The Wonders of Lucid Dreaming
I realized I was dreaming. I raised my arms and began to rise (actually, I was being lifted). I rose through black sky that blended to Indigo, to deep purple, to lavender, to white, then to very bright light.
All the time I was being lifted there was this most beautiful music I have ever heard. It seemed like voices rather than instruments. There are no words to describe the JOY I felt. I was very gently lowered back to earth. I had the feeling that I had come to a turning point in my life and I had chosen the right path. The dream, the joy I experienced, was kind of a reward, or so I felt. It was a long, slow slide back to wakefulness with the music echoing in my ears. The euphoria lasted several days: the memory, forever, (A,F,. Bay city, Michigan)
I was standing in a field in an open area when my wife pointed in the direction of the sunset. I looked at it and thought, " How odd"; I've never seen colours like that before." Then it dawned on me: "I must be dreaming!" Never had I experienced such clarity and perception-the colours were sp beautiful and the sense of freedom so exhilarating that I started racing through this beautiful golden wheat fiels waving my hands in the air and yelling at the top of my voice, " I'm dreaming! I'm dreaming!"
Suddenly I started to lose the dream; It must have been the excitment. i instantly woke up. As it dawned on me what had just happened, I woke my wife and said, " I did it . I did it!" I was conscious within the dreamstate and i'll never be the same. Funny, isn't it? How the taste of it can affect one like that. It's the freedom. I guess: we see that we truly are in control of our own universe. (D.W.,Elke River, Minnesota)
I am studying to become a professioanl musician ( French Horn) and I wished to remove my fear of performing in front of people. On several occasions I placed myself in a state of self- hypnosis /daydreaming by relaxing my entire body and mind before going to sleep. Then I focused on my desire to have a dream, in which I was performing for a large audience by myself but was not nervous or suffering from anxiety.
On the third night of this experiment , I had a lucid dream in which I was performing a solo recital without accompaniment at Orchestra hall in Chiocago ( a place where I have performed once before, but in full orchestra. ( I felt no anxiety regarding the audience, and every note that I played made me feel even more confident. I played perfectly a piece that I had heard only once before (and never attempted to play), and the ovation I recieved added to my confidence . When I woke up. I made a quick note of the dream and the piece that I played. While practicing the next day, I sight-read the peice and played it nearly perfectly, two weeks ( and a few lucid dream performances ) later. I performed Shostakovich's Fifth symphony with the orchestra. For the first time, nerves did not hamper me playing, and the performance went extremely well. (J.S.,Mt.Prospect, Illinois)
Strange, marvelous, and even impossible things regularly happen in dreams , but people don't usually realize that the explanation is that they are dreaming. Usually doesn't mean always and there is a highly significant exception to this generalization. Sometimes, dreamers do correctly realize the explanation for the bizarre happenings they are experiencing , and lucid dreams , like those recounted above, are the result.
Empowered by the knowledge that the world they are experiencing is a cration of their own imiganition, lucid dreamers can consciously influence the outcome of their dreams. They can create and transform objects, people, situations, worlds. Even themselves. By the standards of the familiar world of physical and social reality, they can do the impossible.
The world of lucid dreams provides a vaster stage than ordinary life for al,ost anything imaginable, from the frivolous to the sublime. You could, if you chose , revel at a saturnalian festival , soar to the stars, or travel to mysterious lands. You could join those who are testing lucid dreaming as a tool for problem solving, self-healing, and personal growth. Or you could explore the implications of teachings from the ancient traditions and reports from modrn psychologists that suggest that lucid dreams can help you find your deepest identy-who you really are.
Lucid dreaming has been known for centuries , but has until recently remained and rare and little-understood phenomenon. My own scientific and personal explorations, together with the findingd of other dream researchers around the world, haver just began to shed light on this unusual state of consciousness. Recently this new research field has captured the attention of the population outside the world of scientific dream research because studies have shown that given proper training , peopl;we can learn to have lucid dreams.
But why are people interested in learning to be conscious in their dreams? According to my own experience, and the testimony of thousands of other lucid dreamers, lucid dreams can be extraordinary vivid, intense, pleasurable, and exhilarating. People frequently consider their lucid dreams as among the most wonderful experiences of their lives.
If this were all there were to it, lucid dreams would be delightful, but ultimately trivual entertainment. However, as many have already discovered, you can use lucid dreaming to improve the quality of your waking life.Thousands of people have written to me at Stanford telling how they are using the knowledge and experience they ahve acquired in lucid dreams to help them get more of living.
Although the outlines of a practical art and science of lucid dreaming ae just beginning to emerge and the systematic use of lucid dreaming as a tool for psychological self- exploration is still in itys infancy, most people can safely use the available knowledge about lucid dreaming to conduct their own explorations. Probably the only people who should not experiment with lucid dreaming are those who are unable to distinguish between waking reality and constructions of their imagination.
Lucid dreaming will not cause you to lose touch with the difference between waking and dreaming . On the contrary, lucid dreaming is becoming more aware.
Reference: Exploring the world of Lucid Dreaming Stephen L, Ph.D. & Howard Rheingold
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