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Can lucidity be dreamed?

Asked by Blobman (509 points ) September 19th, 2012

Know that I say this having never “experienced” a lucid dream before:
The human brain dreams in such a way that, upon awakening, recollection of a dream is no different from a memory of a physical event. While in a dream, the untrained brain will not differ that dream world from physical reality. One who has trained their mind to recognize a dream can then take control of it, making it a lucid dream. Nearly all non-lucid dreams relate to or are inspired by events or ideas experienced in the physical reality. My theoretical situation/question is: Those who have supposedly trained themselves to recognize a dream and become lucid have obviously thought about lucidity in depth in their waking hours. What if those thoughts in the awakened state inspire non-lucid dreams in which we dream of controlling a dream? So what if there is no such thing as a “trained mind?” Because the “untrained mind” cannot recognize a dream as a dream, we would simply wake up with the recollection of a seemingly lucid dream, as we would the recollection of falling had we fallen in our dream. So what if lucidity is no more than an unachievable concept?

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dabbler's avatar

I’ve done some dream training. And although I never had lucid dreaming as a goal, I was definitely able to affect what I would do in some recurring dream circumstances.
There are some good books out there about Lucid Dreaming and lots of other material about how to do it.
A key to making it work is working up a signal for yourself to test whether or not you are dreaming while it is occurring. Once you get that skill, then your imagination appears to be the limit.

Bill1939's avatar

I have not practiced lucid dreaming, but I have had lucid dreams. Though rare, there have been occasions over the years when I directed a dream in progress toward a more desirable outcome. It seems to me that dreaming is a form of self-hypnosis. Just as one may know they are under hypnosis while part of a hypnotist’s performance, one can recognize that they are dreaming. Likewise, resistance is not futile. One can resist a posthypnotic suggestion, and one can alter the direction their dream’s scenario takes.

Pazza's avatar

If life is a dream, can you wake me up when the clock strikes death?
I have a few things I need to attend to.

Bill1939's avatar

Life is little different from a dream. Experiences of either all take place within one’s mind. Life merely has more external cues to direct the arc of action.

chewhorse's avatar

I don’t seem to have dreams but rather impressions.. I ‘sense’ the identity of the shadows I encounter.. Never had a vivid, colorized dream. I do know however, when you dream you’re falling or drowning, the impression of it revolves around holding you’re breath and that’s why you can not die in you’re dreams (unless you have a seizure or very weak heart) because you’re unconscious survival instincts eventually takes over.

flutherother's avatar

I had a lucid dream when I was a kid and before I knew what a lucid dream was. In the dream I knew I was dreaming though it felt quite real. I have never had a lucid dream since.

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