There is an exercise in Stephen LaBerge's "Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming" that might interest you. In wakefulness, spend a minute focusing on each sense. Absorb the richness. When you dream, you will be doubly aware of your senses and when lucidity hits you you will experience it tenfold.
You've got to remember that even in wakefulness the sense of smell isn't experienced as often. The lucid dream state will mimicked that. Vision and touch (sometimes hearing) tend to come first.
Gooeymaw wrote:I did a search in my dream journal and found at least one instance where I smelled something in a dream, but I think it's pretty unusuall
Summerlander wrote:Smell is interesting but not that important.
I think both these are true and it isn't something we experience as much in waking life either now that you mention it. I think the more experience we have in life, the more capable we are to produce an accurate version of it in dreams. But smell is the least experienced sense we have. I have tasted great things in dreams, actually I still haven't had a better cup of coffee than the one I had in a dream.
Summerlander wrote:I had the best ham and cheese sandwich ever in a lucid dream.
This tickled me
As for a sense of smell when lucid... I can think of some examples, mostly when I'm eating food. I think smell receptors play a big part of taste. But for the dreaming mind, that doesn't matter because it's all simulated anyway, it's purely about what you expect to taste/smell. If you deliberately smell melted chocolate in a lucid dream (drool) then you will smell it... even if your nose has fallen off.
lucidinthe sky wrote:I think the more experience we have in life, the more capable we are to produce an accurate version of it in dreams. But smell is the least experienced sense we have.
This is a good point... I bet my dogs have really stinky dreams.
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