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Anyone Tried Lucid Dreaming?  
User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

I recently met someone who told me about something called lucid dreaming. For those of you unfamiliar, the idea is that while you are sleeping you can realize that you are dreaming. Once you learn to realize that you are dreaming, you can learn to control your dreams and do what ever you want.

I'm thinking of trying to learn how to do this, as it sounds pretty cool. I'm wondering if any of you out there practice lucid dreaming. How long did it take to be able to realize you were dreaming, and how long to be able to control your dreams? Any advice on how to get good at this?

As for everyone who doesn't do lucid dreaming, what would you do if you could control your dreams?




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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

Dang man, I'd come up with some pretty sweet dreams.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

I can control them to an extent. it's not a very direct conrtol though. i kind of think hard about what i want to do and it eventually happends. it's like swimming against a gentle tide. Dunno if that's what you mean?

User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

I have a fairly good control over my dreams, as RJ111 has already said it's like swimming against a gentle tide (good metaphore there). I used to be able to do it every night as a kid but now I'm getting older (the big 20 this year) I don't seem to have as much control nor do I dream as much.

It used to be really cool, I would think really hard as I'm drifting off and then it would kick in as a dream yet I could actually control what was happening in the dream. Its now a case of I can only control myself in the dream and not anyone or anything else there, I have noticed that my dreams do seem to have a meaning now whereas as a kid they were just fairly pointless.

One thing is though you never can control (k)nightmares (K for the TV show), I've noticed I've had one or two of those recently.

Anyone have recurring dreams?

Phil  Smile
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7191 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

yeah sometimes I can & sometimes I can't. It depends on the state of sleep and the type of dream (abstract/scenario) I'm in. It's especially good when it comes to Aviation based dreams.

User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

as you are waiting to fall asleep, tell yourself what you want to dream about. Not like while brushing teeth and hoping you have a good dream. But as you start to drift off, focus on something and tell yourself that is what you want to dream about. It sometimes works. Not all the time, but you'd be amazed.

User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17510 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

I read somewhere that somehow you can practice something during the day and try to do it in the dream so that it provides a cue that it's a dream. The example they gave is that you make a concious effort to look at your watch a lot during the day, and then you try to do the same in the dream. When you look at your watch in the dream, it'll likely be different than the watch you normall wear, or show some nonsensical time, or some other cue that will let you know that you're dreaming. That's a poor, second-hand description but hopefully it makes a little sense...


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User currently offlineSJUboeingGirl From Puerto Rico, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 989 times:

I do suffer from Sleep Paralysis which involves lucid dreams


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User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 977 times:

It's not exactly a lucid dream, but often when I'm taking a nap I suddenly realize I'm sleeping although not dreaming. When this happens I kind of freak out and I want to wake up but I can't. I know I'm sleeping yet I'm unable to get awake despite I'm trying to do so. It's really weird.

User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 968 times:

I think to an extent I can control my dreams. One time I dreamed how DL came up with wavy gravy. I was running away from someone in a place that had all these flags and I hid myself by wrapping myself in a Russian flag. Some DL executive was walking by and said, "that looks pretty good."


/// U N I T E D
User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 943 times:

I sometimes have dreams where I suspect/realize I'm dreaming. Happily, I have even been able to wake up from some nightmares at the point I realized (or hoped?) it was just a dream. But to deliberately control what I dream about? I don't know how much I'd do it if I could. Maybe a bit, but I'd rather live a real life than a virtual one.

User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 905 times:

Thanks for the responses everyone

Duke: You make a good point. I probably wouldn't try to control all my dreams, just some of them. I would still want to allow my brain some chances to dream up some crazy stuff and not mess with it, just enjoy it.

MaverickM11: What I've read suggests learning to question whether you are dreaming or not throughout the day. By keeping a dream diary, you can learn the common signs that you are dreaming. As the day goes on, keep a lookout for those signs, and eventually your brain will start to do this during your dreams as well as when you're awake. The clock thing has happened to me before. I've been dreaming and the time displayed on a clock was nonsensical, but I accepted it during my dream and didn't realize it was wrong until I woke up.



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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11658 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 893 times:

Sleep paralysis is something completely different. The way I understand it is that during REM sleep, the brain shuts down the non-esential parts of the body like the arm and leg muscles. It gives the feeling of paralysis when you wake up suddenly from a nightmare. I had that problem too until it was explained to me. It would have happened last night, but....

Here is how the dream went:

I was driving truck again. Pulling doubles. I had to break the doubles and back them to the docks. They gave me a brand new truck at the dock. For some reason, the truck was not running right. Just before I realized it was a dream, I was trying to get the truck to stop. I shifted down to first gear (no good trucker EVER uses first) and was standing on the breaks but I was still headed right for a crowd gathered around an ambulance. That was when I realized it was a dream. I got the truck stopped, jumped out, and woke up. When I wake up, that is like a reset button for my brain.

Lucid dreaming, to me, feels like the spirit completly leaving the body. I was able to control it for about an hour or so but now, I can only do it for about 5 minutes or less.

GO CANUCKS!!



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User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 891 times:

Yes, I am a lucid dreamer. I am usually fully aware that I am dreaming while I'm dreaming and yet I can remain asleep. I started devloping my skills in my late teens and early twenties when I had a lot of trouble with nightmares. You see, I realized that whenever I awoke from a nightmare I had always been sleeping on my back. I taught myself to turn onto my side while sleeping when a dream was starting to get ominous. From there, it just developed.

Wish I knew of all the research programs that were offered when I was going to University. I could have attended SoCal or another big university for free.

Oh well.


User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 882 times:

sorta of. Its a really hard skill and sometimes its hard to realise you are. For me its a hit or miss.

Does make for some cool dreams. (its like the ultimate computer game)



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 880 times:

Your mind controls your dreams regardless, that is how you dream. Trying to control them conciously though is much more difficult. Basically when you are dreaming you are living in your imagination, so anything in the day that you might daydream you will in sleep be much more 'involved' with it so to speak. I've done it quite a few times and it is quite interesting, but you have to remember that you are always controlling it. If you 'think' of something whilst you are dreaming it is almost certain to happen, because that is what you are thinking will happen and therefore it WILL happen because you are observing that thought (once again, like a daydream).

User currently offlineVC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 847 times:

I am a lucid dreamer. Have been one for years. Most likely to happen early in the morning around 4.00 am when I wake up from a deep sleep then doze back off. I can astually consiously trigger one, but sometimes it just happens. It is hard to explain how it feels to someone who has never experienced it but it is the most unbelievable feeling. I am able to completely control my dreams. I also try to keep myself from waking up.

User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 819 times:

Wasn't that in a Star Trek Voyager episode ?

At least for once Chakotay was not out on vision quest  Laugh out loud

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 812 times:

Dreaming is the last thing that should be put under control, because it's useful and nautral for relaxing your mind. How can you relax under control ?

I think that wanting to have everything under control may bring you soon to madness !!!

Just let dream be dream and real life real life !!!

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 807 times:

That sometimes happens to me when I realize that what I am doing would not be physically possible in real life; e.g driving tghrough my office Big grin

UTA



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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 806 times:

Then again, I would not rule out reality if I saw you driving around your office.

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 804 times:

I said driving THROUGH it; a la "Lethal Weapon IV" style Big grin

UTA



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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 803 times:

Actually, you wrote tghrough...

but whatever

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 803 times:

You understood what I meant, you fool.

UTA



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