattractive male faces for comparison.
It's a myth that you could exhaust yourself having a great big run in a lucid dream. After all, your real muscles are paralyzed during sleep. Your body isn't really running or burning up energy. So why would you feel depleted? So, in terms of physical energy depletion, there's really no logic to this argument. But what about dreams being mentally or emotionally tiring? The best way to test this is to survey lucid dreamers themselves. Go ahead, take our poll. My intuitive response is no - and that's based on my 17 years of personal experience. Lucid dreams aren't tiring for me at all.
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?