“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.”
- Lillian Smith
Although this topic has nothing to do with enlightenment, I thought I’d share some thoughts and experiences about it. Because this phenomenon is what made me start pursuing enlightenment in the first place.
Not a whole lot of people know what lucid dreaming is, yet the awareness of it has definitely been growing for years. It just happens for some people. Then theres people like me, the ones who find out about it through word of mouth. When I first heard about it I thought it sounded interesting and fun, and decided to give it a shot. Since I have never had any experience like it before. And after all, we’re asleep half of our lives anyway, so might as well try to get something out of that time. Plus, you have an opportunity to try it every night.
Lucid dreaming is waking up inside of a dream. Becoming conscious in a world that is not physical. Most people assume that dreams are all in your head. I don’t deny that, and I also don’t believe it (which is my answer for just about everything). First of all, that is one big assumption. Second of all, with that assumption, they are also assuming that this physical world isn’t all in your head. So with exploring your dreams there are so many things we can learn about the nature of reality. These experiences pose so many questions to consider, if we are seeking the truth of existence. And that is what peaked my interest about all of this. You can treat it like a science experiment, or just for fun.
The most intense experience that I’ve had in my life has taken place in a lucid dream. I had learned that it is possible to pry some real insight from a dream. While in a dream you can ask questions about you and your life, you might get a profound answer, and you might not. In my experience, the one time I did this I got a profound answer. It was actually more like a big slap in the face. It’s like I was hit by a brick wall, and I was forced to commit myself to seeking enlightenment. Reality wanted to wake up through me, and it made that very clear though that experience. Ever since then my life has been oriented around awakening. And this is why I’m sharing this article. Because if it happened to me it can happen to anyone. My intense insight with lucid dreaming changed my life and I’m grateful for it. Because it led me to realizing my true nature, and thats just the best gift in life. And the goal of Frequency is to share that.
Heres a few example questions we can ask a dream character, or the dream itself….
who am I?
what am I?
where am I?
what is life?
what is death?
Where am I going in life?
Is god, or enlightenment real?
how do I experience enlightenment?
what is meaning?
does my dead grandma still exist?
Get creative, ask some questions that you’ve wondered about all your life. I recommend using big, general/fundamental questions if you want a life altering experience. And try to not get discouraged if nothing exciting happens. Theres no guarantee. Just experiment with it.
Another practical aspect of lucid dreaming is that troubling thoughts and emotions can manifest. We can learn to overcome our fears, and work through those tough emotions. And you do this the same way you would deal with thoughts and emotions outside of dreaming. By embracing them. Simply let the experience take place, because thats all those thoughts and emotions want. Its the pain that wants out. So next time you have a nightmare try not running away, or let fear control you. Stick around and see what happens!
So if you’re anything like me, you can’t wake up in a dream naturally or on command. Heres a few tips on how to do it….
1. Reality checks!
In my experience this is the most effective method. A reality check is stopping what you’re doing during the day and asking yourself if you’re dreaming. Because how can you expect to wake up at night if you’re sleeping during the day. After you’ve asked if you are dreaming, you need to test the physical boundaries. (I have asked myself if I was dreaming in a dream and did not realize I was dreaming). Heres a few ideas on how to test the physical boundaries; try to push your finger through your hand, try to jump up and fly away, read something twice and see if it changes. Just try to do anything that is physically impossible, because there are no laws of physics in a dream. It’s a world governed by thought and emotion.
Do these reality checks many times during the day and make it a habit. The habit will eventually carry over into your dreams.
2. Dream journal
Writing down your dreams helps you to start remembering them, and become more conscious of them in general. Before you go to bed get the entry ready for the morning. This is setting an intention to have a lucid dream. It is also subconsciously believing that you’re really going to do it. Personally I often wake up after having a dream, and I’m too sleepy to stay awake. And then in the morning I forget all about the dream. So it’s wise to try your best to roll over and make a few bullet points of some key events that took place. That way you can go back to sleep and remember it in the morning.
3. Aim your intention
when you’re getting your journal entry ready make sure you aim your intention. This is also a good time to decide what you want to do/ask when you’re in the dream. Most people have their dreams later in the night towards the morning, around 3-5am. This is because near the end of our sleep, we’re on faster brain waves, which is when we tend to have our dreams. So intend to be in some crazy dreams towards the morning. Your subconscious mind will take care of everything after a strong intention has been made.
When I first started meditating I started to have a lot more dreams than usual. And they were a lot more vivid. After developing a daily meditation practice we develop more awareness. It’s easier to stay conscious in a still, sleep like state. So I recommend trying a little meditation a day to get ready to try lucid dreaming.
These four practices have worked best for me. Plus there is a ton of info you can find through books, the internet, etc. So If my methods don’t work, theres many other techniques to try.
Once you start having these dreams more often, you might notice that there are many levels to how conscious you are of them. Just like in our waking lives. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. You can also experiment and try to meditate in the dream. See how conscious you can get inside a dream.
Setting personal growth aside, you can wake up in your dreams and have some fun. You can learn to control the dream environment. You can experiment with super powers, such as; flying, shape shifting, telekinesis, or literally anything else you can think of. You can also telepathically communicate with dream characters or the dream itself. You can do anything you want!
So the main goal here is to take our personal growth work into our sleep. And maybe this can inspire you to seek your true nature as well. If you’re already curious about the nature of reality this is a fun way to experiment, and take away a contemplation topic or two. Why not give it a try and some fun while you’re at it. I hope this sparked some curiosity or inspiration. Lets live a profound life.
Thank you for reading