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The Joys Of Lucid Dreaming – Be Awake While You Sleep!

January 25, 2011 on 12:34 pm | In Lucid Dreams | No Comments

If I ask you a simple question, will you be able to answer quickly and correctly? Yes? Ok let’s try…

Don’t take out your calculators! Here’s the question:
How many years does an average human spend sleeping?
Dont read before answering…

What was your answer? 1 year? 2 years? 5 Years? WRONG!
The correct answer is: 20 years! Unbelievable but true. You can do your math!

Assuming we will live for 80 years, that’s around 1/4th of our lives being wasted!

Now what if there was a way that could help you utilize your sleeping hours? What if you were “not sleeping” while you were “sleeping”? Before you label me as a runaway lunatic, let me explain further…

Have you ever had a dream where you suddenly realized that you were dreaming? Maybe a monster was chasing you and you knew that this could not be real. It had to be a dream. Or maybe in your dream you saw that your room door was in the wrong direction, or maybe your walls had grass growing on them…these oddities often make us realize that we are dreaming. Do you remember any such dreams? I am sure you do!

At some point in our lives, we all have had moments when we have told ourselves “Ah! This is only a dream!” Those were the moments when we had experienced a Lucid Dream. Therefore, for people who love definitions, a Lucid Dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware that he/she is dreaming, while retaining all the faculties of reasoning, memory and experience.

Generally Lucid Dreams occur without our control. In most cases it is only for a few seconds that we realize we are dreaming. We soon lapse back into our dream world and our lucidity is lost.

But the good news is that we can learn to become lucid in our dreams. We can also consciously control our dreams every night and train ourselves to remain 100% lucid throughout our dreams. Once we know how to do this, we can use our “sleeping” hours to remain “awake” and do all that our heart desires.

What all can we do while we are Lucid?
Lucid dreaming is an ability that allows you to transcend the shackles of reality. Once you are aware you are dreaming you can alter your dreams and dictate what happens next. Therefore the possibilities are unlimited!

Flight and Travel :
Since there is no gravity in dreams, the amazing joy of flight awaits you. You can fly effortlessly through the sky like a bird. Or you can go for skiing and skydiving. You may also fly to the moon or any far away planet, or explore colorful dreamscapes.

You can go to a tropical paradise or visit the rain forests. Visit Disney world and take a ride on a roller coaster. And the best part is that everything is free and you do not have to wait in queues!

Meeting dream characters :
You can encounter dream characters and make friends with them. You can even summon geniuses and seek their sage-like advice. You can create a fantasy world and invite fully interactive characters, who can have fun with you as well as help you out with problems.

Personal Development :
Lucid Dreams allow you to get in touch with your inner self. You learn to depend more on yourself and less on external factors. This self-dependence boosts your confidence and increases your overall state of well-being. You attain self-knowledge and you know who you really are, which is not the same as who you think you are.

Talent and Rehearsal :
Lucid dreaming is an extraordinarily vivid and realistic form of mental imagery that can help in polishing your inherent skills. You can rehearse for success in waking life. You can improve your golf shots or become a better motorist. You can improve your artistic performance or become an expert at playing the guitar. If you want to become a confident public speaker, so be it! In fact you can become good at any talent you wish to develop.

Overcoming Nightmares :
Lucid Dreams can very well be one of the most effective therapies in curing nightmares because they can be an excellent place to confront your fears. If you know you are dreaming, you will also know that nothing, however unpleasant, can cause you any physical harm. It’s all a dream. So there is no need to run from or fight with dream monsters. Instead you can face your fear and soon the fear will disappear.

Healing :
We all know that the effects of visual imagery on the body are therapeutic. Soothing dream imagery can alleviate pain and improve physical health. And since the dream world offers the most vivid forms of visual imagery, it can be an excellent place to heal ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually.

People who are physically handicapped can find themselves totally free from the fetters of their disability. A lame person can run, a blind can see, a dumb can talk, and a deaf can hear!

Problem solving :
If there are any problems bothering you, Lucid Dreams can be the ultimate realm to find their solutions. You can brainstorm and resolve any issue because you have greater access to your sub-conscious mind, which is far more infinite than your conscious mind. To make the problem-solving session more fun, you can create a boardroom and involve dream characters to give you solutions!

Sex :
One of the most pleasurable aspects of Lucid Dreaming is that you can indulge in sexual adventures. You will not be limited by any physical and moral restraints! You can summon any body you fancy and have intimate moments together.

Conclusion
Lucid dreaming is something truly remarkable. But unfortunately, very few people have actually taken the trouble of training themselves in this art. Learning it is not difficult, but does require some consistency. Once you start having lucid dreams, you will thirst for more.

If everyone would just learn to take control of his dreams, this world would be extraordinarily enhanced. This is because the root cause of unhappiness on our planet is unfulfilled desires. These desires create a void in a person making him angry, remorseful, and even depressed. But during a lucid dream, he can have all his desires satiated, thus removing the void he harbors. If most of our desires are satisfied, wont our world be a better place? You bet, it will.

Lucid dreaming is an excellent tool at your disposal every night. Why not take advantage of it and start being “awake” while you “sleep”?

Copyright Abhishek Agarwal. If you want to know more about Lucid Dreaming, download Abhishek’s exhaustive FREE 167-Pages ebook on Astral Projection, from his website
http://www.astralprojectnow.com
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Lucid Dreaming and Sleep Paralysis

January 24, 2011 on 4:22 pm | In Dream Types | No Comments

Lucid dreams of course are dreams that seem very, very more realistic than ordinary dreams, and in which one is consciously aware that they are dreaming. The more experienced one becomes at lucid dreaming, the better they can control it. Experienced lucid dreamers can make their dreams extremely realistic. Once you are able to control your dreams, you can of course ask to be taken back to a past life (if you believe in them) or event, current event, or future event. You can use lucid dreaming to help overcome your fears. Allow yourself to face your fears in a lucid dream. It’s all your choice. The limit goes beyond the sky, it even goes beyond dreams. Some people are natural lucid dreamers, and some have to learn how through practice. As a natural lucid dreamer myself, I can’t guarantee that my technique will help everyone learn, but I can give you an idea about how it can be done.

Firstly, every night before you go to bed close your eyes and say out loud “I WILL REMEMBER MY DREAMS. SOON I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTROL THEM”. Then when you wake up the next morning the very first thing you should do is write down in your diary every single thing you remember about your dreams.. If you can’t remember anything, don’t be discouraged, you will eventually. Just remember a little bit at a time and after awhile you will start remembering more and more. You don’t have to keep a dream diary forever, just until you start getting the hang of having lucid dreams. The more you can remember and analyze about your dreams, the better you can control them in the future.

One trick to do; and this is how I’ve had lucid dreams all my life, is wait until your day off when you can sleep in and don’t have to do anything. Get a sleeping pattern down for 4 or 5 days and wake up the same time every morning. Then one morning, go to bed a couple hours later than usual, but set your alarm to wake you up at the same time as the prior mornings. It can just be for a few minutes and you can get a drink or watch tv or check email or something. Do this for about 15-20 minutes and then go back to bed and lie down on your back. MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON YOUR BACK! Start pretending that you’re doing whatever it is you wish to lucid dream about, imagine you’re with the people you want to be with. Try to make whatever you’re imagining as clear as possible. Hear, feel, and even visualize that you’re smelling something.. MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON YOUR BACK THE WHOLE TIME! Whenever you drift off to sleep hopefully you’ll start dreaming of the things you were imagining about. When you’re getting close to a lucid dream you’ll start vibrating or pulsating a bit and you’ll start hearing a buzzing noise.

Don’t panic if you find that you’re half asleep/half awake and can’t move. It’s a condition called sleep paralysis. If you panic it’ll only make things worse and you’ll start having a nightmare and you’ll hallucinate that there’s something (or someone) bad in the room with you. I don’t know why this happens, but it can be scary if you don’t stay calm. This is the down side to having strange dreaming experiences. I unfortunately first experienced this when I was only 6 or 7 years old. I “woke up” one night in my room and there was a man at the end of my bed pointing a gun at me. It was as clear and real as could be. Imagine a little girl “waking up” and seeing that. I wanted to run to my daddy but I couldn’t move, thanks to the paralysis. Finally he “disappeared” and I woke up. My daddy of course told me it was just a dream and tried to make me feel better, but I spent years afterwards wondering if it was a ghost I saw that night. It wasn’t until I got a computer later in life and learned that it was a condition called “sleep paralysis”.

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I experienced it several other times, but as I got older I learned how to either wake myself up from it, or turn it into a more pleasant lucid dream. I have always been fascinated by the Jack the Ripper murders, and I absolutely cannot read anything about the subject when it’s close to bed time. I have had a few sleep paralysis experiences where I found myself his victim, and he was on top of me killing me. I would keep going back and forth between laying on my back on the streets of London to my bed. Of course it still wasn’t as frightening as the “ghost man” I experienced as a child. I didn’t start having the JTR experiences until later in life, when I had an idea that it wasn’t real. Of course it does make me wonder if I had a past life as a prostitute in London, but I try not to think about it.

But anyway, don’t be discouraged if anything like this ever happens to you. Try to remember that it’s not real and concentrate on your breathing. Try to stay calm and close your eyes and think about happy things, there’s a good chance that this paralysis incident will turn into a lucid dream. Remember to try staying on your back the whole time, and that the chance of having a lucid dream will increase on days you sleep in longer than usual.

Remember you can use lucid dreams for any purpose(s) you choose. Some people like to have fun with it. When you lucid dream, you are almost like a god and you have control over the dream world. Obviously the most common thing for lucid dreamers to do is to experience their sexual fantasies. Some people like to fly, some people like to pretend that they’re a star on stage preforming in front of a large crowd. Sometimes it may not be until a middle of an ordinary dream when it becomes lucid. If it already a pleasant dream, you don’t have to change it if you don’t want to. You could keep on continuing with the same dream as an observer. Of course you can change things you don’t like about it. It’s all totally all up to you. Have fun!

I’m a 25 year old female from WV. I love everything concerning the paranormal and metaphysical. I offer training and services through my website: www.avonleestarkeeper.com
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Do Things You’ve Never Done Before When You Learn To Lucid Dream Easily and Regularly!

January 23, 2011 on 8:07 pm | In Lucid Dreams | No Comments

Lucid dreaming is one of the most fun (legal) things you can ever do in your life.  Lucid dreams are when you become aware that you are dreaming during the dream state, and instead of waking up, you stay asleep and “control” the dream.  And because the dream state does not have the same limitations as the waking world, you can do anything you wish.  Most people visit faraway places by flying there, but you can also dream any situation you like, including living out your sexual fantasies.  What fun!  Your imagination really is the limit in a lucid dream.

But most people only have one or two lucid dreams in their lives, and frequently when you realize you are dreaming, it triggers your brain to wake up. It is difficult to keep lucid dreams going at will.  Until now that is…

You see, your relaxation, your sleep, and your dreaming are all dependent on entering the right brainwave states.  Lucid dreams are no exception.  And now anyone can induce particular brainwave patterns / states by listening to binaural beats and other sound frequencies in the range of the human auditory spectrum.

When we fall asleep we dip from an awake Alpha state, down into Delta and Theta brainwave patterns. Then as we awaken, we shift back up into an Alpha state, which is a faster brainwave. To create a lucid dream, you must experience the Delta and Theta brainwave states like you always do, but instead of reaching the full Alpha state and awakening, you must drop back into a Theta state before you awake. This will usually trigger a lucid dream if you set than intention before falling asleep.

This new 45 minute recording by The Unexplainable Store follows that pattern.  It promotes lucid dreaming by guiding you into a deep sleep by controlling the frequencies you are hearing.  These are then followed by the “dreaming” Theta frequencies. After a set amount of time, the frequencies you hear (even though asleep) will rise, bordering on Alpha waves, than dip back down to Theta waves. 

The science behind it is somewhat complex, but the solution to having regular lucid dreams, and all the fun that goes with them, is relatively straightforward.  Simply visit this link and download your copy of this incredible 45 minute binaural beat recording!

 

Tanveer Al Razee : http://betterlifewithhypnosis.com/binaural_beat.html
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Dreams And Dream Interpretation

January 22, 2011 on 11:19 pm | In Dream Types | No Comments

Ever since I can remember. Well, let’s say ever since I can remember having dreams. I have been fascinated by the whole process. As a child I can remember having wonderful dreams, and also dreams that frightened me and woke me up (nightmares).

As I have grown older I have grown more and more interested in the whole process of dreaming. Why do we dream? Why are some dreams terrifying? Why do we not always dream? And so on. It’s an enormous subject, and one that is hardly understood even today, with massive research.

To understand why we dream, and to recognise the meaning of those dreams, plus understanding how, and if, we can use this knowledge in our daily lives, is in itself a dream for many people.

You can find many books on dreams, however mostly they do not really help us as they tend to influence our dreams themselves. These books, or rather the contents of these books find their way into the subconscious, where they enter our dreams in not always a beneficial way.

It is a reliably established scientific fact that everyone dreams. You may not think that you do sometimes, but it is just that you have forgotten your dream(s) as soon as you have woken. We do not always remember our dreams. If we did not dream we would soon be suffering from psychotic episodes and mental imbalance.

A myth that is commonly believed is that of dreaming the same dream over and over again. This does not happen. We may think that we are dreaming the same dream, when in fact there are many subtle differences. We remember the basic theme of the dream but not many of the details. Thus giving rise to the belief.

Nightmares are supposed to be harbingers of doom, or pending disaster, either personal, or more widespread. There is no conclusive proof of this, however nightmares are more common in children than adults, and surprisingly they often occur shortly before a child gets ill. And although everyone dreams, the frequency of dreams, as in number of dreams per night, decreases with age.

Interpreting dreams is an art, not an exact science. Dreams may mean many different things for the same symbols, and there are many different beliefs surrounding the meaning and symbolism of dreams. It is an important part of many primitive and tribal cultures’ way of life. Using the interpretation of dreams, usually the dreams of shamans and elders, to make decisions for the whole tribe.

Dreams have played their part in religious traditions also. We only have to read The Bible to realise the important part that dreams play in many of the stories. God appears to many of the leaders of the day “in a dream” which is then usually acted upon.

Dreams do seem to link very much to the days events before the dream. So if you want to dream and remember it, you should think of dreaming during the day (this is not the same as daydreaming) and think of wanting to remember it.

Above all, never be afraid of dreams, adopt and embrace them, they can be a reservoir of aspiration, knowledge, and joy. Uniting the body, mind, and spirit.

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Lucid Dreaming: A Clear Know-How

January 22, 2011 on 3:21 am | In Lucid Dreams | No Comments

Lucid dreaming is similar to conscious dreams. When you know about the dreams and dream in a aware state of mind, it is named as lucid dream. You are fully aware of what you are dreaming about. How much of the dream is lucid depends on how sound the dream is, how much of the dream is under your control and how much of the dream you can retrieve when you wake up. The most phenomenal prospect of lucid dreams is your experience during dreaming. It would seem that you are able to ascertain your dream in the same fashion as a film director directs the actions in the film in the most creative way.

To know intimately what lucid dreaming is all about, suppose that your dream would appear and feel like realism, you may be in control of several or all of your senses. The only deviation is that you will be aware that nothing can hurt you. In lucid dreams, you can dream about stressed states of affairs in which you may participate and set your own regulations and activities without limitation. In effect, lucid dreaming is more fictive than virtual reality that we see in modern computer conceptions.

Most of us see a lucid dream occasionally. We wake up invigorated and happy.  As everything is achievable with your dreams, you can meet your long lost acquaintances or relatives. To repeat the experience, check if you can try dream control so that you can have lucid dreams whenever you want. Envisage what it would be like meeting your admired celebrities, be an active player in a dare devil adventure or producing a fantasy world to your liking.

It is great to have lucid dreams at regular time intervals. It keeps an individual happy and content. People try their best to attain it but in vain. Is there then an easy way to have a lucid dream? There is a school of thought which advises that eating some chosen food like cheese, orange juice, ice cream, popcorn, fish etc., before sleeping induces lucid dreaming. However, in this method sleep may get troubled and certain foods are barely good for weight control and there can be other side effects of eating fatty foods.

Lucid dreaming can be caused if the method of monitoring of the eyes is done with masks and eyeshade. There are some other methods also. When Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep initiates, a red diode begins blinking. The REM detector with the red light becomes a component of the individual’s dream. It signals the person that he/she is in control of the dream. The person can get into the lucid dreaming phase. Another device utilizes sound technology to cause lucid dreams. In this process, sounds of two distinct frequencies are played in each ear. This procedure goes by the name of binaural beats. It is said that listening to these sounds helps the brain to attain REM sleep and then to lucid dreaming.

Have you ever had dreams where it seemed like you were orchestrating how the dreams went and felt like you could actually control them? Lucid dreams allow you to semi-consciously determine who is in the dream and what they are saying, sometimes, backing the dream up to change lines as you go. Lucid dreams let you control the outcome of the dream to fit the story you want. Visit http://www.luciddreaminginfo.com/ or click on Lucid Dreaming
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Using Goals to Achieve Your Dreams

January 21, 2011 on 1:55 pm | In Dream Come True, Dream Types | No Comments

The terms ‘goal’ and ‘dream’ are often misunderstood. People, often without realising the difference, use them interchangeably as if they mean the same. They are not. Dreams could be defined as the desired destination, while goals are the means by which the dreams become a reality. Having a clear understanding of what your dreams are compared to your goals is a key to genuine fulfillment in life.

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As humans, we have all been granted the innate ability to dream. We are born dreamers and it forms an important part of who we are. Perhaps even more importantly, within us we all have the cognitive ability to establish achievable goals to live out those dreams. These are the chosen steps, directions and strategies that will lead you to your destination.

Dreams live within us all. Some are close to the surface, alive and perhaps even being realised. Others have tended to be buried, either because of our lack of confidence to fulfil them or from others telling us they are foolish or unrealistic. To really know what your innermost desires are, you need to take time to reflect quietly and listen to yourself. Hear what your heart is saying.

Dreams are divine inspirations conceived in our imagination. They are the co-creation of your own ingenuity. Sadly though, many of these dreams are never considered worthy of our effort to realise them. If a dream is conceived but never believed it is considered merely a fantasy. Often our lives are restricted to these fleeting fantasies because we don’t have the courage to embrace our dreams.

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The steps for Lucid Dreams

January 20, 2011 on 11:34 pm | In Lucid Dreams | No Comments

If you are reading this article then you’re interested in the concept of lucid dreaming. I have been interested for a number of years. The concept of being able to control dreams, to have a lucid dream has always intrigued me.

I can still remember my very first experience with lucid dreams when I was a child. I dreamt that I was falling and I thought to myself that I was going to die. Then I simply decided to change the hard ground into a lake of water. I had just taken control of my first dream. At the time I did not know that this was called lucid dreaming, it was just fascinating to me that I was able to change my dream while I was dreaming.

It was not until years later that I became aware in the concept of lucid dreaming. As I have grown older I’ve become increasingly interested in the metaphysical aspects of life. One area in particular that interests me is dreaming. Personally, I believe that when we dream we are touching a much deeper part of us, a much wiser part. I thought to myself, if this is true, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to actively interact with the dream. This way I could receive much more information.

The question was, “How to Lucid Dream?” How could I create a lucid dream whenever I wanted? As I began to do research on the topic I read a number of books on the subject written by scientific researchers. These scientists broke the process of creating lucid dreams into three steps.

For the first step you had to begin to dream. What I found through my reading was that the best way to create dreams on demand was through the use of sound. More specifically, sounds that tap out a rhythm or a beat pattern that allows the two halves of the brain to synchronize.

I began to use these binaural beats (that’s the scientific name) as I was going to sleep. I quickly noticed that I was recalling more and more of my dreams. At the same time, my dreams were becoming much more detailed and vivid.

Second, create a dream journal. Each morning I would write down as much as I could recall about each dream.

The reason for the dream journal is to condition your mind to remember the dreams. To give a message to your mind that dreams are now important and that you want to recall them.

By using the sound to enhance the quality and quantity of my dreams along with the dream journal got me to the point that I was dreaming up to five separate dreams each night. I was not quite to the point of lucid dreaming but I was close.

The final step to creating a lucid dream was to train my mind to take control of the dreams. To do this I created a simple script based on the research that I used before going to sleep each night. I wrote down this simple statement, “Tonight when I am dreaming I will hear myself say the word gelbelong. When I hear the word gelbelong I will know that I am dreaming and I will take control of my dream.”

Every night just before I go to sleep I would read this statement to myself fifteen times. This conditioned my subconscious mind to say the word “gelbelong” during the dream and for my mind to then know that I was having a lucid dream.

The word “gelbelong” is a word I created. You want the word or phrase to be something that you would never hear in waking life so that there can be no confusion as to whether or not you are dreaming.

Adding this phrase gave me the last piece for creating all of the lucid dreams I want. Now I explore an completely new world whenever I sleep.

I have to admit that I look forward to going to sleep now. It is like I am taking a holiday each and every time I sleep. And more to my interests, I have learned some amazing things about myself.

So if you want to begin to have lucid dreams, just follow the three steps I’ve discussed.

First, use a binaural beat program to begin to create more dreams.

Second, keep a dream journal and write down your dreams.

Last, create your own key word and begin to enjoy the wonderful world of the lucid dream. I enjoy talking with people who
lucid dream
and I am always looking for ways to enhance my
lucid dreams experiences.
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Live Your Dreams

January 20, 2011 on 11:21 am | In Dream Types | No Comments

Live Your Dreams.

 

‘Live your dreams’ are the words often used by companies trying to entice you to buy an exclusive holiday or car. But can living our dreams be more than just an advertising slogan?

When you dream about how your life could be, do you knock it down by uttering one those blocking beliefs such as; ‘Stop day dreaming’ or ‘there’s no point, it’s just a dream’ or do you just  go out and live it?  Unfortunately many of us take these blocking beliefs as support structures against the possibility of failing or as an easy excuse for not making the effort to do it. But is there another way?

Coaching believes that dreams are good. At one level dreaming of summer on a dark, cold November evening can give us the inspiration and energy to continue on through winter. At another those dreams can take us as far as we want.

‘We all dream. Dreams give us hints, whispers and clues about our lives, where we are now and where we want to go …. when we dream we use our imagination, we soar beyond the confines of our lives into a wider world where many things are possible … every change in our life starts as a dream – we use our imaginations to project ourselves into the best of all futures.’ Joseph O’Connor

Coaching links the world of dreams with reality by seeking understanding and awareness of what they really mean and identifying the goals and steps needed to achieve them. Dreams shape our goals and goals shape our life. Coaching is about defining your goals and helping you achieve them.

‘A goal is a dream with legs and goals are what drive us forward. Coaching helps you to articulate what you really want, to dream good dreams and to give those dreams legs and run with them.’ Joseph O’Connor

Recently I met Ragnar, a departmental manager of a bank in Oslo, to do, as he explained, ‘some career coaching’. He felt his career had stumbled and he was in a deep rut. The option as he saw it was to find a new dynamic role somewhere else which would give his career back the energy and direction. He wanted a coach to help him find that new role.

I asked him to look at himself as he went about his daily work and describe it to me.

His shoulders became more rounded and after some further prompting he described himself trapped behind his desk looking out at the energy and focus of others in the office. They looked as if they were going somewhere but he didn’t.

I invited Ragnar to walk over to the window with me and we stood taking a short break looking out at the busy street some floors before I asked him:

 ‘If you were to dream about how you really want to look and feel in the office, how would it be? Describe how you look and feel. How would others see the new you?’

 I had to repeat this several times and ask the same questions again until eventually his head started to nod gently and a dream started to emerge. He was walking about in a large office. He felt confident. There was a buzz in the air and best of all he looked good.

 ‘What makes you look good’? I asked.

Ragnar: ‘I have lost weight. I am wearing that suit I used to like; it stopped fitting me about a year ago. But it looks good on me. I feel confident and I look healthy. My hair looks better too.’ He turned to me, smiled and added, ‘and you know what, it’s my old office.’

I challenged Ragnar by asking, ‘What is your real dream here? Is it to change jobs or change you?’

Clearly Ragnar’s dream was to change himself. He acknowledged this with a broad smile and nod.

‘So Ragnar we have a goal of changing you. How do you feel about that?’

Ragnar: ‘A bit daunted because I don’t really know where to start.’

‘Where would be a good place for you?’ I asked.

Ragnar: ‘Well maybe I should start jogging in the mornings again. It’s just that I can’t wake up early enough to do it.’

 ‘What causes you to be so tired in the morning?’ I asked.

I could feel that ‘AHHHA’ moment coming as his mind got to grips with what had happened. After a crisis at work he had got into the habit of working late on his computer every night. He wasn’t eating healthily & fell asleep late, if at all. He was simply too tired in the morning to run and this also led to another problem. It was when running that Ragnar would plan his day so he became even more ineffective.

‘It was just a vicious circle, the less effective I was, the less I ran, the more weight I put on, the worse I felt until ….’

‘Until you couldn’t fit into your suits.’ I added with a smile.

We both now had a clear understanding of this vicious circle.  I asked Ragnar to describe again his dream and we started discussing what specific goals he could have.

There were many but the central aspect of his dream was walking around his office feeling good himself and of course wearing that suit, so it seemed we needed a positive spiral of eating better, training more and losing weight.

‘That’s great and how will you know when you are starting to achieve this dream?’ I asked.

Obviously going for his run would show progress, but he had a friend who could give him monthly weight loss targets if he changed his diet and kept to a strict exercise routine. This was an excellent way to get encouragement, support and those necessary performance milestones. These monthly goals and more importantly achieving them would give Ragnar the needed encouragement to move toward his dream.

‘But what is the first step?’ I asked.

Ragnar: ‘Not being tired in the morning.’

The discussion now switched to more effectively dealing with his work during the day. He already knew he should prioritise and delegate better but he realised now that unless he did that he would not be able to break the circle and take time in evenings to eat well, relax and sleep.

The specific goals were now being formalised with clear measurable success factors to measure success.

‘So how will you keep this dream alive?’ I asked as our session was finishing.

Ragnar: ‘I will hang that suit up in the hall so when I walk past I will remember the dream.  

‘And what is the first achievable step that you can make tonight?’

Ragnar: ‘Not working late.’

‘Define late’ I said.

Ragnar: ‘Ok I get it.’ He said smiling. ‘No computer after dinner and dinner before 8pm!’

Ragnar had come with a goal of making a career change but by exploring and understanding his dreams this was challenged. The coaching process helped Ragnar discover how he really wanted his life to be and also helped identify the need for better daily routines, diet and exercise. He realised the stop in his career was not a ‘job’ issue but a ‘him’ issue and he established measurable goals at each step to provide the needed focus and encouragement. Hanging that suit in the hall anchored his dream to the present.

When I talked again to Ragnar after 6 weeks he was clearly achieving his goals. His suit still didn’t fit but his appearance had changed markedly. He was losing weight and he had a new hair style but he was walking and talking with much greater confidence and energy. He no longer hid behind his desk and his downward vicious circle had been transformed to a positive spiral upward!

 Self Coaching Session

1. Find some space and let your mind really go into the future and dream about how you want things to be. Using the questions below to prompt you write down this dream in detail.

What is different?
What are you doing?
How do you feel?

2. After a few hours at least return to this dream and read what you have written.

Should anything be added or changed?
Do you still feel or see that this is the dream for you?

Make any changes needed to this written description and then walk to other side of room and place it on the floor.

3. Take several steps back and stop. Look at that dream on the floor. You are now half way to the future of achieving that dream. Ask yourself the following and write it down on a second sheet of paper;

What changes have occurred?
What achievements have been made?
How does it feel to be at the mid-point of achieving that dream?

4. Take both pieces of paper back to your original seat and read them. Take a clean sheet of paper and answer the following

List the key steps you need to take to reach the mid-point.
Chose the first step.
Identify any help or support you will need to achieve this step.
Reflect on the first step and 0n a 0-10 scale and write down how committed you are to achieving it.
If lower than 9 ask yourself what you need to do to get that commitment to 9 or 10.

5. Keep these pages always accessible or visible to you as you make this journey.

By: Ken Coey

 

Ken Coey, ex CEO, is a Life & Business Coach. He coaches his clients to take those steps toward a better life balance and really living their dreams. Ken maintains his column at: http://livelookbetter.com/eng/
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The Shocking Truth About How To Lucid Dream Quickly And Easily!

January 19, 2011 on 6:43 pm | In Lucid Dreams | No Comments

Usually it’s during dream consulting with a client that the subject Lucid Dreaming comes up. Some folks wonder how to quickly have a lucid dream, others are just more confused by the concept of lucid dreaming. But if you’re really interested, there are a few secret strategies that will help you have a lucid dream in s little as seven days.

One of the great things about Lucid Dreaming is that you can get inside your dream and have a great time! Everything is possible, and the best part is that you can’t get hurt! Basically when you have a lucid dream, you have a conscious awareness that you are dreaming and can enter into the dream whenever you want. Since you are ‘conscious’ you should be able to remember all the fun you had.

When you have a lucid dream, it allows you to do almost anything you want. You can fly without a plane; have sexual encounters with the person of your choice; become the life of the party or whatever you want! And yes, with practice, anyone can learn how to have a lucid dream and begin to become a part of the dream world.

There are a few things that need to happen when you go to bed before you can have a lucid dream. First, your subconscious mind takes over as you start to think about what happened during the day. According to the book on Directed Dreaming, this is the best time to resolve important issues of the day. And then you’ll begin to think and daydream about things you would like to do, but probably will never get to. Then, when sleep actually sets in, it’s time to have a lucid dream Usually at first you’re not aware that you are dreaming. But as you practice remembering your dreams, they will become more familiar. Then it becomes easier to have a lucid dream and start participating in it. Remembering your dreams is one step to being able to have a lucid dream. This isn’t easy to do at first because the part of the subconscious mind that dreams has no memory. That’s why you need to try to remember your dreams when you are just waking up – or you won’t remember them at all.

Another lucid dreaming technique is to try to have a lucid dream when you’re not so tired. If you work a normal week schedule, your best bet for a successful lucid dream would be early Sunday morning. Being less tired will result longer dreams, and you will have more control over what happens in the lucid dream. Also, the last sleep cycle before you wake up in the morning is the longest DREAM cycle, so it’s the best time to have a lucid dream for two reasons!

Evelyn Grazini is the Author of Directed Dreaming, Success From the Subconscious. Her specialty is Self-Help information including How to Have A Lucid Dream, and Brain Entrainment. Her writings effectively condense volumes of professional research into one succinct resource. Free Lucid Dream Reports at: www.Have-A-Lucid-Dream.com
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How to Experience a Lucid Dream

January 19, 2011 on 5:14 am | In Dream Types | 1 Comment

Lucid dreaming means dreaming while you know that you are dreaming. The term was coined by Frederik van Eeden who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity. With practice nearly anyone can experience lucid dreams.

Lucidity is not the same as dream control. It is possible to be lucid and have little control over the dream. However, becoming lucid in a dream is likely to increase your ability to deliberately influence the events within the dream. With practice you may extend the amount of control that you have over dream events. Many lucid dreamers choose to do something permitted only by the extraordinary freedom of the dream state, such as flying.

Some people have objections to lucid dreams. They say that it is un-natural and could be harmful to the psyche. In my opinion this is not true at all. Perhaps if all of our dreams were lucid and controlled there may be some harm, but with our lucid dreams spread out among many “normal” dreams we have plenty of time for non-lucid dreaming.

While we are in a dream our mind accepts what we see and feel as reality. We often find ourselves in very unusual circumstances when compared to our waking life. You could be living in a different house or driving a different car. The sky could be green and the river yellow. In most cases we accept these things as being true. Why doesn’t the mind “think” ‘Hey! I don’t have this vehicle’ or ‘This isn’t where I live!’ or even ‘Hey! I know the sky isn’t supposed to be that color!’

This is what I call incongruities. Things in our dreams that are not “normal”. We must wonder, and many have, why our mind so readily accepts anything we experience within our dreams as being real. We know there are no monsters. We know the proper colors for things. We know our home and our daily life. While we are dreaming we often forget these things and we believe what we see in the dream.

Just knowing this and thinking about it can actually help you on your way to a lucid dream experience. An incongruity is one of the triggers to lucid dreaming. A trigger is that which inspires or begins lucidity.

Here is an example of this from one of my own lucid dreams:

I was driving a blue Ford Bronco down a dirt road. I think it was a late 70′s model. There was a young boy in the passenger seat. I was giving him a ride because his motorcycle had run out of gas. The bike was in the back. Suddenly I realized it. I did not own a blue Bronco! In the dream I slammed on the breaks and held my hands up. “I don’t own a Ford bronco!” I said, “I am dreaming!” from that point on I was lucid.

A recurring dream or nightmare can also be used as a trigger. If you have a recurring dream make a conscious effort to realize that you are dreaming the next time you are in that situation. If the dream involves a certain person or place try to think as you go to sleep, “The next time I see that house I will know that I am dreaming”. Since the dream is recurring it wont be long before you see that house, person, etc. This may take several attempts. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work the very first time.

Another technique that works for a lot of people is asking yourself “Am I dreaming?” and leaving notes for yourself. Several times a day ask yourself the question aloud. Also write the question on a note and put it on the refrigerator. Put the same message in other places where you will see them throughout the day. Many people will find them self asking that question or seeing the question written on a note while they are actually dreaming. This will trigger a lucid dream.

My first lucid dream, that is the first one I had when I was trying to achieve lucidity, was triggered by a flying dream.

Try to go to sleep in the same place and around the same time as much as possible. It is best to sleep with silence as music or other sounds can affect your dreaming. If you do choose to listen to music while you are going to sleep choose soft and soothing music, preferably without vocals. Use the same music each time. Before you go to sleep concentrate on a trigger. My first time I said, “tonight I will fly”, aloud several times and I concentrated on it. The second night I had a flying dream but I did not become lucid. On the fourth night I had another flying dream and at that time I became lucid. I was then able to fly to wherever I wanted to!

The trigger or combination of triggers that you use will depend upon you. If you have a common dream theme this is a great trigger. Just concentrate on the next time that you see or experience that you will be dreaming. Think of it as often as you can while you are awake.

Lucid dreamers often comment to themselves in dreams. You may say aloud, “This is a dream! I know that I am dreaming.”

Make a list of questions that you have about dreams. Read the list often and look over it several times and concentrate on it before you go to bed.

Can you read text in a dream? Can you add numbers in a dream? These were some questions I had on my list at one time. I had read in a dream book that it was not possible to read text or to calculate numbers in a dream, but I didn’t believe it. I eventually found myself lucid in an office. I walked over to a calendar on the wall and I read the text describing a New England farm house. I turned to another man there and said, “You see? You can read text in a dream!” I turned back to the calendar to read again and found that the words had completely changed. That amazed me and I commented to the other man about it. Next I walked over to a desk and found a calculator. I added and subtracted numbers and came up with correct answers. Yes, you can read text and perform mathematics in a dream. I proved it to myself beyond any doubt and with more confidence than I ever could have by reading anything about dreams.

Keep a Dream Journal

Keeping a dream journal is one of the most effective tools to achieving lucid dreams. Try to write down your dreams as soon after you wake up as you can. Don’t just write a narrative of what took place in the dream. Record your thoughts and emotions felt. This will help you later on as you develop your dreaming research. Be sure to note all major elements, such as people, places, animals, etc.

Keeping a dream journal will also help you a great deal in understanding your non-lucid dreams. As you continue to write in your journal and re-read your previous entries you will begin to see parallels with your dreams and your life. Gradually you will be able to recognize what the symbols in your dreams are really saying to you.

Once lucid in a dream, people can often choose their actions and exert some deliberate control over the dream content. This ability has been utilized in the laboratory to study lucid dreaming and dream psychophysiology. For example, proof that lucid dreams occur in REM sleep was achieved by having subjects give a prearranged distinct signal with deliberate eye movements to mark the points in time when they realized they were dreaming. The dreamers’ reports of the eye movements they had made in the dreams corresponded exactly to their physical eye movements as recorded by means of electro-oculograms on a polygraph record. Reports from experiments conducted using eye movement signaling in lucid dreams can be found in the literature (Dane, 1984; Fenwick et al., 1984; Hearne, 1978; LaBerge, Nagel, Dement & Zarcone, 1981; Ogilvie, Hunt, Kushniruk, & Newman, 1983).

What Are The Benefits of Lucid Dreaming?

The scientific study of dreaming and REM sleep

A variety of psychological and recreational applications.

Lucid dreaming can be a powerful tool for overcoming nightmares

In therapy, lucid dreams appear to be promising for providing personal insight, assisting with integration, and as a safe environment for experimentation with new behaviors (LaBerge & Rheingold, 1990).

Many lay people are attracted to lucid dreaming because it offers an outlet for fantasy, an opportunity for adventure unfettered by the laws of physics or society, and free of risk. As such, lucid dreaming is for many a source of creative and inspiring recreation. Anecdotes indicate that lucid dreams are helpful for artistic creativity, problem-solving, and practicing skills for waking life (LaBerge & Rheingold, 1990).

Dreams hold the most vivid mental images attainable by most people. Lucid dreaming is probably the best method for achieving the benefits such as enhancing physical performance, learning, remembering and facilitating healing.

REFERENCES

Dane, J. (1984). An empirical evaluation of two techniques for lucid dream induction. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Georgia State Univ.

Fenwick, P., Schatzman, M., Worsley, A., Adams, J., Stone, S., & Baker, A. (1984). Lucid dreaming: Correspondence between dreamed and actual events in one subject during REM sleep. Biological Psychol, 18, 243-252.

Hearne, K. M. T. (1978). Lucid dreams: An electrophysiological and psychological study. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, U of Liverpool.

LaBerge, S., Nagel, L., Dement, W., & Zarcone, V. (1981). Lucid dreaming verified by volitional communication during REM sleep. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 52, 727-732.

Ogilvie, R., Hunt, H., Kushniruk, A. & Newman, J. (1983). Lucid dreams and the arousal continuum. Sleep Research, 12, 182.

LaBerge, S. & Rheingold, H. (1990). Exploring the world of lucid
dreaming. New York: Ballantine.

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