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LUCID DREAMS(cont)

I first read about Lucid Dreams in Dr. Steven LaBerges' book "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" (CoAuthored with Howard Rheingold).   The book facinated me and I was hooked on Lucid Dreaming.  What struck me most was that Steven was able to have a lucid dream and communicate back to the "real world" using eye movements. He explained one experiment where he measured time in the dream world by moving his eyes back and forth based on his dream watch in his lucid dream to see if time passed the same as it did when he was awake. The results that time does pass the same in a dream as when awake but can cover much longer time spans the same way a movie does by only experiencing portions of a story but it all happens using the same time frame.

The essence of success with lucid dreaming IS the intention to dream lucidly.


You may be surprised with how many things you can accomplish just like that by beginning with a state of mind that it is easy to accomplish, that it is natural for you to accomplish it, intending the effect and expecting it.

It may take you more time to experience lucid dreaming if you have never invested any effort to work intentionally with your subconscious mind. Perhaps you have already had experiences where you watched something on TV just before going to sleep and then dreaming about it; or reading something before going to sleep and then dreaming about it - it can be as easy as that.  Thinking about having a lucid dream and having the intention to be lucid is usually enough to induce lucidity.

The practice of conditioning your mind to be aware that you are, even now, awake in your dream - works. If you have never engaged in any spiritual practice, or working with your mind, it may seem that there is a distinction between the "dream" of your waking life (the time when you believe that you are fully awake) and the dreams you dream during the night - but if you'd engage in creating outcomes intentionally in your daily life with your mind - your daily life would soon begin to feel like a dream, just a projection from your mind - one moment you think about something - and the next moment you experience it in your outer reality.

There is a distinction, though - as you'll find yourself able to do certain things while dreaming with your physical body asleep, which you are not able to do with your physical body - such as fly - so any such unusual experiences can serve as a wonderful "cue" to alert you to the fact that you are dreaming and help you to become lucid.

 

My past experiences with lucid dreams was when I was much younger, I used to have many lucid dreams where I had complete control of my actions.  Being younger most were about being mischievous.  I remember being in the classroom and seeing a girl I liked and in my dream I was able to talk with her, explore her body, and do anything I like because I was in control of my dream.  Soon, after several of these dreams I became frightned that maybe I wasn't dreaming and it was real.  The bluring of my dream and real life became a hinderance in my having lucid dreams.  Perhaps this is a reason that many people do not have or cannot remember their lucid dreams. It may be a protection system within our brains to keep us from jumping off a cliff because we think we can fly, it works in our lucid dream but does not work in the awake world.