Lucid dreaming be proved? ~
Yes, it was first scientifically proved by the scientist
Stephen LaBerge and his team. When you sleep your bodies main
muscles are in paralysis to stop you hurting yourself. One of
the few muscles not to be effected are the eyes, the REM (rapid
To prove lucidity
LeBerge used himself as the first subject. Whilst in a lucid dream
he signaled with a set pattern of eye movements the moment when
he had achieved the lucid state. When he was lucid they recorded
his brain waves and conducted various experiments. All very interesting
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of lucid dreaming ~
Before lucid dreaming was scientifically proved the experiences
of people claiming to have woken in their dreams where assumed
to be pure fantasy or merely mistakenly thinking you were still
dreaming when in fact you were awake.
French scientist, le Marquis d’Hervey-Saint-Denys, book entitled,
Les Rêves et les Moyens de les Diriger; Observations pratiques
(Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them; Practical Observations.)
was published. Although the Dutch
writer Frederik van Eeden
is generally credited for coining the term "Lucid Dreaming"
the phrase was actually mentioned 50 years earlier by Saint-Denys.
time other writers have contributed to Eeden and Saint-Denys work
on lucid dreaming but it was left to Le Berge to scientifically
prove the "reality" of lucid dreams following his acceptance
to Standford university in 1977.
course no one knows when humans first became able to use lucid dreaming
as a skill but it is noted throughout history and across all cultures.
You could say that lucid dreaming could explain all "realistic"
religious experiences and mystic and magic practices, personally
it would be extremely hard to prove that but dream awakening and
travel is used widely in the ancient world by shamans, seers and
dream interpretation ~
Everyone knows about Freud and his use of dream analysis in
the understanding of his psychiatrist patients but is his way
the correct way of understanding your dreams and does this methodology
break down when you become lucid?
Freud stated that
analysis of the dream allows access to buried parts of the brain
that can reveal thoughts, emotions, fears and desires of what
our fully conscious brain may mask in waking life.
was however very structured and attempted to apply sweeping
generalizations to everyone's dreams. Jung the former pupil
of Freud used "free association" to examine ones own
dreams so that you would go through the dream and examine what
the various components mean to you in your life.
When you dream the
direction of those dreams and the subject matter contained in
them is a complex mixture of various parts of your mind, memories
and experience. (See the Dreamemporium
for some standard dream symbols and meanings)
This could happen
when you lucid dream as well but a classic dream interpretation
about a bathroom might be "the need for cleansing/purging/elimination
of something in your life that isn't quite working, or that has
served it's purpose and now it's time to move on.". Where
in a lucid dream you might have chosen to go there to look at
yourself in the mirror in the bathroom. The addition of your consciousness
makes everything slightly more complex but there are different
ways of learning what your dreams may mean or what your subconscious
is trying to tell you in a lucid dream, see below.
When you lucid dream you are not always alone, in fact in most
lucid dreams you will find characters from your original dream
or your new lucid ones everywhere populating your mind created
dream world. In a lucid dream these people (sometimes animals
or sentient beings) are created and controlled by parts of your
brain that you do not have access to in your conscious lucid
state. This means that they act independent of your conscious
free will, they seem to have a life all of their own. However
they remain part of your mind and might have the same access
to your mind and parts of your brain that you with your lucid
free will also seem to have (why you might be able to make yourself
understood without using words).
you believe in the reality of astral projection
then the people and beings you meet in your astrals are real souls/spirits.
Both dream guides and spirit guides can tap into your deepest feeling
and thoughts, hopes and fears even those that you might not be conscious
of. Some people use dream guides to tell them the honest truth about
them as people. Some people go further than this and think that
these representations of your brain or higher guardians can make
alterations in your mood and even more fundamental body changes
like ordering your body to fight a particular illness. All of which
is completely scientifically unproven but interesting.
do you find Dream/Spirit guides ~ That
can be more difficult but remember when you lucid dream every character
(maybe) is part of your mind and can be interrogated to learn something
of yourself. Having said that experienced lucid dreamers will know
that there is a massive difference between lucid characters, some
seem mindless shells and others seem like something entirely different.
Try shouting out "I want to meet my guide, show yourself"
or something similar, they could very well appear behind you.
pages at the Crossroads
on the internet similar to this one
science websites on the internet
,Way of the
Emporium , Dream
Closer to Truth
study of Dreams,
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