Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2813 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1100 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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RJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1082 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?
FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1077 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?
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Jake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1066 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.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17829 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1040 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...
SFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1015 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.
Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1006 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."
Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 981 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.
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2813 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 943 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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Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11809 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 931 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.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 929 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.
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EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 918 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).
VC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 885 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.