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How to Identify Your Personal Best Lucid Dream Induction Method

How to identify your personal best lucid dream induction method

I am in the backseat of a moving car with Sean Penn to my left. Rebecca is driving, and I am talking above the radio to her: I am explaining why I think reality checks are a waste of my time. As I am pleading my case (really, rationalizing why I do not do them... why the dog ate my homework), Sean finally has had enough and cracks - yelling at me that he cannot hear the radio over my “bloody crosstalk!” Lucid Dream Experimentation 101: I am watching Alien vs Predator. Apparently, the Predators are sent to Earth in a rite-of-passage-like ritual wherein they have to hunt the Aliens... or something like that. I don't know. I tuned out - but I love crap, so here we are. In between scenes of interest, my mind is on the dream entry cited above and its obvious irony. Maybe I am wrong about reality checks (you think?). Either way, I am not doing them. I just don't like them.

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Is Free Will an Illusion?

Is free will an illusion?

On the surface, this seems like an odd question to ask. Everybody feels like they have their own free will - whether it's a big decision like choosing their life partner, or a minor call like whether to keep reading this article. But when you break down the neurological process of conscious decision making, there is a distinct lack of evidence for free will. Scientific theories on cause and effect - and philosophical theories about the self - frequently rule out any need for a conscious decision maker at all.

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What is the self?

What is the self?

If you saw the Christmas edition of Charlie Brooker's awesome Black Mirror [spoiler alert] you would have watched Jon Hamm mentally and emotionally torture an innocent woman living inside an egg. Ok, back up a bit. She wasn't really a woman. She just thought she was. One week earlier, Hamm's technical team implanted a 'cookie' into a real woman's eyeball. The cookie was an artifically intelligent computer chip. And over the next seven days it learned the personal preferences, thoughts and emotions of its female host. It even took on her life's memories.

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17 things I've learned in 17 years of lucid dreaming

17 things I've learned in 17 years of lucid dreaming

I've been lucid dreaming for almost 17 years now. That sounds like a long time. And yet, I've still got a lot to learn. To the newcomer to lucid dreaming - who has the whole exciting journey ahead of them - I want to share some of the most profound, useful and surprising lessons from my experience. I hope this sees you well on your dream travels.

1. Mindfulness is key. The easiest way to produce ongoing lucid dreams is to make it a mental habit to observe and question your reality.

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Calea zacatechichi: the dream herb

This herb will blow up your dreams

Calea Zacatechichi is a herb that is scientifically shown to increase dream recall, dream intensity and hypnagogic imagery. About five years ago, I had my first Calea Z experience. It produced a night of highly meaningful and vivid dreams that left me waking up thinking WOW. They were like no other dreams I'd had before. (And I'm a lucid dreamer.) Though it can certainly open the gateway to lucid dreaming, the really meaningful aspect of Calea Z is its ability to take you on an incredible inner journey. I'm talking about the kind of dreams that change you - even more, perhaps, than many of your memorable waking experiences.

What is a lucid dream?

A lucid dream is any dream during sleep in which you become aware that you're dreaming. This simple realization snaps your waking consciousness into the dream, enabling you to:

  • Explore your dreamworld with total clarity. Everything you see, hear, touch, taste and smell can be as authentic as reality. It is truly mind-blowing to discover this virtual world.
  • fulfill any fantasy. Fly over mountains, have dream sex, go base jumping, shapeshifting, time traveling, dinosaur spotting, ninja fighting, meeting your hero and visiting alien planets.
  • Overcome personal psychological issues. In the safety of the lucid dream environment you can face your fears, phobias, anxieties, nightmares, past traumas and recurring dreams.
  • Tap into your inner creativity. In surreal and unexpected ways, you can make music, seek original artistic imagery and solve technical problems, just like these famous folk.

Experts agree that everyone has the potential to lucid dream. But only a small fraction of people learn how to do it on a regular basis. This site is for people who are serious about learning the art of lucid dreaming and exploring its real world applications. Are you ready to learn this life-affirming skill?

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Is lucid dreaming scientifically proven?

Yes, there are many examples of scientific research that prove the existence of lucid dreaming, the first of which was generated in a UK sleep lab 1975.

Researchers have used brainwave, bloodflow and eye movement data to validate higher levels of consciousness during lucid dreams ever since.

In fact, lucid dreams provide credible explanations for night-time phenomena which until recently had no scientific explanation - such as alien abductions and astral projection.

The first scientific proof of lucid dreaming emerged in 1975 from the British parapsychologist Dr Keith Hearne. He recorded a set of pre-determined eye movements from his lucid volunteer, Alan Worsley, via an electro-oculogram (EOG). It was a basic communication between the dreamer and the outside world.

More recently, this 2009 study by the Neurological Laboratory in Frankfurt revealed significantly increased brain activity during lucid dreams. An electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded brainwave frequencies up to the 40 Hz (or Gamma) range when lucid.

This measure is far more active than the normal dream state (which takes place in the Theta range, or 4-7 Hz). Indeed, some argue that it supports the need to classify lucid dreams as a new and separate state of consciousness.

Intruiguingly, the research also showed heightened activity in the frontal and frontolateral areas of the dreaming brain. This is the seat of linguistic thought and other higher mental functions linked to self awareness.

In 2014, this remarkable study out of Frankfurt University revealed that lucid dreams can be induced with "zaps" of harmless electrical stimulation of the brain.

When non-lucid dreamers were given 30-second jolts of electrical current to the frontal cortex while asleep, they reported spontaneously vivid dreams in which they fully recognized they were dreaming.

Incredibly, stimulation at 40 Hz was effective 77% of the time.

What can I do in a lucid dream?

A fully lucid dream can be perfectly tangible, rich and visually detailed.

When probed, it can generate seemingly impossible levels of self awareness - such as 360-degree vision, multiple simultaneous dreams, and even visual representations of the fifth dimension.

Because all of this takes place in your mind, the dream world is infinite. No laws. No boundaries. No limitations. Anything you can conceive of comes true.

You can take control of your dream and warp The Matrix like Neo. Fly and soar over cities like Iron Man. Slow down time like the dream levels of Inception. Have sex with celebrities. Fight like a ninja. Re-live childhood memories. Base jump. Survive death.

But a lucid dream is not merely a fantasy playground.

Dream theories suggest it's a chance to interact with other parts of your psyche (by talking to different dream characters) and even your co-conscious inner self (by talking to the very fabric of the dream).

Once you know how to become lucid in dreams, you will discover a strange new world - an entire universe, no less - of which you are fully aware and can manipulate with the power of thought.

How do I control my dreams?

Dream control kicks in the moment you become lucid (when you recognize that you're dreaming).

The more conscious you become of the dream environment, the easier it is to manipulate. There are a few different ways to shape your dreams as they occur, for instance:

  • Actively will what you want to happen, like waking life (eg, you walk up to a wall and will your arm to push through it). This is the most intuitive method but not always the most effective if your lucidity is waning.
  • Say your desire out loud and let the dream present it (eg, say "I have super powers and am the sole survivor of a zombie apocalypse"). You'll be empowered by your own words and the dream will oblige.

So, it takes a little getting used to controlling your dreams. That's because lucid dreams are a completely new and unique environment to you - in which your conscious and unconscious collide.

When fully lucid, you'll find that you can exert considerable control over your lucid dreams. Or you can passively enjoy this state of heightened awareness, watching the dream unfold in its originally intended state.

The golden rule for lucid dream manipulation is this: making it real in your mind... makes it happen in the dream.

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How do I stay lucid?

Beginners sometimes find their lucid dreams end prematurely. Usually it's the sheer excitement and adrenaline rush that causes you to wake up.

Other times, you can simply forget you're dreaming (remember, the brain functions differently during sleep and it's easy to forget things).

To make your lucid dreams last longer, cultivate a calm and focused mind set in the dreamworld. Remind yourself that you are dreaming often to stay mentally grounded.

A simple way to enhance your lucidity (and thereby prolong your lucid dream) is to rub your hands together while saying "I'm dreaming". This kinetic sensation stimulates the conscious brain, while drawing awareness to your dream body and away from your physical body asleep in bed.

Such techniques have enabled me to experience lucid dreams as long as an hour in real time.

How do I summon dream characters?

In your lucid dreams, you can seek out or summon any person, dead or alive, fictional or real.

A good way to do this is to heighten your lucidity, then visualize and expect the person you want to meet just out of sight. Ask the dream out loud to manifest that person too.

Don't be afraid to ask for unexpected consequences: "show me myself in 10 years", "show me my ideal partner", and "show me how my great-great-great grandchildren will live" are all valid requests of the creative lucid dream state.

How do I change the scenery?

Making the dream scene morph in front of your eyes can sometimes be difficult. Your conscious self simply doesn't expect it to happen, because that is its experience of waking life.

This mental block is typical of a beginner complaint because it requires more confidence and a lucid state of mind.

Not to worry. Established lucid dreamers have been working the dreamworld long enough to have come up with some excellent solutions. In the case of changing the scenery:

  • Locate a "dream door": one that stands randomly in the middle of any landscape, and step through to another world.
  • Pass through a mirror portal: a liquid-like mirror that leads to another dimension, and emerge in any scene you choose.
  • Change the channel on a TV - then jump into the screen and allow the image to become 3-dimensional around you.
  • Turn away from the scene - and imagine a new location emerging behind you. When you turn back, everything will look different.
  • Spin around and imagine a new scene appearing when you stop spinning.

In fact, there are lots of creative solutions to issues of dream control. The important thing to remember is that your conscious expectation plays a major role.

Stay confident in your ability to summon dragons, teleport to the Bahamas, and fly like an eagle. You'll soon find that absolutely anything is possible inside a lucid dream.

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About The Author

About the author

Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming, where she offers valuable first-hand experience and advice. Learn more about Rebecca. Take her home study program. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and the lucid dreaming forum.

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