Guest Post: The Wonderful World of Lucid Dreaming by Kerry McGlone

"Emerge Painting" by Mia Tavonatti
“Emerge Painting” by Mia Tavonatti

Imagine this: you’re exploring things and emotions you never thought possible. You have the opportunity to control anything that goes on, and have the power to change anything if needed. You’re exploring these crazy ideas as if you were doing it in real life, however you’re merely dreaming. This only some of what Lucid Dreaming offers. Lucid dreaming can be confronting, but it can also be an unforgettable experience.

We’ve all experienced a nightmare, a falling dream etc. Imagine if you had the ability to be in control of what happens. You could fly through the sky and perceive a scenario from a different perspective. Is there a monster chasing you as you lucid dream? No worries – with the power of your mind, you can dismiss that monster and completely modify the dream just the way you want it. So instead of being chased by a monster, you can talk with your favourite actor or be an actor yourself being chased by hundreds of fans! Sounds cool, huh? If you were able to live consciously in your dreams, then wouldn’t going to sleep every night be exciting opposed to an inconvenience? We all feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Lucid dreaming will make out as if you never sleep, but still receive the same effects. Lucid dreaming is not dangerous, nor will it physically affect you. It’s simply a dream that you’re consciously aware of and able to manipulate.

Does overcoming some personal issues in your life sound appealing to you? As you lucid dream, you can explore your inner mind and confront your fears. Maybe you’re anxious about a test, or fear public speaking: lucid dreaming is able to assist you positively to help overcome this anxiety. Lucid dreaming may also help addressing some medical problems you may face on a daily basis. Whether or not you choose to use a lucid dream to help with your problems is completely up to you, but is something one should definitely consider.

In saying that, whatever happens in your dreams will not (necessarily) happen in real life. Just because you win the lottery in a lucid dream, does not mean you will wake up any richer than you were the night before!

Lucid dreaming can occur either accidentally or intentionally.  It should not be feared, but honoured, as though you have a power; a sixth sense. It’s not uncommon for people to lucid dream, and those who are privileged to experience a lucid dream should be proud of their experience.

While some people are naturally gifted with the ability to Lucid Dream, if you set your mind to it, you can learn how to do it.  One of the most important things is to learn to recognise whether or not you’re actually dreaming.  Consider this: what makes you think that as you read this article right now, you are not lucid dreaming?  What makes it a reality? As you lucid dream, you can feel, see, read, smell, etc. just as you would in real life.  Thinking you are dreaming right now can be a scary thought, but once you are able to distinguish a lucid dream from reality, you will begin to feel more comfortable and enjoy your dreams.  Remember that dreams are often illogical, which can be the first hint that you are having a dream – however that’s not always the case.  Some dreams can make perfect sense, so don’t completely rely on a realistic event to differentiate a lucid dream from reality. Although lucid dreaming abilities improve with practice, most people can achieve at least a basic level of lucidity.

Lucid dreaming can be a time to explore things you never thought existed, and experience things that wouldn’t be possible in real life.  Why wouldn’t you want to overcome your fears and live a happier, less stressful life?  Why shouldn’t you look forward to sleeping, now capable of controlling and experiencing your dreams as if they were real life?  This exciting adventure can be thrilling, and most certainly rewarding.

– Kerry McGlone

Kerry McGlone is a Lucid Dreaming enthusiast, and creator of http://www.dreamlucidly.info/
As a frequent researcher, she has attained knowledge and experience on lucid dreams, resulting in an enhanced understanding and having the passion to share knowledge with others. If you’re interested in becoming a lucid dreamer, feel free to give Dream Lucidly a visit!

You may be interested in these other posts on The Dream Well:
Lucid Dreams, An Introduction
New Research Links Lucid Dreams with Psychosis
Tibetan Dream Yoga

If you would like to learn more about how to achieve lucidity in a dream, you may be interested in the online course:
“The Mysteries of Dreaming Well: Sacred Dream Initiation”

Thanks for the beautiful art to Mia Tavonatti.  See more of her amazing works here (mosaics), here (paintings) here and here

Like her on Facebook here.

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8 Comments

  1. Nice. I have a lucid dream every couple of weeks. I trained myself to do it. It took years, and it’s not something I can just do anytime I want to, but I’ve had enough of them that I’m able to stay in the dream for awhile without waking myself up when it does happen.

    I’ve been meaning to write about this, and about the strangeness of dreams in general, for a while, I just always have something else to write instead.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this Amy! I have wonderful fun practicing active imagination, and am often amazed at what comes up, but I have not yet experienced a lucid dream! I’ll definitely check out Kerry’s site – thanks!

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