An Introduction to Lucid Dreaming
By Luigi Sciambarella
What is a Lucid Dream?
Let's start by speaking the same language. A lucid dream is a very special kind of dream. It's a dream where you are consciously aware that you are dreaming whilst you are still in the dream. This expanded state of consciousness provides a very powerful and unique opportunity for inner growth and personal development.
Strange things happen in dreams all the time yet we barely notice them. In fact, it is only when we awaken we may consider that the experience or event was unusual. During the dream experience, your dream logic viewed your encounter with the pink elephant to be perfectly normal, despite his attitude problem! Sometimes, something even stranger happens - you realise that the bizarre experience is the product of being in a dream environment. Some people do this easily and naturally all the time and don't understand what all the fuss is about; most others don't.
Learn Lucid Dreaming
The great news is that this is a skill anyone can learn to master with the right levels of motivation, effort and maybe a little help from modern sound and neurofeedback technology.
Early Lucid Dreaming Experiences
I have been lucid dreaming from a young age, but my first significant encounter in an altered state of consciousness occurred during a dream in the year that my grandmother died. Click here to read about this incredible experience.
I studied psychology at university and started keeping a detailed dream journal, which has over 4500 entries to date. An analysis of these entries has provided me with a rich resource of information on what works and what doesn’t work in my lucid dreaming.
Lucid Dreaming Research
Together with Phil Davidson, a fellow Monroe Institute trainer, we have analysed the EEG brainwave signatures of successful and unsuccessful lucid dreaming attempts.
This extensive research has shown that the lucid dreaming state lays out a complex, yet decipherable, signature in the brain. We can now create customised Hemi-Sync tones to replicate this signature in your brain. This provides some very powerful training wheels for anyone interested in practising and experiencing lucid dreaming as it ensures that your consciousness is in the right place at the right time.
What Can you Do in a Lucid Dream?
Once people know what lucid dreaming is, they usually want to know what they can do in a lucid dream. The short answer is, anything and everything you can imagine! Start by having fun - defy gravity, fly around like Superman, delve into the cosmos, journey to the centre of the Earth, breathe underwater - or you could interrogate the dream scene, converse and share insights with dream characters, invent a musical piece or work of art. Or... you can take things a step further by connecting and communicating with your Inner Self, enhancing your ability to deepen meditative states and let go of fears, blocks and self-limiting beliefs.
Once you step through the looking glass and appear on the other side with an intact consciousness, you enter a world of limitless possibilities.
About Luigi Sciambarella
Luigi is an Off-Campus, Residential and Outreach trainer for The Monroe Institute.
He says, "My journey into the exploration of consciousness began at an early age. This wasn’t deliberate, answers to some of life’s biggest questions arrived before I had a chance to ask them! My early non-physical and lucid dreaming experiences left me with the knowledge that there is much more going on than what we can perceive through our physical senses."
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