A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. A dream state in which one is conscious enough to recognize that one is in the dream state and which stays in ones memory
One of the earliest references to personal experiences with lucid dreaming was by Marie-Jean-Léon, Marquis dHervey de Saint Denys.
Lucid Dreaming is the scientifically proven ability to become conscious while dreaming - to "wake up" and take active control of your dreams.
In this heightened mental state you can:
Explore your dreamworld with total clarity, where everything you see, hear, touch, taste and smell can be as authentic as reality.
Fulfil any fantasy like flying, having sex, base jumping, shapeshifting, time traveling, meeting your hero and visiting other worlds.
Overcome personal problems like fears, phobias, anxieties, nightmares, past traumas and recurring dreams.
Tap into your creative genius by playing music, seeking artistic imagery and conversing with your dreaming self.
A video tutorial on how to Lucid dream
A lucid dream can begin in one of many ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (D.I.L.D.) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream. A wake-initiated lucid dream (W.I.L.D.) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness. The wake-initiated lucid dream occurs when the sleeper enters REM sleep with unbroken self-awareness directly from the waking state.
A dream isnt lucid unless you control it
There is some confusion about the difference between lucidity and dream control. The two are related, but one can happen without the other. For example, many lucid dreamers experience little or no control in some dreams. On the other hand, it is possible to exercise some dream control without being aware that it is a dream. Typically the dream plot will explain this by making the dreamer believe that they have some sort of god-like power over everything. Dream control, by our definition, can be either conscious or unconscious.
Lucid dreaming is new age
Because almost everyone has lucid dreams naturally every once in a while, we know that lucid dreaming is not limited by any one viewpoint. There are historical records which speak of lucid dreaming going back thousands of yearsso it is hardly a new phenomenon. There is no need to have any spiritual beliefs to enjoy lucid dreams.
Lucid dreaming advocates escapism
Lucid dreaming occurs while you are sleeping; it is not meant at all to infringe upon your involvement in the real world. While many lucid dreamers enjoy writing down their dreams, talking about their dreams, and planning fun lucid dreams, this is generally no different from any other hobby. In fact, playing a video game or watching a movie will take you out of the “real world” more than lucid dreaming will.
While dream control and dream awareness are correlated, neither requires the other—LaBerge has found dreams that exhibit one clearly without the capacity for the other; also, in some dreams where the dreamer is lucid and aware they could exercise control, they choose simply to observe.In 1992, a study by Deirdre Barrett examined whether lucid dreams contained four "corollaries" of lucidity:
The dreamer is aware that they are dreaming Objects disappear after waking Physical laws need not apply in the dream The dreamer has a clear memory of the waking world
Barrett found less than a quarter of lucidity accounts exhibited all four. A related and reciprocal category of dreams that are lucid in terms of some of these four corollaries, but miss the realization that "Im dreaming," were also reported. Scores on these corollaries and correctly identifying the experience as a dream increased with lucidity experience.In a later study in Barretts book, The Committee of Sleep,she describes how some experienced lucid dreamers have learned to remember specific practical goals such as artists looking for inspiration seeking a show of their own work once they become lucid or computer programmers looking for a screen with their desired code. However, most of these dreamers had many experiences of failing to recall waking objectives before gaining this level of control