The Lucid Dreaming Mind

You may find a little slice of historical Brussels in the Galerie Bortier, in the center of Brussels

Lucid dreaming is a type of dreaming in which you know your are in a dream and have a full multisensory experience of your dream environment.

Though lucid dreaming has been an acknowledged practice in Buddhist culture for thousands of years, it has only been recognised in western culture and science over the past few decades.

In Western culture, the phenomenon had been referred to by Greek philosopher Aristotle who had written: “often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream”

Old english pharmacy …where you will be served cocktails!

Seven different conditions of clarity that a dream must fulfill in order to be defined as a lucid dream:

1. Awareness of the dream state (orientation);

2. Awareness of the capacity to make decisions;

3. Awareness of memory functions;

4. Awareness of self;

5. Awareness of the dream environment;

6. Awareness of the meaning of the dream;

7. Awareness of concentration and focus (the subjective clarity of that state).

For a dream to be lucid, it must fulfill all seven factors together.

Commercial area in the capital of Europe

Although lucid dreams might happen to you spontaneously, with a bit of practice it is something that you’re able to control. 
 Use these simple techniques to help you master the skill of lucid dreaming:

Keep a dream diary (write down what you’ve memorized from your sleep)
Reality checks (try to ask yourself during a dream if you’re dreaming)
The Mild method (try to fall back to sleep and into a lucid dream straight after having had a vivid dream you can remember)
The “wake up, back to bed” method (sleep, then wake up, then gog back to sleep again)
Have fun (stay lucid longer)

Additional Techniques:

Meditate

Prolong a lucid dream as it starts to fade

Listen to binaural beats

Play video games

Consider taking galantamine (Talk to a doctor first if you have any medical issues)

There are many ways to lucid dream and, not surprisingly, there’s a free app for iPhones for that. An app to influence your dreams? It sets your alarm & chooses a soundscape which will play to your subconscious during the night; with your phone on the bed, it detects the optimum moment to play the soundscape during your dream cycle. DREAM:ON (itunes)

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Originally published at ello.co.