Sometime last year, I believe it was around May, I began to learn a little bit about lucid dreaming. That is, being consciously aware that you are dreaming despite the fact that you’re still asleep.
Yes it’s possible. Yes you can do anything you want with almost total control. Yes it’s hyper realistic. Yes it fucking rules.
Someone who practices lucid dreaming is known as an oneironaut. I’d tell you what it translates to but I don’t actually know and my internet is down. Regardless, oneironaut sounds pretty cool and probably makes learning to lucid dream worth it all on its own.
One of the first things a budding oneironaut learns is to begin an almost Buddhist practice of mindfulness. It is important to create a strong habit of analysing your surroundings and being present in the moment in order to increase the chances of becoming lucid during a dream. Lucidity often occurs through recognising something that is not consistent with reality and using that inconsistency as a trigger so an attention to details is beneficial.
I have a growing interest and belief in the benefits of mindfulness practice during my waking life, so to find out that the same habits can improve the quality and frequency of my lucid dreaming was pretty cool.
Real, legit scientific research has been conducted at Stanford on lucid dreaming and 100% verifying its existence. In fact, there are even recorded reports of dreaming subjects communicating a prearranged message to the scientists monitoring them without waking up.
The bible of lucid dreaming is a book called Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold, two of the dudes involved with the aforementioned experiments. It contains testimonials, techniques, tutorials and all the information you need to get started.
I rediscovered my copy amongst my clutter last night and I’ve decided to jump back on the wagon. Let’s see if I can’t just spend a night surfing the shores of the astral realms every now and again!
I will keep a dream journal of sorts here and share the highlights of any lucid dreams I manage to experience.
You won’t get all the information though, you sneaky government agents you. I don’t want the GCSB employees who follow everything I do to psychoanalyse me through a Freudian lens and create a profile like they would a serial killer o.O