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Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby Jonathan » 25 Jun 2011 00:05

Have your lucid dreams given you any abilities that have transferred over to your "awake" life?

I read an interesting one on Reddit a while back. I'll quote it here:

I had a lucid dream, in which everything around me was in a constant state of folding in on itself, and revealing hidden symmetry that was not apparent at first glance. For example, if I were to look at another person they would become highlighted as if to gain my attention, and then fold along a vertical line pointing out the bilaterally symmetric nature of the human form. When I awoke I discovered that my perception of the world around me was fundamentally altered to see in terms of how symmetrical things were.

More specifically, I could create Ambigrams almost instantly when given a word, or multiple words combinations (Wiki: An ambigram is a typographical design or art form that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint, direction, or orientation). The first one I did was a variant of the word "Shampoo", to read as "Conditioner" when flipped over http://i.imgur.com/VCGwK.png (Long story on why it was those words, but my friend had been trying to do this task for quite a long time). I did not premeditate its creation, and essentially wrote it down without lifting my pen from the paper. I have dozens more that I created, in vastly different styles, that I would be willing to share.

This new ability persisted for about 1 month, before it started to fade. I'm still very skilled at creating ambigrams but felt that for that one month time I was positively brilliant at their execution. After some research the only story I could find that was similar to mine, is a case study presented in a book called "The man who mistook his wife for a hat", about a patient who dreams that he is a dog, and awakes to find that he has a heightened sense of smell.

Thought I would post some of the ambigrams here that I did as requests for fellow redditors.

http://i.imgur.com/2ih0X.png (Improve/Refine)

http://i.imgur.com/ZWPYA.png (Karma/Creativity)

http://i.imgur.com/9wr16.png (Reddit/Digg)

http://i.imgur.com/mN7z5.png (Ninjas vs. Pirates)

http://i.imgur.com/RKjjS.jpg (t-bone/luigi)

http://i.imgur.com/BSyoR.png (Sorcery/Physics)

http://i.imgur.com/M8hKb.png (Madeline/Platypus)

http://i.imgur.com/jJL4m.jpg (Raven)

http://i.imgur.com/IbgkI.png (Truth/Lies)

http://i.imgur.com/OVm0Q.jpg (Ryan)

http://i.imgur.com/GJKOA.png (Mike/Julia)

http://i.imgur.com/wvvs4.jpg (Unity)

http://i.imgur.com/leTQf.png (Daniel/Rida)

http://i.imgur.com/ypX8H.jpg (Sully)

http://i.imgur.com/VU6V3.png (Queer/Trans)

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Re: Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby StarFox » 25 Jun 2011 00:39

That's really cool I've wondered this before. I remember watching a discovery channel video about lucid dreaming. It said that some scientist from NASA had solved some sort of a complex problem or something similar while in a lucid dream and he could never figure it out in his waking life. I think it's on youtube if your interested in watching it. I don't know what it's called but you could try just searching "lucid dreaming discovery channel". It was interesting.

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Re: Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby Jonathan » 27 Jun 2011 00:09

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASf55cov5F8

Thanks for telling us about it. Very cool.

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Re: Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby FPConEcho » 27 Jun 2011 04:49

Yes, charisma.

Ever hear of neuroplasticity? It is also known as brain plasticity, which it is the brain's ability to create new neural networks. Everything you remember is stored on a neural network. Likewise, your personality, perception, everything that makes you who you are is the accumulation of all your memories and experiences linked together by these neural networks composed of neurons.

I used to have no charisma whatsoever, yet now my charisma in-person is reaching the point of others almost perceiving me as larger than life. However, it didn't manifest with just one dream. It took about six months of practice in real life and in dreams to essentially transform myself into a completely different person. Basically, I've deliberately induced brain growth to strengthen a segment of my brain that was relatively weak. Neuroplasticity is why people who suck at Math, become good at Math when they practice it a lot. It is like flexing a muscle, the muscle will atrophy if not used. Some people, like Einstein, are naturally good at Math, which I believe it is genetic to where the brain segment responsible for Math was naturally built up thick with neurons. It is like how some people naturally have big leg calves or naturally big upper chests etc., which they wouldn't have to work-out those specific areas of muscles as much when compared to someone that was genetically deficient in said area.

Most likely, these individuals that acquired real-life abilities due to a mere single dream is probably due to luck of a neural network or neuron developing in the right spot linking up memories and thoughts in a unique way. They probably would have retained it if they practiced using it everyday for awhile to strengthen the neuron and prevent atrophy.

Kind of sucks it went away for them, though mine hasn't. Likewise, I'm not done. Just my opinion on how it functions, which makes lucidity incredibly useful instead of just merely having fun and wasting time in some sort of virtual reality.

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Re: Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby dagomez99 » 28 Jun 2011 16:06

Just to clear things up, in the brain, and in the nervous system in general, the only cells that are capable of duplicating are some neurons in the hippocampus (related to memory and emotions) and the glial cells (which aid in the support of the neurons, and also have a sort of "cleaning" function.

The other neurons don't have plasticity, which is the ability to duplicate, but what they CAN do, is that they can develop more and more synapses, they do it by developing more and more dendrites and telodendria.

This is a constructive post, not that i'm criticizing or anything, I wouldn't do that, I'm just trying to expand the idea of FPConEcho.

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Re: Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby magicdog93 » 29 Aug 2011 21:58

i dont know if should count as abilities or not but here go's.

i always fly in my lucid dreams, while i had these lucid dreams i gained more confidence near heights, i manged to go on the giant swing in osmington!!, i think if i carry on like this, my phobia of heights will disappear. i think lucid dreams might help combat your phobias
i am joshua, nice to meet you,

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Re: Have lucid dreams given you any real-life abilities?

Postby Jonathan » 03 Sep 2011 22:45

FPConEcho wrote:Yes, charisma.

Sounds interesting. I read your post... but how specifically did you use lucid dreaming to help you gain charisma? What did you tell yourself? What did you dream about?


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