I've done lucid dreaming a few times, not too often; you just have to realize you are in a dream and decide to do what you want to do - I'm very independent and stubborn so this comes naturally...
Interestingly, I've never had a cigarette in real life, but have smoked several times in my dreams.
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I've had them, but not on purpose, I just realized I was dreaming by accident (it doesn't happen often).
It is truly awesome, flying, doing crazy stuff and I haven't seen it mentioned here, but the sexual fantasies you can have are unreal too.
I actually have these quite often. My problem is I realize it and then it's a race to do cool stuff before I wake up. I try to make things materialize, I fly, whatever. It's hard to describe but it usually starts with me questioning whether I'm dreaming. There is really no verification, the question itself is what does it. Then the fun begins...
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Perhaps EVERY dream you have is lucid so you don't know what a non-lucid dream is to compare it to (I have heard people are like this - though it's rare). But your other responses don't match this suggestion (other wise you would say something like "what do you mean your not consciously aware you're dreaming in most the dreams - I'm ALWAYS consciously aware that I'm dreaming...I thought everyone was like this" - or something like that
If you in a bad dream, you are having a horrible time and generally can't change the situation in the dream or cant often force a wake up to stop the horrible time (if you had more control than that why would you put yourself through a horrible situation - sane people don't willing do that in waking life - why CHOOSE to do that in a dream ????) .
Having said that......you now realize you're dreaming and in that dream it's ordinary/boring 'life' such as being at work or at school at your desk (you do stuff you are expected to do - your work and keep doing the boring task), but you just realized you're dreaming....so DECIDE to you fly out the window up to the clouds, then DECIDE to fly to the ground and into/though the earth to the other side of the world, on the other over side of the earth you fly out of the mouth of a massive exposing volcano with glowing red lava everywhere, the propelled lava turns in a huge wave that you body-surf for miles bringing you to a fantastic location, where you DECIDE what fun adventure to do next.......or in that DREAM you can just continue doing your boring paper work in your job, maybe tidy your desk and be annoyed by office politics (if that type of stuff 'floats your boat').
Basically if you don't realize you're dreaming you keep doing ordinary/boring stuff you were doing, and some strange things happen around you but go with the flow like it a normal day (you realize they're strange upon waking - but no clearly when dreaming it). When you realize you're dreaming then you can do ANYTHING - only limited by your imagination and experience - which is more fun?)
Sometimes lucid dreams are much clearer than the movie inception - or any movie (though it sounds strange or impossible). Some make movies seem quite limited - it's like no movie you ever seen/felt in real life.
Another way to look at it : don’t you find it interesting in waking/real life we are self aware conscious?
You don’t see that as fantastic? You don’t see positive opportunities with consciousness (there are negatives too). A machine/computer doesn’t do that and plants don't either (as far as I can tell) . As a now conscious being, would you choose to be a living but non-conscious being?
Clarity, quality (interesting/fun) and consciousness are all good (if you get all three at once )
Yes for sure, a super-clear non lucid dream would be cool too – unless it's a bad dream
If you are being chased by perhaps a faceless person in a bad dream (with perceived intent of serious harm to you) – surely this is not fun to you (so why do choose to dream these horrible experiences – answer is we don't consciously choose to, they just happen from our subconscious).
Note if you become conscious whilst dreaming then you can face and confront this attacker – the attacker losses all power.
If you know it's not real and a dream then you are at least partially lucid - why not exploit this lucidity and actually think whilst dreaming (like you are now) and turn it in to an adventure.
Lucid dream are cool/fun because they are conscious.
IF you could right now (whilst awake) jump up and float around the ceiling and through walls and up through the roof and look down to the street etc etc (would you think that's kind of dull/boring - not do that now and instead keep reading this forum.....).
It's a good way to make a dream lucid occur – during the day in waking life question is this vivid imagery is just a dream – do that often enough (along with reality checks) and you may do it in a dream and realize you're dreaming.
From my BASIC understanding brain/mind perception in the real/waking reality we see/feel is like active 'dream' in the brain – a working model of perception of the current stimuli (from sight/sound/touch/smell/taste and previous experiences). We take these waking stimuli we get every second and past experiences and make a audio/visual hallucination/model in our brain/mind to try match the inputs we are getting (this is what we see/feel/think is 'reality').
Sorry for the long (and sometimes weird) post.....
Last edited by EatMoveSleep; 05-31-2013 at 10:33 PM.
Do you find the entry in to "WILD" a bit weird?
By weird I mean strange/unsettling audio/visual hallucinations.
The 'noises' often 'machine noises' and 'buzzing' etc can get seriously 'loud' - yes they are hallucinations but the perception is as if they are real. Other sensations is very heavy "lead blanket" feelings, vibrations, shaking, visual lighting and sparks/flashes....some weird stuff.....feels like it goes on for minutes....
Often 4:30am 'accidental' WILD is a very quick entry (eg after getting up for a drink of water and returning to bed/sleep)......two seconds of a buzzing "zoom" noise and you're lucid dreaming, or lift yourself 'out of your body' - these glitches in the brain can create amazing 'perceptions'.
Some people report VERY scary sounds and images during the entry (or exist) phase.
Although I have never really been a practitioner of lucid dreaming, I have always wanted to be able to realize I am dreaming so that I can take control of the dream.
For me, it seems that I wake up at the instant in realize I am dreaming. Making the lucid part very very short.
Last week, I was finally able to realize I was in a dream and not wake up. I decided to try and fly. I took off running and jumped into the air, only to fall flat on my face!
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I had HDR, 1080p dreams last night. Not lucid, but incredible nonetheless.
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EatMoveSleep, thanks, this is helpful.
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