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 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.
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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?
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