03 Mar The Truth About Lucid Dreaming
Ok, so a lot of people have been asking me about the difference between lucid dreaming and astral projection. Most of them think that their similar, which is entirely wrong. Astral projection is projecting your spiritual presence out of your physical body and entering the spiritual realm while still having access to the physical environment. It’s like you’re just letting your spirit out of your body and roam free. While Lucid dreaming happens inside your mind, you are given the ability to control you dreams, so everything you want will happen. You want a 34-room mansion? Poof! You got it. You want to be super strong and be able to lift heavy things? Poof! There you go. The possibilities are endless. I guess you could say that it’s like “living the dream” 😉
But before anything else, let me explain everything you need to know about lucid dreaming. So what is lucid dreaming? And how can you achieve it? In this article I will help guide you in understanding the subject of lucid dreaming, its dangers and possible good effects on your life.
Lucid dreaming , by science states that you achieve it by lowering your brain activity, and focusing your mind to the point that it is still active right before you reach the peak of your sleep or what I call, the REM stage. However I believe that is not the case. In my experience, lucid dreaming is possible through spiritual peace, deep relaxation, peace of mind and the will to perform the act. It’s achieved by inner peace in your body and in the mind. Not just the technical functions of the brain.
Amidst all of these, some people still confuse the idea of lucid dreaming with nightmares, astral projection and sleep paralysis. Although sleep paralysis is related to lucid dreaming, it is very much unlikely. Why? Lucid dreaming is having the freedom to control your dreams while sleep paralysis, based on the name (and my knowledge) is the absence of freedom in your dreams. You are bound, and restricted from interacting in your dreams. More on sleep paralysis in the next articles.
A while ago I mentioned about the dangers and positive effects of lucid dreaming. While it’s true that experiencing lucid dreams can become quite an adventure. There are also side effects if the uses fails to perform it properly. Some of these side effects include sleep paralysis as mentioned above and hypnophobia, or the fear of sleeping. Some people tend to see horribly terrifying things when performing lucid dreams, which causes the mind to create a defense mechanism a barrier to prevent the person from seeing that again. What horrible things you ask? Since dreams are made up from our subconscious mind, we can’t filter all of the things we absorbed in our head. So the tendencies of some of the bad stuffs leaking into our dreams are high. I remember one time when I performed lucid dreaming, I saw a demon – a horrible serpent like monster with a lion’s head and a goats feet. It chased me until I was able to wake up. Some people even see more disgusting and scarier things in their dreams. So you better think twice before attempting to perform it.
Now let’s go to the good side of lucid dreaming. Basically it could give so much positive effects In your life like better sleep regimes, better mind concept, a more relaxed peace of mind and so much more. But, for me the best benefit of lucid dreaming is self-enlightenment. Did you know that monks used lucid dreaming in their journey to self-enlightenment. With the power to create what you want, you could basically change the perspective of you whole mind. And ultimately change your life.
Tell me, If you could perform lucid dreaming what would you dream of doing? Leave a comment below. I want to know your opinions. By the way, if you are interested in knowing how to perform lucid dreaming stay tuned in my blog. In the following days, I will be posting a step-by-step guide on how to properly perform lucid dreaming.