Lucid Dreams and the Creative Unconscious…

Right before 2011 ended, Mind Hacks released information on a new ebook. I do not have a reader, but the book is also available in PDF and HTML formats, so I would like to get a copy. In his second self-published ebook, Tom Stafford will likely propose some interesting ideas. He is a fan of lucid dreaming. In the ebook titled “Control Your Dreams,” Stafford and Cathryn Bardsley explore techniques for those interested in lucid dreams. Stafford believes that “anyone can learn to have lucid dreams.” These are the type of dreams where “you become aware you are dreaming, and can even begin to control the reality of the dream.” Of course, I wouldn’t recommend anything other than Creative Commons.

Dictionary.com defines “lucid dream” as “a dream state in which one is conscious enough to recognize that one is in the dream state and which stays in one’s memory.” The Mind Hacker post reminded me of an article I recently read in Scientific American Mind. The article was titled “Lucid Dreams Unlock Clues about Consciousness.” The author, Ursula Voss published this piece in the last month of 2011. She like many other scientists believe that “becoming aware of your sleeping self could relieve anxiety or tap the creative unconscious.” There was one section in particular that I printed and saved from her article. Maybe call it my practice sheet! 🙂

***“Am I Dreaming?
Lucid dreams cannot be willfully induced, but you can increase the likelihood that you will have one. People who practice these techniques regularly are able to have one or two lucid dreams per week.

1…Throughout each day, ask yourself repeatedly if you are awake. When this habit becomes ingrained, you may find yourself asking the question in a dream—at which point your chances of realizing you are dreaming skyrocket.

2…Make a point to look in a mirror or reread a bit of text every so often as a “reality check.” In dreams, our appearance is often altered and the written word is notoriously hard to pin down. You may carry the habit of checking for these dream signs into sleep, where they could alert you to the fact that you are dreaming.

3…Keep a dream journal by the bed and jot down the dreams you remember immediately on waking. Studies show that this practice makes you more aware of your dreams in general, and people who are more aware of their dreams are more likely to have a lucid dream.

4…Before falling asleep, focus intently on the fantasy you hope to experience in as much detail as possible. Research shows that “incubating” an idea just before bed dramatically increases the likelihood that you will dream about it. And if you suddenly notice that you are dancing with the movie star you hoped to meet, you might just realize you are having a dream and be able to take control of what happens next.”***

Lucid Dreams Unlock Clues about Consciousness
by Ursula Voss
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2DchDy/www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm%3Fid%3Dunlocking-the-lucid-dream

Control Your Dreams (ebook)
by Tom Stafford and Cathryn Bardsley
http://mindhacks.com/2011/12/30/control-your-dreams-ebook/

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