What is Lucid Dreaming?

The term "lucid dreaming" was created by Frederik van Eeden to describe a dream in which you realize you are dreaming. Most people have had a lucid dream, when things are just too strange to be accepted as reality. In most cases, even though the person realizes that they are in a dream, they quickly forget and go back into the normal dream state.

The more strongly you believe that you really *are* dreaming, the more likely that you will then be able to control the dream. People who first begin to lucid dream are often able to do things like fly for short periods of time that would normally not be possible. As dreamers gain confidence that they really *are* dreaming, they can cause even more profound changes. They can cause items to morph, or weather to change, or items to vanish.

Lucid dreams can be incredibly fun - you can fulfill your fantasies about flying, or sailing the ocean, or riding wild horses. But lucid dreams can also be incredibly theraputic. If you´re terrified of dogs, you might always dream of dogs attacking you. If you were able to realize it was just a dream, and confront those dogs without a fear of being mauled, it might help you overcome that same fear in real life.

It is also shown that thinking about positive imagery often helps real life healing and activities. If you are ill and are able to dream about being well and healthy, it may help you become healthy more quickly in real life.

Lucid dreams cannot really be harmful. You cannot "over-dream" - your body naturally regulates how much dream time occurs in your sleep. Controlling dreams helps you face fears and practice skills you wish you had in real life.



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