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Have you ever been dreaming and then suddenly become conscious that you were in fact dreaming? Well this is what is considered lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is AWARE that they ARE in the middle of a dream
Lucid dreaming is somewhat controversial because it sounds "New Age-y," like reading crystals or undergoing color light therapy -- things not everyone believes in. There's science behind lucid dreaming, though. One study monitored subjects with electroencephalograms (EEGs -- a test of the electrical brain activity) as they slept. The participants motioned with their eyelids when they were in the middle of a lucid dream. The EEGs confirmed that they were in REM sleep while they signaled their lucid dream state [source: LaBerge]. The fact that people can have lucid dreams isn't under dispute. The question is whether or not people can control their dreams. Some scientists claim an enthusiastic yes.
Lucid dreaming has been mentioned in the study of sleep since the time of Aristotle. The layperson may be surprised to hear this, because few people know about or experience lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming, also known as Lucidity, is defined as consciousness during sleep, in which the dreamer realizes he or she is dreaming. Stanford University sleep researcher Stephen LaBerge coined the term “awake in your dreams” to describe lucidity (LaBerge 2). It is a difficult definition to understand, and can be easier to grasp through quotes of lucid dreamers. Lucid dreams tend to be more vivid and often very peaceful or spiritual compared to regular dreaming. Although few are aware of the existence of lucid dreams, it can open many new doors to scientists and the layperson alike. When a dreamer opens the world of lucid dreaming their life can be dramatically altered. Consciousness during sleep can improve the dreamer's life physically and spiritually.
Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness where the dreamers are fully aware that they are asleep, and that what they are experiencing is a state of reality completely manufactured by the dreaming mind. At its best, lucid dreaming is a completely conscious state of mind where the doors to the conscious and unconscious minds are fully open to each other -- available for exploration, examination and to be fearlessly embraced.
People often ask me if, apart from the obvious fun aspects of lucid dreaming whether or not there are more practical benefits.
Learning to lucid dream can have quite an impact on your everyday ‘waking’ life in more ways than one. Apart from the obvious feeling that you have a special skill that ninety percent of the people around you have no idea exists or how to learn it, lucid dreaming has many other practical uses.
Benefits of Lucid Dreaming
Some people have found that lucid dreaming is an excellent way to combat re-occurring nightmares. The main problem with people’s nightmares is that they are usually a victim.
Whether they are running away from a monster, being threatened in some way or re-living a traffic accident and seeing themselves or a loved one come to harm, they are always a ‘victim’ in the nightmare with little to no control over how the dream pans out.. There is always a negative element that is oppressing them.
Lucid dreaming can help here because in a lucid dream it’s you that is in control. If you don’t like the nasty monster then wish it away and it will go. If you can become lucid whilst in the middle of a nightmare you can literally take control and end the negative aspect.
Lucid dreaming is NOT just a load of “New Age hippy crap.” Neither is it the work of Satan.
Lucid dreaming is quite simply the ability to achieve lucid awareness while dreaming. Numerous scientific studies have shown that lucid dreaming confers significant mental and physical benefits to the practitioner. Here are some the ways in which conscious dreaming has been shown to improve people’s lives:
Once you learn the basics of lucid dreaming, you can solve problems on demand - and on a whole new level. That's because you are not limited by your logical conscious brain. Instead, you can solve problems creatively in a 3D environment, or by drawing deeper insights directly from your subconscious mind. Just ask any question to your lucid dream and wait for the answer...
Stephen LaBerge Lucid Dreaming Videos 1-10 Here
•Enhanced creativity: Lucid dreaming allows a person to go directly to their inner source of creativity to stimulate ideas and solve problems. Your subconscious mind is the source of creative inspiration. Many artistic geniuses — Salvador Dali, William Blake, Paul Klee, Mozart, and Beethoven among them — say they came up with their best ideas while asleep. By establishing direct, unfettered access to your subconscious mind and then learning how to manipulate it your capacity for creative thinking will explode.
Conscious dreaming is an exceptionally powerful way to improve your creativity. Salvador Dali, William Blake and Paul Klee created famous artwork inspired by dreams.
Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner - pointed to dreams as the source of their inspiration. In fact, some of the most beautiful music ever heard takes place in lucid dreams. They reveal our most creative side because of the free-flow of ideas arising from the subconscious mind.
To improve your creativity in lucid dreams, you can follow this avenue. First, make an announcement in your dream: "show me something amazing!" Your subconscious will respond in unpredictable but often deeply inspiring ways.
•Greater self-confidence: When you control your dreams, you can face your fears head on and learn how to overcome them. These triumphs will carry over to your waking life and will empower you with a new sense of self-confidence.
Do you lack confidence in the waking world? If so, you can use conscious dreaming to release your inhibitions and be totally free in a realistic dream world. If you want to improve your public speaking abilities, you can rehearse the event in a lucid dream. Having practiced your speech in a realistic environment, you will find you have more confidence when it comes to making the speech in real life. Remember - practice makes perfect.
Lucid dreams are a playground for experimentation. You can try out any concept imaginable - from business, to sports, to relationships - anything you like. By rehearsing a situation or simply toying with different outcomes, you can improve your confidence in any number of waking scenarios.
• Greater self-awareness: What are the deep-rooted anxieties that fill you with unease? You can confront them in the safe environment of a lucid dream and understand what you need to do in your waking life to resolve this issues and attain a higher level of peace
• Greater self-control: Do you suffer from addiction issues? Looking to lose weight, perhaps,Losing weight is something that almost everybody would like to do at some point in their life, both for health reasons and for self image.or quit bad habits and pursue a healthier lifestyle? When you control your dreams, you can enter into a self-hypnotic state in which you can retrain your own mind to adopt healthier behaviours.
Hypnotherapists recognize the value of dreams for revealing information from the subconscious mind and venting blockages and frustrations as therapeutic change occurs. They know the power of an active imagination in hypnosis and the waking state. Think how much more powerful that active imagination can be in dreaming. Dream content is as vivid and rich as perception during the waking state-in fact, even more so. The dream world is multi-dimensional, multi- textural, and so "real" that studies have shown physiological response to take place as if the event were actually happening.
• Fewer nightmares: Nightmares are dreams where YOU are the victim. But when you control your dreams, you are no longer the victim. You can turn Freddy Krueger’s knife gloves into harmless butterflies and chase him away with a baseball bat, should you so choose. And if you have a recurring nightmare that has plagued you for years, you can choose a different ending for it and finally exercise the night-time demons that have been haunting you for so long.
• Improved memory: Do you ever wonder where all your forgotten memories go? They’re still in your brain — they’re just so deeply buried your surface mind can no longer access them. But when you lucid dream, you can relive those memories and greatly expand your powers of recall.
• Better, more restful sleep: Sleep issues are often the result of residual stress and anxiety. But when you learn how to lucid dream, you can resolve the issues that are causing that stress and anxiety. Not only that — when you spend your nights having incredible experiences such as flying, exercising supernatural powers, shape-shifting into whatever animal you want — you will be excited to go to sleep each night because you will be so excited to embark on your next nocturnal adventure.
Fears and nightmares can devastate people to the point that sleep becomes a painful association. With lucid dreaming, you can face these fears and nightmares knowing that you are safe and cannot be injured. Imagine also being able to change elements of your dream in order to help you defeat those nightmares.
•Higher energy levels: This one follows naturally upon the last… If you are sleeping better at night then you will be better rested during the day. Not to mention that when you’ve spent the whole night fighting off supervillains you will wake up feeling supercharged and ready to take on anything the waking world will throw at you!
One dreamer, after having a lucid dream said that she was left with “ 'a feeling of bubbling joy' that persisted for a week or more” (LaBerge 10).
Face Your Fears The benefits of lucid dreaming are far-reaching? Conscious dreaming allows you to face your fears in a controlled setting. If you are afraid of heights, why not jump out of an airplane? In the alternate reality of lucid dreams, you can slow down time for a controlled fall, and float gently to the ground. Once you have done this at 10,000 feet you will be surprised how you feel about heights in the waking world.
How does it work? One explanation is that dealing with a worst case scenario in a positive way creates new neural patterns in your subconscious mind. Reinforcing that belief with more experiences that seem real can dissolve the fear altogether. From skydiving to spyders *(Why not ask that spider what he represents? He may give you an astonishing response that finally allows you to rationalize your fear) you can face your fears and reprogram your subconscious reactions, knowing that absolutely no harm can come to you.
Practice a martial art As any martial artist will tell you, repeated practice of a martial art is essential if a high level of competence is to be achieved. Your brain needs to learn the various different forms and movements so that you can react to a given situation instinctively and without thought. What better way to go through your different fighting styles and movements than in a lucid dream? In fact there is nothing to stop you fighting with an opponent to improve your sparring skills.
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But that's not all...
Transcendence: Lucid dreaming demonstrates the fact that the world we see is a construct of our minds. It forces us to look beyond everyday experience and ask the question, "If this is not real, then what is it?"
Conscious dreaming is a fascinating experience. The realism is amazing, yet you are in a completely safe and controllable environment. It's against this background that you can face your fears, enhance your creative problem solving skills, improve your confidence and practice new skills.
That's not to mention the enormous fun that comes from playing within your own virtual reality dream world and how it relates to your own subconscious mind. Soon you will see it is all interconnected - conscious and unconscious - enabling you to use this playground for profound personal growth and insights.
Lucid dreaming is a skill that anyone can develop with motivation and effort. The enjoyment and benefits are well worth it. What could you do with the third of your life that is spent sleeping? How could you use it to benefit the other two-thirds? Through lucidity the line between the dream world and the waking world begins to blur, providing unique opportunities to interact consciously with your subconscious mind.
You might believe that dreams are the random sparks produced by chemical processes in the brain, or symbolic worlds in which we continually replay and re-examine the experiences of our waking life, or gateways to a multi-dimensional universe our feeble human minds can barely comprehend. Whatever your thoughts on dreams, there’s no denying that establishing a stronger connection to your subconscious mind can result in huge benefits to your waking life — benefits you would be crazy to ignore.
The REM-Dreamer consists of circuit board tucked inside the mask. The REM-Dreamer board includes LCD display. There are two lines in the LCD. Upper line shows menu entry (for instance: 1. Delay time), lower line shows value of parameter of the menu entry (for instance: 00:10:00 of the delay time).
There are 13 menu entries on LCD display:
1. Delay time.
More about using the REM-Dreamer can be found in the manual included with the device.
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