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Have you ever wondered how it would feel like to control your own dreams? Lucid dreaming allows you to do exactly that — have conscious control over your dreams. From influencing the events in a dream to even becoming aware that you are dreaming, lucid dreaming gives you the power to create whichever dream world your heart desires. And if that were not enough, lucid dreaming can also significantly improve your overall health.
What is Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is a mental state where you become aware while dreaming. You are not just aware but also able to be in control of the actions and events that happen within the dream world. So, instead of just going with the flow of dreams, you can be an active participant in making decisions that could influence the dream world.
How to Have Conscious Control in Your Dreams
1. Reality Checks
The best way to start lucid dreaming is to conduct reality checks throughout the day. During a reality check, you need to ask yourself whether you are dreaming or not. After some time, you will get used to asking yourself this question unconsciously even during a dream, which will then help you become aware of the fact that you are dreaming.
2. Keeping a Dream Journal
The next step is to keep a dream journal. Documenting your dreams can help you become familiar with the images, characters, or scenes that keep recurring in your dreams. Once you become familiar with these recurring elements, it will be easier for you to recognize that you are dreaming even when you are not doing a reality check.
3. Stimulating the Imagination
In case the above two methods don’t work for you, you can also try stimulating your imagination, especially before going to bed. You can do this by reading stories, meditating, or practicing visualization techniques. The idea is to focus on a single dream at night and when you start dreaming, imagine yourself actually lucid dreaming, which can help you become aware that you are dreaming.
Benefits of Lucid Dreaming
1. Improves Brain Functioning
Lucid dreaming increases the activity of parts of the brain associated with creativity and conscious thought, which can potentially help in solving complex problems. It can also lead to improved cognitive performance and better mental clarity.
2. Fight Fears
The controlled environment of lucid dreaming is ideal for exposing yourself to your own fears and anxieties, so you can face them head-on. Once you are able to conquer your fears, it will become much easier to overcome them in real life as well.
3. Nurture Creativity
With lucid dreaming, it is possible to explore the most imaginative and creative corners of your brain. Experimenting with different ideas might even lead to groundbreaking inventions and ideas that could positively transform your life.
Lucid dreaming is an incredibly powerful technique that can lead to incredible improvements in your overall health. That being said, it is important to remember that there is no universal method for achieving it — it will require trial and error, determination, and above all, a dreamer’s mindset.
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