The Tenets of Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming is when you are aware that you’re dreaming while in a dream. You already know this. So, you probably know that once you’re lucid, you’re free to do whatever you can think of, right? Wrong. Well, sort of. There are some laws that still can’t be broken (unless you become a master creator). You’ve probably heard that lucidity in the dream world allows you to do seemingly impossible things such as:
– Go to new planets with different physical laws.
– Have sex with celebrities, secret admirers, or people created from scratch.
– Have superhuman abilities such as flying, invincibility, and teleportation.
These are all true, and are also rather childish in comparison to the more Godlike abilities you can obtain. However, there are a few things you may not know about the dream world, and it’s imperative that they’re understood before getting started on your dream journey.
- The more you think, the more you’ll fail.
Since you’re conscious and self-aware, it’s very easy to accidentally wake up, or lose lucidity from thinking you’re already awake. Many times, you’ll start to wake up as soon as you discover you’re dreaming, or as soon as you try to create something. With practice, you can use this to your advantage and allow yourself to fall deeper into the dream state.
- The devil’s in the details.
Thinking too much about details will cause the details you weren’t focused on to become warped or disappear. For example, let’s say you’re trying to create a person. If you focus on the face, when you pull back to see your person as a whole, they may have freakishly long fingers or no legs. Although this is a very simple and obvious example, you’ll find this general concept very true after trying to create any complex physical objects.
- It’s still you in there.
Whatever your hopes, desires, passions, vices, worries, and fears are… those are still yours, no matter what amazing planet you’re on or amazing abilities you have. For example, if you lost your cell phone, more than likely that’s still going to be on your mind even when you become lucid, and you’re going to try and find it before you start creating mountains and mermaids.
- You can’t control lighting (completely).
There’s always light somewhere. Most of the time, if you turn one light out, another one turns on. After a lot of practice in the dream world, you may be able to dream in total darkness, but other than that, you’ll have trouble controlling the levels of vibrancy or brightness of the light. You can control clarity, which may involve light levels, but trying to find an actual source of light in the dream world is a maze of mystery.
- Drugs taken in/out of the dream world affect your perception of the dream world.
It’s much harder to lucid dream with a high or drunk mind but it can still be done, and it will still affect your choices, perceptions, and abilities. Also, if you take a drug in the dream world, you’ll feel the effects from it, although it may not be the same affect it would have on you in the real world.
- You can’t close your eyes.
This is a similar issue to light control. There’s always going to be something somewhere. If you try to close your eyes, or switch the dream completely, you can, but whatever you didn’t want to see can still appear unexpectedly. This can change with practice, but in general, nightmares can be hard to escape without finding the source of negative thought.
- You can still feel pain and discomfort if you want to.
Although it might not be as severe as in the real world, you can still feel what’s being done to you. Most of the time you’ll wake up if you were to “die” in the dream world, but you don’t have to. For example, if you decide to allow yourself to be skinned alive, you’ll feel it, but it probably won’t go much more severe than pulling off a Band-Aid. Most of the time, body damage will merely feel strange, icky, or you won’t feel it at all.
- You can talk to anyone or anything you want to, including “God(s).”
Your own personal beliefs will affect your dream world and your dream world will affect your beliefs. However, this shouldn’t limit or scare you. Lucidity can expand your spiritual journey. You can have conversations with your own personal saviors or spiritual guides just by calling out their name. You can talk to God, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, the Infinite Creator, angels, demons, ancient deities, Kali, Satan, da Vinci, Chinggus Khan, Julius Caesar, elves, etc. Just make sure you’re ready for them when you call.
- It’s still you, and you may be a monster.
The dream world is good at showing your true self. Just because you can do things to other people without consequence – for example, rape and murder – that doesn’t stop you from having guilt/shame or a lack of guilt/shame. The people you harm will still appear to suffer. How you deal with that may show you what kind of person you really are.
- We don’t know what’s really going on, and we may never know.
Understanding the dream world has helped me understand the real world a little better, but, no matter how deep I seem to have gone into the infinite, reality is still filled with unanswered questions and endless paradoxes to solve. No matter how much practice we have in the dream world, and no matter how successful we are in the real world, we can’t predict the future, we can’t bring back the dead, and we don’t know where we’ll go when we die… or will we?
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