Control your dreams?


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                Have you ever stopped and said to yourself "I wish I could control my dreams so I could wake up feeling great?" well there is news regarding this thought. There has been long studies and research on the specificities of lucid dreaming.

 

                A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is consciously aware he/she is asleep.  These are very different from a regular dream because in a regular dream, things appear randomly and uncontrollably.  When earlier experiences of this have occurred in patients, psychoanalysts and dream experts classified this phenomenon as paranormal, but it has more frequently showed up in more traditional practice and study. But, with paranormal aspects concluded, there is commercialization. People have made claims on methods how to lucid dream by offering classes and creating fancy machines.

 

                The phrase "lucid dreaming" itself is a bit of a misnomer because not all lucid dreams are clear and vivid, some can appear disturbing which would ultimately discourage practice amongst first time users. But with all suggested hypotheses, there is controversy. According to this article, "Orthodox sleep researchers argued that lucid dreams could not possibly be real dreams. If the accounts were valid, then the experiences must have occurred during brief moments of wakefulness". Here, traditional researchers have claimed lucid dreaming as false. Another reason lucid dreaming has been claimed as false is because of the body's paralysis during sleep.

 

                But, the entire body is not paralyzed, during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, the eyes' muscles vacillate.  One researcher by the name of Keith Hearne further proved the validity of lucid dreaming by doing an experiment with the above parameters. In the same piece of literature  , it states "Using a polygraph, Hearne could watch the eye movements for signs of the special signal. He found it in the midst of REM sleep. So lucid dreams are real dreams and do occur during REM sleep". Hearne's hypothesis was correct and lucid dreaming has been accepted as a dream until this day.

 

            In concluding these points, lucid dreaming can be something good to experience or bad for the sleeper depending on his/her mood before he/she goes to bed. Keep in mind that some people can have these experiences by will: depends on the individual. The question on rather or not lucid dreams are paranormal or just psychological is by faith alone.  


sources: http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/Articles/si91ld.html

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I love this topic! I've always heard that if you keep a dream journal, and keep track of the dreams that you have every night, you start remembering more and more, and having lucid dreams then becomes in your full control after awhile.

I also read a story about a girl who went into a coma for almost a year, and when she woke up, she said she was dreaming the entire time and didn't want to wake up. She also knew a whole knew language that she knew nothing about before her coma.

just some food for thought..

I am glad someone did a post on this. My friends and I discussed it a lot and I have tried many times. Sometimes I feel as though I have come close but something always disturbs me. The mind is truly a remarkable intangible object and having the ability to control ones' dreams is mind boggling. Just for fun here is a wiki how to page on lucid dreaming, Lucid Dreaming. Psychologists all have different explanations for why we dream but the next step is debunking lucid dreaming. And the step after that is figuring out how to make Leonardo DiCaprio's movie, "Inception" a reality.

Dreams in general are a fascinating subject! Over the summer I had a dream where I was like "this is just a dream!" but the dream didn't end and I had control over my actions.. Is that a lucid dream? If so, I hope they are not paranormal because at least once or twice a month I have a dream where I can control my actions to a certain extent. Insidious, a fictional movie centered around lucid dreaming, is a good example of how haunting lucid dreams can be. If anyone is interested and doesn't mind a scare, here's the link to the trailer!

Cool post. I dont know if you've ever heard of astrol projection, but the subject usually comes up when lucid dreaming is mentioned. Apparently scientists do not believe its real as they have seen no evidence to support it is, but its still something fun to google.

http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/astral-projection.html

Basically astral projection is an out of body experience where the person can float out of their body , through walls, or to any place on earth. The underlying factor between both lucid dreaming and astrol projection is that your thoughts guide your experiences.

*astro not astrol

astral* ... third times the charm haha

"Lucid Dreaming" is actually kind of weird for me. Everytime I dream and i'm aware that im dreaming is usually when im dreaming something funny and i can hear my myeslf laughing when im sleep. I always thought this was weird.

So happy someone did a post on this! I think dreams are some of the craziest, coolest things that the human brain does. I have tried to lucid dream many times, but it has never really worked out for me. A few times I have gotten to the point where I realize that I'm dreaming, but I always wake up immediately after. But my brother has lucid dreamt a couple times and says it was one of the craziest things. It's like being consciously unconscious, which is something that is hard for me to wrap my head around.

I've done some research on lucid dreaming! I've even found a list of ways to actually try to lucid dreaming. It is one of the coolest concepts. The idea that we can control our dreams makes total sense if you think about it, I mean it is going on inside our brain. But it still seems so foreign since we sometimes don't even remember our dreams. I wonder why we remember some dreams in complete detail and others are completely lost to us.

I have lucid dreams all the time and at the beginning they really freaked me out and I wanted to go get help, but I didn't because I didn't want people to think I was crazy. I have recently come to just accept it and have done research online to help learn how to control it or even make the dream go my way. I am getting really better at waking myself up if a dream is not going my way. I used to have to sit in a dream that I was fully aware of and its the most frighten thing in the world and part of that has to do with my sleep paralysis where I am awake but my body isn't. I am also such a sensitive dreamer too, meaning that whatever happens to me or even something someone said to me I could have a dream about it. I dream almost every single night and don’t always remember them all but most of them are very weird. I also can pick up from where I left off in a dream from the night before or choose to dream about something else. Lol I really don’t know what’s wrong with me.

I try to have lucid dreams all the time, but either it doesn't work, or I take control about a few seconds before I wake up. However, I have somehow been able to revisit or continue certain dreams, some without trying, and some while trying. Again, most of the time I just remember nothing but darkness from the night before. There should be a simple brain exercise to be able to select what you want for a dream.

I try to have lucid dreams all the time, but either it doesn't work, or I take control about a few seconds before I wake up. However, I have somehow been able to revisit or continue certain dreams, some without trying, and some while trying. Again, most of the time I just remember nothing but darkness from the night before. There should be a simple brain exercise to be able to select what you want for a dream.

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