Posted by: Jenny Davidow | November 16, 2012

Lucid Dreams: Ride the Wave of Consciousness

Lucid dreams are the mind-expanding superfood of your subconscious: You are aware that you are dreaming. You can observe your dream and at the same time participate fully in your dream.

Perceptions are heightened. Choices are more clearly seen. You can make decisions that will improve any part of your dream. You can create a positive outcome for your dream, even if you recognize it as one of your most troubling nightmares.

Lucid dreams often involve brilliant colors, pleasurable sensations and a significant communication.

When you know you are dreaming, you can ask questions, demand cooperation, experiment with your responses, make lucid choices, and change the outcome of your dream to manifest your heart’s desire.

In this lucid state, there ceases to be a sense of separation. You interact with your dream symbols with heightened clarity, loving connection and compassion. You enjoy a sense of boundless energy and power. Confidence and mastery are the norm.

Lucid dreaming was first studied in sleep labs by researcher Stephen LaBerge. Dr. LaBerge’s findings gave scientific validity to lucid awareness in the West. But lucid dreaming is not new: it has been recorded and practiced by many cultures—Native American, Tibetan, East Indian, Malaysian, and others—for thousands of years. Like these ancient lucid dreamers, you, too, have the ability to explore the rich dimensions of your own consciousness.

When I first decided that I wanted to experience a lucid dream, I was not sure what to do to make it happen. For several weeks, just before going to sleep I would say to myself, “Tonight I will have a lucid dream.”

I tried to imagine how a lucid dream would feel, look, and sound when I was lucid. I sensed that imagining it ahead of time would help to incubate lucid dreams.

Then I noticed that one of the most striking things about my dream states was that I had recurring dreams: I would dream about a certain person or situation, then dream about the same person or situation a week or a month later. Sometimes I would even remember earlier dreams and say to myself, “This has happened to me before.”

Previously, I had thought of my recurring dreams as something unpleasant that I’d rather avoid. Now, because they could cue me to “wake up” inside my dream, I chose to seek out and use my recurring dreams.

Although I had more than one recurring dream to choose from, I picked my “Tidal Wave Dream.”  This dream appeared so regularly that I could almost predict its return within a month.

In the dream, I am standing on the shore watching the ocean. It is a warm and sunny day. Everything is fine, until I look up and see a huge tidal wave advancing toward me.

The wave is coming too quickly for me to get away from it. I become more and more afraid as the huge wall of water gets closer and closer, towering over me. I feel powerless as it crashes over me. I am so afraid that I wake up.

To incubate becoming lucid in my dream, I practiced seeing, hearing and feeling the tidal wave – while awake. I practiced saying, “There’s a tidal wave — I must be dreaming!”

Within a month, there I was again, confronted by a huge tidal wave.

This time, I am in the water, being lifted very high to the top of the wave. I am afraid the wave will crush me under its weight when it breaks. At this moment, I become lucid. I say to myself, “I am having another tidal wave dream!”

Even as the wave lifts me higher, I say, “Since I am dreaming, I know this can’t hurt me!” For the first time, I feel liberated from dream terrors. I am certain the wave can’t hurt me — and I no longer feel that I have to get away.

I realize I am experiencing a lucid dream for the very first time. I feel an amazing surge of excitement—a new world of possibilities has opened to me. At this point, I can do anything I want — fly, ride the wave, discover something magical.

Then I start to worry. “What should I do now? I should think of something really good.” My worry disrupts the delicate balance of lucid awareness, and I wake up.

My first lucid dream showed me that when I thought about my dream too much, my rational mind interfered with the dream state and I woke up.

Many dreamers, when they first become lucid, have difficulty in continuing to be lucid. This is because when you start to think and plan, you change your brain waves. Your efforts to problem-solve engage your rational left-brain hemisphere, so your brain waves speed up, causing you to either lose the lucid state (and return to normal dreaming) or wake up.

On awakening, my consolation was that I was on the right track. I had succeeded in having my first lucid dream! I had the right formula for becoming lucid—what I needed now was a way to stay lucid and enjoy the dream.

Over the next few weeks, I practiced a rehearsal for lucid dreaming: I imagined becoming lucid and then doing something pleasurable with my new-found lucidity. Very soon, another tidal wave dream presented me with another opportunity:

I am swimming in the ocean. Suddenly a tidal wave builds up near me, lifting me higher and higher.

I look down from what seems a great height, and just before I panic, I realize that I’m dreaming! I say to myself, “This can’t hurt me, because it’s a dream!” Then I add the thought or intention, “Now I can have some fun with this dream.”

This time I feel comfortable and playful. The next thing I know, I am riding the wave! Like a surfer, I am being propelled in front of the wave’s curl. My long hair is streaming back, the wind and foam flying by me, going very fast.

I ride the wave for miles. I am filled withl tremendous exhilaration and freedom.

Adapted from Embracing Your Subconscious by Jenny Davidow, © 2012

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