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Lucid dreaming: gain control of the content of your dreams

Updated on February 14, 2014

Lucid dreams

Lucid dreams are dreams in which you actually are aware that you are dreaming. In some cases you will even be able to influence your dreams aswell and you can actually teach yourself into doing this. Scientific research has shown that lucid dreams exist by studying brainwaves and eye-signals of persons that are dreaming. Once you have "learned" to have lucid dreams, you will tend to have lucid dreams more often than other types of dreams.

To give you an example

Here is an example of a young girl that was having bad dreams and changed them into controllable lucid dreams.

A young girl had a scary dream in which she was hunted and chased by a tiger. She would run until there was no way out. The tiger would approach her and as he attacked her, she would wake up with a scare. The next night she would remember the dream and hope she would not dream again, but at one night she would get this dream again where the same happened. As she recognised this dream, she also realised she was dreaming this. In her dream she let the tiger attack her as she remembered this would wake her up. The next time she dreamt the dream she took it one step further and as soon as she recognised the situation, she would squeeze her eyes and it woke her up. After that the scary dream never came back as she had overcome her fears by having influence inside her dreams and also fears.

This example shows you that thinking about a certain situation before going to sleep might effect the topic of the dream. Once you recognize the topic, you might realize that you are indeed dreaming. The next step is to then see whether you can influence the dream once you realize you are dreaming.

The meaning of your dreams

One of the most frequent dreams is the one in which you can fly. You roam over the world and feel free as a bird. Flying in a dream basically means that there are goals in your life that you still wish to accomplish. Once certain goals are accomplished you might find yourself in a dream in which you will try to fly, but notice that you have trouble or just cannot do this.

A lot of aspects or situations in a dream are based on wishes that you might have in your life, or perhaps situatons that you have been trough. Dreaming about this basically gives your brain the opportunity to put things into perspective, although in a strange manner and in surroundings that you do not recognize. If you are really interested in how daily life effects your dreams and how dreams can effect your daily life, you will surely find many books that have been written about them.

For more explanation of different types of dreams, pleas visit the following hub:

Remembering your dreams: keep a diary!

In order to have lucid dreams and gain control/influence over what you dream and how, you will need first to get to the realization part where you have situations or surroundings or even persons in your dream that will make you realize you are dreaming. The best way is to try to remember what you have dreamt about in the morning. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing to do is to try to remember what you have dreamt about. The memory might be fresh then and perhaps parts of it you will remember. In the beginning it might be difficult as you tend to dream about up to 5 dreams per night. Usually the dream you had before waking up is the one that you might remember.

Writing it down in a diary
This tends to be more difficult, as when you remember only parts, it is impossible to make a story out of it to write down. This is not needed though. There are diaries available that you can use to fill in whatever you remember and that already have some pointers there. If not, here are some “pointers” to help you remember:

  • Who was in the dream? Persons you knew or strangers?
  • What was the environment like, were you in a building or outside? Did you recognize it?
  • Did you notice colours in the surroundings? Cheerful or sad colours,?
  • What was your role in the dream? What were you doing there?
  • Do you remember a specific situation taking place?
  • How did you feel in your dream? Happy, sad, upset, scared?
  • Were there any specific objects there that you remember?

Trying to answer these questions might be difficult, sometimes you might just remember you had a certain feeling, or even just a colour. Even if it is just a few words, write them down. Writing these down will make you remember parts better. Should you remember much later certain details, try to add them.
You could even consider just making a drawing or a doodle even.

Remembering by writing and reading it back
By writing even the shortest few words down, you will notice that you will also get better in it. Both with learning how to phrase certain feelings or situations, but also it will make you remember your dreams better. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on it, perhaps 5-10 minutes, even just to write some words. Then before going to sleep, grab your diary and read what you dreamt the other night, or other nights, or even that dream that seemed funny or nice. By doing this before you sleep, you will have the chance to either dream the same (type of) dream and also have more chances of having a lucid dream where you realize you are inside a dream.

Example of a dream diary

How (lucid) dreams can help you in your life

Dreaming is a way of your brain to put everything that happens during the day into a perspective when you are resting. When you wake up the next morning, you will feel like you are starting a fresh day as your brain has meanwhile “archived” every daily activity of you into your brain. Often when you are in stress or going through a trauma or difficult times, your brain will have more trouble placing things into perspective and as a result your body and mind will stay in stress. This is where the writing part comes in handy. Even if you have a difficult dream, write things down, no matter how complicated it is or how short. By writing it down you will help your brain “archive” your thoughts. You will also be able to give dreams more “direction” as such. Eventually , the goal is to make dreaming more pleasant and less scary. When it turns scary, you might be able to give it another direction within the dream.

Sweet dreams!


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