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Expriment : Lucid Dreaming #1 Answered

Hi there.

For those of you who don't know what's "Lucid dreaming", it's the ability to take the control of a dream by becoming fully aware in it, and to "visit" this alternate reality.
(Note : GuyFrom7up made a instructable about an experimental lucid dream machine here )

In most of our dreams, we're simple spectators.

In fantasy, our imagination has to do all the work.

In "lucid dreaming", the "dream world" is not generated by the same aware part of the brain that manages "imagination". The "dream world" is created "somewhere else" in our subconscious. So, becoming aware into this "dream world" is like an immersion into a video-game, or a virtual reality ...

It is said that our awareness has the ability to change the content of this "virtual reality", that we are able to "create" objects just by imagining them, and that we can touch and manipulate them like if they were real, etc ...
(it would be possible to write books or compose complete symphonies there for instance)

I've just experienced my first lucid dream this morning.
It was not a frightening experience at all.
Thanks to it, I learned a lot about myself.

When you're starting to sleep, a lot of random pictures and scenes appears in your mind. Most of them don't make sense at all ... Most of the time, when your brain tries to understand them as they appear, this interrupt them and you wake-up.
When they come back, if your brain is too tired to analyse them, then, they "catch you" and you fall asleep.

If you manage to "watch" them without interrupting them, your awareness will "follow" them, and you'll become aware into them.

During my experience, I noticed something very interesting : My "awareness" was kind of separated in two parts :
- there was my bad side who was controlling my "dream body" and acted like an evil entity who had just escaped from hell ................
- and there was my wise side who was silently witnessing my other-side doing "evil things" ...
(both were into the same dream body though. They were just thinking independently, like if they were no more mixed together, like if they were both "pure" ...)

And at one moment, my wise side said : «Come on <insert my first name>, look at what you're doing ...»
And then, I had the choice to continue, or to wake up. And I woke up.

Then, the question I asked to myself was : « who is aware ? »
(or in other words : did I noticed, thanks to this experience, that my awareness of the everyday life is, in fact, a composite of two "struggling forces" of opposite nature, mixed together and acting like one in a same body, and separating from each others during the sleep ?)

Also, this first experience was very unstable :
- it was difficult to remain into this "dream world", because the awareness tends to use physical senses (physical eyes, physical ears, etc) instead of the "dream senses", and the dream tends to fade ...
- also, I noticed that the dream was not clear and bright, probably because my "physical sight" and my "dream sight" were mixed together (there was some light into my bedroom that was filtering through my eyelids)

That was a very interesting experience.
I will try again, with the hope that my "evil side" will calm down a little and will let my wise side explore that inner universe in more serious way .............



For me, it is. Like Killerjackalope says, sometimes it gets really wierd, when your subconscious throws you a curveball. Other times it's just a mellow trip. But generally not as intense, "inescapable," or all-encompassing.

I generally have to stay up until I am actually quite tired (generally indicated by when I have to spend more time spellchecking than typing in the first place) in order to be albe to really sleep at all. It's been this way for me since I was little, much to my parents' chagrin. But I also dream lucidly more often than not. I find that if I think "verbally" nothing works and the dream tends to fade. But if I navigate more by intention (to the point that things are happening before I realize I wanted that, like Radar on MASH answering questions before they're asked), then I can keep the dream and move about and intend as I please. And if a story arc seems to be fading, that generally means I've got to roll over. Once I roll over, things generally "reboot" and continue. Into quite interesting territory, I might add. I also notice that when it comes to conversations in dreams, there are generally no words involved. Just the communication of concepts. Same with music. Maybe I'm driving a racecar with I Don't Wanna Stop blasting, and I can "hear" the engine, but te actual music is something that I don't really hear, it's just something I'm aware of, and I know it's playing and it's specific song, but it's just the feeling I'd get when listening to it.

I've had a couple of these in a row, and for a while it actually made me want to go to sleep. But they went away, and I haven't had a dream for a while now. Give me an ible Firebert!

a couple of grams of melatonin will help. this is not medical advice, yadda yadda.

I've had an unpublished 'Ible on this for a while, proof below. Maybe I'll get to finishing it...


I would really like to see it, whenever you do get to it... :D

Lucid dreaming is easier once you get rid of the notion that one must see using "eyes" and hear using "ears" and feel using "hands." those body parts merely send signals to your brain, it is your brain that turns it all into useful information. When you are asleep, you can generate similar information to dream. Trying to use your eyes will make you wake up and open your eyes and use them to look around, as opposed to just accepting what is being "displayed" to the optic part of your brain. Have fun!

It's actually quite easy and natural to have lucid dreams once you're used to them, it's weird though because you don't have complete control of the situation, at points your subconscious just throws you in a random direction, it's like you just thought it but you didn't mean to...

As a little experiment try thinking gently about things and images, imagined and memory as you're lying there, following the tangents you get taken on and by the time you're asleep you should be in a lucid dream state.

On an odd note it can affect sleep in weird ways, sometimes you'll wake up in the morning as normal and other times you'll snap out of it with some surprise and probably earlier than usual, you still feel well rested though.

Do mind that you remember these dreams more often and the subconscious can be a strange and scary place...