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Dreams have been responsible for some major creative and scientific discoveries in the course of human history.
No longer dismissed by psychologists as random neuron firings or meaningless fantasies, dreams are now considered an ongoing thought process that just happens to occur while we are asleep.
Lucid dreams are when you know that you’re dreaming while you’re asleep.
You’re aware that the events flashing through your brain aren’t really happening. But the dream feels vivid and real. You may even be able to control how the action unfolds, as if you’re directing a movie in your sleep.
Studies suggest that about half of people may have had at least one lucid dream.
Asleep you can experience many hours whilst only a few waking moments have passed. This is why dreams are an ideal platform for training.
Sometimes lucid dreams happen spontaneously and you don’t have to work towards it. But if you want to consciously make it work for you then there are certain techniques to follow:
This is when you pause at different times of the day to see whether you’re dreaming.
You can try to do something impossible, like push your finger through your palm or inhale through a closed mouth. Or you can do something that's usually hard to do in a dream, like read a page in a book.
When you write down your dreams, you’re forced to remember what happens during each dream. It’s said to help you recognize dreamsigns and enhance awareness of your dreams.
Log your dreams as soon as you wake up. It’s also recommended to read your dream journal often.
Wake back to bed (WBTB) involves entering REM sleep while you’re still conscious.
To use the MILD technique:
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