Lucid Dreams – What Exactly Does that Mean?
Well, we all dream. Some day-dream, some dream while sleeping. Some dreams are memorable and some are not. So where do lucid dreams fit in? Lucid dreams are those dreams in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. The term was actually coined in 1913 by a Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederick van Eden in his article A Study of Dreams. While lucid dreaming, the dreamer may have control over its characters or narrative to a certain extent.
So what’s the big deal?
Lucid dreaming can be beneficial for us in a number of ways.
It’s an endless source of creative inspiration, a great way to boost creativity, because well since you are dreaming, the possibilities are endless. For example, you could be Batman and travel to the moon, meet Santa Claus on your way and talk to Thor via video call. It’s really fun, it’s like being inside a movie, knowing fully well that it’s going end and when you wake up, you will be happy and refreshed. If you are a writer and is facing writer’s block, then lucid dreaming is a great way to curb that.
Your lucid dreams can be a platform for self-realization and reflection. It could be a place for you to communicate with yourself, talk freely, without boundaries, limits or distractions posed by the actual world.
It can be your playground, where you can practice real-life activities, like giving a speech in front of an audience or playing a very important football match. You can see, analyze and rectify your performance.
So how exactly can you lucid dream?
The best way to become lucid is to become more attentive and aware of the things around you. Pay attention to details, because when you notice things that don’t fit, it’s an indication that you are dreaming. Examine your environment, your awareness, and once you start dreaming you may notice something different. This technique, in turn, helps a lucid dreamer to attain higher levels of awareness in day-to-day life, which is one the greatest benefits of lucid dreaming.
The realistic feelings of lucid dreams are one of its best perks but it could also become its worst pitfall. While lucid dreams provide realistically euphoric feelings of vision, movement, joy and even sex, it can also provoke negative feelings like sadness and pain. Some are scared that using lucid dreams as a form of escapism might force them out of touch with reality. But there’s really nothing to be afraid of, it’s just like watching a movie or playing a video game.
If you are a person suffering from psychological disorders like PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc. then lucid dreaming may not be an option for you because it could distort your perception of reality and confuse you. But otherwise, lucid dreaming is positively harmless.
As your brain knows that dreams aren’t real it generally tries to forget dreams automatically. But then there’s an easy way to curb this: a dream journal.
Keep a diary and a pen next to your bed so that when you wake up, you can immediately jot the details of your dream down. Customize it in your own way but it should always be easily accessible.
Without consistent and restful sleep, lucid dreaming won’t be possible, so make sure that you get the right amount of sleep.
There are pills that help you to lucid dream too! But as always, the natural way is preferred.
So guys, good night and sleep tight! And dream on!