Lucid Dreams: Do You have them?

United States
December 12, 2006 4:47pm CST
Lucid Dreaming is defined as the conscious perception of one's state while dreaming, resulting in a much clearer experience and sometimes enabling direct control over the content of the dream. Dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming, in other words. Personally, I do have lucid dreams, although they are infrequent, and unexpected. Despite my best efforts I cant seem to control when and where I have them. There seems to be no pattern, as I've experienced them after drinking heavily, after not drinking at all, during naps, during deep sleeps, etc. Sometimes it takes a while for me to realize and assume control over the dream, and at times I get too excited and wake from them earlier than I wanted. If this is a fascinating new subject for you, rent the movie Waking Life in which one kid is experiencing a lucid dream in which he is subject to many different strangers approach and view on lucid dreaming. But nonetheless, do you experience these? What are your thoughts, feelings? Is it a spiritual experience for you? Can you control their frequency?
3 people like this
28 responses
• United States
13 Dec 06
Really? This is wierd because all my dreams are like this. I thought this was normal. I am always aware that I'm dreaming and can decide things and change things. I 'd love to talk more about this I had no idea I was an exception. There are always spots in my dreams where I am lost I guess you could say but I always find myself and know that I am dreaming.
1 person likes this
• United States
18 Dec 06
Oh yes, it is not so common! I have lucid dreams sometimes but I have to work at it. For me, in most cases, no matter how weird my dream is I'm sure it's reality! Sometimes even after I wake up, for a couple of minutes I'm very confused because I can't figure out what is real and what is not!
@mochiko (65)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I first heard about lucid dreaming several years ago, and was fascinated with the subject. My friend told me to keep a dream journal and try one of the many induction techniques so I could realize I was dreaming. Unfortunately, I never kept up with my dream journal on a consistent basis. Have you ever tried to keep a dream journal? I have only experienced a few lucid dreams, but they are patchy and hard to maintain. I would love to get back into trying, though.
• United States
27 Dec 06
hell yes ive tried. Its hard to get in the habit because i always tell myself that ill remember it vividly i dont need to write it, and ten minutes later its wiped clean.
• United States
28 Dec 06
That's true, I forget if I don't either write it down or tell a friend about it. I can maintain a dream as long as I tell someone about it as soon as I wake up. My friends hear about my dreams so much, they don't even really listen to my story, but it helps me to remember them at least :)
@micheller (1366)
• United States
13 Dec 06
i have not had any dreams to where i know i'm dreaming and have control over the dream. that seems pretty interesting tho. hopefully one day i will have one.
• United States
13 Dec 06
I have lucid dreams all the time. At first I thought it was kind of weird. But after awhile I started to enjoy it. For me it's like reading a book but having complete control over everything that goes on in the dream.
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I think I have had lucid dreams in a half-awake state. I remember dreams where I feel like it has gone through many different versions all at once. I remember dreaming and then not liking how things were going and then thinking "no" and starting again in a new direction.
• United States
26 Dec 06
I do that too! Well, I know I have had a couple lucid dreams before too, but sometimes when I am half-awake and having a nice dream, I like to control where it goes or I'll redo a scene :)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I also have them fairly regulary, but like you, I see no pattern of what behavior might lead to one. And the moments of lucidity don't seem to last very long, as I either go deeper asleep or I wake up completely. I've never heard of that movie but I'd definitely watch it.
@bimmer999 (1160)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
i dream alot sometimes. but i hate bad dreams or nightmares, makes me twitch in bed it think. still waiting to dream of girls and supermodels lol well why not hehe
• India
18 Dec 06
i always have
• India
18 Dec 06
i always have
• United States
14 Dec 06
Lucid dreaming is one of the best things in the world. I studied it for a while and my friend and I tried to get it to work for us on a consistent basis. I haven't had one in years though. In the dream i was at an airport and i started jumping from terminal to terminal, i didn't think anything of it at first, but then i realized that that was not normal. It all hit me that i was in a dream and could control everything, so what was the first thing i did? Well, being the 12 year old that i was, i decided to make all the girls naked. Unfourtunetley as soon as that happened i woke up. I really wanna try to do it again though. My friend was telling me that the best way to do it is write on your hand "Am i dreaming" and keep it on there until it works (or even after that). Everyday just constantly look down, read it, and truly think "Am i dreaming?" This will then become such a habit that when your in a dream you'll look down and see a mangled mess of letters and realize your dreaming. Alright kids, now you try!
• Portugal
13 Dec 06
I use to have that kind of dreams either, and it is so stranger. I'm perfectly sure of being dreaming, I can hear at is happening around me, but I'm not able to wake up. I keep on that sleep, see what is going on on my dream, waiting, and changing. The most difficult part to me is to awake. But, on this dreams, somethimes, I get a solution for my own problems, what is wonderful. And I even elaborated an entire professional project on one of those dreams, so I may not to complaint.
• United States
13 Dec 06
i have had these before
• United States
13 Dec 06
It seems most nights I "don't" dream, at least I don't remember them. It's said that we dream every night, we just don't usually remember when we wake up. I've had very vivid dreams. And some actually have translated into real life. Some people call this.. "ESP" or some other phenominon. I really couldn't tell ya.. But I do dream things that do become reality sometimes.
• India
13 Dec 06
did u know that while dreaming our body is in a state of paralysis so that we dont do anything bad to ourself?
@acosjo (1904)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
KJF.... great question. I absolutely like it when I have lucid dreams. I can't control when they happen but when they do, awesome. The one thing I always do.... Fly and that's pretty much all I end up doing. I really feel if I could fly, that's waht it would feel like. It is so much fun to have lucid dreams. I wish I did every night.
@Lylyana (206)
• Romania
13 Dec 06
Yes I HAVE LUCID DREAMS.It happened to me to dream and to know that I was dreaming,as you said.I can't control their frequency and I don't think it's sth that can be controlled.
@gnt23tr (1015)
• United States
13 Dec 06
i dont think that i have experienced this kind of dream,,
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Yes, I have them frequently, Most times I am unaware that they are lucid dreams until they are half over and most times I am woke up before I can finish the dream by controling it myself. But should we be trying to contol our lucid dreams are these a dream brought on by our subconsious to tell us something? But we don't want to se or hear so we force ourselves to change the preseption of the dream to make it how we want it to be and the message is totally lost. I would like to check out this movie Waking Life do you have any idea where I can either rent it or buy it because I haven't seen movie by that name before. Maybe I will check out ebay they seem to have atleast one of everything ever made. Well thanks
@carlomeno (1086)
• Italy
13 Dec 06
Unluckily I do not dream a lot. Correction: for sure I dream everynight but I do not remember the dreams. My wife is remembering them very well
@10190190 (36)
• United States
13 Dec 06
definatly, lucid dreams are a very close thing to reality i what i believe, they may be the link to anothe dimesion or a different state of being and perception, reality can be bend, and screwed in lucid dreasms much liike a different dimension. or lucid dreams can just be more intense dreams with a twist...and nothing too special about them.
@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I sometimes have them.