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Old 12-08-2008, 01:12 PM
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A lucid dreamer is one who is aware that he or she is dreaming. If you are aware when you are dreaming then you are able to control the events of your dream. For instance, if you are having-- perhaps the most common dream of all-- a chase dream, you can choose not to run or to turn around and see who it is that is chasing you. According to some researchers, only a small percentage of people report having lucid dreams. However, according to others, we can learn to become lucid dreamers if we want to.
Researchers say that if you write down your dream immediately after you wake up before it begins to fade, you will have better recall of it. If you do this every time you wake up recalling a dream, you will begin to remember on your own without having to write them down. It will become a more common occurrence. Now, once you are remembering your dreams after you have them you can begin to actually be aware that you are dreaming as you are dreaming.
Some authors do not believe that it is possible to intentionally and consciously become a lucid dreamer. While many of us have experienced lucid dreams once or twice when we recall that we are 'overseeing' our dreaming state, oftentimes this causes us to awaken with a strange, uneasy feeling, wondering whether we're truly dreaming or having some sort of deeply hypnotic daydream. Other researchers have theorized that once you start to control your dream, in essence, your conscious mind is taking over your unconscious mind. Maybe that is why some lucid dreams awaken us. Another theory is that the REM cycle was nearly over and it was near the time to be waking, and thus the dreamer appears to have control over the dream state as the semi-consciousness was mingling with the unconscious world.
But the verdict on lucid dreaming is still out. If you feel the desire to try to become a lucid dreamer, go for it. See what may come of it. And please come join your dreaming friends at and share your journey and experiences. is a social networking site connecting the Baby Boomer generation. Share your thoughts, rediscover old friends, or expand your mind with brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join today to discover the many ways we are helping Boomers connect for fun and profit.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:35 PM

I've also had lucid dreams!!! At times when that dream gets interrupted, i still try extra hard to dream that dream again. It's just so fun controlling your dreams!
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:18 AM

I guess it's a great thing to be in control of your dreams. If writing down dream events is a step to becoming a lucid dreamer, perhaps I should do that and see if it does work!
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:28 AM

holy whatt?? I've never controlled a dream before.... this really happens???
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:09 PM
Smile interesting

controlling something that you cannot control?
dream can be "lucid"? you mean that i can stop my dream?
sounds cool but i think that we do with nightmares
we just wake up and everything disappears, it remains only the sensations...
nice topic anyway
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:01 PM

I've tried several times throughout my life to control my dreams. I've had limited success, but would like to add my two cents worth to the discussion.

First, I've had the most success when I spent a LOT of time during my waking hours reading and thinking about lucid dreaming. It HAS to be important to my conscience mind in order for it to be important to my subconscious mind. There are some good books about lucid dreaming that will help put this in the forefront of your mind.

It's VERY important to write down your dreams because of the nature of dream memory. If you or I have a conversation or share an experience while awake, it's not difficult to remember tomorrow, a month, or even a year from now. But, there's something really peculiar about dream memory. They can be as clear as a waking experience just after you wake up - you can remember all the details, sights and sounds - but for some reason, these memories don't stick like a 'real' memory. I've had very detailed dreams, and only 'played them back' in my mind once or twice without writing them down, only to find that an hour later I had almost totally forgotten them. That is very frustrating!

Some other tips, in addition to the one's already listed, are:
  • Wake up naturally, if possible. That seems to be the time just after you've dreamed.
  • If you can 'sleep in', waking up and dosing back off usually provides me the best dream memory opportunities.
  • Try to engage others with your dreams. It stimulates your memory of the dream, it allows others to assist in processing your dream, and it stimulates that part of your brain that remembers, and I'm assuming, create dreams.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:25 AM
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Cool! Controlling our dreams.. hmm.. then i should try to write my dreams first thing when i wake up...
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:29 AM
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Great tips you've got there, Gonzo! true, a dream will be worth remembering despite its elusiveness, if it's a something relevant to you.
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