Examples Of Lucid Dreams

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1. Introduction Starting from the ancient times humans has always been interested in strange phenomena of sleeping and dreams. Dreams can be explained psychologically as images of subconsciousness and feedback of neural processes in human's brain. For most of us, dreaming is something quite separate from normal life. When we wake up from being chased by a monster, or being on a date with a movie star, we realize with relief or disappointment that "it was just a dream." Although in most dreams we are not aware of the fact that we are dreaming, a remarkable exception occurs in "lucid dreams" in which the dreamer “attains a clear cognition that he or she is dreaming while dreaming” (LaBerge 2000). This state can be viewed as being awake while…show more content…
What happens next? The study shows that the first 30 seconds are crucial (Waggoner 2009). For many beginning lucid dreamers, the respond during that time will determine their success. “In those initial crucial moments, taking four important steps can set you on the path to an exciting and lengthy lucid dream. These are the MEME steps: 1) Modulate your emotions, 2) Elevate your awareness, 3) Maintain your focus and finally 4) Establish your intent.” (Waggoner 2009). The joy or euphoria that often accompanies your realization of being in a dream will lead to its quick demise, unless you rein in the emotional intensity. Lucid dreaming beginners quickly learn to manipulate their emotions, since intense emotions lead to the collapse of lucid dreams. There are number of ways to do that. You can visually focus on something boring, like your hands or the floor or just simply mentally tell yourself to “calm down,” before your emotions get too intense. After that step, it is suggested to elevate or clarify your awareness. This can be achieved by performing a ‘reality check’ (trying to levitate or putting your hand through a wall) to re-confirm existence in the dream state. An elevated awareness makes the next goal of maintaining your focus much easier. “Beginners frequently discover that their focus can wander, and suddenly they will get interested in some aspect of the dream. If not careful, this new aspect can become so interesting that your lucid awareness vanishes, and you slip back into regular, unaware dreaming” (Waggoner 2009). Maintaining your focus requires an ‘active’ realization of lucid dreaming. Some lucid dreamers perform repetitive actions to remind themselves that they are dreaming. They may repeatedly announce, “This is a lucid dream” or perform reality checks at certain intervals. According to Waggoner (2009) “the easiest way to maintain your focus involves establishing

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