Anyone else lucid dream?

@irdsm1 (288)
United States
April 17, 2008 2:28pm CST
I'm curious if anyone besides me lucid dreams, or practices lucid dreaming techniques. For those that don't know what lucid dreams are they are basically dreams where you are aware that you are dreaming. They range in intensity and control, but often times you have most control over your body, and sometimes you can even control your dream universe. But it is still a dream and it can be very weird and random. Some people use various methods to try to gain lucidity while dreaming because it is the ultimate freedom. You can fly, kill, hump, do whatever you want to do if you are lucid enough. Various techniques are described and in the lucid dreaming community are known well. For example WILD (wake induced lucid dream; You basically keep your mind awake while your body sleeps. Very hard to do for most people) MILD (mnemonic(sp?) induced lucid dream. You basically use repetition like "I will realize I am asleep" or "I will have a lucid dream" etc.) and a few more. I use a combination of WILD myself with and another technique I forget the name for. I try to sleep without sleeping and during the day close my nose whenever I remember to. Usually if you pinch your nose you can't breath. If you are dreaming you might be able to pinch your nose and breath, which may make you realize you are awake. If you do that regularly you may do it during a dream which means you may realize you are asleep which mean lucid dream. These tests are called reality checks. So has anyone else had a lucid dream? Did you do it on purpose or accidentally? Do you practice a technique or does it just happen? If you have had lucid dreams feel free to include one of your experiences. If you would like to read further check out LD4all.com Dan
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• United States
17 Apr 08
It's weird, because almost all of my dreams are lucid ones. They're always really, REALLY strange (I had one involving the Wild West, an apothecary shop in Nashville, shoplifted DVDs, and a car accident, all at the same time), but I almost always know that they're dreams, even while they're going on, and I usually am in full control of them. I wish i could just dream like a normal person, though, because sometimes lucid dreaming is creepy. I wake up suddenly, and am confused about what's reality and what's not.
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@AnimeMom (517)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I've had a couple of lucid dreams. Mostly something happens thats just so insane i know it's not real. And once i discover this the party happens! I love knowing i'm asleep and flying or taking myself some where different. I remember becoming aware in a dream of mine and just exploring my "dream" house. Opening drawers to see what my mind would put in them. It's incredibly interesting! I've attempted the WILD, never got the hang of that. I always fell all the way asleep. But the nose pinching thing is a great idea! Kudos for informing people with that! I think i'll try that for a week and see what happens!
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Its common to have a lucid dream 2 to 3 times within your life. I have had at least 3 myself its very weird when you make yourself wake up or have a dream in which your not scared of consequences or in which you make anything happen you wish. I personally woke up in a chair and in my car within to I remember very well. Sleep walkers have these types of dreams all the time its a very odd and rare occurrence.
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@irdsm1 (288)
• United States
18 Apr 08
It can become quite easy to lucid dream if you try. Many people on the LD4all forum lucid dream nearly every night. I personally have had lucid dreams at least 5 separate occasions, though some of the were extremely short. Dan
• United States
17 Apr 08
I lucid dreamed a lot when I was a child. The ability to do it developed as a response to my having a lot of nightmares. I became able to recognize I was dreaming and tell myself "No, this is too scary, you need to either change it or wake up" and that's what happened. But I have no idea exactly HOW I taught myself to do that, and haven't been able to for years even though I still have nightmares once in a while. I've never tried any of the techniques I've heard about so far yet. Lucid dreaming still interests me though, especially since I had the ability at one point, so I know for myself that it can be done.
@Pitgull (1523)
• United States
17 Apr 08
just make sure you're not confusing lucid dreaming with astral projection because if you're projecting, and you're cheating, a cheater is still a cheater, even if it's just in your mind.........
@irdsm1 (288)
• United States
17 Apr 08
A)Cheating at what? Number B (ha ha get it? #A? A isn't a number!....K, I'm done now :D ) I do not believe in astral projection. I believe that telekinesis is possible, mind reading, energy control and other psycho kinetic phenomena, but not astral projection. The ability to feel stimuli would not be possible, and seeing would not be possible with astral projection because frankly, astral projections would not have eyes. Lucid dreams ARE astral projections. Many lucid dream techniques have derived from astral projection techniques, and a person who is "astral projecting" has the same brain patterns as a person who is lucid dreaming. In other words, you are dreaming that you are astral projecting (at least that is the way I believe) C) Lucid dreams are just that: Dreams where you know you are dreaming. You would have trouble finding a place in the world to project that has anything like some dreams. While some dreams are of places of the world or whatever, many are not even possible to confuse with astral projection. Dan
• United States
18 Apr 08
Oh I do so love some astral projestion!
@Remando (177)
18 Apr 08
Yup I certainly lucid dream, although sometimes I find although I know I'm dreaming, I can't take off when I want to fly, or I can't stop the monster that's chasing me. But because I know I'm just dreaming and therefore it's not at all real, I am emotionally detatched and it doesn't affect me so much. But when I do lucid dream and find I have total control, it's wonderful. I love to take off into space and explore all of time; strange, but that's what I do. I was able to lucid dream by repeating to myself in my awake life 'am I dreaming' until after only a few days of doing this I found I was asking myself the same thing while dreaming - a very common technique, I believe, as you have stated irdsm1. Happy dreaming!
@MichaelJay (1100)
18 Apr 08
I find the best time for lucid dreaming is just before I wake fully in the morning. There is a half-sleep state which is very pleasant to be in. As you say you can 'do' all manner of things if you get used to dropping a hint to your mind as to which direction you want the 'story' to run. You wouldn't belive how many film stars I've slept with! LOL! I started doing this in adolescence before I even realised it was a technique, it just came naturally.
@Ren1227 (104)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I occasionally have lucid dreams. I read a book about it once and at one point was fascinated with being able to have lucid dreams. I used to try to have "reality checks" every few hours during the day so that when I had a dream it was natural to check to see if I was dreaming or not. This sometimes seemed to help me to have a lucid dream. They are usually very empowering because when you realize you are only in a dream, you can do whatever you want. Sometimes, I am able to fly but I have not yet been able to make things appear out of nowhere.
@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I've had more when I was younger. When the dreams became too intense for my taste I would realize I didn't have to put up with it and I gave myself the power to turn and walk (or fly) away. Unfortunately later on my dream would loop itself around, and I will experience the same thing again and again - it is like something is saying "You ARE going to experience this." By the fifth or sixth time though, the thrill is gone and the impact is not as great since I know what was coming. Now most of my dreams are so mediocre - ever saw the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip when Calvin wakes up, gets out of bed, brushes his teeth, put on his clothes, goes to school - and then he wakes up. My dreams are like that now mostly.