Was This a Lucid Dream?

by Pato via Email

I once had this dream when I realized I was dreaming, and I did an experiment. I wanted to see if a could make goldfishes with angel wings appear, I thought about it and it actually happened... But I'm not sure if that was a lucid dream because I couldn't entirely control my dream, in fact I couldn't make anything at all.

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Rebecca Casale

Rebecca says: Yes, this was almost certainly a lucid dream! There is a popular misconception that lucid dreaming always equals dream control. Not so. The word "lucid" just means clarity - ie of consciousness in a dream.

So, if you ever know you're dreaming, while you're dreaming, then you have engaged the logic centers of your brain and become lucid! The most obvious difference is that you have self awareness of your place in the dream world, and your senses are heightened.

The element of dream control only comes into play when you start to actively lucid dream. This means grounding yourself in the dream and learning how to control the scenery, objects and other dream figures. For some people, this comes naturally. For many others (including me) this takes practice and experience. I have had plenty of lucid dreams where I couldn't fly or find a particular dream figure, when I knew I should have been "in control". In truth, your self awareness is the most important aspect of a lucid dream, because that means you are conscious while dreaming.

About The Author

About The Author

Rebecca Casale is a lucid dreamer and a science writer with a special interest in biology and the brain. She is the founder of World of Lucid Dreaming and Science Me.