I didn’t even know I had a lucid dream when it happened. It all began at the moment I knew I was in a dream. It was the first lucid dream I consciously explored. In this dream, I was seated in a lecture hall crowded with over 100 students chattering about. Two little girls were chatting away as another squeezed past me to join in their conversation. I gathered my notes and stopped to stare at the girls again. Two of the girls were old childhood friends from my old elementary school. Yet, here they were. Two 10-year old friends sitting in a college class for a Business Law course. It couldn’t be. I suddenly became aware of this strange reality and realized that this HAD to be a dream. “This is a dream!” I yelled and shot up from my seat. Beside me, the little girls exchanged confused looks and stared blankly at me. I ran down the aisle and stood in front of the class. Nobody cared or paid any attention to my announcement. I blinked hard and couldn’t believe how vivid the illuminated room was from the shadows on the wall to the sound of someone’s odd cough. I looked straight down at my hands. I held my palms close to my face and analyzed with great intent. Though my palm was detailed and clear, something seemed to flow and hold everything in place. I held up my hand in the light . It was like looking at my hand under clear flowing water. This liquid transparency was subtle but seemed to flow, expand and hold the dream together. In that moment, I felt as if the dream and I were part of a greater realm – one that stretched from the imagination and beyond. Before I could explore the dream further, my excitement caused the entire dream to collapse and I woke.
At one point, most of us have experienced at least one lucid dream. A lucid dream is when you know you are in a dream. You become conscious in the dream world. A lucid dream does grant one the power to change the dream in different ways. In a lucid dream, we can choose to fly, talk to featured people in dreams and even manipulate the dream imagery. Other interesting experiments to conduct in a lucid dream involve directly confronting a dream with questions for clarity. From this, some famous lucid dreamers were able to use lucid dreaming for problem solving, alternative brainstorming or further dream analysis.
According to critics, the general concern is that lucid dreaming pollutes or even destroys the natural flow and meaning behind the dream. However, a lucid dreamer in a dream is very much like a sailor exploring the great oceans of unpredictable waves and hidden treasures. A lucid dreamer can direct focus and investigate deeper into the world of dreams just as a sailor may direct his course across a vast ocean in search for an unseen destination. There is still much of the greater dream reality that is beyond our control. In one of my own dreams, I became lucid and decided to leave the current dream scene and fly toward the sky. I intended to flap my arms and soar. Instead, the dream responded to my intention in a different way. In this lucid dream, I discovered a very thin thread attached to my spine. I tugged at the thread and discovered the other end of the thread connected to the sky. I felt a push and the thread began to swing me through the air like a pendulum. Though I expected to fly like a majestic eagle, the dream responded with a different approach. From this, it appears that lucid dreams may grant us the power to change the dream, however – to an extent. It seems that something deeper behind the dream interacts with our lucid intentions . In my case, it’s important to note the unexpected dream imagery such as the thread attached to my spine and the helpless feeling of hanging from a string. These were all very unexpected ways my own dream responded to my lucid request to fly. The question is why a dream responds in many different ways to our lucid states. By revealing more than what we ask for, dreams appear to have a conscious of its own. With practice, lucid dreaming allows us to deeply converse with our inner core.
In the realm of introspection, two striking questions are : What do I feel and Why do I feel it? Oversimplified and superficial answers may only add to a life of struggle with inner conflicts, repressed emotions inner chaos from a decision to feel nothing – and ultimately allow the dominance of growing pressure of fear, guilt, self doubt to make the answers progressively harder to find. As dreams are greatly influenced by emotions, lucid dreaming is a way to consciously explore hidden depths of the mind, heart and greater dream reality. With this higher state of self, we may explore with more receptivity to our expanding consciousness.
In the sections to follow, I will attempt to outline methods, guidelines and exercises for beginners , intermediate and advanced lucid dreamers. As a disclaimer, this is all based on my own personal experiences with lucid dreaming , what I’ve read and learned from others. There are techniques and exercises that work differently for different lucid dreamers. What matters is what works for you.
– By Nikita King