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Lucid Dreaming Techniques and Personal Development

Learning lucid dreaming techniques was one of the new things I did in the past year. Prior to that, I had never even heard about lucid dreaming, let alone know how to lucid dream!

It's been an interesting and enlightening experience for my personal development, but probably not in a way that you would think.

For those of you who are still tilting your head in a quizzical manner and wondering what lucid dreams are, let me give you my novice explanation.

Lucid dreams are basically when you are asleep and dreaming, and you realize it. Then, you take advantage of the fact that you can do anything in your dreams, and you become the conscious director of your dream world. You tell yourself what is going to happen, and what you are going to do, and then.... you do it.

The premise of learning lucid dreaming techniques, to my understanding, is; because you can do anything in your dreams, you orchestrate doing whatever you want.

It sounds rather good doesn't it?

That's what I thought too, but now I'm not so sure. Let me explain one step at a time.

How to Lucid Dream

When I checked out lucid dreaming techniques I found that there was one method that was mentioned many times. Everyone said it was an easy way to learn how to lucid dream. It certainly sounded like it to me:

  1. When you go to bed at night, look at one of your hands. Look closely. Notice the fingers and veins, fingernails, and your palm.
  2. Tell yourself that when you are dreaming, you can notice your hand in this way, inside your dream.
  3. Tell yourself that when you notice your hand like this in your dream, it is your personal signal that you are dreaming, and you are conscious of that fact.
  4. When you become conscious of your hand inside your dream and you realize you are dreaming, stay calm. (When you see your hand in this way for the first time in your dream, you'll realize why it is mentioned to stay calm. There is definitely a little bolt of excitement that runs through your psyche as you digest the fact that you are dreaming and yet you know what you are doing!) If you get too excited, you wake yourself up!
  5. Then, you decide what you want to happen next in your dream, and off you go on your self directed adventure.

For about 5 nights in a row I consistently practiced the first 3 steps, and .... nothing. Lot's of dreams, but the only time I was conscious was when I woke up the next morning :). I thought about lucid dreaming a few more times over the next 6 months, and made a couple more casual attempts at studying my hand prior to going to sleep. Still, nothing.

Lucid Dreaming Pitched a Personal Development Lesson

Then, a few weeks ago, seemingly out of the blue, it happened. This easy lucid dreaming technique finally bore fruit.

I was dreaming that I was in an airplane that was out of control, careening through the air, barely skimming over mountain tops and dodging stone ledges. And I saw it. My hand that is. There it was in front of my face and I knew. I was dreaming.

I'm sure my heart skipped a beat but not because the plane was crashing, but rather because I became conscious that I could control it. I could direct my dream, and the outcome as I wanted.

This is where I got a big surprise.

I didn't want to.

I did not want to consciously direct my dream world for a specific outcome.

My mind protested at the proposal, saying "If I know what's going to happen, it is not nearly as exciting as if I don't know what's going to happen."

With that, I hung onto the seat ahead of me and braced myself as I felt the plane going down, and then catching the ground.

As a plane crash survivor, I woke up the next morning to ponder my subconscious point of view that had come to light during my first lucid dreaming experience. Apparently I don't want to have too much control because it might diminish the adventure. I wondered just how that attitude relates to my real everyday life and what impact it might play on the goals that I do or do not set for myself in my waking hours?

Delving into lucid dreaming techniques had been part of my personal development plan, yet, I didn't have any idea that this was the type of insight that lucid dreams would offer me.

It has certainly given me more questions than it has answered. And sometimes I think that is a sign of a great teacher.

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