When I was in highschool, I did a science paper on dreams. During my research, I came upon a concept called “Lucid Dreaming”. I found the idea very interesting but I never took it very far. The article I read talked about Lucid Dreaming and how you could train yourself to do it but it never discussed any of the potential benefits of Lucid Dreaming. Now, many years later, I have been reading repeated references to Lucid Dreaming (although not necessarily referred to as Lucid Dreaming) from Makoto Shichida and Jose Silva that talk about using this training to expand the mind’s potential further.
What is Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid Dreaming is simply having the awareness that you are in a dream when you are dreaming. This in itself may not mean much until you realise that lucid dreaming is synonymous with opening a door to greater possibilities. Once you are conscious in your dream, you are one step closer to achieving dream control. Dream control refers to the ability to change things in your dream. The amount of control over the dream varies but the significance of this ability is great. Being able to control your dreams has a number of benefits:
- adventure and fantasies – think Total Recall where you can implant your own memories
- controlling nightmares
- rehearsal – they say that the brain often cannot distinguish the difference between a fantasy and a memory and this is why visualisation – mentally seeing yourself perform a task – can be as good as doing the task itself. It appears that “the activity of the brain during a dreamed activity is the same as during the real event; neuronal patterns of activation required for a skill (like a ski jump or pirouette) can be established in the dream state in preparation for performance in the waking world”.
- creativity and problem solving
What interests me are the last three benefits.
Jose Silva makes reference to dream control in his book The Silva Mind Control Method. There is a whole chapter dedicated to “creative sleep” where the method of dream control is taught. In the Silva Method, dream control is used to help solve specific problems.
Makoto Shichida also wrote about the dream control method in his book The Science of Intelligence and Creativity. In his book, he talks about using dream control to enhance capability by image training. He also refers to the use of dreams for solving problems.
Training the Ability to Have Lucid Dreams
The easiest way to get started is to keep a “Dream Diary” – always have a notebook and pencil by your bed. Whenever you wake up from a dream, immediately record every detail you can remember. There are lots of other methods available which you can find here:
- How to Lucid Dream – WikiHow
- How to have Lucid Dreams – Lucidity
- COBRAS Method – Infinite Minds
- Lucid Dreaming Made Easy
For more information on lucid dreaming, visit the website Lucidity.