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?
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?