I continue I have to get you to check if you are dreaming or awake.
Although may sound stupid your mind is easily capable of memorizing
this website and recreating the experience in the dream you might be
having right now!
is a lucid dream? The
short answer is any dream in which you become aware that you
are actually having a dream (click
here for the Science of Lucids page if you want the history
and science behind becoming aware in your dreams).
"have" to be dreaming or even asleep but lucidity its most commonly
experienced in REM dream sleep. As we all know in regular sleep
your conscious mind is no longer in control of your body and
major muscles are paralyzed to prevent you acting out your dreams.
become lucid your unconscious mind that was going along with whatever
bizarre dream you were having suddenly realises that this is not
reality and you become aware you are dreaming! Instead of waking
up your mind does NOT get control back of your body, in fact the
mind finds itself cut off from its usual senses. In this
confused state the mind substitutes the visions and senses you
were experiencing as a dream and uses these as the new form of
reality. What you "were" experiencing as a dream now is interpreted
as your new reality.
Let me be
very clear, this is not like a realistic dream, look around you
as you are sat at your computer, touch the objects you see, get
off your chair and move around, use your free will...... this
is what I mean about real!
body is asleep and paralyzed but in your brain your mind is bright
and awake and awareness in now in your brains own created dream
real does it feel? It can
seem indistinguishable from waking reality. False awakening
can be a common instance of a lucid dream, this is where you
"think" you've woken up and got out of bed. Many people get
ready for the day and leave for work or school before, shockingly
waking up in their beds. Look about you when you read this.
Looks real doesn't it? Feel the objects around you, lift some
you can feel the weight and texture can't you. You could do
this in a "high" lucid dream and you'd never be able to tell
different (usually) is the multiple input from the senses, your
mind tends to focus on one thing and the rest becomes not so
important. This situation can be reversed in the other similar
states like astral projection where your awareness seems to
surpass the waking senses. This page
has accounts of how it can feel in a lucid dream along with
whole examples of lucid dreams.
it like when you first become lucid?
I had some lucid dreams as a kid but of course
back then I could never name them. I remember one time I had this
present machine that I could ask for anything I wanted and I got
it, I must of spend half the night lucid playing with all these
great toys, I was distraught when I awoke!
lucid in my adult life, when I actually understood what was happening
was like a bolt of lightning. I was normally dreaming about an
old house I use to live in when I was a kid, the dream was vivid
but I wasn't yet lucid. I was in my sisters room and noticed that
it layout was different to my memory and that when it hit me.
"I WAS DREAMING" bam it felt like I was rushing though my own
body and then I'm there in the room as real and as life like as
you could ever imagine. It was so surreal being there, feeling
the solidity and reality of your surroundings but knowing, 'this
is all in my head!'
hard to fully capture a lucid in an image as it affects many senses
at once and many intertwine, however I took this photo at the
British museum and it comes close. The light in a lucid tends
to have a soft diffuse quality and shadows are muted. There is
a stillness, like a frozen slice of time to the air, imagine stepping
into a museum on an empty day and that is a glimpse of a lucid.
can I do when lucid? Anything you
can imagine and many things you never thought were possible.
There are no limits, only your logical mind, and believe me
that can get in the way. For instance one of the top activities
to do when lucid is to fly, however I find it very difficult,
my logical mind just can't get over the fact that there should
find you automatically gain extra abilities or find weaknesses
in waking life are perfect in the dream world. For example I'm
slightly short sighted but in my dream world I can see perfectly.
My vision can be used to zoom into far off objects if I want or
used like a microscope to see even the individual atoms that make
up a structure. (depends on your level)
in the dream world is what all lucid dreamers aspire to, we want
to be become lucid then change our dream environment to what we
fantasize about, this is not so easy but its one of the things
that the Crossroads makes easier with its dream doors.
all lucid dreams the same?
No, in fact you don't even need to be dreaming! The altered
state of consciousness that is required for your mind to recreate
"reality" can be cultivated from certain types of meditation
and forms of awake-to-lucid forms of practice. It very hard
to separate different modes of these altered states and the
boundaries between them seem to overlap rather than being distinct
edges where one is radically unlike its neighbor. Many people
actually see no distinction between the states of lucid dreaming,
astral projection, passive lucidity, to them they
are merely trickery of the mind. You might have to experience
these states for yourself before you can add to the debate.
Next I'll describe the major hallmarks of each experience.
ranging from low to high - Its hard to pin down a 'normal'
lucid dream as they can have many facets and come in bands of
awareness from low to high or any shade in the middle. LOW level
lucidity could be very much like a normal dream, you might have
gained awareness by realising your dreaming but you're not really
focused on much more than following or exploring the dream world
around you. Imagine coming off a plane after 10hrs, your jet lagged
and you haven't had enough sleep. Your just taking things in but
not really processing them properly, you might enjoy running around
or flying but you won't really question anything too deeply. You
just want to have fun or are happy just being lucid, I tend to
rush upto dream people and yabba on about "look I'm lucid and
your not real etc etc" instead of remembering to do some of the
cool things I wanted to do when lucid like visit the Crossroads
In HIGH level
lucids your brain is far more switched on and connected, you have
full memory recall and you feel bright and in control. You are
fascinated with what you see and can notice far more detail in
large complex scenes than you might have done in a low lucid dream.
Everything feels far more real than it did in the slightly mentally
dulled low level state in fact it may feel more real than normal
consciousness. This more real sensation is can only be paralleled
in waking life by peak moments such as adrenaline fueled experiences,
a car crash, falling or I imagine jumping from a plane. Its that
sharpening of the senses, that feeling of being very alive, you
might also get this from fearful situations in life, or extreme
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Projection - Astral projection (out of body experience,
etheric projection) is when the astral body, light body or spirit
can separate from the body and travel in the astral planes. I
have a page devoted to this state as
it is even more sort after than lucid dreaming and in most peoples
experience, harder to achieve. To follow are the three major points
of view that are taken in reguard to astral projection.
Astral Projection is merely a very high lucid dream that feels
like you have left your body (this is the explanation favored
by classical science). Reports of near death experiences do
seem to challenge this view point but it is assumed that information
must be being gathered in other more conventional ways. Detailed
descriptions of the operating room and procedures by the resuscitated
are explained by other senses, such as hearing sounds and forming
a mental picture of operating procedure etc.
You aren't really separating from your body, but your consciousness
is, your mind makes sense of this by giving you the sensations of
being a spirit freed from the body (an explanation favored by some
unconventional scientists and parapsycologists). Your freed consciousness
can surf dimensions that science hints at in its as yet unproved
theories about our universe, this state can be used to gain information
that would seem to many to be only explained by paranormal powers
You really do have a another vessel (spirit) that contains your
consciousness and this vessel is able with the correct focus to
be able to roam planes of existence. These planes are what many
cultures would regard as the afterlife, as an astral projector
you will only be able to navigate a few planes that exist near
our earthly plane of existence. The highest plane is the source,
the Atmic plane, oneness, the light... god.
tell you which one, if any, is the correct view. I can however
say that astral projection does feel different from a
high lucid, I'd say that you never get the clearly beyond waking
awareness operations of the mind that occur in an astral in
a high lucid.
in an astral I had, I bounded up some steps and as I looked
out of my eyes I also saw my body from the side, above and every
different angle, not in small boxes or over lapping but as if
I were a million me's all appreciating and able to rationally
think about what I was experiencing. I often find that in these
astral states of being my mind is razor sharp and my knowledge
seems expanded, imagine the best you can ever be and then multiply.
I struggle to express an astral state properly, no earth bound
sensation comes within a whisker and no drug can take you to
the heights you achieve all in perfect clarity.
Lucidity - Buddhists and Zen mediators
would call this "witnessing dreaming" or "clear light state".
In passive lucidity you do not interact with the minds created
environment. Your mind is infact a perfect blank although confusingly
this does not mean you do not have thoughts or are unable to
appreciate this state. Its difficult to fully describe, it can
be like not existing at all, like being part of everything in
a room and appreciating the whole.
listened to a documentary on the radio for over half an hour about
the nature of reality, science and spirituality whilst in this
state. Of course I wasn't really listening to the radio (it wasn't
on) and at one stage my thoughts came back to my individual being
and I thought I better write some of this amazing stuff down and
that's when the state broke and I shifted to an etheric projection.
(By the way if your wondering, when came back to waking reality
my mind could not even recall one fragment of what I listened
to, this is very different to astrals and lucids where I have
full recall). Some practitioners of this passive lucidity say
that the fabric of reality is revealed to them via abstract shapes
which eventually are revealed to have a universal meaning. This
state is rarely discussed on the internet and its not very easy
to achieve as it never comes from natural sleep, only from meditation
or in my case zoning out when I'm in an empty headed mood. It
is however a truly beautiful state, you'll never feel as relaxed
and calm as you do when you experience passive lucidity.
anyone do it?
Yes, some take longer than others to achieve lucidity, it can
come with the first dream or it can take months. Sometimes when
you've been trying so hard for so long, you give up and it just
happens. I personally think that some people have the right
brains for lucid dreaming, its a bit like being good at the
guitar, everyone can learn but some do find it easier than others.
Well you cannot be harmed in your lucid dreams, you are the
dreamer, you and only you are in control. That being said, I
can't guarantee that your mind might not recreate the feeling
of pain if you get injured in a dream. I've never heard of anyone
who's felt real serious pain in a lucid dream. Also the old
wives tale goes that if you die in your dream you die in real
life! Well I've heard lucid dreamers say they died in the dream
world and they woke to tell the story.
impact? This is more difficult subject,although many
people lucid dream to actually over come fears in real life, fear
of heights for example. Lucid dream your self to the top of a
tower block and tightrope across to another, believe me you'll
get the same fear but you know you can't be hurt so you can overcome
it more easily.
You can feel
very scared, in fact your levels of fear can really go off the
scale in some situations, this mainly happens in lucid nightmares.
I personally think lucid nightmares are much less scary than normal
nightmares because you are in control and can banish anything
that might threaten you.
You may feel
differently when faced with a legion of the undead chasing you
and it all feels as real as waking life. I have an example of
a lucid nightmare later on in the dreams
section, I have to admit I was so scared that even though
I knew I was dreaming I tried to run for it, but having mastered
myself I did stand and attempt to confront the giant werewolf
I could hear in the bushes. Just remember your in charge, you
make the rules and nothing can harm you, I was once attacked by
hundreds of zombies Yankee soldiers (don't ask), I just ignored
them as they attacked me and walked away.
left to see the next page,
methods that describe how to lucid dream and explores techniques
Places to discuss
issues on this page
forum - largest lucid forum on the net, for all your lucid
needs and questions.
forum - again mainly for astral posting but you can talk about
lucidity in the Welcome to Dreams section.
relevant pages at the Crossroads
on the internet similar to this one
lucid websites on the internet