Lucid dreams are one of the most fascinating things which you can experience. These are dreams which you can take control and decide what will happen. In lucid dreams, you know that you are dreaming, which is why you are in charge of the dream; and anything that you want to make part of your dream is yours to have.
You’re in the driver’s seat when you have lucid dreams and anything that you want to happen can and will. Think of it as being able to create your own movies where the events are not limited by budget or even by the laws of physics.
Lucid dreams are noticeably different than the dreams you’re used to having while you sleep; these regular dreams are guided by their own sort of logic and drift along without your input. By contrast, lucid dreams are under your control and seem real, regardless of how far out the events may be.
One way to tell the difference between a regular dream and a lucid dream is to try picking up a book or newspaper in your dream. If you can read the words there and make sense of them, then this is almost certainly a lucid dream. In most dreams, you’d be unable to read the words on the page; they will either keep changing or be impossible to read at all.
When youre lucid dreaming, anything you imagine is possible. You can live out any fantasy you have, meet anyone you want and go anywhere.
Another thing which differentiates a lucid dream from ordinary ones is that if you want to change the outcome of an event in your dream, all you have to do is to think about it and it will happen! A lot of people find that lucid dreaming is beneficial to them in that they can think through things which have happened in their lives and think about the other ways the situation could have gone. This can help you come to terms with tragedy and misfortune.
Lucid dreams are something which anyone can learn to do. While your body needs to rest to take care of essential biological functions like cellular repair, you can do so while a part of your mind remains conscious and active. This is what occurs in lucid dreaming.
You will need to put in some practice in order to be able to have lucid dreams whenever you want. Anyone can learn, but it takes a little time, so stick with it and be patient.
Starting a dream diary is a good way to start learning to lucid dream. When you awake from a dream, write down everything you can remember. Keep your journal by your bedside so that it is quickly accessible to you upon waking. With time, you’ll improve your ability to remember your dreams and this trains your mind to recognize when it is dreaming. When you acquire this skill, you’ll be able to start making your dreams lucid ones.
There are some useful applications to lucid dreaming. Writers find that trying out their ideas in lucid dreams helps them to figure out characters, dialogue and plots for their work. It’s a great medium for creative efforts.
When you get into the habit of remembering your dreams, you’ll be able to return to your dreams when you go back to sleep and start controlling their course.
The best time to have lucid dreams is in the hour or two before you normally wake up. Often you may wake up at this time and go back to bed; while it might feel as if you’ve been lying awake thinking, you are usually lucid dreaming during this time.
With a little practice, you’ll find that it’s easy to bring yourself into the necessary mental state for lucid dreaming. Self hypnosis can help you get started by helping you to remember your dreams.
There is also a new audio technology which can help you to prepare: binaural beats. These are frequencies which help the hemispheres of your brain synchronize their brainwaves, putting you into the state of mind in which lucid dreaming comes naturally.