Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? As in, you knew that your body was asleep but you were fully experiencing your dream world and aware of it?
My husband was the one who originally introduced me to the concept of lucid dreaming. We had just moved in together and were trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix and he brought up a movie he had seen a “long time ago” with one of his friends. The movie is called Waking Life, for anyone interested in checking it out. (Although it’s no longer available on Netflix, you can rent it from Amazon for $3.99 or buy it for $11.99.)
Since watching the movie, my own personal journey with lucid dreaming has taken on a life of its own.
I’ve always been interested in things having to do with the mind, mental states, consciousness, psychology, personal development, dream interpretation, etc. For me, there’s a lot of crossover of what your mind has the capability to do with learning how to use that for your own benefit and the benefit of others.
My own experience of mental, psychological, and spiritual development has also taken on a life of its own since I’ve seen that film. I can’t say whether or not it’s related, but I subscribe to the idea that coincidences don’t exist and everything is connected. But that’s me.
I have always had very vivid dreams.
There was even a chapter of my childhood where I had the same recurring dream regularly. It was a dream where I was in a wheelchair, for unknown reasons, and visiting the Grand Canyon. I would get a feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was afraid of falling over the edge and sooner or later, someone would push my wheelchair over the edge of the Grand Canyon and I would be falling for what seemed like an eternity until I woke up. A pretty crappy recurring dream to have happen, honestly. However, depending on how you approach dreams and their meaning in our human existence, this could be a learning opportunity. Maybe it was symbolic of the events in my life, or maybe it was my soul remembering a past life and how I had died previously. Or maybe, on an even more morbid note, it’s a prediction of my own eventual demise. But thankfully I will have the advanced warning to know better than to ever visit the Grand Canyon in a wheelchair.
There have been times in my life where I might dream less often than others, but for the past few years, my dreams have gotten more and more vivid and meaningful. I dream every night. I also lucid dream nearly every night.
I started my more serious experiences with lucid dreaming by writing down all my dreams, whether or not I am lucid or aware during the parts that I can remember. I try to write them down as soon as I can remember. I personally use my phone’s Notepad feature as it’s typically easier to get to and type down quickly opposed to keeping a notebook where I keep all my dreams. Plus, my phone goes everywhere with me so I never lose the opportunity to jot down a dream.
There are many online resources for lucid dreaming and apparently even supplements that you can take that help your brain better utilize those unused mind aspects that you’re hoping to tap into. I’ve only personally dabbled with taking Magnesium before bed a few times and haven’t noticed anything earth-shatteringly different about my lucid dreaming experience, besides maybe that it was easier to fall asleep.
I try to use my lucid dreaming for personal, psychic, and spiritual development. Because yeah, if you didn’t know that I believe in all that stuff, I do. For me, dreams offer a perfect place to test out the limits of our human experience and see if I can connect with things outside myself. Long story short, I have had connections and interactions with people in my life who have died and continue to regularly have those kinds of interactions. As a matter of fact, before I knew I was having a miscarriage, I had a dream that my friend who recently died visited me and was holding my baby. He said he would take care of them for me and a few days later I realized what he meant.
Aspects of my dreams have presented themselves in my waking life. I gave the example of my friend in heaven letting me know he would be taking care of my baby, but there have been moments and situations that I have dreamt about that have later come to pass. Often times they are smaller conversations or interactions, but the point I focus on is that they come to exist without my prompting. No matter what you believe about dreams, that’s pretty interesting.
I have worked through different challenges in my waking life during lucid dreams, especially during my more challenging episodes of depression. I have continued to test the boundaries of my dreams and my capabilities while lucid dreaming and will continue to do so as long as I’m able to.
Dreams are fascinating and a completely under-studied aspect of the human body and experience. However, the benefits of focusing energy on your own dreams and experiences are invaluable, regardless of what has been proven by science.
There is a very interesting piece on Psychology Today about lucid dreaming with a dream expert titles “Lucid Dreaming and Self-Realization” and that’s just one example of some of the talk and information surrounding lucid dreaming. If this topic has caught your attention or piqued your interest, I implore you to do a little research and see what you can do to start your own experiences with lucid dreaming. You won’t be disappointed with what you stumble across and discover about yourself and your waking life through the dream realm.