Lucid dreaming

Lucid dreaming - Lucid dreaming.
Singapore
February 25, 2007 11:35am CST
Anyone tried lucid dreaming before? For those new to lucid dreaming, it just means taking control of your dreams. When you succeed in lucid dreaming, you will simultaneously possess 2 minds. On one hand, you will know you are sleeping on your bed; on another, you will know you are in your dream and you can intentionally direct what happens in the dream. One method I came across is as follows: Instead of closing your eyes and then trying to sleep as usual, just lie on your bed and open your eyes wide. Just stare at the ceiling and try as much as possible to keep your eyes open. If they close, open them again. All this while, have the thought that you are going to lucid-dream. Think of what dream you want to have. It worked for me the first time I tried. Try it and share your experience here!
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@kritipen (4083)
• United States
26 Feb 07
This is the very first time that i have ever heard of this concept. Very surprising to know that we can actually direct our dreams. I will try tonight. Lets see if i can stop some of those not very pleasent dreams that i usually have. Thank you for posting this topic.
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• Singapore
26 Feb 07
Yes, you have a go. Good luck and keep trying till you succeed. Then share with us your experience. Important: try to have an idea of what you want to dream before fixing your eyes on the ceiling. You may not get what you wanted but it will help you to lucid-dream. :)
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@Ellecee (102)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I have enough trouble sleeping, LOL. This is something I wouldn't try unless I wanted to stay awake all night. Sounds pretty cool though.
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• Singapore
25 Feb 07
Actually for your case, I would say you have nothing to lose. Since you are having difficulty going to bed, intentionally opening your eyes wide is going to make you tired... so even if you don't end up lucid dreaming, it might help you get to sleep faster!
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
11 Mar 07
I've heard of this but you have to be well within REM sleep (rapid eye movement) which you can only reach after different phases of sleep, and these cycles keep repeating throughout the night. For me, i have a lot of these cycles, because every night i have more than one dream, and i don't know about the technique you mentioned but in most of my dreams i am in control, sometimes so much that if i don't like something that just happened, i do it again like a 'take two' sort of thing, and i also control what happens and what i say, and sometimes i'm aware that it is a dream but i also know at the same time that i am asleep and it's just a wonderful experience, i think that life would be so boring without dreams.
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• Singapore
11 Mar 07
Nice to be in control... I get many dreams each night too - if I dream. And last time was another series of bad dreams. *Sigh*
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
12 Mar 07
yeah, well, i kinda like bad dreams, to a certain extent, because those are the most interesting, like yours, that's a nightmare but still very interesting, as long as none of my loved ones are in danger in any of my dreams, that's really crappy, i don't like those dreams, but the ones in which i'm in danger and i have to save myself, those are really cool, because they're exciting and the storylines are always so intriguing in those, i had a very interesting dream just yesterday about a plane crash, guess i've been watching a lot of 'lost'.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I often have lucid dreams naturally, and sometimes I wake up from a dream and realize I am still dreaming. And sometimes I wonder if I am still dreaming, so I just kinda hang out in my dream until I figure it out.
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• Singapore
26 Feb 07
Have you tried taking control in your dreams? And have you, for instance, tried astral projection? Making your soul come out of your physical body?
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
27 Feb 07
No, I would prefer that my soul stay in my body where it belongs for now. There have been times I have changed the course of my dream, though.
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• Singapore
27 Feb 07
Ok, sure. I just have a fascination for astral travel. :P
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
11 Mar 07
Alrighttt...I'll try to do this later. But I'm afraid I need to use toothpick to open my eyes. I'm usually bone tired and beaten by the end of the day. I understand lucid dream makes your mind mentally alert or something. Just what are the dreams you have that worked for you the first time. Do share..."grin"
• Singapore
11 Mar 07
Not really... And in fact, if you are already tired, it's easier to lucid dream - because you need less patience to keep your eyes open for too long!
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@RESGuy (859)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Wow amazing I would love to be able to do Lucid Dreaming! For one I know that I have very interesting dreams but I forget them a few seconds after opening my eyes. I think that if I am able to lucid dream I will remember my dreams. It must be amazing to be able to whatever you want in a dream! I will try this tonight but I don't know if I will pull it off ... Astral travel has aways amazed me and there are some monks and stuff that can meditate and literally go into a deep REM sleep in which their heart stops and their souls leave their bodies to travel. It is simply amazing that they can do this and it must take years of practice from an early age as well as dedication and a number of other things. Can't wait to try this out! Thank you so much for this discussion. Have you done this anymore since posting this discussion? Rated +.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
I think it has to do with when you wake up. Try waking up later (or even earlier) to see if you can remember those dreams.:)
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@RESGuy (859)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Hmm yeah the problem so far is I can't tell I am dreaming until right before I open my eyes. So hopefully with Lucid dreaming I will be able to wake up when I please. Though if I ever have a lucid dream I will dream it as much as possible and may try to wake up on the next one hehe. Thanks for the tip ;-) Rated +.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Lucid dreaming or not, just remembering your normal dreams would be cool and interesting enough.:)
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I am able to do it up to a point. It is real interesting - the last few times I got into a dream situation I didn't like (usually scary) and with lucid dreaming I attempted to get out of it, since I realized it was a dream. Not a chance. It will act like it reversed the film and rerun the dream to the point I achieved the realization, forcing me to experience the rest of the dream undisturbed. It's like something in me is saying "You WILL experience this." But by the third or fourth time I already know what's coming, so it's no longer scary. But my favorites are the time nothing of consequence is happening and I achieve realization. I can never live out (ahem) certain types of fantasies, though I heard other people could) but I did achieve the power of flight. Never could go beyond the atmosphere so far though :( But most of my dreams now are very boring, just everyday stuff happening and I don't realize I'm dreaming until all of a sudden I'm in my bed. And that is really a bummer. The next time I get realization I am going to try what I read one book suggested, to greet the characters, and ask what they stand for. I have a strong suspicion they will just stare at me like I was crazy (imagine being asked that question by a stranger while you're in public ...) but I'll give it a shot.
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Wow... what you described is interesting.. yet scary in a way.
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
12 Mar 07
yes i have had lucid dreams but i thaught everyone can have them i did not know that it means that during the dream two minds are possessed. this is very interesting. thank you:)
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@shalwani (760)
• Pakistan
12 Mar 07
Actually I have had experiences of dreams where I new somehow that it was a dream and I was not much scared of the scary scenario that was in front of me in the dream. I knew that I was dreaming... is this also Lucid Dreaming?
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• United States
28 Jun 07
hey there wizard..i myself have and love astral projection, i dont do it as often as i have lucid dreams though//never knew it was called that though..but since i was 25 i somehow have learned to control my dreams,but only to a point..like if it gets really scary i usally can make it go away..but for the ones i cant control i have taught myself to wake up..Just lay down,close your eyes in ur dream and u wil wake up in real life..its strange but that works for me every time:)..take care!
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Astral projection? You mean this is really real? How do you make it work?!! You can really "float out of your body" and will your spirits around?
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• United States
29 Jun 07
Yes..its deff doable..but there is soo much time and practice for me..you have to be in a certain state...I learned from a few books from Sylvia Browne..you should check her out even if you dont believe in psychics,,.her exercises are amazing!! She is how i learned to meditate,among many things..its all about releasing all negative energy.,and bringing in positive,and i relax and mediatate for maybe an hour before i go to bed..but like i said i only have been able to do a couple times..its hard for me..but my son thats 5..hes been doing it since he was 2..she says children can do it much easier and its almost natural for them..until they start getting older.,and its gets harder for them to do..the first time he did it..i thought he was standing right in the hallway..he said hi mommy..and then dissappperaed..i went in his room and he was fast alseep..so anyways..look into Sylvia's books and you wont be disappointed when u get results..take care!
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• Singapore
13 Jul 07
Oh mine... this is INCREDIBLE! Thanks for sharing. I will go check out Sylvia Browne now.:)
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
Hi Sir Wizard. Possession of two minds? Have you considered that this is actually another state of consciousness, but using the same 'mind.' Lucid dreaming is the same as putting consciousness into your dream state and consequently being able to direct your travels at night - That's astral travelling in essence. Congratulations on your achievements. Astral travelling is not an easy task.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
No I don't think I can astral travel...
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
30 Jun 07
Yes you can. Everyone astral travels every night when they sleep. Only most people are not conscious of it. Being aware of the moment you go into the sleep state is your consciousness leaving your physical body and going off into a different arena. Consciousness is separate from the physical body.
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• Singapore
13 Jul 07
I have very interesting dreams.. but I don't think that's astral travelling...
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@latsmom (824)
13 Jul 07
No but woudl definately like to, I hate it when I fall asleep adn have a nightmare it messes up my whole day, if I could have good dreams every ight I would be a happy bunny.
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• Singapore
13 Jul 07
Oh yes, good dreams are nice.:)
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@crickethear (1420)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I will have to try that. That is kind of cool. Geez you can go any where, or have the dreams you want. It would be nice. Probably nicer then even if you could have it happen, cause something always keeps it from being perfect. If it works for me, I will let you know.
• Singapore
13 Jul 07
Just don't abuse the "power" LOL. :P
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• India
13 Jul 07
You know what.... YES!! I did have a try before. Actually it happened when I just woke up in the middle of the dream, and while I was trying to sleep back I had in mind th dream I was already watching. That kind of gave me a power to control it. I can now do whatever I wanted in my dream. I was able o fly the way I wanted to and jump or whatever I liked. I have had this experience more than once but not all are shareable. LOL. Anyways, now I don't like lucid dreaming. I believe that dreams are a part of your life, which most of the time reflect the truth or whatever is going on in your life. May not be exact but still bear significance. Many a times a tensed person will find himself running around in his dream, either running for something or running from something. While I was an avid gamer I used to dream about game stages. Once I dream of being Max Payne of Max Payne 2, sliding down the rope from one building to other, I was killing the thugs. Any ways dreams do really bear significance to your real life and show you what you had been neglecting or what is happening, that should be controlled. Watching lucid dreams doesn't give me pleasure now, as I already know what dreams are. Still they are enjoyable sometimes. Take Care May GOD Bless YOU
• Singapore
13 Jul 07
Yes, I would think what you did then was lucid dreaming.:) And I think you are quite right about dreams relating to real life in a way...
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• Philippines
14 Jul 07
i haven't really tried it. maybe because i am afraid to. i know i have a third eye, that is not fully opened. the more it scares me, if i can do lucid dreaming. but there are times, that i dream and in that dream what i want to happen happens in my dream. or before i go to sleep, i was thinking of something, i would dream about it and as i've planned that's what's in my dream. i find it funny and weird. not sure if you can call that lucid dreaming. but i'll try to do the method you've mentioned.
• Singapore
14 Jul 07
Wow.. Be careful then..
• Philippines
14 Jul 07
I havn't tried lucid dreams before but I observed from the past I sometimes take control of what I'm dreaming but not all the time. Maybe I will try that. thanks! :)
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• Singapore
14 Jul 07
Maybe you are already doing it.:)
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
14 Jul 07
Hello Lordwarwizard! This interesting because it is the first I have heard about Lucid dreaming. It is actually the middle of the day right now where I live so I can’t do it at this moment, but I will try and experiment with it tonight. This is actually quite amazing! I have never heard of such a thing but now that I have it get me wondering about what other abilities that we all might posses but have yet to tap into. Thank you for an interesting and eye opening discussion.
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• Singapore
14 Jul 07
LOL, you can always take a nap.:P
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I think I may have done this when I was younger. I had a time when I kept dreaming I was flying. SO before I went to bed, I would tell myself that I would dream of flying that night. And it usually worked. It was great, because I tend to have nightmares, so being able to fl in my dreams was much more fun than nightmares.
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• Singapore
13 Jul 07
Sounds cool. If I just think "normally" though, somehow I will always not dream what I was thinking.:P
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