My question is why isn't the idea of controlling your dreams more widespread and more talked about? I mean it's an amazing idea! The possibilities are endless! Or have I just been under a rock all this time???
PS - You did a great job on the awesome site it covers a lot of interesting stuff. And all this seems too cool to be true, learning to control your dreams and induce them...
Rebecca says: You're right in that not enough people know about lucid dreaming, and I plan to change that! However, it does take commitment. Unless you are a natural lucid dreamer (ie, you've been doing it every night since you were a kid), it takes time to learn how to lucid dream. Once you do it - you're sweet. But until then, lucid dreaming takes effort and practice. And most people are just too busy in their lives to pursue lucid dreams - no matter how amazing they really are.
You raise another interesting point - why aren't we always lucid in dreams, if lucidity is simply a case of recognizing the dream state? To many people, lucid dreaming IS natural. So why is it so unnatural for others? I recently wrote an article exploring this subject: Why Aren't We Always Lucid in Dreams?
A lot has happened in the last 5 months. But how did we go from business as usual to changing the face of the entire lucid dreaming supplements industry? It’s a story that I think will interest you – and you might even learn a thing or two in the process. When I was first taken on-board as Chief Lucidity Officer in 2016, one of the first things I was tasked with was taking a good look at our operations and giving things a bit of an overhaul.
What is reality? How can we define it - fit it into a box - so that whatever experiments we throw at it, our definition always holds true? I consciously observe the lucid dream world. It is real to me because the firing of neurons in my brain stem are interpreted as real sensory data by my brain. I could argue that lucid dreams constitute part of my reality.
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.
Years ago, before I had my first lucid dream, I had a very specific idea about what a lucid dream would feel like. I thought it would be intense and magical and a little bit spooky. This turned out to be a pretty accurate representation. Becoming aware in the dreamstate is like entering another world. One where physical laws can be manipulated (there is no spoon, Neo) and your fantasies can come true in an instant. There's definitely something magical about that - and it's as if the lucid dream world is a living, breathing organism that can react to your very thoughts.
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...
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?