Imagine soaring through the air at outstanding speeds,
pretending to be Superman with a red and blue cape, then
deciding to become Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, flying
an F14 at two-hundred miles an hour over the Arctic Ocean.
Suddenly, you wake up and you think to yourself: Wow, what
a dream, I did what I wanted to do, not knowing what youve
experienced is a Lucid Dream.
According to the Institute of Lucidity, the term Lucid
Dream means, Dreaming while knowing you are dreaming (4).
Knowing that you are dreaming will allow you to guide your
dream in the direction you want to go. The realization of
lucid dreams is done by the dreamer, when he or she notices
what theyre doing is impossible to do in reality.
Anyone can lucid dream. There are techniques and
devices if one wants to lucid dream, like remaining
conscious until one starts dreaming. Telling yourself I
will dream tonight, I will dream tonight and thinking about
what you want to dream about during the day. There are also
herbs and drugs that can help you become more consciously
aware of your dreams. Lucid dreaming usually occurs in the
REM(Rapid eye movement) stage. It takes about 90-minutes
after you sleep to get to the REM stage.
The more you
sleep, the more time youll be in the REM stage, and the
more likely youll have a lucid dream.
There are many reasons why we lucid dream, but the most
common reasons are in categories. First, there is
Excitement and Exploration, Social Practice ,Silencing
Nightmares , and Problem Solving (2). Excitement and
exploration is knowing you have the freedom to do what you
want in your dreams. With excitement, youre excited you
can do whatever you want. With exploration, youre
exploring what you can do, or what youve always wanted to
Instead of driving to work, you can fly. While flying
you can decide to do something else like, fly at impossible
speeds, explore your surroundings, and doing jumping jacks
in the air if you want to. You might think of a character
in a movie and decide to become that character. Since Im a
college student, when Im lucid dreaming I might wonder what
it would be like to live out my dreams of becoming a
kindergarten teacher, to have that fast car, to live in a
big house with a balcony, to have that wife that never ages,
or to raise two or three kids.
On the other hand, Social Practice is trying new things
and testing yourself under a new situation, and Words
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