Lucid Dreaming

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What is the technique behind lucid dreaming, and how difficult is it to accomplish?
 

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i didn't even know what it was until recently, but i accidently do it all the time. therefore, it's pretty easy to do i guess. it's mostly just realizing that your dreaming when you dream. it helps when you can remember dreams easily and also if you have an active imagination. i usually end up having lucid dreams so often cause i create such unrealistic senarios in my mind that i know they're not real, so i know i'm dreaming. you can search online for like real techniques if you want, or get a book or something. but i really don't think it's too hard unless you're trying to experience something real particular.

hmm
 
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I've always wanted to fly in my dreams. My friend said he did it one time, but he couldn't hold the image long enough so he always fell.

Apparently it's hard to fly.
 
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it's hard if you can't believe that you can sure. i have a tenedency to believe anything's possible so i guess that's why it;s easy enough for me. you just really really have to believe you can do it.
 
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Lucid dreams is definitely one of the weidest phenomenas out there.

Basically...in one's dream one is fully conscious that one is dreaming but dreams anyways.

So basically it is like you are in this state where you are "awake" but "dreaming" in a sense.

I had a lucid dream once. Here is the scenario. I dreamt that I while I was talking to my friend casually in my dorm. He started walking up to me until he was right in front of me, turned his head around, and when he turned it back around his eyes had turned "devilish." He came face to face with me with those eyes and just stared at me for a while. Of course, deep inside I was absolutely terrified. It is one of those feelings where you feel so frightened that chills run up your spine, you kind of get this feeling like you are about to float, and depersonalized in a sense. And yet, I knew it was a dream and even said this to myself as he was approaching me.

It is almost like you are placed in a movie.
 
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Been there done that. This is really cool!

All that I did was to concentrate on "becoming aware" of dreaming while dreaming. I just kept thinking to myself that I would become conscious of any dream. I did this each night until I fell asleep. It only took about a week I think; then one night during a dream, I realized that it WAS a dream. I chose to fly out the window. I then flew all over the city. It was a very cool experience. It is also one of those dreams that cannot be forgotten.


I was just thinking of this recently. I need to do this again.
 
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Wicked! thanks!

I'm gonna try this tonight.
 
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Originally posted by cytokinesis
I've always wanted to fly in my dreams. My friend said he did it one time, but he couldn't hold the image long enough so he always fell.

Apparently it's hard to fly.

Are you kidding? I always just flap my arms ... it always seems to work. I'm not even kidding, I've been having dreams like that as longs as I can remember.
 
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There's a special name for this? I've been doing for as long as I can remember having dreams. It uusally happens after something I don't want to happen occurs, so I 'wake up' in the dream and do something to change it. Then you're pretty much free to do what you like in the dream world.

I've never tried really concentrating to do it. Maybe I ought to sometime. I can't do the flying thing like Ivan. For me it's just wandering around as in ordinary life. I need more imagination. Anybody got a deep psychological explanation about lucid dreams? lol.
 
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From what I understand, most people are not usually aware that they are dreaming. I have never heard of this being a natural ability. Very interesting...are you saying [lonewolf and Joy] that you are often aware that you are dreaming; and that you can control your dreams?
 
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Yeah, I do it quite a lot. It depends on my state of mind. I do it most when I'm stressed about something. I've never intentionally done it, however. I can't do anything too unusual in them.
 
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Originally posted by Lonewolf
Yeah, I do it quite a lot. It depends on my state of mind. I do it most when I'm stressed about something. I've never intentionally done it, however. I can't do anything too unusual in them.

In a true lucid dream, you should be fully aware that your are dreaming; and you should have total control over your dream. In my experience this was the case. The funny thing was that in the dream, I didn't think to do the same things that I might think of while awake. For example, why I chose to fly out the window [of the monorail] and then around the city, instead of choosing to be attacked by ten naked women, is to this day a mystery to me. It was like I had control of the dream but not my own thoughts. Very strange...
 
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Yeah, I'm completely aware that it's a dream. Weird stuff happens, but I just deal with it without super-powers or anything like that.

The most recent one was when I got bit by a snake, then I 'woke up' in the dream, and killed off the snake. I went to see my Grandad after that, and asked him if he had any treatment for the snakebite. He gave me this weird ointment, but it worked anyway. I then left his house and went walking around the streets outside his house, which weren't as they really are. I woke up not long after that.

I usually only remember the dreams where I've had some conscious effect on them. I have the same as you, I think. It's like you can do whatever you like, but you can't alter your surroundings.
 
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I'm not always aware of the fact that I'm dreaming. I think most of the time a lot of my dreams are similar enough or recurring so I can tell that I'm dreaming. There's always tell-tale signs for me like when I try to move my limbs don't respond or are very weak.

Of course this doesn't always mean I can act on it. Sometimes even when I can tell I'm dreaming I usually just go with the flow, unless I really want something out of my dream. However even when I'm not aware that I'm dreaming I can make decisions that interact with and decide events in my dream.

In my experience it takes two things to really take control of your dreams, you need to be able to recognise the signs and become aware of your dream. Then you need to want something bad enough to change your dream. So at first if you realise you are dreaming, try to interact with your dream in ways that you want to. Then when you have a little more practise I'm sure you could control just about every aspect of your dream.

I know when I was a child I had certain recurring nightmares which stopped when I became aware* of the situation and confronted my fears in my dream.
*(Not really aware that I was dreaming but aware that I could affect what was going on in my head.)
 
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I've also had lucid dreams...at least once a night for as long as I can remember. Having the control to "press pause" in a dream and change it or rewind a bit and then continue at will is something that I've always done if I start to have a nightmare or if the dreams is really really good. It's sooo great to be able to do. However, if you manipulate your dreams too often it can be damaging since your dreams are the main outlet for the human subconscious.
 
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At some point in our advancement of technology might it be possible to put someone directly in a lucid dream state? Could this then open boundless opportunties to experience things. For example, in the movie "strange days"?
 
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Originally posted by Lonewolf
I can't do the flying thing like Ivan.

Yes, but you're not a permanent resident of the ozone layer like Ivan is.
 
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Originally posted by Tsunami
Yes, but you're not a permanent resident of the ozone layer like Ivan is.

Hey am I gonna have to whoop you again Tsunami?
 
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Originally posted by Greg Bernhardt
At some point in our advancement of technology might it be possible to put someone directly in a lucid dream state? Could this then open boundless opportunties to experience things. For example, in the movie "strange days"?

The ultimate in Virtual Reality!
 
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Lucid dreaming? I'd be happy if
someone could explain how to be
lucid when awake.
 
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YES. Could someone PLEASE explain that to Zooby!
 
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Originally posted by Greg Bernhardt
At some point in our advancement of technology might it be possible to put someone directly in a lucid dream state? Could this then open boundless opportunties to experience things. For example, in the movie "strange days"?

I don't see why not. In fact there are already primitive technologies designed to achieve such an end. For instance, they have these goggles that flash lights on your eyes during REM sleep (or something analogous-- don't remember the exact details). The idea is that you will subconsciously pick up on the flashing lights, which act as a cue to tell you 'hey buddy, you're dreaming right now!'

I'm surprised no one has mentioned The Lucidity Institute yet in this thread. There's a lot of information on the nature of lucid dreams and methods you can practice to eventually achieve lucid dreams regularly.

http://www.lucidity.com/
 
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i have lucid, vivid dreams almost indistinguishable from reality when on the following two substances: mugwhort and the nicotine patch.

cheers,
phoenix
 
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What's mugwhort?
 
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an herb. it's legal. you can use it to make tea before you go to bed. tastes bad.
 

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