I have always been intrigued by the concept of lucid dreaming. Look up the term “lucid dream” and you can find “3 Ways to Lucid Dream”, “8 Powerful Lucid Dreaming Tactics”, and tips, tricks, dangers, and benefits.
Lucid dreaming involves carefully developing the mental control to make decisions and choices in your dreams…a growing awareness that you are asleep, but that you can control what you see, do, and experience. The experiences are so real that many feel afterward that they have had an out-of-body or religious experience.
Just this morning, I woke with the realization that I had missed a few scheduled rehearsals for a theatre production I was part of in recent dreams. The very fact that I knew I had the power to “attend” the event hints at lucid dreaming. I’ll definitely try not to miss any rehearsals after this!
The draw toward lucid dreaming probably involves the idea of ultimate control over surroundings, actions and outcomes. Perhaps an expert lucid dreamer can venture into sensations such as taste, smell, and touch. Perhaps it appeals to a curiosity instinct or god-like complex buried deep within us all. We want to have full control, to provide ultimate input, and to experience we want when we want it.
As I flipped through my morning playlist of wake-me-up music today, I came across a song with the lyrics, “Life is a lucid dream”. Having just experienced a semi-lucid dream myself, I immediately decided to dive into the concept. What could this mean? Is there some truth to it? We cannot always control our dreams or the direction our minds will go. And we cannot always control our surroundings in real life, or the actions of other people. However, the idea of lucid dreaming is focused mostly on the ability to make choices. This week, try living just one lucid dream:
“I am in control of the way I respond to people around me.”
Two words from the Holy Bible on this topic:
1 Peter 3:9 – “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit blessing.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…”
Dream well and live well, my friends!