So I'm wondering if you could use this a lucid dreaming technique or enhancer.
Certain songs just bring up beautiful emotions or images in my mind and I'm sure everyone gets this. And I find myself thinking what an amazing lucid dream I would have if I was listening to a certain song while in it.
Has anyone ever tried or succeeded in using music to induce lucid dreaming? That is, you select a certain song as your "reality tether" and whenever you hear that song, think about that song, or have it stuck in your head, you question reality, or convince yourself that you are dreaming. (I've heard of a rather extreme lucid dreaming technique where you fully convince yourself that the world you're seeing is a dream and thus this carries over into an actual dream). Then, put headphones in/on and program the song to fade in lightly about 2 hours after going to bed. Of course, if you're not used to going to sleep with headphones in and sound playing, you'd have to get used to that first.
I think it'd be pretty interesting, has anyone every thought about doing this?
It reminds me of those 'Learn A Language While Sleeping Tapes' that were popular once.
We certainly hear things in our sleep and they influence our dreams. (That's essentially what hypnosis is).
So if you take control and associate the music, or sounds, or the stand-up comedy with the fact that you are dreaming it should have the same effect as a recorded voice constantly repeating, 'you are dreaming'.
Again, I have never done this. My biggest concern is what if the music is annoying or you get bored with whatever audio you choose. Stuck in a lucid dream, listening to the worst comedian ever.... sounds like a nightmare! ("Get me out of this dream! It's Carrot Top again!")
Definitely worth exploring, though.
I had another idea. Our mind is (theoretically, and definitely debatably) infinitely capable of capturing all information we have ever sensed, yes? There's a lot of controversy over that, but as for myself I'm a strong believer in hypnosis and all those sorts of things. But anyway, this is supported by the vivid detail that we experience in our lucid dreams. My first LD, I was blown away by my minds capability to project such a detailed and intense environment.
Perhaps this could be applied to sound as well?
If it is a song we are well familiar with, could we become lucid and search out a music player and then play that song? It'd be interesting to see how accurate or if at all our mind plays the song.
If you want music to influence your dreams and make them beautiful I would suggest some Classical Music by those instrumental masters like Mozart or Beethoven. They really do conjure up emotions don't they? And usually pleasant ones if you find the right song.
And yeah, but I actually had specific songs in mind.
As for music...well, I'd argue that just about any music can stir up emotions of some kind, and if it's a favorite of yours, those will ultimately be positive, so long as you're in the mood to hear it. I imagine getting an "appropriate soundtrack" for a more action-driven, nature-based, sexual, self-exploring, and/or comedic dream would all call for varied artists/genres. Maybe in a few decades when my awareness improves greatly I can test this out!
Something else that's kind of funny. The context in the dream was that I was in a Biology classroom and the professor was playing a radio while the students worked on a sort of warm up. There were other songs that played before Sweater Weather came on (songs I have never heard before and my subconscious must have made them up) that weren't memorable. The dream characters surrounding me all shared my taste in music. It was either that or it was the fact that Sweater Weather is a pop song. Because everyone was bored with all the songs before it, but when Sweater Weather came on, they were getting into it.
Could be my hatred of listening to mainstream songs, or could be that they all shared my interest in this song in particular.
EDIT: Three questions, actually. The third being would the song be just as perfect had I been lucid?
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