Since I am asking this about everyone, I will be honest why it was important for me at the beginning and how my importance evolved and is still evolving.
I first got involved with taking a good look at lucid dreaming after I built up enough self confidence to actually believe in myself that I can do it. Then I had to find the right reasons that would keep me going when I would get impatient. For me, after listening to what Edgar Cayce's teachers at his school A.R.E. said about dreams and the power that they hold on a you tube video, did I actually totally submersed myself in learning about lucid dreaming to the deepest core... (and I am still learning!! always!!)
I used to be very interested in prophets, channelers, psychics... etc. Yeah CrAzY right?? Why did I care so much about these people?? Because I lost my mother when I was 20 years old. It was really difficult, my mother had been in a coma for over a month before I got the call from my brother the morning after I saw her for the last time. She was drifting in and out, opening her eyes only for a couple seconds at a time. As I leave for the night, I try to say I love you as I walk out when she lashed out at me, with eyes that made me feel horrible inside. Leaving it at that moment just seemed so unjust, I knew something was seriously wrong that night but I left.... and after nothing was the same.. I wanted to know about life after death, I wanted to know if she was okay, I wanted to know her last thoughts, I wanted to know if she was mad at me. THIS WAS MY INTENTION.
I know there are other lucid dreamers that don't beleive that these characters could be anything more than a projection of your own subconscious mind. But there have been MANY people out there, including Robert Waggoner, that can prove that he can describe someone that he has never even met anymore (see his book Lucid Dreaming:Guide to Your Inner Self) and for others reading this that may be set in there ways.. remember that it was a fact one day that the earth was flat, it was a fact that we would never fly above the clouds, it was a fact that we wouldn't be able to communicate with someone on the other side of the world instantly... and when we get to set in our beliefs, we can't see the bigger picture, our beliefs become everything and therefore we can't see anything else. Luckily there are those 'crazy' people out there that have an amazing imagination.
But still there is no way to tell if who we meet in our dreams are the people that we perceive them to be and after a series of horrible non-lucid dreams. (totally my subconscious) showing my mother throwing herself off a stairway, chasing after me trying to beat me up... etc. that I finally had an amazing break through dream that changed my whole outlook on the importance of lucid dreaming and how it could create a more conscious (lucid) life. I asked her questions, I held her close, I told her how much I loved her and I let her go. Yes, I woke up with my pillow being wet from tears (ok maybe a bit of drool too, lol) but I have never had a more emotional release than that in my life yet.
Now, after a couple of years of experience, I tend to let go of trying to control the outcome of the dream. I shout out my intentions and let my inner self guide me. Right now I am practicing the amazing effects of meditating while making my question clear. (I think I got totally addicted to the way I felt this force wrap around my heart and drive me into the sky before bringing me to the answer of my question for a while) So I am finally trying something new I have asked many questions. My most recent questions were how many children i would have and where I would live after the house I am living in now. Just remember if you are going to ask vague questions... you will get vague answers. It is amazing fun to see where your inner self takes you and what could it hurt?? Its just a dream right?
Just so you know, I don't ask to speak to my mother anymore. I finally have closure to move on with this life. I am able to grasp to the good memories, be in the present (half of the time, lol) and know that all things change and not to worry about the future to the point that you can't find gratitude in the present no matter where you are at on your journey. No one step is more important then the other, just ask long as your moving (backwards is okay too!!)
Anyways enough about me....
Why is lucid dreaming important to you????
Due to recent events, having a bad a short-term memory may no longer be an issue. I'm now interested in experimenting with my dreams even more and look forward to seeing what manifests.
Lucid dreaming is important for me, just basically because it is interesting and fun. It's wild, isn't it? When we're lucid dreaming, we're living in an alternate reality in our minds. Everything that we see, "touch", "smell"... it's all in our heads when we're dreaming. It's so unpredictable too. It's really just like exploring a whole different world. So yeah, it really is amazing, and that's why I enjoy the practice of it.
that sounded really cool eh? thought of that myself.I think LDing is important to me because it gives me a chance to explore new places and do new stuff that i couldn't do in real life. i mean, the zombie apocolyps hasn't come yet right?
I could induce the lucid dream and create the world that I was writing about, I could then livein this world in my dreams and when I woke I would be writing about it from real experience, I felt the novel would be much richer if I was writing from experience rather than imagination.
Unfortunately I went through a lot of stuff back then that was too much of distraction and I could't relax enough.
Now I am more settled and am starting out again, from the beginning I am building my dream recall first and that is going well.
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