Do you want to control your dreams? Do you want to be “awake” while your body is asleep? Yes, I’m talking about Lucid Dreaming.
As a person who has been interested in spirituality from a young age, I’ve been familiar with the term Lucid Dreaming for a long time, but it was two years ago that I actually got to learn more about it.
I was reading a book named “Dreams of Awakening” written by Charlie Morley. After few months, I learned that he was coming to Istanbul to do a workshop on Lucid Dreaming. Of course, I had to join.
Lucid dreams are the dreams where our bodies are asleep but our mind is awake. That way you have the ability to alter or control the dream in which you are present at. In some people it happens naturally, in others it takes some work. But everybody has the ability to do it! In fact, as children many of us have these type of dreams, it happens naturally. As we grow up and become “adults” we tend to forget it.
In his workshop, Charlie talked about the dream states (like REM), how they are related to the lucidity and what we can do to become lucid.
Basically, to become lucid in our dreams, we have to become lucid in our daily lives. We live in our lives in such a rush that we lose the connection with the life going on around us, we are not aware. First, we need to re-awaken ourselves. That’s correct, you need to be awake to dream!
Then you need to work on your dream memory. You know how we wake up from a dream and forget it in few seconds. What you need to do is, whenever you wake up, to write down your dreams. This will make your dream memory stronger, and it will eventually be helpful to realise that you’re in a dream when you are asleep.
That’s how you become lucid. When you say “Oh my God, this must be a dream” while sleeping, that’s when the consciousness awakens. But make sure you don’t get too excited, because you don’t want to wake up when you’re lucid.
Once you are lucid, you can do anything. Charlie’s teachings focus on Tibetan Buddhism and he has a more holistic approach to it. But he confesses that when he started lucid dreaming when he was a teenager he used to dream about partying and having sex. Whatever you do in a lucid dream, it feels very real! Now he is using his dreams for spiritual growth and healing. For example, if you meditate in your dream for few minutes, it’s worth hours of meditation that you do when you are awake.
Just the idea of Lucid Dreaming is fun. If you want to know more about it, I recommend you to read Charlie’s book Dreams of Awakening.
Check out Charlie’s speech at TEDxSanDiego 2011:
(The images are taken from Charlie’s official website)