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Can I Learn How to Have a Lucid Dream?

Updated on February 17, 2017

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Definition of Lucid Dreaming

Definition of Lucid Dreaming according to Urban Dictionary:

A lucid dream is an extremely vivid dream where you are aware that you are dreaming. You can train yourself to do reality checks throughout the day so it gets cemented into your subconscious; this way you will do reality checks in your dream to see if you are actually dreaming. this is a way to become lucid. common reality checks include holding your nose shut and looking at a digital clock; this is because in your dreams you can still breath if you hold your nose shut, and numbers are disordered commonly. once you are lucid you have the power to do whatever you want. Fly, make things appear, make things disappear, or change locations...the list is endless.

What is Lucid Dreaming

The first time I heard the term 'lucid dreaming', I didn't have a clue what it meant. Once I read about it, I realized I had experienced this type of dreaming many times in my life. Not everyone has had a lucid dream, but anyone has the potential. There are actually simple steps one can take to have this type of dream which I will discuss later in this article.

'Lucid dreaming' simply put, means that the dreamer has become aware that he/she is dreaming or in the dream state. The dreamer has become conscious of the fact that they are not awake and are experiencing a dream. The range of awareness can go from very faint or vague to incredibly vivid.

Lucid Dreaming Techniques

  1. Keep a dream journal so you can see patterns in your dreams. Once you know the patterns, it can help you figure out if you're in a dream. This reality check can let you know you're dreaming, so you can start creating your lucid dream.
  2. Wake up after 4 to 6 hours of sleep. I set my alarm for five hours. The reason for this: you're more likely to have a lucid dream because the brain is active but your body needs more sleep.
  3. Mnemonic induced lucid dreaming-this is where you repeat a phrase during the day that you want to use in your dream. When your asleep and hear this phrase, it can tip you off that you're dreaming and not awake. Once you realize you're dreaming, you can now enjoy and create your lucid dream.

My Favorite Lucid Dream

My favorite lucid dream was one I planned and thought out well ahead of time. I had previously experienced several lucid dreams and was becoming more skilled at manipulating and controlling them. I decided that it would be a blast if my next lucid dream was a flying dream. The dream was amazing and incredibly vivid. When I realized I was dreaming, I got dressed in warm clothes and went outside to begin my exciting trip. I jumped in the air and began flying. I made myself go higher and higher and headed west towards my sister's home. I thought it would be cool to fly over the highway to her house and then hang out there while they were asleep. The dream was so clear and real that I could actually smell the crisp autumn air as I flew through the air. It was a partly cloudy evening and particularly beautiful. I felt so happy and free as I made my way through the night sky. The more confident I became that I was calling the shots in my lucid dream, the more fun I had. I zig zagged up and down, sideways and any other way I deemed exciting. I was laughing and enjoying the trip and eventually arrived at my sister's house where she lived with her husband and two kids at the time. I flew all around the house and made my last stop at the refrigerator. I had a soda and snack and then left the way I came. I headed back outside and flew back home to my warm, cozy apartment.

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    Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

    The easiest way to figure out if your having a lucid dream is by asking yourself if you knew you were dreaming, during the dream. The act of being aware your in a dream, is the clincher. Thanks for coming by :)

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    Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Hi Linda, This hub was interesting, for sure. I don't know if I had a lucid dream or not. My husband is able to get back into the same dream he was having after being awaken for some reason. Is that a lucid dream? I tried that but couldn't do it. I do have dreams that are similar, like being surrounded by water. I dream a lot about that and also about babies. I always have to take care of someone's beautiful baby but can't find it's clothes and realize that I haven't fed it. I don't know if that is considered a lucid dream. Thanks for this hub.

    Blessings to you.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    It is fun when you figure out you you've had a lucid dream. It's even better when you can start planning them.

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    torrilynn 3 years ago

    I think I've actually experienced lucid dreaming before. It is kind of neat. I figured out I was dreaming I thought I had woken up but I was still dreaming it was kind of weird actually. Thanks for the read. Voted up.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Maggs-Thanks for the votes my friend. Lucid Dreaming is such a fascinating topic. Not everyone knows the term 'lucid dreaming' but I think many of us have had one. So nice to see you here :-)

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    maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain

    I first heard the term a few years back when my son told me about lucid dreams. But I have experienced lucid dreaming in my childhood, but of course did not know the term lucid dreaming. Like you flying dreams are my favourite type.

    My son was talking about having them on purpose, but mine so far have not been ones that I decided to have, they just happened.

    Fascinating hub voting up and hitting relevant buttons on my way out :D

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for coming by Cherry. Lucid Dreaming is so cool when you figure out how to do it. Have a great day :-)

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    January Moon 3 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

    Yes you can actually train yourself to invoke a OBE, it takes practice but it can be done, great hub.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Oh my goodness Martie-was your dad actually having a coronary thrombosis? That is unbelievable if he was. Talk about a strong connection to your dad.

    Lucid Dreaming is more about being aware that your dreaming as your in your dream. If you get good at figuring out your dreaming, you can actually do whatever you want in a dream and make it your own. It takes practice but it's really fun when you get the hang of it. I can't always do it, but when I do, I love it.

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    Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

    Interesting hub about lucid dreams. I feel like trying it. At a time I was very much into dreams - my own and those of others. I still love reading dreams. I have had some paranormal dreams - In a dream I actually saw my father having a coronary thrombosis. But I don't think this is the same as a lucid dream. The latter almost sound like astral projection. Very interesting hub, Minnetonka :)

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    I can't always do it either, but you are so right that it's tons of fun. Thanks so much for reading my hub. Have a great weekend paradigm :-)

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    Person of Interest 3 years ago from SoCal, USA

    I have strived to accomplish this. And I have sometimes succeeded. And it sure can be fun.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Yes-It's like anything else- with practice makes perfect. A skill you can work on if you want to.

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    mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

    I believe I have had one of these. I didn't realize you could control it that way.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Romeo, Romeo-how art thou my hub friend Romeo? Loved your comment on my lucid dream hub. It is funny that I chose to raid my sister's refrigerator in a dream. I must have been hungry or something when I went to bed. Of all the things I could have done on my adventure and my destination is pigging out at sis's. That is so fascinating about how blind people dream. Our minds are intriguing to say the least. Awesome to see you my friend.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Eiddwen-Great to see you and thanks for telling me you don't get notified of my hubs. I wonder what I need to do. Any thoughts?

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    Such an interesting read and here's to many more. I am so glad I came across it as I do not have notifications when you publish a hub. Maybe this can be remedied. Enjoy your day and take care.

    Eddy.

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    Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

    Lol! A great mix of education and fun in this here piece of yours MT. It's funny that as a weightless apparition floating through the ether that you decide to hit your sister's pad to lay down some calories from her refrigerator haha!

    The subconscious is an amazing thing, full of intrigue and mystery, as you've attempted with your explorations. Was reading the other day about blind people dreaming. If they are born blind, then they see no colours in their nocturnal adventures; they seem to experience more of a heightened and tactile sensory type dream; those who could see, then went blind later on, can continue to dream in colour still, but what they envision is commensurate with what they witnessed in life when they had good vision.

    Thanks for a great read, and enjoy a wonderful evening;

    R.Q.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Travis. I find dreams so fascinating and my dream life has always been very active. Great to meet another dream enthusiast.

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    Travis Noddings 3 years ago from Gainesville, Florida

    Excellent introduction to lucid dreaming! I've been exploring a few of Laberge's techniques for the past few years now and I love to see other people exposed the raw potential of dream control.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    You being able to go back to a dream is a great skill. Not everyone can do that. Isn't it great to be able to have vivid dreams and dreams that are in color. I love it. Thank you for coming by. Have a great night :-)

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    Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

    Very interesting--I have such vivid dreams--often in color--and I can sometimes go back to them when I want to if I have woken up in between--

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    It does feel like your awake and that's why it's good to practice asking that question in the day for practice. "am I awake or dreaming." If you do it enough, you can figure out if your awake or dreaming while your in your dream. Thank you for coming by. Sweet dreams :-)

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Lucid dreams make you think feel awakened by what is going on when you realize this is just a dream it all feels fine again. A very interesting hub.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    I've had those dreams too bpop and they are scary. Not being able to wake up, especially when you're in a unsettling dream, is horrible. Glad you found this topic fascinating. Lucid Dreaming has always intrigued me.

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    breakfastpop 3 years ago

    This subject is completely fascinating. I have definitely had them many times. There are times when I am aware that I am sleeping and I become afraid that I won't be able to stop the dream and wake up. I find those terrifying.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    asfarasyouknow-I am sorry to hear about your narcolepsy and insomnia. I had a gal in college who had narcolepsy and it was a struggle for her to get through her program when she was missing so much. I look forward to reading your article about increasing psychic energy and clarity in dreams. So glad you told me. Happy New Year.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi shanmarie-what your describing is more how your dreams are affected by sounds you hear, which is a very common way to dream. Now that you know what lucid dreaming is, you can figure out when your having one. It's just knowing or being aware that your dreaming and then being able to manipulate them. Their so much fun and I hope you have one in the future. Happy New Year :-)

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    Red Solomon 3 years ago from Midwest

    Thank you for writing about my life!! I am a narcoleptic with critical insomnia. My world is one big lucid dream; Like everyone else's they just don't see it in the same clarity as i do. I will be posting an article on how to increase psychic energy and clarity through dreaming. I like how you gave examples on how to increase the lucidity in your dreams, I would just like to stretch the topic a little further in my article. I hope you enjoy it, like I have enjoyed this one.

    Thank you for the article.

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    shanmarie 3 years ago

    I remember writing an article about these for someone else as a ghostwriter years ago. I've had similar dreams, but probably not quite as lively as the one you describe and I don't really remember being aware of actually realizing I was dreaming. For me, it is more like I suddenly start incorporating sounds of things going on around me in reality and making it part of my dream. A tornado siren goes off (just for routine testing). . .a tornado suddenly appears in my dream. My roommate talks in her sleep. . .I not only talk in mine, but take what she is saying and put it into my dream and she does the same. Of course, this may fall under some other classification of dreaming.

    Anyway, interesting read!

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Thanks, Happy New year. ^

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Your welcome Ruby and I hope you can have a lucid dream in your future.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Geez, i want to have a lucid dream! It appears you had a ball..I do dream but can't totally remember exactly, just bits and pieces. I am going to start a journal. Thank's for the info. Enjoyed....

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Your not alone in that Meg. I think many of us don't sleep the way we use to. I never had trouble sleeping or issues with insomnia, but the last two years I have. It's funny how you take certain things for granted until it's gone.

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    DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

    Yes, you may be right. My sleeping patterns are not good any more, I find it difficult to sleep right through the night and to get back to sleep once awake.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi DreamerMeg-that is really interesting that you use to have lucid dreams and don't anymore. I wonder if this has something to do with less sleeping as we age. HMMM? something I could look into. I really appreciate you coming by and reading my hub. Happy New Year to you and here's hoping you have a lucid dream in 2014.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    It really is fascinating Audrey. Love hearing how you use flying or floating as part of your meditations. There is no greater freedom and relaxation as floating and flying around, especially when the scenes are so beautiful. Thanks so much for coming by and for pinning my hub.

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    DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

    I used to be able to dream like this occasionally but as I have got older, this ability seems to have disappeared :(

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    Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    This dreaming style fascinates me. I don't believe this type of dream has ever happened to me. I think about flying or floating through the air or being in a bubble as part of meditation. Thanks for sharing these ideas. Blessings. Audrey. Pinning.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Rebecca-I just came from your delicious hub about Trifle. I am so hungry now for a sweet treat. Anyway, thanks so much for coming by my hub today. Thanks for sharing and here's to some awesome lucid dreams in the new year. LOL

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Maria-awesome to see you here today. Flying in dreams is the coolest thing Ever~I highly recommend it. LOL

    Thanks for the sweet new years blessing my friend. I pray your new year is full of Peace, Good Health and Pure Joy. I am so glad I got to know you here. Your the best :-)

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    What a fascinating topic! I have had a few dreams like this, mostly, as you say when waking up early and then going back to bed, like on a snow day. You have certainly piqued my interest in lucid dreams. Sharing too.

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    Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Linda,

    What a fascinating concept, one that I had been totally unaware of...

    I will need to 'tune into' my dreams a bit more to see about this...the idea of flying to my own blue lagoon has a lovely appeal to it...thanks for the inspiration!

    May 2014 be the year that all your dreams come true! I look forward to reading much more of your writing in the upcoming year.

    Hugs, Maria

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    Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

    And a Happy New Year to you too, I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    I am so glad that I am putting a term for what many have experienced. It really is fun when you can control your dreams. Of course I ended up looking in my sister's refrigerator and eating. LOL I appreciate the vote up and Awesome. Much appreciated :-) Happy New Year to you TurtleDog.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Nell and happy to hear your part of the lucid dreaming club. Isn't flying around just the best. I like doings spins and weaving up and down and every which way. Certain points in the sleep cycle are best for lucid dreaming. I believe REM sleep is the best. Sweet dreams my friend and Happy New Year.

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    TurtleDog 3 years ago

    I haven't had a lucid dream in years. Feels pretty good when you can take control. Thanks for the post. I wasn't aware there was a term for this. Voted up and awesome

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    Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

    Yes I have done this too! lol! and it was a flying one! its not easy, if you fall asleep to quickly then its gone, but just dropping off and then directing it is awesome! great article, voted up and shared! nell

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi my friend Shauna-You have had lucid dreams for sure. They are fascinating to have, especially when you can make the dream a blast! I just love to fly in my dreams. It's so freeing :-) Happy New Year bravewarrior and may it bring joy and good health for you and yours.

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    I've had dreams that seem real and sometimes I aware it's a dream, but I'm not able to control them. This is fascinating, Linda!

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Happy New Year to you too Alicia-Yes, that dream I had flying over to sis's place was a blast! You can easily do the same and get back to those lucid dreams. Hope your new year is full of joy & good health my friend.

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    Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thanks for the useful hints, Linda. I used to have lucid dreams when I was younger, but I haven't had one for a long time. I'll try some of your suggestions. Your lucid dream about flying sounds wonderful! I hope you have a happy new year.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi my sweet friend. Isn't it funny how some of us can recall our dreams and others can't? I have always been able to remember many dreams per night. I think part of it is about what stages of sleep people are in and how long their in it-Dreaming from what I have learned is mostly done in REM sleep. If some people have issues with deep sleep-they may not dream much. So great to see you today Faith. God Bless and almost Happy New Year.

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Wow, Linda, how fascinating! I am not sure if I have ever had one before. I am one to not remember my dreams. Now, my husband can recall every detail of his dreams. Once I wake up, I will think to myself ...what a strange dream but then I cannot remember the details. So strange. I can only remember parts of two dreams I have ever had in my entire life! I wonder what that means? Happy New Year, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Genna-that is another reason to use the skill of lucid dreaming. Getting yourself out of a bad dream and changing into something better. I think many people have lucid dreams but just don't know what they are. Thanks so much for coming by and happy new year.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks asfarasyouknow :-)

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Great to see you Jodah-yes, you were most definitely having a lucid dream if you went back to sleep and finished the dream. You are actually a very skilled lucid dreamer if your able to do this. I too have finished dreams that were important to me-sometimes, many times over. It's usually a fun dream or a dream about a loved one I have lost and hanging out with.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi ChitrangadaSharan-Thanks for the nice compliment. I too find the topic of lucid dreaming, very intriguing and fascinating. Anyone can have them and you get better and better at having them once you realize what they are. Sweet Dreams and thanks for coming by :-)

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    Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    I use lucid dreaming whenever I’m having a bad dream, which, thank goodness, isn’t often. I rarely have nightmares. I qualify bad dreams as those that have an air of unhappiness about them that is undefined. I will half wake up, and then re-enter the dream to see if I can help the situation. But even then, it’s hard to write everything down in a notebook, as much of the detail in a dream can sometimes be lost. Very interesting hub. :-)

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    Red Solomon 3 years ago from Midwest

    Great topic to Hub. My extens

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Hi Minnetonka, I used to have a lot of dreams that I could remember for a short time after I woke and I kept a journal to write them down. This was a very interesting exercise especially interpretting them. A few times I remember waking up in dreams and because they were interesting and not finished, I found I could make myself go back to sleep and contnue the same dream, directing it the way i wanted it to go. I imagine these would be lucid dreams. Good hub. Voted up.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This is so interesting! I am a dreamer and I think I had one of these. Although I did not know they are called, Lucid dreaming.

    Very interesting hub, voted up!

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hey Billy-Sounds like you are a really heavy sleeper and that's not a bad thing at all. It's pretty cool though when you realize your dreaming and can control the outcome. That trip to my sister's place via flying was a blast! LOL Happy- almost- new year, my talented, sweet friend.

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Hello my friend!

    I think I'd remember this if it happened. It would be kind of cool but no such luck for this guy. In fact, I rarely even remember normal dreams....I think my mind completely shuts down when I sleep. :) Anyway, very interesting.

    Happy New Year, and blessings always.

    bill

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    You sound really good at it Jackie, especially if you woke yourself up by making that noise. I think lucid dreaming is so fun. I think the coolest part of it is when you realize your dreaming and then know you can do crazy things. Thanks for coming by and hope your having a great holiday season.

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I have had these, didn't know they had a name. lol I really should keep a notebook handy cause I forget so many dreams I try so hard to remember! A few nights ago someone in a dream told me to make a certain noise and I did about 3 or 4 times waking myself up! That was a first and that was all the memory I have of it.

    Great theme! Up and sharing.

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi sis-I think lucid dreaming is so incredibly fascinating. I had so much fun flying to your house and then hanging out there. How funny that I had to hit the refrigerator. LOL Thanks for reading-almost happy new year.

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    Laura Arne 3 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

    Great article. I have also done this type of dreaming.