What happens when you dream that you have an out of body experience? Did you actually have it?
Rebecca says: According to people who frequently experience out of body phenomena, there are telltale signs to distinguish an OBE from a dream:
Once in a dream, I was lying down on my living room couch and suddenly floated out of body. I thought at the time it was an out of body experience. But then I reasoned that my friend was standing in the room - and he was definitely not there in reality. So it occurred to me that I was dreaming, and I became lucid and realized it was nothing paranormal after all...
Some people believe that all dreams are actually OBEs in the astral realm, a theoretical dimension that overlays the physical realm. Erin Pavlina gave a particularly good explanation of this theory in our Lucid Dreaming Interview.
A more scientific perspective contests that OBEs and astral projection experiences are actually different types of lucid dreams, so bear this in mind too when you're exploring out of body. See if you can find ways to verify your experience if it really is happening in the physical world.
Lucid dreaming, like any advanced skill, requires a considerable investment of time, energy and dedication in order to master. Yet, as a lucidity researcher, I'm regularly asked by those new to the subject, for an easy and low-effort technique. Something that
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?