Lucid dreaming

Awareness of Dreams

is a term introduced in the last century by writer and psychiatrist Frederick Van Eden (Holland) to refer to an altered state of consciousness characterized by the ability of a sleeping person to recognize himself in a dream and to more or less simulate the content of the dream.

Mention of lucid dreams can often be found in fairy tales of different peoples of the world. The most ancient manuscript, called the “Yoga of Sleep States” and containing information both about the lucid dream itself, and about exercises that contribute to entering this state of consciousness, is found in Tibet, and dates back to the VIII century AD.

Scientists are not interested in lucid dreams.

This is not true. The first scientific substantiation of lucid dreams was produced by psycho-physiologist Stephen Laberge in the 70s of the last century. To prove that lucid dreams exist, Laberge developed a system for transmitting information from the dreamer to the outside world through certain eye movements (it turned out that the eyeballs of a sleeping person repeat certain eye movements produced in a dream). In 1987, the scientist founded the Lucidity Institute (Institute of Conscious Dreams), engaged in the study of this state of consciousness. In addition, the phenomenon of lucid dreaming has been studied and confirmed by scientists of many countries (for example, Japan), and also in some cases used in psychotherapy for the purpose of obtaining additional self-analysis tools (according to Freud, who claimed that the dream is nothing but a code or a cipher that carries information about the person’s hidden desires).

Many people even have no ordinary dreams, not to mention the conscious ones.

Wrong opinion. Dreams are dreaming to all people, but not everyone is able to remember what he saw in a dream. However, through training you can learn to remember images from dreams, and this is the first step to awareness in a dream.

Only a few esoteric groups practice conscious dreams.

This is not true. In the interior of the north and the center of Malaysia since ancient times, the tribes of hay are used, using lucid dreams with the aim of acquiring mental stability and obtaining positive sensations. Also part of many yogic practices (for example, in Laya Yoga – “dissolution yoga”, which appeared in the V-III century BC) is a yoga-nidra (“dream path”), which involves the mastery of practices that allow one to become aware of oneself sleep, manage dreams and subsequently go into sleep without dreams – the space of Clear Light. Similar practices also take place in practical Taoism, where in the “intermediate skill” section they study various methods of improvement in a dream (correct realization of dreams, according to the Taoists, can help a person escape from the world of illusions, which, according to their philosophy, is also a dream).

To get into a conscious dream, you must first fall asleep.

Researchers believe that the transition to a conscious dream can occur both from ordinary sleep (when a person only after a while understands that he is sleeping), and directly from the waking state (in this case, the person does not lose awareness of what is happening).

The impact of another person, different devices and drugs can help to see a conscious dream to almost any individual who has not even received special training.

Yes, a lucid dream can be entered through the use of hypnosis or self-hypnosis. Sometimes technical tools can help. For example, the DreamLight devices developed by the Institute of Intelligent Dreams (from dream and sleep) and NovaDreamer (English Nova – the new, Dreamer – the dreamer, the “divorced from life” ), capable of causing lucid dreaming, even in people who have not received special training. However, it should be remembered that the management of such a dream still have to learn.The use of certain drugs, for example, vitamins or remedies that improve memory and harmonize the activity of the brain, is fraught with the fact that after a while a person can not enter into a conscious dream without using the above substances. And in this case there is not a physical addiction, but a purely psychological aspect – a person loses faith in his own strength.

It is possible to manage dreams only after long training.

Not necessary. There are many people whose ability to realize themselves in a dream and to simulate a dream of their own volition is innate (but even in this case a person will have to undergo training in order to benefit from his ability to control dreams).

Conscious dreams have no practical value in real life.

Absolutely mistaken opinion. Experiencing situations in ordinary dreams, impossible in everyday life, modeling the development of events, a person has the opportunity to observe his own reactions to certain events, thus gaining an excellent opportunity to know himself. And, for example, having confidence in a dream (controlling flights, changing events and the surrounding world), a person is fully capable of transferring faith into his forces into everyday life, getting rid of those or other fears, phobias, etc. In addition, in lucid dreams you can learn by accelerated program (for one conscious dream you can get skills of versification or master several kata, which in real life would have to spend a lot of time), but this requires a fairly high level of preparation, and in some cases – an experienced mentor.

A person who begins to explore the space of lucid dreams, in real life, pursues misfortunes and misfortunes.

This state of affairs can occur if a person is energetically and emotionally unbalanced. In this case, the so-called “tonal filter” (in the magic of the Toltecs “tonal” – everything that a person, samsara, being can act) works, the action of which is expressed in real events that for a long time discourage a person from working with lucid dreams.

Even experienced practitioners find it difficult to stay in a state of awareness for a long time – they either wake up or go to a normal, uncontrolled sleep.

Yes, it is. At first, the reason for the exit from a lucid dream almost immediately after its onset are strong uncontrollable emotions, generated by the realization that staying in this altered state of consciousness is really possible. And since the refined matter of dreams is very susceptible to human emotions and thoughts – sharp mood swings are quite capable of disturbing the harmony between the sleeper and the sleeping space. Therefore, the first thing to achieve is maximum control of emotions and feelings. In the future, in order to prolong stay in a conscious dream, a person should accumulate the maximum amount of energy (life force). To do this, he needs to minimize the stress factors that influence from outside (for example, move from metropolitan area to rural area), engage in certain practices that help concentration and improve energy quality, abandon bad habits (smoking, drinking), diet (excluding from the diet of meat and fish), etc.

But even with the above limitations, problems can still arise, because at first not every dreamer is able to synchronize with the dream (very plastic and not fixed in time and space). There are techniques to improve the “consonance” of the dream and the sleeping person. For example, you can periodically consider your hands and surrounding objects, move around in space, and in especially difficult cases – fall on your back, twist around your axis, etc.

If a person passes from a conscious dream to an ordinary dream – this indicates a lack of mindfulness.Therefore, in real life, he should do exercises that help improve the concentration of attention, and in a dream – carefully examine the objects of the situation in all detail or touch them (because tactile sensations are very significant both in a waking state and in a conscious dream).

There are many methods that help a person to understand that he is asleep and, therefore, to pass to a conscious dream.

Yes, such methods exist. You can, for example, try to take off, pierce the wall, the window glass or your own palm (in this case, at first there may be a sensation of some elasticity of the object, but in the dream, the attempt is likely to succeed). You can also pinch yourself (you will not feel the pain in a dream), clamp your mouth and nose (this maneuver does not interfere with the dreamer’s breathing), consider your hands or reflection in the mirror (the images of dreams are not constant – after a couple of seconds your hands and face can start ” stream “or change outlines), twice read the same inscription (its meaning and outlines in a dream are unstable). You can also click the switch (in a dream it can either not have consequences, or generate an interesting effect: the presence of darkness when the light is on), try to remember the previous events (if you can not remember how you got to this place – you sleep), etc. .

Entering a lucid dream can help a certain position of the body, concentration on breathing and palpitation, etc.

Entering into unconscious dreams is facilitated by two types of techniques: direct, i.e. affecting the state of the body, the concentration of the mind, etc., as well as indirect, consisting in various ways of programming oneself. According to the statements of the practitioners, not all the methods mentioned are equally important. For example, in some cases, the position of the body (best – lying on the right side with crossed arms or on the back, bending the legs in the knees) can really increase the chances of entering into a conscious dream, but the decisive factor is not. But the method of shifting attention to the activity of the physical body (concentration on the heartbeat, respiration) combined with maximum relaxation and visualization of certain images (for example, a shining flower (rose or lotus), located in the throat chakra (vishudha)) is very effective. It also increases the likelihood of entering a lucid dream and the “minimal attention method” that is used immediately after awakening: a person sinks into sleep repeatedly, initially passively observing flickering pictures, and only after visions become clear – raises the level of awareness.

There are several levels of learning lucid dreaming, and the longer a person works in the field of comprehension of guided dreams – the deeper he goes.

Classification of lucid dreaming is a complicated matter, but they can be divided into several levels:

1. A dream that a person tries to learn lucid dreams. He sees himself, comprehending the space of sleep, but no complete identification;

2. There are first thoughts that a person sees a dream, attempts to verify the reliability of these findings (for example, take off). But this state lasts a few seconds, and is replaced by a normal dream;

3. The thought of a conscious dream is preserved throughout the whole sleep, but the person almost immediately goes into a dream of the first level, i.e. sees himself attempting to carry out planned tasks, but is not identified with this image;

4. A person realizes that he is asleep, performs tasks that he planned, but when he wakes up he begins to doubt the correctness of his behavior in the process of conscious dreaming (most often his actions differ from reactions to the same events in real life);

5. In a conscious dream, a person behaves in exactly the same way as in a waking state, clearly aware of what is happening, controls his emotions, etc.

It should be noted that the level of lucid dreaming achieved is by no means stable – a person can both develop and degrade, i.e. move from 5 to 4, from 4 to 3, and sometimes even simply slide into a normal dream (for example, in the case of a strong passion for an object, emotional reaction to the situation, etc.).

Some diseases can become an obstacle to mastering the practice of lucid dreaming. This is indeed so.

For example, people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, with the practice of lucid dreaming, should be very careful, since strong emotional experiences experienced in dreams of this kind can negatively affect the health of the dreamers. It is not necessary to learn lucid dreams and people with impressionable or suffering mental disorders, since there is a danger of substituting reality with various situations modeled in a dream. It should be noted that even mentally healthy people can have negative consequences of lucid dreaming, because experts advise, firstly, not to sleep (both normal and conscious) too much time. Secondly, try to treat calmly to any information obtained from lucid dreams (both positive and negative). And, third, do not mystify the realm of lucid dreams, always wait for any dangers or troubles, because in the space formed by our own consciousness and subconsciousness, exactly those events in which a person sincerely believes will take place. And the degree of their impact on the dreamer will also depend on how much he can imagine this or that development of events, and also how much he believes that anything in the space of sleep can do him harm. In addition, some physiological features of the body are a support for mastering the space of lucid dreaming. For example, it is noted that people with good blood coagulability quickly master the ability to recognize and control dreams, than those who have blood coagulability somewhat lower.

In lucid dreams you can communicate with real people.

At a certain level of mastering the practice of lucid dreaming, the exchange of information between real dreamers, sometimes at a great distance from each other, is indeed possible. However, at the initial stages, almost all the creatures (people, animals, plants) that a person sees in a dream, as well as the places in which certain events occur, are the results of the dreamer’s brain activity, the projections of his memory. Objects of this kind, called “sprites” (English sprite – “ghost”, “elf”), according to experienced dreamers (“dream hackers”), differ from real people, animals, etc., (with which a person can meet in the space of conscious dreaming). Hackers claim that after long observations and training, a person practicing lucid dreams begins to notice that the sensation of heat (not physical, but energy) comes from real objects, while the projections of the mind emit cold, entities that are not related to the world embodied (so-called “inorganic”) – a stronger cold, and deceased people – and warmth and cold at the same time.

After lucid dreams, a person wakes up tired and broken, because his brain does not rest.

No, the level of mindfulness of dreams does not affect any processes occurring in the human body. According to the researchers, lucid dreaming can take place during the “fast sleep phase” (fast wave or paradoxical sleep, during which the eyes move quickly under closed eyelids), which changes “slow sleep” every 60-90 minutes and lasts from 5 to 15 minutes, generally occupying about 20-25% of the total sleep. The human body at this moment does not make any movements, since the muscle tone in the stage of fast sleep (both conscious and ordinary) is very low (ie the body at this time rests).Also, the level of awareness does not affect brain activity in this phase of sleep – in any case, there is an exchange of information between consciousness and the subconscious.

A conscious dream and the exit of the astral body are practically the same thing.

No, these are completely different practices. In the process of dreams, a person does not separate from his physical body. Everything that he feels and experiences, is formed exclusively in the sphere of his consciousness.

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