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Theoretically training subconscious via Lucid Dreaming
Training our subconscious via Lucid dreaming; Can it be done?
Well this wouldn't be much of a theoretical piece if the answer was yes. This is more of a philosophical joust. A brain teaser of sorts. What I want to know is: What are the implications? Has anyone tried it before? Can the subconscious only be trained via repetition? If the subconscious can only be trained via repetition then how about repeated interaction via lucid dreaming?
My interest was sparked inside of a very fun and extremely long lucid dream. I had been on the search for the the legendary "dream/spirit" guide. After many lucid dreams I was still at square one. What was the problem? What was I doing wrong? Why was my dream guide so hard to find? Did the elusive dream guide even exist? So many questions and no answers.
So there I was, inside of a dream doing whatever came to my mind. I searched, flew and bent the dream-scape, similar to Ariadne in the movie Inception when she asks: "..what happens when you start messing with the physics of it [all]?" Let me tell you, it was easier done than said! I barely even completed the thought when the entire dream, as far as the eye could see, folded in on itself. I was caught inside of the bending dream-scape and transported to a lawn. There I came across a small neighborhood, lined with houses and cars, seemingly abandoned. I noticed that all of the houses had no doors, not only that it appeared that the houses weren't abandoned at all, they were all full of people. I walked into the house of the lawn I was standing on and inside there were people of all ages entering and exiting the house. They didn't seem to be in a rush or doing anything important just... playing. I walked upstairs and there was a small girl with bright eyes playing with toys of unknown origin. She caught my eye and I apparently caught hers. She walks over to me and smiles. I bend down on one knee and ask her "Would you like to be my dream guide?". I didn't think this to be an imposition because well.. it was my subconscious I was asking! We had a small back and forth about what a dream guide could or should do and I mentioned waking me up anytime I was dreaming. The little girl looked at me with the saddest little face and replied "But if I'm always supposed to wake you up in the dream who will wake me when I'm dreaming??".
This was one of the few instances I was able to have direct, concise dialogue with a projection of my subconscious. Not only that, my subconscious, instead of answering cryptically or giving an answer completely off topic, answered precisely and coherently. Before this I was convinced the projections I saw and spoke to were just jumbled piles of thoughts and emotions. I once asked my (dream) mother where she was going and she simply replied "firetrucks". Now I'm not so sure what the projections are truly capable of or if they're projections at all. I know it sounds crazy but after that dream it seemed like the projections were living completely independent lives. They seem to have personalities all their own. I also wonder; am I projecting them or are they projecting me? There is a quote that conveys my thoughts on this subject and theory perfectly: "I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?" - Zhuangzi
I do believe that the subconscious projections that we interact with in a lucid dream can be trained. I wouldn't go so far as to say training though. I prefer to think of it as a form of recognition. An aspect of yourself remembers and becomes familiar with you. I don't know what this implies specifically or if it's even feasible enough to consider. I'm just a dreamer with questions and imagination.
Let's suppose for a second that it were in fact possible to train a part of yourself to do a given task, what would this mean? Would it mean that every person is not a single person as they appear to be on the outside but a mixture of independent personalities who project a single outward persona? To expand on this point I offer another quote: “Imagine yourself standing on the top of a mountain on some clear night. You are alone, far from the lights of any city which reflecting into the night sky, causes refraction from suspended moisture drops and makes the heavens appear dim. This is why observatories are always built on remote districts. Your are on your own mountain top, above you the states shine clear and brilliant. You gaze at them as they wheel in endless array before your wondering eyes. Great galaxies stretch before you. Clusters of stars adorn the blackness of the night sky. Across the heavens the band known as the Milky Way appears as a bast and smoky trail. Stars, Worlds, Planets. Molecules. So would the microscopic creature see YOU!” - Lobsang Rampa
The next piece I write will not be a theoretical piece but an experimental piece. I will give myself two months to test my hypothesis and will conclude with my thesis. I will try to communicate with my subconscious and document the results. If nothing comes of it at all at least I had fun! I've been meaning to write about this for a while now and I just found the time. I wish you well on your dream journeys and I hope you explore and discover wonderful insights.