Attempting Lucidity

October 4, 2012

Recently, we’ve been learning about dreams in Psychology. Dreams and what they mean. And to say that I find it fascinating is an understatement. Specifically, I’ve become very intrigued by the idea of a Lucid Dream.

Now, I’m not the kind of person who remembers their dreams. Very rarely do I recall a dream after I wake up. And even if I do, they’re gone in an instant. But we’ve been studying dreams and how to remember them and what they could mean and, most importantly, the possibility of Achieving Lucidity.

A Lucid Dream, for anyone who may not know, is a dream in which the dreamer realizes they are in a dream and can therefore manipulate their surroundings. It is a dream that can be controlled (to an extent.) To put it quite bluntly: it’s totally like Inception.

I’m not going to pretend I’m trying to Achieve Lucidity for noble reasons. I’m definitely just doing it for kicks and giggles. Some of the articles I’ve read on them say that any number of things can be achieved in a Lucid Dream: Flight, teleportation, shape-shifting, almost anything that can be imagined.

Not only do Lucid Dreams hold entertainment value, they can also be used to face irrational fears. In a Lucid Dream, when one is encountered with some kind of terror, they have the power to overcome this fear. They have the power to abolish this horror. In this way, the conscious can take an active part in the correction of the subconscious. Your ability to be aware of the dream gives you the power to affect your own inner thoughts.

So, I plan to Achieve Lucidity.

Today at Cross Country practice, all we found ourselves talking about was dreams and the possibility of having a Lucid Dream. A teammate of mine, Brady, decided to join me in a quest to Achieve Lucidity. Over the next month or so, we’ll run periodic tests on what can induce Lucid Dreams. Tonight is the first test.

Our methods will vary from white noises, dream journals, reality checks, periodic awakenings, tracking our REM Cycle, and Binaural Beats. All of these tactics involve relaxation and the enhancement of our ability to perceive when we’re in a dream. White noise and Binaural Beats are used to relax us. Dream journals help us notice patterns in our dreams, therefore allowing us to recognize a dream when we’re in one. Reality checks, (pinching ourselves, watching the passage of time, noticing if we have the correct number of fingers, etc.) used frequently enough, will become a routine in our subconscious and it’s possible to make our dream selves check the reality of the situation, usually resulting in a realization of the dream.

Overall, I am skeptical. It does seem very “out there” and I’m not 100% positive that it will work. But the possible rewards are too great to turn up an opportunity to try. So, Brady and I will work to Achieve Lucidity. If it happens…if I do, in fact, receive a Lucid Dream, I’ll be sure to write a post all about it.

For now, though, this has been a very bizarre post and I’ll leave it at that.

Who knows? Maybe tonight I’ll face my fear of spiders. Maybe I’ll fly. Maybe I’ll become Superman. Maybe I’ll face my fear of growing up. Or maybe I’ll just sleep the whole night and not remember any of my dreams. I suppose I just have to try.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)


One Response to “Attempting Lucidity”

  1. hmmmm, pretty interesting

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