MariaPita wrote:I've just been reading through the most commonly asked questions page on this site and the responses posted by Rebecca. Already I've come across 2 statements that are simply not true.
1. It is possible to affect physical reality and your body in a lucid dream, such as healing yourself or someone else in a lucid dream, as well as to receive previously unknown and verifiable information. I know this to be a fact from personal experience. You may not be able to learn Icelandic, but you can learn and do things that affect physical reality.
2. To state as fact that there is no real evidence for telepathic dreams is misinformation. Once again, personal experience has taught me that there are indeed telepathic and precognitive dreams. I've written about lucid dream healing and telepathy from my personal verifiable experience, not from a story told me by a "friend of a friend."
Lucid dreaming is an ancient spiritual practice and a fascinating mystery and to define and/or limit its boundaries and possibilities with pat statements does not do it justice and is no way helpful.
I'd just like to clarify, your first claim refers to the statements I made in this article:http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/can-you-modify-your-body.html
Specifically: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? Certainly, you can practice your existing knowledge of a certain language and wake up with better language comprehension. 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.
And your second statement (I'm guessing) refers to my homepage:http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/
In which I explain why I think psychic dreams aren't real:I'm sure you want them to be, but wanting something doesn't make it real. Otherwise we'd all look like A-list celebrities and solve world poverty.
To date, there is no good scientific evidence for psychic dreams. Everyone has heard of a friend-of-a-friend who "had this amazing psychic dream, so it has to be real" but please bear in mind that such stories are often embellished, and coincidences do happen. Also, consider this:
1) Nobody has identified a mechanism for psychic information to travel from the future into your dreaming mind. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but it's a tad premature to believe in something we can neither perceive nor explain.
2) It's far more likely that so-called psychic dreams are caused by coincidence. How many deaths and accidents have you dreamed about that didn't come true? Though it may seem unbelievable at the time, mathematically it is commonplace.
3) It's also quite likely that "psychic" information is received subconsciously. In other words, if you know your friend is a risk-taker behind the wheel, it's not psychic to dream of him having a car accident which later happens.
There is a scientific principle known as Occam's Razor, where the simplest, most likely solution is always the best. There's no need to call upon "magic" when we can explain the so-called phenomena logically. Reason dictates we ditch the unproven theories and accept the simplest proven explanation.
Of course, if real, repeatable evidence emerged for psychic dreams, I would accept them to be real! Seriously, it would blow my mind. Lucid dreamers are best poised to take on this task, as explained in my article on precognitive dreams. Until such time, I'm going to base my beliefs on observed truths and rational reasoning.
As a general response, I'd just like to say it does seem a bit dogmatic of you to say my opinion is "simply not true", as Rothgar points out!! That seems a very closed-minded way to open a debate.
I know my world view conflicts with yours, but do allow me to explain why I say these things:
The main reason I feel psychic, telepathic or third-party healing dreams do not take place is for lack of scientific, repeatable evidence. Your personal experience is, alas, not scientific.
It MIGHT be that you are psychic and your interpretation of events is correct, but also you have to admit that it MIGHT NOT. So, do we educate our audiences with the KNOWNS -- or UNKNOWNS?
I choose the former. You have chosen the latter.
My point is that, depending on your exact claim (which I would like to hear and we can have a full and open discussion about it), we can probably find alternative explanations for what happened based on known facts. We do not need to fall back on "unknowns" - ie psychic explanations.
Please bear in mind, the scientific approach is open-minded and doesn't jump to any conclusions. It assumes a sensible, rational, default position on all things unexplained, until we can explain them.
That's why I say the things I do on my website. Because it would be wrong of me to use my website as a platform for telling people they can heal their terminal illness, win lotto or talk to deceased relatives using their lucid dreams, when I can't provide hard evidence for it.
And by hard evidence, I mean repeatable, wide-scale experiments. Personal experience is brilliant and can be used as a tool for self development, but also remember the human mind can be fooled sometimes.
I can even fool myself - neither of us are foolproof! Which is why I have great respect for the scientific method with its testability and objectivity and apply its logic to the things I write on my website.
Thanks for taking my opinions on board.