What is Lucid Dreaming?

The basic definition of lucid dreaming requires nothing more than becoming aware that you are dreaming. However, the quality of lucidity can vary greatly. When lucidity is at a high level, you are aware that everything experienced in the dream is occurring in your mind, that there is no real danger, and that you are asleep in bed and will awaken shortly. With low-level lucidity, you may be aware to a certain extent that you are dreaming, perhaps enough to fly or alter what you are doing, but not enough to realize that the people are dream representations, or that you can suffer no physical damage, or that you are actually in bed.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dreamsigns

3.2.3   Dreamsigns
Another dream-recall related exercise introduced in  EWLD and further developed in  A Course in Lucid Dreaming is identifying "dreamsigns." This term, coined by LaBerge, refers to elements of dreams that indicate that you are dreaming. (Examples: miraculous flight, purple cats, malfunctioning devices, and meeting deceased people.) By studying your dreams you can become familiar with your own personal dreamsigns and set your mind to recognize them and become lucid in future dreams. The Course also provides exercises for noticing dreamsigns while you are awake, so that the skill carries over into your dreams. This exercise also applies to lucid dream induction devices, which give sensory cues--special, artificially-produced dreamsigns--while you are dreaming. To succeed at recognizing these cues in dreams, you need to practice looking for them and recognizing them while you are awake.

14 comments:

  1. this lucid dreaming is so difficult to explain to friends and family

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  3. nice blog dude!!! looking forward to the next post

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  4. cool as post, thanks for popping by <3

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  5. I enjoyed your point of view in this post

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  6. Is it possible to recognize the cues in dreaming though?

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  7. dreamsigns?? does being dead asleep mean anything lol

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  8. so dreamsigns are like the reality-checks, just the other way around?

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  9. Interesting... It's so hard to know in dream though! Its hard to know what is 'real' or not, you just kind of take for granted that everything is real until you wake up =P Especially when you live in a fantasy world while awake (video games, books, etc)

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  10. I love my dreams, I should try lucid dreaming.

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  11. I use dream signs all the time bro!

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