Imagine being able to go where you want to go, be what you want to be, and have outcomes turn out the way you want them to. This can be the result of accomplishing the process called lucid dreaming.
Basically, lucid dreaming is being aware that you are dreaming while you are actually dreaming. Although there are several levels of lucid dreaming, most people have just experienced the lowest level, where they know they are dreaming. At the highest level, the dreamer can actually control the outcome of the dream.
Lucid dreams usually begin as a regular dream, then somewhere in the middle, the dreamer realizes he/she is actually dreaming. Another type of lucid dream can begin when a dreamer sets an intention (confirms that he/she will have a lucid dream) and assigns certain signs or symbols to that dream. Then, when these signs or symbols are encountered in the dream state, they act as signals to the dreamer.
For instance, you can imagine a big yellow light, like a lamp, or palm tree that is swaying, and this could be your guide. When you see these symbols (or any others), you will know you are in a dream state.
Once you accomplish the process of getting in a lucid dream state, the possibilities are endless. You can explore your innermost desires, delve into your inner consciousness, or try things you’ve always wanted to try. In other words, you can manipulate the experiences in your dream environment to your heart‘s content.
Once in a lucid dream state, there are many cool things you can accomplish. For instance, researchers show that brain activity during a dream state is the same as during a waking event. So, what you practice in a lucid state is the same as any training you might do in a waking state. You are basically programming your neuronal patterns. Add to that the fact that we spend about a quarter of our life in sleep, it’s not a great leap to imagine what we could accomplish if we used our sleep periods as well. Some athletes already use their sleep period to improve their tennis serves or golf strokes or bat swings.
By using the energy of lucid dreams, you can rehearse for an event in your mind before it actually happens. Practicing what you will do in waking life, would help enormously to overcome your fears and anxieties.
Here are some scenarios that show what could be accomplished by lucid dreaming: help get over writer’s block when preparing a manuscript, overcome phobias of every sort, (fear of snakes, spiders, heights, you name it), prepare to ask your boss for a raise, or prepare to ask a banker for a loan, to name a few. Think about what you could achieve!