Lucid Dreaming – Dream Yoga
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Buddhists who practise lucid dreaming refer to it as dream yoga. Stephen LaBerge PhD, author of Lucid Dreaming – A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life makes the following point in relation to lucid dreaming:
Empowered by the knowledge that the world they are experiencing is a creation of their own imagination, lucid dreamers can consciously influence the outcome of their dreams. They can create and transform objects, people, situations, worlds, and even themselves. By the standards of the familiar world of physical and social reality, they can do the impossible.
Most of us wake in the morning, or at some time in the early hours of the morning, with either a vague memory of a dream we’ve had, or perhaps a more vivid memory of it. However, when lucid dreaming, one is consciously awake while asleep, and able to fully engage in the dream, thus being able to control it. The world of lucid dreams provides a vaster stage than ordinary life for almost anything imaginable. Lucid dreaming can be used as a tool for problem solving, self-healing, and personal growth. Robert Waggoner, author of Lucid Dreaming – Gateway to the Inner Self brings lucid dreaming to a level that is simultaneously higher and deeper than any previous explorer has taken the topic.
The reason most people don’t experience a lucid dream is because they don’t practise the method required for a lucid dream to occur. Most people, on going to bed for the night, close their eyes, and fall into sleep, passing through the hypnogogic state, the state known as theta, just prior to the state of deep sleep, known as delta. Allowing the mind to gently fall from the waking state of beta, through the next state of alpha (the daydreaming state), into the theta state by focusing on the breath, brings the body to a super relaxed state while remaining conscious, and in doing this, the individual reaches the hypnogoic state of theta, and begins to dream. Techniques known as reality checks are then used to determine whether one is dreaming lucidly.
Lucid dreaming opens one into an exciting new world of experience, where one, should they choose to, can face their own fears, phobias, nightmares, or whatever tickles their fancy, through connecting with deeper levels of consciousness not experienced at other times when not asleep and dreaming. Buddhists argue that the world we live in is an illusion (a full waking dream state), and that by dreaming lucidly, a connection can be made between the world of dreams when one sleeps, and the world known to us all when not sleeping.
Charlie Morley has been a lucid dreamer since his mid teens, and has studied the dreaming landscape in depth, runs a retreat, and teaches those interested in the phenomena how to dream lucidly. The following documentary is presented by Morley, and for those interested in lucid dreaming, is well worth watching: