The Power Of Lucid Dreaming

The Power Of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming: A dream in which you're aware that you're dreaming.

Over summer break a couple years back, I went on something of a lucid dreaming kick. I’d read something on Pinterest about how cool it was, and I wanted to try it. Following the instructions, I wrote in a dream journal, lightly pinched the palm of my hand a couple of times a day, and wrote “YOU ARE AWAKE!” on my wrist. And right when it felt like I was doing all this weird shit for nothing, I had a lucid dream.

It wasn’t particularly exciting. I was in a mall, I had a sudden epiphany that this was all a dream, and I tried to fly. Unfortunately, I got too excited and accidentally woke up. But it was exhilarating, to have complete manipulative power over a situation, even if just for a couple of moments. I researched more, and got better, until I could lucid dream for the entire length of a dream. This wasn’t very often, and the average dream only lasts around fifteen or twenty minutes, but during these short adventures, I flew in outer space, strolled through a candy wonderland, and walked a tightrope. It was almost as if I lived a double life.

But soon, when summer faded to an end and school started again, I got lost in the lull of routine. I forgot to write in the journal, my hand hurt from all the pinching, and the Sharpie on my wrist washed off. I went back to living my dreams in a comatose oblivion, my conscious mind tethered to the real world.

But it’s summer again, and I’m determined to try once more. This time, I researched even further and learned just how incredible lucid dreaming is. Lucid dreaming isn’t just about running around in a fantasy land. You can also…

  • Talk to your subconscious mind, and thus increasing self-awareness. If you could ask your inner self a question, what would it be?
  • Overcome fears. One psychiatrist claims lucid dreaming helped his clients deal with PTSD by facing their fears in their dream-world.
  • Have a more restful sleep (which we ALL could really use)!
  • Improve your memory.
  • Improve your skills, whether that be in sports, a foreign language, or an instrument you’ve been meaning to play, by practicing in your dreams.

It’s unbelievable how much we can achieve… by sleeping! So, hey, if you need an excuse to take more naps, just say it’s neurological research on the benefits of lucid dreaming, and leave it at that.

So, how exactly do you go about lucid dreaming? For some, it’s easy, but for others, it’s very difficult to get your brain to listen to you. It all depends on your dedication, and how your mind works. However, some people can lucid dream without even meaning to! This often manifests in sleep paralysis, in which your mind is awake but your body is still trapped in sleep. It can often be quite terrifying, and is certainly not what I’m aiming for here. However, if you do suffer from sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming has been shown in some cases to help you regain control of your dreams, so read on!

The trick to lucid dreaming isn’t just one thing; it’s a compilation of them. Here’s what I’ve found so far on the best techniques to train your body to lucid dream:

  • Write in a dream journal (this is what I was talking about before). Keep a notebook by your bed, and as soon as you wake, jot down everything you can remember.
  • Throughout the day, ask yourself, “Am I awake right now?”. I know it seems dumb, and the answer seems obvious, but when you’re dreaming, your first thought is going to be, “Of course! Why wouldn’t I be driving a sports car through the Sahara Desert?”. So, take your time, and consider the question. Are you actually awake? Does everything that’s happening make sense? Because, as you become accustomed to asking yourself this question, you’ll eventually ask it in your dream. And if you carefully consider it, you’ll realize that driving a sports car through the Sahara Desert isn’t realistic.
  • Perform constant reality checks throughout the day. For instance, in dreams, words and numbers become jumbled up, so one reality check could be looking at the clock, then looking away, and looking back again. If you’re in a dream, the numbers will either be blurry, or different. You can also pinch your nose and close your mouth, then see if you can still breathe. Another reality check would be to try to push your hand through a solid surface.
  • Listen to binaural beats as you drift off. Binaural beats mess with the brain by playing sounds with two different frequencies into one ear. You can find a lot of different samples on YouTube.
  • Meditate. Personally, I don’t have the concentration to meditate, but if you do, try it!

If you want to get ~fancy~ with it, you can also purchase things to help your lucid dreaming. Here are some links:

Pills to stimulate lucid dreaming

Cool mask that flashes lights while you sleep

Headband that also tracks your sleep

Good luck to everybody on their lucid dreaming journey!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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