Have any of you hoopers experienced lucid dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is where you realize you are dreaming, then manipulate what happens in the dream.
Since I was a kid, I could control my dreams. It started off at first becoming a way to release myself from those scary dreams you have as a kid. I would realize I was dreaming, blink my eyes three times, and then I would awaken. I practiced this so much that every time I blinked my eyes three times, no matter what, I would wake up. I didn't even know what these were called until I started to become interested in Metaphysics.
Once I researched deeper into the subject, I began to manipulate my dreams in other ways. My favorite thing to do while lucid dreaming is fly. I've talked to some other lucid dreamers that fly, and it is amazing the different techniques; I flap my arms like a bird, others fly like super man. Do you fly in your lucid dreams?
I have also travelled to places in a few dreams. One in particular I remember being somewhere, realizing I was dreaming, and saying to myself "I want to be in the rainforest." I opened my eyes, and wah-lah... I was in the rainforest. I played around with this concept and drifted from placee to place, ending up at some bumping rave at a club somewhere. It was pretty amazing.
Ways to develop lucid dreaming awareness:
-be conscious of everything around you in your everyday life: look at things more closely; remember the placement of furniture, items, pictures
-flip light switches on-off a few times (light switches usually do not work in dreams)
-study your hands (this is a big one- a lot of times your hands look monsterous. I remember the first time I trained myself to look at my hands in a dream- crazy!!)
-repeat to yourslef a lucid dreaming mantra before bed. A few are "I will be conscious in my dreamstate," "I ask to be aware within my dreams," "please allow me to recognize my lucidity tonight," etc.
-the best times for lucid dreaming are a) times when you are usually awake but continue to sleep and b) right after briefly waking up.
-take the time to research dreams if this is something you are interested in.
Lucid dreaming is a wonderful way to explore the abilities of your mind. I have also used lucid dreaming as a sort of stress-relief technique. I always go flying whenever I realize I am dreaming. It is a beautiful feeling you cannot experience other than when dreaming.
I have not been able to perfect my lucid dreaming, even after years of practice. I hope to one day lucid dream on command. That would be awesome.
Now, I know there will possibly be a lot of skeptics of this subject out there (my boyfriend included). So please be courteous of those of us who are piqued by this phenomena.
So what are your thoughts on the subject at hand? Have you ever lucid dreamed? If not, are you interested? There are a ton of great resources online and in books.
I wanted to get a new perspective on "awakened dreaming" from a group I think will be more open and interested, due to our creative and explorative nature :).
***** I just wanted to let everyone know, since this seemed like a popular thread, I have created a group for us dreamers to talk and discuss the beautiful power of dreams. Come and join!!*****
I'm so glad you guys bumped this thread back to the front page. I need to check out these forums more.
One of my first lucid dreams was of me swimming deep underwater. I panicked at first until i realized I could breathe and that made me aware i was dreaming. It was such an amazing experience. Lucid dreaming is, so to speak, something out of this world.
I stopped remembering my dreams for years and they're finally coming back to me. I'm excited. I definitley want to try flying soon!
All of you dreamers should watch the movie Waking Life. if you havn't already. Its all about dreaming and is a really amazing and beautiful film. I actually had my first lucid dream within a week after watching it. Its like it enabled something in me. Dreaming is probably one of my favorite things.
i also fly :) even tho in the dream i tell myself im dreaming i cant completely controll the dream and alot of times i will look at my hands in my dreams but they look no different so i assume its real