If you have never heard of lucid dreaming before, you’re about to be in for a wild ride. A lucid dream is one in which the dreamer is actually aware that he or she is dreaming, and can exert some control over the situations and people in the dream. In other words, they can manipulate their dream to meet their desires. While most people won’t have lucid dreams naturally, you can learn how to control your dreams with dedication and practice.
According to a study, about half of us will experience a lucid dream at some point in our lives. This doesn’t mean that you can’t learn techniques to help you access and control your dreams, however; it just means that it comes more naturally to some of us. Lucid dreaming can be very exciting, because reality and dreams become blurred, and experiences that the dreamer has such as flying or meeting someone famous can seem very real.
So, let’s go over some tips on how you can start to lucid dream, and what this means in relation to consciousness.
Here’s how lucid dreaming can help you understand consciousness:
You might wonder about the differences in brain activity between regular and lucid dreamers. Lucid dreamers use what’s called the conscious control center in the prefrontal cortex while the rest of the brain remains in a dream state. So, only the prefrontal cortex stays “awake” while the rest of the brain sleeps. However, for regular dreamers, the prefrontal cortex stays in a dream-like state, also.
As you lucid dream, you can learn how to manipulate your surroundings and train your brain to reach a higher state of consciousness. This can help you to maintain control of your mind in real life situations also, and teach you how to master your world.
According to a researcher from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, “In a normal dream, we have a very basal consciousness, we experience perceptions and emotions but we are not aware that we are only dreaming,” study researcher Martin Dresler, of Max Planck, said. “It’s only in a lucid dream that the dreamer gets a meta-insight into his or her state.”