It's all normal? So, is it normal to levitate, fly, go through walls, change shape and perform telekenesis?
I don't think it's a good idea to think that everything that happens in lucid dreams is normal. We need to distinguish ABNORMALITIES in dreams and label them for the anomalies that they represent against what is regarded as normal in the waking world. This is the ticket to converting many of your dreams into lucid experiences.
You're only talking perspective.
From the point of view of being consciousness... there's nothing that's abnormal.
For example... to me, flying is as normal a non-physical thing to do as breathing is here.
Why give it such a long name? Isn't it easier to say lucid dreams? It is easier, more popular and more acceptable. If you say "non-physical lucid awareness experience" to a stranger, they are very likely to switch off and walk away from you immediately. I also feel that the "non-physical" is somewhat misplaced there because, many lucid dreams can feel very physical. Also, when it comes to dreaming, there is evidence of physics involved. If you are going to regard such experiences as trips to some non-physical dimension, then you might as well say that this reality is not physical seen as atoms are not physical things.
Because I choose to differentiate between associations that most people have with the term "lucid dreams" and the associations my experiences give me which dictate that they're just non-physical experiences of varying levels of awareness. My terminology makes that abundantly clear.
It can be shortened to just "dream awareness", "lucid awareness" and "astral awareness". But the longer version makes the point that they're states of mind and not things you do.
If, on the other hand, you say "lucid dream", the person will have a clue about what you are talking about. Often you only have to explain the "lucid" part. Likewise, the "phase" is only one word which will draw curiosity and can be explained in mundane terms.
Hence why I use the terms "dream", "lucid" and "astral" in my states of mind. Most people have the basic idea of what those three ideas are and it's easy to visualize them on a continuum scale with all points in between. They're all just "the phase" as you'd call it in Raduga's terms.
Be careful, because, the minute you start passing theories off as fact is when people will ask you to provide the evidence that made you arrive at that conclusion. You can introduce this phenomenon to someone without having to say that it happens in another dimension or that it all happens in the head.
To me, they are true. They're 100% true.
In any case, it's not like you and I are talking different things. We're both referring to the same thing using different metaphors.
Nobody should "believe" anything I say... nobody should believe anything you say either.
What they should do is find out themselves through direct first hand experience. That's what I want to see people do.
If we want this phenomenon to be known by as many people as possible, that is the way to go. Furthermore, I feel that it is counter-productive to use terms like "astral projection", when introducing the phase state to someone, due to its mystical and spiritual connotations. We must remember that not everyone believes in that and it really shouldn't matter what people believe. This phenomenon should be studied and approached in a pragmatic way - the rest is all interpretations.
Sadly, we all have our separate metaphors for how we talk and describe things. This website uses the "Lucid Dream" metaphor as an almost catch-all for the non-physical. You use Raduga's "The phase" metaphors. I use mine.
The problem comes when people start to think that their chosen metaphor is the only way and start to become violent towards people who use different metaphors. It happens... sadly.
That's the nice thing about exploring the non-physical... you can take as much or as little from it as you want. If you want to just fly around your neighborhood, you can... you might end up getting bored quickly, but you can.
And likewise, if you want to unlock your spiritual side and "grow", you can do that too. It's really up to the individual.