In the movie Inception, a spinning top was used as a reality check. Does that apply in real life lucid dreams?
Rebecca says: When Dom Cobb spins his spinning top in Inception, he does it to determine whether he's awake or dreaming. In reality, the top eventually runs out of energy and falls over. In a dream, it has the potential to spin on forever, which tells him he's dreaming.
Ryan's totem doesn't spin - which is really a relief because it's very time-consuming to watch a spinning top in your dream and wait for it to fall over. During waking reality checks this would become a mundane performance 10-20 times per day. And during your dream, watching a spinning top that never falls is a waste of precious dream time!
As a more functional alternative, Ryan worked with a specialist coin designer to create a totem that serves as a definitive reality check. Examining the weight, feel and texture of the coin can form part of your reality check routine, as well as reading the incriptions on both sides. (To evoke an ancient feel to his amulet, it features the Latin phrase dormiens vigila - meaning, to sleep with vigilance - as well as the English words: 'are you awake?' and 'are you dreaming?')
So, is it effective as a lucidity trigger? The totem received a big thumbs up in a review by Bill Murphy in the Summer 2015 edition of the Lucid Dreaming Experience magazine. I'm also working with the Lucid Talisman myself to test its awareness-rousing features. Certainly, I've never used anything like this before, relying instead on looking at my palms, or pushing them through a wall as a default reality check. But the novelty of using a specific coin totem could be the spark I need to trigger those unexpected lucid 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.
To lucid dream is to examine an intensely heightened state of self awareness, with all the senses activated - a uniquely human experience. What's more, lucid dreaming offers profound benefits that touch all of us, no matter our culture, beliefs or life circumstances. Ultimately, I think all of these benefits put together could play a serious role in advancing the human race.
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.
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?
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...