You may have heard of lucid dreaming, but what does that mean? Lucid dreaming means not only vividly remembering your dream, it also means knowing that you are dreaming while it’s happening.
The big attraction to lucid dreaming is people want to know they are doing things they could never do while awake. These things can be as simple as living for a day without responsibilities to testing the boundaries of the physical world like flying or eating fire.
When you are in the regular dream world your conscious is sleeping. This makes the dream hard to remember and relive. To understand this kind of dream one should use a dream journal.
When you lucidly dream you are actually in an altered state. Your conscious mind is still alert while your body rests. Your mind then goes on its adventure. Some say that the ability to lucid dream proves that the soul is the one part of the body that never rests.
If you can develop the ability to lucid dream, you can reap the benefits in your waking life.
How can you lucid dream?
If you have had a lucid dream or have developed the means of recalling your dreams, you can plant the seed of having further lucid dreams. The next step is being aware of when you are dreaming. Once you are aware of this, you can tell yourself to stay in the dream. From that point you can guide your dream to take you to wherever you want to go.
How do you become aware of your dream state?
There are several different techniques you can use to become more aware of your dream state. These include self-hypnosis and meditation. You may already be meditating, so this may be a good place to start.
Journaling is another good practice for understanding dreams. Write your dreams down before you even leave the bed. This will keep you from becoming fully awake while you record your visions without losing all of the dream.
Once you have an idea of where your dream state begins you can start doing a few things in your dream to see if you are awake or dreaming. While you are in your dream test the boundaries of reality by doing something small, like trying to push your hand through a wall or table. If you can do it, you are dreaming. If you can’t you are awake. When you become aware of your dreaming, you can then move on to whatever you want to do.
Some use Mnemonics as these are ways to improve your memory by providing a way to store complicated information in your brain. This is a technique can be practiced and developed as way to help you find a way to lucid dream.
Another source to help you transition into lucid dreaming is Binaural beats. This system was discovered over one hundred years ago. These beats occur when two different signals with individual frequencies are played in each ear. The brain tries to fix the variation in the symbols which in itself creates another frequency. This is away to change and exercise your brainwaves.
Yet another way to open your brain to new waves is through the use of herbs. There are a variety of herbs and a myriad way to use them. After doing your research, don’t forget to consult your doctor to make sure the herbs won’t interact negatively with your body chemistry.