Changing our dreams; lucid dreaming

@winterose (39929)
Canada
February 17, 2007 3:22pm CST
I just commented on a discussion one of my friends started. It was about lucid dreams. I thought that the topic was important enough that I would talk about it again here. Lucid dreams occur just before the waking hours in a phase of sleep called rem sleep. These are the dreams we actually remember. We do not remember the dreams we have during deep sleep. Although scientist have discovered that everyone dreams and it is a necessary biological function, people maintain that they do not dream. It is because they are not lucid dreaming or dreaming just before the waking hours where they can remember they dreamed. Another very fascinating thing about lucid dreaming is that scientists maintain that we can change our dream if we really don't like it. We can will our mind to orchestrate the dream and play an active role rather than be the passive bystander looking at the dream as if it was a movie you are watching on TV. So let's say, you are being chased by an alien in your dream and you are frightened you can will your mind stop dreaming about the alien and have it disappear or battle the alien and when etc. I find it fascinating, but it takes lots of practice so I am told and I never was able to do it so far. Has anyone out there being successful? Thoughts please,
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@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
17 Feb 07
No I'm one of those people who usually doesn't remember dreams so I guess I'm not having lucid dreams. I'd like too though. Is there any way of increasing the possiblity of rem dreams?
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
I am not sure about that, rem sleep is part of a process, in what is called the body's circadian rhythm. I don't want to say something that is off the cuff, but I believe I remember that the less one sleeps, the less of a change to go through the entire procedure which takes about 3-4 hours and starts over again. So I suggest when you can, sleep at least 8 hours to help it happen.
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
18 Feb 07
I remember my dreams, I am not good at changing them in the middle of a scene as you an will yourself to do in lucid dreaming.
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@pinknic (307)
25 Feb 07
Wow winterose, that was really interesting. I knew most of it except the part about being able to change the dream we are having. I find that fascinating! I want to try it now! Thanks a lot, I really enjoyed reading that.
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
It takes a lot of practice I am told, it could take years to master it but let me know how it goes for you.
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• United States
10 Mar 07
I have always found dreams fasinating..And myself i have some pretty bad dreams..but me being the horror fanatic that I am..I love them..but I havemyself..learned to change whats happening in my dreams..especially if they get too scary,,or sad..like i once dremaed that my father was being killed by these soldiers,,they were torturing him badly..and i could hear him screaming from the next room..I then stood up./yelled..ENOUGH!!! and thought in my dream to change it to where i was flying with him on my back hanging on Balloons..it was so cool lol..and i wil let you in to a secret that i have learned..if you are having a bad dream..and you cant change it,,FALL ASLEEP IN YOUR DREAM! and then you instantly wake up..I have noo idea why this works,,but it does and i have told many friends and family..although many just cant control there dreams at all..but the few that taught themselves its a dream and u are in control..Just lay down no matter where yu are,,anywhere..close your eyes and sleep..you wil wake right up.I hope this helps many that suffer from nightmares,,:)
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
10 Mar 07
good points, I am going to try it.