Summerlander wrote:It is true that there are lucid dreams where the sleeper lacks control. You can know you're dreaming and yet lack the confidence that you can control your illusory surroundings---in particular when they seem challenging. Control in lucid dreams is not straight forward and thoughts/emotions that just arise willy-nilly can get in the way.
But a lucid dreamer's scope for control will always be greater than that of a so-called astral projector because the former realises there is nothing but the mind to tame whilst the latter believes certain characters and objects are sentient or independent because they are thought to be otherworldly. Psychologically, the believer has already forfeited much of the chances of control; allowing the dream world to play out and 'confirm' their misguided views.
It isn't just that I lack control in some of my lucid dreams. I no doubt have complete confidence in every one of my lucid dreams I have. There are just some types of lucid dreams I have, but not most of them, that I have some control issues in (mostly they are the same lucid dreams I have had also had some incidents of dream spying in, so this might be self-explanatory). However, because I am aware of my dream, I only have some control issues, such as not being able to summon fire on command or being able to control the weather at will. However, unlike other people who are non-lucid, because I am completely lucid, I have complete mastery over my flight and my thoughts, and I can get some of the characters to treat me with proper respect. So while I may not be 100% in mastered control in some of my lucid dreams, I know exactly what I am doing, and how to work with and manipulate the controls I do have. I never have lacked the confidence in any of my lucid dreams, there is just something about some of the lucid dreams I have that no matter how hard I attempt to use a control, I am unable to. Then some of these it is confirmed I might be having an incident of dream spying, which it could explain why I cannot manipulate the environment.