A Brief Background
How does a normal dream differ from a lucid dream?
When we dream, we usually have little control over what happens in the dream. It is as though we are being swept along in a story and we have very little say in what happens in that dream. In addition to this, crazy things may happen within the dream and we just carry on as though nothing is out of the ordinary.
We tend not to rationalize anything or if we do, it gets explained away.
For example, recently I dreamt that I was talking with a centaur, a mythological creature that is half horse and half man. We were sat quite happily chatting away on a park bench. Initially in that dream I didn’t question the fact that I was chatting with a centaur! Soon after, the same skills that you are going to learn enabled me to see the dream for what it was. At that point I became lucid and had a wonderful experience.
Now imagine if I hadn’t become lucid at that point in the dream. I would have carried on chatting away with this mythological creature! Only when I awoke the next day would I realize how silly I was for accepting such a weird situation.
That is the key to lucid dreaming. When you become lucid, the consciousness and realization that you feel when you awake the next morning actually happens whilst you are still in your dream!
This ‘in dream’ awareness that you will feel enables you to exist in a dream world with the full awareness that you have in your everyday life. The ability to be totally aware whilst still dreaming is what we call a Lucid Dream.
Why would I want to have a lucid dream?
I have been asked this question many times by people who have never experienced a lucid dream and I always have a simple answer for them and that is “because it is without doubt one of the most exciting experiences that you will ever have!”
Take a look at this section on the exciting things you can do when lucid dreaming, to see what you may be missing out on.
The ability to have a lucid dream is in all of us, yet so many of us do not even know how or why. They are missing out on one of life’s great experiences. I have lost count of the friends who have come to me after learning these techniques, had a lucid dream and then said “Now I know what you were talking about.”
It can often be quite difficult to express in words how exhilarating lucid dreaming can be but after reading this website, you will be able to discover for yourself what a fantastic life changing experience it is.
Imagine a world as real as the one you are in now. You can see, touch, smell, hear, talk, walk, and run. Everything in this imaginary world is exactly the same as the ‘real’ world but there is one major difference. In this imaginary world you can do anything.
There are no rules, no limits. You are limited only by your imagination. If you can imagine it, you can experience it, as realistic as the real world is to you now. Just take a moment to think about what you would like to do given the chance. In a lucid dream you could do those things.
Is lucid dreaming harmful?
This is quite a common question. Be assured that lucid dreaming will not cause you any harm at all. In fact, it can be quite the opposite and may help in many aspects of your life.
I have been lucid dreaming for many years and it has always been an exciting and fun experience. Not once has anything negative happened to me in a lucid dream.
Will lucid dreaming affect my normal sleep?
Absolutely not. Not any more than normal (boring) dreaming. In fact, after you have had a lucid dream you will often feel invigorated because it is such a fantastic experience.
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