The Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming

Here is your invitation to go into the rapture of lucid dreams, so say to expanding our nocturnal encounter and venture, guides and these writers.

Are you aware what a lucid dream is? It is not only another vivid dream in which intense impressions and feelings predominate your sleep and make you feeling like you spent part of the night at the theatre. The lucid dreamer has “…an abrupt self-reflective epiphany of, ‘Wait a second… I’m dreaming!’”

In a lucid dream, you’re often in a peculiar or distant location. Images are generally eccentric. Many times you are moving fast as you find or fly yourself traveling in automobile, a train, or other type of conventional transfer. But the certification of a lucid dream is knowing you’re dreaming. That, our guides tell us, is the ticket to the vast bundles of lucid dreaming. They comprise improved physical and mental health, conquering and facing your internal demons, problem solving, self awareness, and ingenuity, not to mention fun-filled dream nights.

The authors also maintain that everyone can eventually become a lucid dreamer, and reap its benefits. It is arrived at by a select few naturally. Much of the novel is devoted to using it for personal gain, and instructing on how to master technique and the capability everyone. The course isn’t as easy as flipping on your TV remote at 2 o’clock in the morning. But our guides, like wilderness explorers, are sold on the value of taking the journey, supporting, and upbeat. Their writing is clear, private, and full of examples and how-to advice.

In the section called “Packing Your Totes,” for example, we learn about the periods of sleep and how to keep a dream journal. If you don’t record your dreams, they vanish faster than the last rays of sunshine at the day’s ending. I spent years keeping a dream journal (when I was in classical psychoanalysis as a young shrink) and have regularly recorded my dreams since then. Lucid dreaming takes much more than that.

The authors provide a homework for becoming “lucid,” which starts during the day with persistent exercises to train your mind to differentiate dreaming from reality. A key next step is creating “aim” before conking out at night. If you would like it, truly desire it, it is going to come. They describe a “Dream-Initiated Lucid Dream” (a DILD), in which you springboard to lucid by honing in on specific signs you’ve developed to understand that you’re dreaming. If that isn’t sufficient, you can place your alarm to just before when you would enter the last two periods of REM (dream) sleep late through the night, wake up and follow a recommended 20-minute routine, then go back to sleep realizing the time is ripe! Remaining in the lucid dream, not letting it vanish, is just another skill you also can master, with the training provided in this book.

You can take your work to higher levels. It’s possible for you to recognize the Coke commercial of universal connectedness (“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”).

As a lucid dreamer for decades— the capability was not invited by me, it only happened—I was inquisitive about this novel. I understood I was dreaming. I used purpose in the dream to try to direct the outcome than it had been to be sanguine to my mental health. I was able to remain in the dream for an extended period of time and call upon reason, persuasion, and relationships to make an effort to reverse the past. But the outcome was no different. Occasionally, circumstances are just poor and they’re able to haunt you for quite a long time.

Moreover, when I woke up from this dream I was reminded about how exhausting lucid and graphic dreaming can be. My dreams have been since I was in my 20s, and are every night alive; as I’ve grown older my dreams are still more graphic, though fortunately lucid dreams seem to happen with no greater frequency. I normally wake up in the morning needing to recover if a nap would be convenient.

The writers are enchanted with its benefits, but say not a word about the disadvantage of ramping up your dreams. And second, the authors might consider another book about the best way to reverse (or at least decline) graphic and lucid dreaming for all those who, without intention or having trained and crossed into the zone, might desire to get a good night’s sleep.

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