I'm new to this forum. In the 1980's I became interested in lucid dreaming and altered states of awareness but then other things drew my attention. I had several lucid dreams many years ago, but none recently. Since I've been away, I wonder if cultivating lucid dreaming has been shown in studies to have any practical value, or if anyone has looked at practical correlates of lucid dreaming. I might guess that L.D. might relate to creativity, psychological mastery over fears, etc. Can anyone point me in a direction to learn more?
Please don't take my question to imply that for something like lucid dreaming to have value, it must have a practical application. If it is fun or interesting, it has value.
Again, thanks for your replies.
yes, knowing the psychoanalytic community a little, I would say that there is very little interest in lucid dreaming (which is an pity). But I recently learnt that C. G. Jung hat lots of out-of-body-experiences, even during therapy. He says that he felt often floating between himself and the patient during sessions and that this gave him a both a higher perspective and a deeper insight into the unconscious. Having read some of his books as well as parts of his famous "red book" (where he describes his dreams and visions) I'm absolutely convinced that he must have been a lucid dreamer although he as fas as I know didn't know or use the term "lucid dreaming".
I hope for a good dream next night... Toby
I still find it odd that psychoanalysts haven't picked up the idea of lucid dreaming given all there attention to dreams.
Thank s you for drawing my attention to the movie "Dangerous method"! It seems to be currently in german cinema, or perhaps I'll just wait for the DVD. I also cannot understand why lucid dreaming gets so little attention. Take another example. Take the most current book in german on psychiatry by Laux and Kapfhammer. Remember: it is THE standard text, over 2500 pages. You won't even find the word dream in the index, let alone lucid dream. I don't know what result this "experiment" would yield with an english "standard textbook".
What I experience in LD would in a waking state be often called psychosis. Although I feel quite fine about it. I talked to a psychologist recently about Jung, and she said: "Don't read these books! That man was schizophrenic!" I'm afraid many professional psychos are prejudiced about altered states of mind (as LD) and regard them uniformly as pathological.
If this is true, I wouldn't be surprised if you find an article about the "treatment of lucid dreaming disorder".
If you like movies and lucid dreaming, I would also recommend "Waking Life" http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/waking_life/trailers/10896918/ and, of course "Inception" http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inception/trailers/, "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind". I think there is something that artists are sensing about a new era where technology and imagination merge to create new realities.
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