Monday, December 28, 2009

Why Bother With Lucid Dreaming?

By Jamie Barry

Essentially, lucid dreaming is a skill which some people have developed which allows them to actually be aware of the fact that they're dreaming, and that things which appeared to be happening, are not. Furthermore, people who experience lucid dreams tend to have the ability to exercise a certain amount of control over a lucid dream.

The undeniable fact is; that feeling of power which one experiences when one can control the direction of a dream, is something directly out of metaphysical existence. To a great extent, many of the limitations with which you've learned to live, simply vanish.

But, is it really easy as it looks? Can everyone experience lucid dreaming and bring to life that which would otherwise seems difficult or impossible in reality?

Contrary to what you may believe, lucid dreaming is nowhere near as difficult as you may think. In fact, if you're really serious about it, there are various steps which one can try in order to achieve results as soon as possible.

The first thing you need to do is to become absolutely certain as to why you want to master the art of lucid dreaming. Do you imagine yourself having your own personal playground built from lucid dreams, or do you have another reason for wanting to learn and develop this skill? Your reason is not of particular importance, providing it is clear in your mind.

Once you're satisfied as to why you want to learn this skill, then it's time to start the actual learning process. The first process, largely referred to as "dream recall", requires you to remember your last dream. Essentially, if you cannot remember your dreams, it will be virtually impossible to reach the stage of lucid dreaming.

Admittedly, this process can be incredibly slow although it should be noted that you can achieve this goal by means of a "dream recall register", which in essence will allow you to write down and many details as you can remember regarding each dream you have. While progress may be slow in the beginning, with time you'll soon come to discover that you are now able to remember even the finest details of a dream.

Hypnosis is also something which many people have found to have the ability of reducing the amount of time it takes to prepare ones subconscious in preparedness for lucid dreaming. In fact, in many instances, one or two sessions of hypnosis will be adequate for allowing you to remember your dreams consistently. When you reach that point, you know your mind has been suitably conditioned.

While in a lucid dream, it may happen that suddenly you are wide-awake. However, because of all the effort you've already put into conditioning your mind, if this happens to you, you'll have no problem reconnecting all the important details and once you're done so, you simply need to relax in order to go to sleep again. When you do, you'll be able to once again continue with your dream and upon waking up, you'll realize fully, the power of conscious dreaming.

Another proven way to have a lucid dream, is to go back to sleep for a short while immediately after waking up in the mornings. In fact, these dreams are so close to lucid dreams, that in many cases they will leave you wondering whether or not you were even dreaming at all. If you would like to try this method, simply set your alarm to go off an hour or two before you would usually wakeup. When the alarm goes off, wake up and switch it off and then go to sleep again in order to enjoy a lucid dream.

As far as this is concerned, you may find it extremely beneficial to keep track of your sleeping patterns in order to determine the best time for you to have a lucid dream.

Interestingly enough, lucid dreaming is also known for its ability to help people cope with various sleeping disorders such as insomnia. If you have difficulty in falling asleep you simply need to persuade your mind that going to sleep and lucid dreaming go hand in hand. It will only be a matter of time before your mind takes charge and takes care of any thoughts which may be preventing you from sleeping.

Thanks to recent advances in sound technologies, it no longer requires an excessive amount of time in order to master the art of lucid dreaming. In fact, these breakthroughs have made it considerably easier for people to learn the skill.

Many people who are just starting out find that the quickest way for them to have a lucid dream, is by taking advantage of binaural beats.

Essentially, these work due to the fact that there's a slight difference in frequency between the sounds played in each year. This results in a noticeable amount of relaxation and it also helps to bring the brain waves to the correct frequency.

Unfortunately, before this technology recently became available, the only sure way to enable you to experience a lucid dream, was by means of meditation techniques. Of course, because such techniques can often take years to master, many people were put off from learning this skill.

The bottom line is; that by making use of by binaural beats, you should be able to experience lucid dreaming relatively soon after your first attempt, particularly if you combine this sound technology with hypnosis.

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