Ryan wrote:To me, the very concept that most people refer to as a dream of a lucid dream simply can not exist... as you're either aware that you're dreaming or you're not aware that you're dreaming. It's a yes or a no answer... no grey area. So for me it's very straightforward.
I disagree. I believe you are undermining the abstract side of our minds. Moreover, there are many degrees of being lucid. The phase state of the mind is not stable, it can only be optimally maintained and prolonged with techniques. You are dismissing a whole spectrum of perception in your statement. The whole affair is very much a grey area.
I could give you the example of one of my past experiences. I began with partial lucidity but still believing that prior dream events had taken place in the real world. Eventually I developed full lucidity and realised that it had been a gradual development as opposed to the emergence of full consciousness in one go.
It is possible that some of your mental faculties function in some lucid dreams but not others. In a similar vein, it is feasible that one can dream of lucid dreaming but still not possess that waking consciousness that marks the Gamma frequency and defines paradoxical sleep. In such cases, the subconscious is merely playing out what the individual was exposed to while awake. It is merely a theme.