The Way to A Lucid Dream


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Have you ever had that nightmare that you just can't wait to end or the dream that you wish you had more control over? I know I've woken up stressed and confused from dreams before. Well, there's a way to get around this: lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is one in which you become aware that you are dreaming and can sometimes control yourself within the dream. If one masters lucid dreaming, it can be utilized in many different ways. Lucid dreams can be used to help you improve on something you are struggling with, such as sports or public speaking. It has also been used by an Australian (because Australians are the smartest) psychologist Milan Colic "to reduce the impact not only of nightmares during sleep, but also depression, self-mutilation, and other problems in waking life." With all of the possibilities that a lucid dream offers, why not try it out? Soon you could be flying over your favorite place in the world whenever you please! 
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Here are some easy to follow steps to having a lucid dream if you are interested in trying it out for yourself. I have yet to have a lucid dream, but it's always been a goal of mine to do so. Good luck! 

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I've always had a fascination with sleep and dreams. I think it's so weird that humans go into this state of sleep and almost an alternate reality when dreaming. I also learned in AP Psych in high school that we dream in one of the lightest stages of sleep which is unfortunately why we tend to wake up from dreams and not finish them. (That's the worst! I love a good, deep dream) When it comes to lucid dreaming I've heard mixed things. It's such an awesome phenomenon because dreams can be so awful and then dreams can be so fun and awesome, so the idea of controlling them is pretty great. But...I've heard lucid dreaming has some pretty dangerous and freaky affects. For example, it can cause paralysis. It creates a sort of out of body experience. I'm sure some people enjoy this feeling, but I know it can be scary and even dangerous! This website helps explain it even better than just the background knowledge I have. http://www.lucidity.com/LucidDreamingFAQ2.html

Allison- this is really interesting. I think it would be so cool to be able to "control" your dreams and have a say in what happens during them. I was reading this article- http://www.dreamviews.com/content/dream-control-23/ and it says that if you want to find someone in a dream (and you are having a lucid) dream that you can try picking up the phone and calling them..weird!

I barely ever have dreams and am so jealous of the people who have them constantly, and even more so the people who can have lucid dreams. I guess I'm just a very heavy sleeper according to what Rebecca learned in Psych. Although I've considered the danger, I think this is a very interesting concept and everyone should try it! After finding out that everyone
is actually capable of learning how to have lucid dreams, I'm actually very excited considering dreaming is very rare to me in the first place. There's also even devices
that can help! I guess there's hope for me yet.

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