FAQ – On Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreams Create Reality

I was reading up on Lucid Dreaming today. I’ve had several lucid dreams myself, and its out-of-body experience and control over the mind is very powerful.

Being in the altered state of mind, often involuntary (i.e. coming out of a normal dream into a lucid dream) is quite empowering, and we, as Remote Viewers know and understand what benefits these altered states of mind can bring for us.

I found a selection of a Frequently Asked Questions from The Lucidity Institute on Lucid dreaming. You can access the FAQ at this page for more information.

Have you had any lucid dreams? What did you experience? Please share in the comments!

Michael

1.1   WHAT IS LUCID DREAMING?

Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. The term was coined by Frederik van Eeden who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity. Lucidity usually begins in the midst of a dream when the dreamer realizes that the experience is not occurring in physical reality, but is a dream. Often this realization is triggered by the dreamer noticing some impossible or unlikely occurrence in the dream, such as flying or meeting the deceased. Sometimes people become lucid without noticing any particular clue in the dream; they just suddenly realize they are in a dream. A minority of lucid dreams (according to the research of LaBerge and colleagues, about 10 percent) are the result of returning to REM (dreaming) sleep directly from an awakening with unbroken reflective consciousness.

The basic definition of lucid dreaming requires nothing more than becoming aware that you are dreaming. However, the quality of lucidity can vary greatly. When lucidity is at a high level, you are aware that everything experienced in the dream is occurring in your mind, that there is no real danger, and that you are asleep in bed and will awaken shortly. With low-level lucidity you may be aware to a certain extent that you are dreaming, perhaps enough to fly or alter what you are doing, but not enough to realize that the people are dream representations, or that you can suffer no physical damage, or that you are actually in bed.


1.2   IS LUCID DREAMING THE SAME AS DREAM CONTROL?

Lucidity is not synonymous with dream control. It is possible to be lucid and have little control over dream content, and conversely, to have a great deal of control without being explicitly aware that you are dreaming. However, becoming lucid in a dream is likely to increase the extent to which you can deliberately influence the course of events. Once lucid, dreamers usually choose to do something permitted only by the extraordinary freedom of the dream state, such as flying.

You always have the choice of how much control you want to exert. For example, you could continue with whatever you were doing when you became lucid, with the added knowledge that you are dreaming. Or you could try to change everything–the dream scene, yourself, other dream characters. It is not always possible to perform “magic” in dreams, like changing one object into another or transforming scenes. A dreamer’s ability to succeed at this seems to depend a lot on the dreamer’s confidence. As Henry Ford said, “Believe you can, believe you can’t; either way, you’re right.” On the other hand, it appears there are some constraints on dream control that may be independent of belief. See “Testing the Limits of Dream Control: The Light and Mirror Experiment” for more on this.


1.3   HOW ARE LUCID DREAMS RELATED TO OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCES (OBEs)?

A mysterious and highly controversial phenomenon sometimes occurs in which people experience the compelling sensation that they have somehow “left their bodies.” The “out-of-body experience” or “OBE”, as this fascinating phenomenon is usually termed, takes a variety of forms. In the most typical, you are lying in bed, apparently awake, when suddenly you experience a range of primarily somatic sensations, often including vibrations, heaviness, and paralysis. Then you experience the vivid sensation of separating from your “physical body” in what feels like a second body, often floating above the bed.

It is important to note the distinction between the phenomenal reality of the OBE and the various interpretations of the experience. What is really happening when you feel yourself “leaving your body”? According to one school of thought, what is actually happening is just what it feels like: you are moving in a second body out of and away from your physical body–in physical space. But this “explanation” doesn’t hold up very well under examination. After all, the body we ordinarily feel ourselves to be (or if you like, to inhabit) is a phenomenal or mental body rather than a physical body. The space we see around us is not physical space as “common sense” tells us, but as modern psychology makes clear, a phenomenal or mental space. In general, our consciousness is a mental model of the world.

OBE enthusiasts promote lucid dreaming as a “stepping stone” to the OBE. Conversely, many lucid dreamers have had the experience of feeling themselves “leave the body” at the onset of a lucid dream. From a laboratory study, we have concluded that OBEs can occur in the same physiological state as lucid dreams. Wake-initiated lucid dreams (WILDs) were three times more likely to be labeled “OBEs” than dream initiated lucid dreams. If you believe yourself to have been awake, then you are more likely to take the experience at face value and believe yourself to have literally left your physical body in some sort of mental or “astral” body floating around in the “real” physical world. If, on the other hand, you think of the experience as a dream, then you are likely to identify the OBE body as a dream body image and the environment of the experience as a dream world. The validity of the latter interpretation is supported by observations and research on these phenomena.


2.1   WHY HAVE LUCID DREAMS?

Upon hearing about lucid dreaming for the first time, people often ask, “Why should I want to have lucid dreams? What are they good for?” If you consider that once you know you are dreaming, you are restricted only by your ability to imagine and conceive, not by laws of physics or society, then the answer to what lucid dreaming is good for is either extremely simple (anything!) or extraordinarily complex (everything!). It is easier to provide a sample of what some people have done with lucid dreaming than to give a definitive answer of its potential uses.

2.1.1   Adventure and Fantasy

Often, the first thing that attracts people to lucid dreaming is the potential for wild adventure and fantasy fulfillment. Flying is a favorite lucid dream delight, as is sex. Many people have said that their first lucid dream was the most wonderful experience of their lives. A large part of the extraordinary pleasure of lucid dreaming comes from the exhilarating feeling of utter freedom that accompanies the realization that you are in a dream and there will be no social or physical consequences of your actions. One might think that this is a rather intellectual concept, but an ecstatic “rush” frequently arises with the first realization that one is dreaming.

2.1.2   Overcoming Nightmares

Unfortunately for many people, instead of providing an outlet for unlimited fantasy and delight, dreams can be dreaded episodes of limitless terror. As is discussed in the books  Lucid Dreaming (LaBerge, 1985) and  Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (EWLD) (LaBerge & Rheingold, 1990), lucid dreaming may well be the basis of the most effective therapy for nightmares. If you know you are dreaming, it is a simple logical step to realizing that nothing in your current experience, however unpleasant, can cause you physical harm. There is no need to run from or fight with dream monsters. In fact, it is often pointless to try, because the horror pursuing you was conceived in your own mind, and as long as you continue to fear it, it can pursue you wherever you dream yourself to be. The only way to really “escape” is to end your fear. (For a discussion of reasons for recurrent nightmares, see  Overcoming Nightmares from  EWLD.) The fear you feel in a nightmare is completely real; it is the danger that is not.

Unreasonable fear can be defused by facing up to the source, or going through with the frightening activity, so that you observe that no harm comes to you. In a nightmare, this act of courage can take any form that involves facing the “threat” rather than avoiding it. For example, one young man dreamt of being pursued by a lion. When he had no place left to run, he realized he was dreaming and called to the lion to “come and get him.” The challenge turned into a playful wrestling match, and the lion became a sexy woman (NightLight 1.4, 1989, p. 13). Monsters often transform into benign creatures, friends, or empty shells when courageously confronted in lucid dreams. This is an extremely empowering experience. It teaches you in a very visceral manner that you can conquer fear and thereby become stronger.

2.1.3   Rehearsal

Lucid dreaming is an extraordinarily vivid form of mental imagery, so realistic that the trick is to realize it is a mental construct. It is no surprise, therefore, that many people use lucid dreaming to rehearse for success in waking life. Examples of such applications include public speaking, difficult confrontations, artistic performance and athletic prowess. Because the activity of the brain during a dreamed activity is the same as during the real event, neuronal patterns of activation required for a skill (like a ski jump or pirouette) can be established in the dream state in preparation for performance in the waking world. See EWLD for examples.

2.1.4   Creativity and Problem Solving

The creative potential of dreams is legendary. The brain is highly active in REM sleep and unconstrained by sensory input, which together may contribute to the novel combinations of events and objects we experience as dream bizarreness. This same novelty allows thought to take on forms that are rare in waking life, manifesting as enhanced creativity, or defective thinking depending on one’s point of view (As Roland Fisher put it, “One man’s creativity is another’s brain damage.”). The claim of enhanced creativity of the dream state is supported by LI research: One study found word associations immediately after awakening from a dream to be 29% more likely to be uncommon compared to word associations later in the day (NightLight, 6.4, 1994). Another study comparing a variety of kinds of experience including daydreams, memories of actual events, and dreams, found that dreams were judged as being significantly more creative than both daydreams and memories (NL, 4.1, 1992). In any case, many lucid dreamers report using dreams for problem solving and artistic inspiration; see EWLD for a variety of examples.

2.1.5   Healing

The effects of  visual imagery on the body are well-established. Just as skill practice in a dream can enhance waking performance, healing dream imagery may improve physical health. Medical patients have often used soothing and positive imagery to alleviate pain, and the dream world offers the most vivid form of imagery. Thus, some people have use lucid dreams in overcoming phobias, working with grief, decreasing social and sexual anxieties, achieving greater self-confidence and by directing the body image in the dream to facilitate physical healing. The applications, which are described in greater detail in EWLD, deserve clinical study, as they may be the greatest boon that lucid dreaming has to offer. Other potential healing applications of lucid dreaming include: practice of physical skills by stroke and spinal cord injury patients to encourage recovery of neuromuscular function, enjoyment of sexual satisfaction by people with lower body sensory loss (fully satisfying dream sex requires only mental stimulation!), more rapid recovery from injury or disease through the use of lucid dream imagery, and an increased sense of freedom for anyone who feels limited by disability or circumstance.

2.1.6   Transcendence

The experience of being in a lucid dream clearly demonstrates the astonishing fact that the world we see is a construct of our minds. This concept, so elusive when sought in waking life, is the cornerstone of spiritual teachings. It forces us to look beyond everyday experience and ask, “If this is not real, what is?” Lucid dreaming, by so baldly baring a truth that many spend lives seeking, often triggers spiritual questioning in people who try it for far more mundane purposes. Not only does lucid dreaming lead to questioning the nature of reality, but for many it also has been a source of transcendent experience. Exalted and ecstatic states are common in lucid dreams. EWLD presents several cases of individuals achieving states of union with the Highest, great peace and a new sense of their roles in life.


2.2   CAN LUCID DREAMING BE DANGEROUS?

The overwhelming majority of lucid dreams are positive, rewarding experiences. Moreover, lucidity in unpleasant dreams or nightmares can transform habitual fear into conscious courage. The simple state of lucidity is frequently enough to elevate the mood of a dreamer in a nightmare. In a study of the effect of lucid dreams on mood, college students reported that realizing they were dreaming in a nightmare helped them feel better about 60 percent of the time. Lucidity was seven times more likely to make nightmares better than worse.

A parallel concern is that dying in a dream can cause death in reality. If this were true, how would we know? Anyone who died from a dream could not tell us about its content. Many people, after awakening alive, report having died in their dreams with no ill effect. Dreams of death can actually be insightful experiences about life, rebirth, and transcendence.

Some people believe that dreams are messages from the unconscious mind and should not be consciously altered. Modern research on dreaming, discussed further in chapter 5 of EWLD, suggests that dreams are not messages, but models of the world. While awake, sensory and perceptual information governs our model. While dreaming, our bodies are paralyzed and our brain builds a world model based on a secondary source; namely, our assumptions, motivations, and expectations. These biases are difficult to identify while awake, so a world based entirely on such biases, the world of dreams, can help us to recognize them. Thus, dreams are not messages, but are more like clues into the inner workings of our minds. The conscious and critical awareness that accompanies lucid dreams allows dreamers to thoughtfully interpret their dreams while they happen.

Finally, some people worry that lucid dreams are so exciting and pleasurable that they will become addicted and “sleep their life away.” There is a biological obstacle to living in lucid dreams: we have a limited amount of REM sleep. More importantly, lucid dreams can be inspirations for how to act and improve in reality. Your behavior strongly influences your experience in both worlds. Lucid dreams can be signposts for how you can make your waking reality more exciting and enjoyable.

40 Responses to FAQ – On Lucid Dreaming
  1. Kathleen Brewington
    January 26, 2009 | 8:10 am

    Thank you for your article on Lucid dreaming. I have been experiencing something like this but am not sure if this is it. I have had a reoccurring dream that I am sure is a dream when it occurs, when this occurs I can fell my body vibrating at an extremely powerful rate and can feel it radiating from my center at the base of my spine, its strong and powerful and then I feel my body levitating, usually at this point I awake fully, I am not sure as to why I keep having the same experience and each time I do it is more vivid than the last, This has been happening for the last nine months about once or twice monthly,I have been trying to understand why and how.Perhaps from where in my body I feel this the most is a healing? Or my mind trying to tell me something I need to know.

  2. Carrie Voss
    January 26, 2009 | 8:55 am

    Ever since I can remember, my dreams have been lucid. Not every one of them, however, but I never thought it was anything unusual. For me, lucidity mostly happens when I need to rescue myself from a disturbing dream or ‘break out’ of a nightmare. There is one sort of recurring theme where I seem to wake up in my bed (sort of like an oobe) and go to turn on the light.. if the light won’t turn on or goes out right away, I know I need to wake myself up before weird stuff starts happening. occasionally, that happens over and over again until I have to get up and change my location (like go and sleep on the couch) In the last few years, a new thing started if I’m having a nightmare that I can’t break out of, I’ll attempt to call out to someone I know is near me in the waking world.. but it’s weird because there is a point near the surface of consiousness where I can hear my voice calling out but it’s really low and slow like, slow motion. The most memorable Out of body experience I have ever had happened when I was about 3 year old. It was the holidays, and my grandparents were visiting and sleeping on the hide a bed in the living room. I had a dream where I was in my bed and I was awaked by a beautiful female flowing white apparition, floating at the foot of my bed- she picked me up and took me down the hallway and stopped near the stairs by the living room where my grandparents slept. I remember them sitting up and looking at me and then all the sudden the apparition turned towards the stairs and i was afraid suddenly that she was going to drop me down the stairs then it changed direction and walked me back down the hall to back to my room and layed me back in my bed and i could see her again floating there and as i was looking at her she changed into a scary skeleton faced ghost and i started screaming and woke up. my mom and grandparents were there comforting me.. my grandparents said that right before that they woke up because they had heard me get up and saw me walk down the hall toward them.. they said that i looked at them and turned toward the stairs as if i was going to jump down them, then seemed to change my mind and walked back to my room and thats when i started yelling for my mom. weird huh?

  3. Roxanne
    January 26, 2009 | 9:42 am

    Interesting.

  4. DAVE
    January 26, 2009 | 10:40 am

    I have had a number of dreams where i have felt like i am suffocating because my bed sheets are covering my nose and mouth. I am fully aware that this is a dream but i am unable to move my body / arms to remove the sheets. Eventually after some mild panic i awake.

  5. James
    January 26, 2009 | 11:15 am

    I have had some OOBE experiences for more than half my life now and it is definately for me a very real, extremely vivid experience. On a more mudane level I would say it is rather like waking up in the middle of the night and stumbling around your house in the dark, but you are not constrained by your physical body at all. It is about as close as you’ll get to finding out what it would be like if you were reincarnated as a honey bee but still with human vision! For me there is always the intense rush of sound cushioned over your ears as an opening to the event and then intense acceleration as you leave your body. You are truly through the eye of the needle but entirely aware of what’s happening just like you are in waking consciousness. Some poeple try to trivialise the experience as a mere sleep phenomena but I firmly beieve that it atests to the fact human consciousness is an entirely seperate entity to your material body. I can’t prove it to you but my all my instincts and intuition tell me so.

  6. loren frost
    January 26, 2009 | 11:42 am

    I have experienced obe one time in my lifetime it was strange at the time and scared me but I have gained much knowledge since that time and know that obe’s are common..I believe that the soul which is confined by our bodies leaves every night and goes about it’s adventures uninhibited by the constraining body..it is free to do what it intends to do some things that we see in lucid dreaming or obe’s look rather magical but are probably just routine common occurances to the soul.

  7. Pat
    January 26, 2009 | 12:06 pm

    We…or at least I…dream at three different levels. By far the most vivid and realistic is the lucid dream. Information can be accumulated and exchanged there which can literally give you ‘advance’ notice of something about to transpire in your…or someone elses..conscious reality. It can add to your education via requesting certain training be proffered while in that state. I know this to be true from personal experience.

    This ‘construct’ in which we are expressing at the moment is evidently one of the mind. The brain being the tool allowing us access to it.

    More and more scientists are recognizing that Einsteins Unified Field Theory is at least one of the fundamental rules governing this construct. I’m sure there are many others…since this ‘expression’ we’re currently involved in is entirely one of ‘frequency’.

    Our brain is apparently programmed to either accidentally or intentionally ‘tune in’ to various frequencies. When that happens…whether by accident or intent…we ‘receive’ information being broadcast at that frequency.

    Since this occurrence takes place outside of our ‘normal’…that is..conscious awareness state of frequency,(Beta) we tend to ‘disbelieve’ it…labeling it a fantasy, a dream, a hallucination…or some other ‘unreal or imaginative’ manifestation of the mind.

    Not so…at least in my mind. By mentally passing through these various frequencies you are enabled to experience, retrieve, receive, retain whatever is being broadcast at that vibratory level….whether the message is sent ‘symbolically’…as it is often in the dream state, or whether you are actually ‘transported’ to the actual frequency and are experiencing the happening as it occurs.

    Anything from communication with the ‘dead’..who are simply transcended to another frequency…to seeing ‘visions’, from ‘clairaudience’ to ‘clairvoyance’, from ‘remote viewing’ to ‘astral travel’ The explanation is basic…it’s simply adjusting your tuner or receiver to right frequency!

    Are you tuned into AM or FM? Radio, TV or are you mentally receptive to the broadcast medium existing in our surrounding energy field? Adjust your receiver.

  8. Sheri
    January 26, 2009 | 12:28 pm

    Wow…I have had these often and I just called them hover sleep. None of the doctors that I go to for Sleep apneia have told me when I explained this what it actually is and that I am not just nuts. I have the best dreams at times I swear they would be the next best American novel. There are nights I have no rem sleep and there are nights with all my medical issues I swear I come close to dying….and I have felt myself leave my body….I have seen sparkle lights on the wall and other visions which a psychic has described in detail in my room of where they were and who they were…she was right each time of where they were and who I felt they were….rather an interesting world….we have not began to touch on what happens as we sleep! Thanks for this site….I now have a source that shares in what happens to me in the night….see I am not nuts! Actually always knew I wasn’t but haven’t always shared night time activity with doctors as they don’t always have the capacity to take it all in without judgment.

  9. mark
    January 26, 2009 | 1:07 pm

    we are still looking for the optimal induction method….
    i’ve had many lucid dreams but they are extremely sporadic. had three in one night once – then i can go a year without a single event. to, when the tactile sensations come into play, i loose the lucidity.
    during that triple event i think i saw the “divine spheres” Mr, O’Donnell was describing. that is, i dreamt those a year beforehand.
    they were small, soft yellow with hints of blue, clustered, seemingly silent spheres hanging in midspace….

  10. mark
    January 26, 2009 | 1:17 pm

    tuning in, implies that it’s more than “all in the mind”. yet, it’s all one mind.
    have heard from other, seemingly more advanced folks, that indeed various characters are more than the mind’s creation. and from this, you need to be somewhat careful in what you try to do.
    now perhaps this is more matrix talk, to keep one bounded.

  11. Sydeny Bhebe
    January 26, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    Great article! I like the way you show the concepts of lucid dreaming, mind constructs and “physical reality.” I now “realize” the similarities – and differences!- between such concepts as illlusions, dreams, “unreality” and mental games!

  12. aerea
    January 26, 2009 | 2:32 pm

    I have had previous experiences of out of body experiences. It begins by my lack of control of my muscles, which are paralyzed. I am fully conscious and I can hear everything surrounding my body. In my last experience I saw a shadow of my hands and arms detaching from my actual hands and arms. I was scared and I found some rest in putting the shadow over my hands and arms. I tried to focus on my breathing and after few attempts I was able to regain control of my body, and I came out of this state.
    I began having these type of dreams while doing transcendental meditation, I asked one of my instructors and he said that it was caused by my body not being in coordination with my mind. He recommended yoga. As I was very scared I stopped transcendental meditation. I did yoga instead. I would like to know if there is a relation, and what could happen if I let go and renounce to try to control my waking when this process begins

    Aerea

  13. Admiral
    January 26, 2009 | 4:52 pm

    There have been two times where I have tried to have an OBE from a lucid dream; it’s not like when you’re trying in your waking life. There is no vibrational stage.
    Both times when I tried from a Lucid Dream, I succeeded. Both times, all I did was “will” myself to leave my body, just like I was able to “will” myself to fly, or to change the story line (or to teleport myself, to give myself super powers etc). If you try to have an OBE from a dream, and it works, you will end up (in that very second) out of the dream, and out of your body. The first time I tried, my eyes were already open and I kept floating upwards until I got sucked back into my body. The second time, my eyes were stuck closed, so I didn’t do too much of anything.

  14. Jennifer
    January 26, 2009 | 6:04 pm

    I have experienced the paralysis upon waking inability to talk or move. But this one night was different. I knew I was in the south pole looking at this huge vertical sheet of corrilean blue. I did not feel cold. I felt there was someone unseen beside me on this beautiful scene. When I awoke I had a incredible feeling of peace and serenity. Revitalized. Later I saw pictures of the south pole and knew that my soul had stood there.

  15. andromeda1
    January 26, 2009 | 7:21 pm

    If you were conscious that ordinary waking life was a mental construct and were able to change your life at will, would lucid dreams still appear to be miraculous events? Wouldn’t life itself appear to be more miraculous on an ongoing basis or would dreaming then become something different altogether – maybe more like life?

  16. HealingMindN
    January 26, 2009 | 8:14 pm

    I always have lucid dreams. I’ve have trouble stopping them. I’ve had those dreams where I feel like I’m levitating or flying over stunned people or even higher over the earth. I’ve had the dreams where I’m swimming like a dolphin with a bunch of other dolphins through the ocean.

    Most of the time, I can close my eyes and just be a 3rd party observer. I usually see all kinds of activity with many people and things moving in sync with each other, almost like I’m watching a cartoonish circus. There are also many voices and conversations and noises.

    I feel like my mind latches onto energy waves and it translates that energy into imagery. There are times I can focus on one person in this scene and one voice, like focusing on one person at a very loud, raucous dance party and I can understand what this one person is doing and saying.

  17. Sade
    January 26, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    I was searching on this subject because I have a curious nature, and I get this email about this subject. I made a Heart felt Soul Promise to my self that I would never dream again and that was in 1989 the year my 19 year old first born hung himself and left behind a small note stating that (Quote) I can not live in a world that can not love me back!!! that was a real revelation for me and that’s when I made that promise to myself. I use to dream dreams that actually happened and in 3 D color and I could remember conversations. so no I am courious about this subject, and if I can get the real stuff and no garbage on this subject then I am open to this Idea to teach myself what it is to understand about this dreaming. Thank you inadvance for reading thus far.

  18. GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR
    January 27, 2009 | 12:11 am

    I WAS SLEEP WALKING AND ACTUALLY DID FLY IN REALITY,
    I ONLY WISH I COULD DO THIS AWAKE WITHOUT HYPNOSIS.I HAVE A GIFT OF REMEMBERING THINGS I SHOULDNT.THEY CANT ERASE MY MEMORYS.THE MATRIX IS REAL
    YOUR BODY CAN DO WHATEVER YOUR BRAIN BELEIVES IT CAN
    OTHER SURVIVING MONTAUK BOYS KNOW WHAT IM SAYING.

  19. Terese
    January 27, 2009 | 12:29 am

    Has anyone heard of someone having their vision improve after experiencing an OBE, lucid dream as if the lucidity carried over into one’s physical reality?

  20. mike
    January 27, 2009 | 7:59 am

    i have had many obe experiences. it starts with sleep paralyas.sometimes i hear a strange ringing then i leave my body. its very weird. surrowndings are somtimes strange

  21. joe
    January 27, 2009 | 9:51 am

    is it possible too create existance or bring rv ri too a fully conscious mentel state or say ex the force even though it may appear as simple fantasy I know kinetics is part and energy yet how does the mind produce such aware state

    sincerly yours alphaoc53@yahoo.com

  22. Terese
    January 27, 2009 | 11:56 am

    Geese! Somehow I got linked to your blogs for remote viewing through another site program (silva ultra mind or american monk). I downloaded the sample RV exercise and used it last night after the long relax exercise from silva. I haven’t purchased the RV program yet, but will. I have had lucid dreams before and OBE’s quite often. At first the experience of the OBE’s scared me out of my wits! After a while I started to get used to the sound and vibration and just relax during the process. I can’t control it though, not sure if I am supposed to either.

    Last night’s OBE gave me 3 messages. Actually to back up a minute at the end of the RV exercise, I twinkled my body of light out to infinity, then I went to bed. The OBE’s that I had experienced before were localized in my home, last night’s was further. My point of awareness shot out to the cosmos, I could see the night sky and stars and I was out there. I also had my awareness enter something like a warp hole??? Not sure what it is called but came back through it with another being type person who brought with her (?) a baby black and orange tiger looking animal (sooo adorable). After a few minutes of spending time with them they went back through the hole and it was timed, like they had to go back before something happened, but again, I’m not sure what that something is or was. The messages were an address, I should’ve written it down, think it was 9 S. Main St., no town, I was shown a man proposing to me, no face, but a name, and an announcement of a baby coming, no name, no other info. I’m a little older so I don’t think it’s me although it is not impossible.

    I got up this morning and checked my emails and your email about OBE’s and lucid dreaming with the link was in the mailbox, so I checked it out. Thank you for what you do! I believe we have the capability to travel with intentions and instead of bringing back a baby tiger, bring back advanced science, technology, medicine, etc…, but I don’t know how to do these things or what to do with them when they are brought back, just a hunch.
    enjoy!
    Terese
    ps. This happened Jan 26 pm
    Yes, I also experience the paralysis and the ringing sounds more like a jet engine, the sound also has a very intense vibration where it feels like the atoms are going to explode, but they don’t. I believe we do this every night, but only recall it when we are conscious of it, having the experience of being conscious of it makes it easier for us to recognize the sensations which helps us be aware of the experiences more often. Exercises like the RV sample or meditation help more than one would think.

  23. lora
    January 27, 2009 | 1:58 pm

    This is awesome to find this info and also find that others experience the same. I wasnt sure how to ask or where to go to find out. I have had lucid dreams for years and within the last have the OBE experience. I was so afraid at one time becuz I dont like going somewhere where I have not given permission so I went outside and looked at the address. It didnt have connection with my physical life. I often have expereinces as the above reader has , where I go threw a portal and out into the universe. Its so awesome out there and free. Once a saw a friend of mine yelling for help from his physical place. His voice streamed out into the universe. It was amazing. I would so like to know more about this. Im glad at least that there are others with the same experience. Thanx for this enlightenment.

  24. Jyothi
    January 27, 2009 | 8:17 pm

    Yes I have had a lot of experiences since childhood,a lot of dreams.When I was about 7-10yrs one was so constant-was on a boat & someone on a another boat a girl
    was chasing me & I would wake up running a high temprature.Another one was seeing my sis.way before she was pregnant that she had a baby boy.would foresee a lot of things that would take place,good & bad.Some dreams were such that I could not stay awake I had to go to sleep to see how my future would unfold.And yes that also took place.Awake I would feel & know too when a certain soul would depart,they come to say goodbye.Sometimes I would know them personally,sometimes not..for eg.Rajiv Gandhi who was our then the Prime-minister in India.
    All said & done what is the purpose of all this???
    What is the Ultimatum,Is there a direction…can we have a way to direct all this,it shows according to me what is going to take place.So if we can influence what is going to happen for the betterment of mankind good.Anyway I have bought the RV & RI of Gerald O’Donnel.
    & started my RV.If you can guide me I would be very thank-full

  25. Janet Helm
    January 27, 2009 | 8:54 pm

    I have had oth lucid dreams and OBE’S,One OBE lucid dream together,I heard voices,I got up & was hunkering down by a bedroom window,looking out it,I saw 3 teens walking across my back yard,thay were right in the middle of the yard,suddenly I awoke,found myself in my bed,I heard voices outside,I shot up out of my bed to the window and looked out just to see these same 3 teens walking across my backyard,thay were near the sidewalk then.I feel this was an OBE and a lucid dream combined.Another lucid dream was,I was walking on a beach,the wind was cold and blowing hard,I had my head downwards due to the cold wind.I hear a loud explosion above me,I look up and see this big long white what I thought was a cloud that appeared to go straight up from the ground and then way up it splits into 2 kinda like a y shape.I wake up in my bed because the larm clock is going off,I get up get my 3 kids up and off to school and then turn on the tv.Relaxing on my couch drinking a cup of hot coffee,I start flipping threw channels on the tv because it seems thay all are showing the shuttle take off.Thats the shuttle of the 80′s I leave it on one channel because thats what was on anyways,I watch then it happens,the shuttle blows up and theirs thecloud I seen in my dram an hour befor,the I realize the wind was blowing hard and it was cold where all this took place,I feel the part of the dream I had where I was on the beach is because thats where thay found the capsule compartment with all the astronots in it.I realized I seen the shuttle blow up an hour befor it happened.Another lucid dream I had was I was outside by my car cleaning off the newly fallen snow,I get in the car,back out the driveway to head to work,I turrn on another side road to get to the main road I took to work,I see this st.banard dog running twards the road I’m on heading right infront of my car,I hit my breaks and start sliding on the snow packed road,I graze the dog with my cars bumper.I wake up because my arlarm is going off.I get up to get ready for work when I get outside my home theirs the newly fallen snow,I do everything as in my dream and don’t realize untill the dog came running that I was now living what I had just dreamed an hour and a half prior.It seems that my lucid dreams are of a future events about to happen,the dreams are always very vivid too.I have had alot of these dreamsAn OBE I had,I was in the hospital,the nures just came in to give me some medications,I was then taken downstairs by another nurse aid to physical therapy,I was lieing on these very hot towels for a back injury,the meds i was given prior was kicking in,I felt very tired and floaty.I remember I felt as if I was floating up to the celing,the next thing I am in a hallway in the hospital and looking out these big windows,I look down and on the ledge of the building I see a dirty white tennis shoe,the next thing I am back on the hot towels and the phyical theripest is asking me if I am ok.I say yes,she says,I thought I had lost you.I say what do you mean,lost me,she said I came in and you looked dead,so I started calling your name and just as I touched you you opened your eyes.then she says,I guess you fell asleep,are you ready to go back to your room.I say yeah.I tell my husband when he came to visit me about the I guess OBE and the nurse,he visits me a while then leaves to go hime,a short time later he’s back and super excited,I ask him whats going on,he says that OBE you haad was real,I say no way how do you know? he says I looked up the side of the hospital as I was leaving and seen this thing slightly hanging off the ledge on the 4th floor,I went up to the 4th.floor because I couldn’t make out what it was,as I look down to the ledge theirs this old dirty tennis shoe just like you describe seeing.I was on the 2nd floor of the hospital and never on the 4th floor of it during my stay.when I had the OBE experiance I was in the basement of the hospital getting thero[y done to my back.these kinds of experiances are so wierd when thay happen especially the OBE ones.

  26. Sam
    January 27, 2009 | 9:47 pm

    Hi,
    Did anyone hear about any research been done on sharing dreams with other people ???

    What I mean is: If I want to access someone else dream while they are dreaming, Can we use Lucid dreaming to accomplish this task ?? Just Curious…

    Thanks

  27. Terese
    January 27, 2009 | 10:44 pm

    Sorry, it actually happened on Jan 25th, pm. :)

  28. Sprudio
    January 28, 2009 | 8:50 pm

    I’ve experienced Lucid Dreaming, and I improved my experience with subliminal. I personally can guide my dreams and dream what I want. I can be anyone I want, I can fly, I can control my life. It is good for venting stress. I wish I can connect with others people’s dream but I think this can be possible only with remote viewing.

  29. GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR
    January 29, 2009 | 4:36 pm

    SPRUDIO,I AGREE 100% BUT DO YOU HAVE LOSS OF CONTROL SOMETIMES WHILE IN THE DREAM,WHICH I BEILEIVE IS YOUR MIND PUTING YOU THROUGH A TEST, LIKE A VIDEO GAME
    IF YOU COULD WINN EVERY TIME IN SAY SOCOM, IT WOULDNT BE A SIMULATOR,IN OTHER WORDS, YOU WOULDNT LEARN WHAT NOT TO DO,LIKE IF YOU TAKE FLIGHT INSTEAD OF FIGHT, IN A BATTLE, IN A DREAM MATRIX
    THEN YOU LOOK BACK AND SEE THE ENEMY HAS ONE OF YOU GUYS, OR EVEN KIDS, SO YOU WAKE UP AND SAY TO YOURSELF, THAT WAS OUT OF MY CONTROLL, I WOULDNT OF DONE THAT IN REAL LIFE, EXACTLY THATS THE LESSON TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT NOT TO DO A SORT OF REMINDER TO YOURSELF,THEN OTHER TIMES YOU CAN DOMINATE AND WINN, BUT YOUR BRAIN DOESNT LEARN FROM WINNING EVERY TIME SO IT CREATES
    HARDER SITUATIONS, CREATING A SIMMULATOR TO LEARN FROM.

  30. GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR
    January 29, 2009 | 4:42 pm

    SAM YOU CAN DEFINATELY OVERLAP ON TO OTHER PEOPLES
    DREAM,YOU CAN SEND THEM A DREAM , BY WILL POWER ,
    YOU ORCHESTRATE IT VISION IT, AND PUSH IT OUT TO THE
    PERSON,IF YOU DONT BELEIVE IT WILL WORK IT WONT
    IT MIGHT NOT BE THAT SAME NIGHT IT COULD BE A WEEK LATTER BUT IF THEY ARE IN TUNE TO THE GRID OR DREAM MATRIX THEY COULD RECEIVE IT,ITS NOT A EXACT SCIENCE.

  31. Ladystorm
    January 29, 2009 | 6:08 pm

    I have had OBEs from both the waking state and the dream state. My OBEs from the waking state occur very similarily to those of others, but what I do not understand is the ones from a dream state.

    I’ll be in a dream, feel the need to lie down in the dream, then separation occurs. There are some somatic sensations, but not like those that occur from the waking state. While I am “OBE” in the dream, the dream is usually on pause. Then, when I return to where my body should be (if it is seen or not), I lay down and the dream resumes from where it left off. If I were not lucid of the experiece, I could easily “forget” that the dream OBE occured because remembering the dream would pass over that experience because it was not part of the “story line”.

    I disagree with the article in that it basically says that OBEs are basically nothing more than misunderstood lucid dreams. I have experienced all of the above for years and would have to respectfully disagree.

  32. GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR
    February 1, 2009 | 2:11 pm

    I AGREE LADY STORM LUCID DREAMING AND AN OBE ARE
    TWO DIFFERENT ANIMALS,YOU CAN FLY IN A DREAM,YES ITS AWESOME
    BUT THATS NOT A OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE, PEOPLE WILL
    KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE ONE, ITS OFF THE HOOK,TEN TIMES MORE
    OF AN ADRENALEN RUSH ,WHEN YOU SEE OBJECTS IN YOUR YARD THAT ARE THE SAME, THEN YOU KNOW ITS AN OBE,VEHICLES,
    TABLES, GARBAGE CANS, ETC,

  33. Alexas Machine
    February 10, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    One night I was sleeping alone as my husband fell asleep on the couch, and I began to dream I guess but it turned frightening I awoke to stuggling with something darker than the night and could not get away they were restraining me when I finally was l;et loose I grabbed my crusifix and fell back to sleep any Ideas what it was I was struggling with?

  34. Sprudio
    March 18, 2009 | 1:32 am

    Hi GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR I never thought at this. But I do sometimes have problems and can not control my dreams. Since I experience Lucid dreaming I do not have warrior thoughts. Before I was fighting with bad characters, like in matrix yes and I was always careful to not be dominated. But sometimes I had to hide and I have to go up and down on labyrinths.
    My dreams now are more pacifists. I am flying for pleasure. I am like a bird. Some times I dream Aliens too :-) ) but I think this is because I watch too much TV.
    How do you experience your lucid dreaming?
    Last night I forgot I was in dream, because Lucid Dreaming means to be aware that you dream.
    Thank you.

  35. NYC
    March 30, 2009 | 7:33 pm

    I’ve been a lucid dreamer from as far as I can remember.(I thought everyone did it) And it’s actually very easy to transform things or scenes. All you (I?) have to do is believe it. And if it’s hard for yourself to believe you can control the very dream you are creating, just keep repeating to yourself what you want to do. Example, if you are having a dark nightmare, stop and say to yourself in dream world “I am in a beautiful, glimmering 5 star hotel where everything is good” or where ever you want to be. Once you get tired of creating, you can trust yourself (the mind) and release control and see where the dream takes you. Just know that when you want to pull the reigns back in, you can. And you can do things like cartoons. Put your hand out of frame, think to yourself when you pull it in you will be holding the juiciest burger and you will! And it will taste great! Just believe!

  36. GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR
    May 3, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    SPRUDIO , TV WILL CREAT A NEW SUBCONCIOUS,OR FALSE
    THATS WHY MY GRANFATHER CALLED IT THE IDIOT BOX.
    SO EVEN THOUGH I LOVE GOOD MOVIES ANS SO ON, I TRY TO ONLY WATCH NAT GEO TV THE SCIENCE CHANNELL HISTORY CHANNELL , THE MILITARY CHANNELL OR THE NEWS, EVEN THOUGH I HATE POPARATTZIS, WHO TELL THE ENEMY EVERYTHING
    IT HELPS ME SEE FUTURE EVENTS BY WATCHING CURRENT EVENTS.AND IF YOUR WATCHING GHOST BUSTERS BEFORE BED IT
    DEFINATELY CAN EFFECT YOUR SLEEP,THATS WHY MEDDITATION WILL HELP YOUR STATE BEFORE SLEEP, CLEAR YOUR MIND AND THEN REPROGRAM IT WITH WHAT YOU WISH.

  37. GREG FRIEND OF JOHN TITOR
    May 3, 2009 | 5:26 pm

    PAT IS ON THE MONEY WITH HIS COMMENTS AND EVRY VIEWER SHOULD READ WHAT HE HAS TO SAY,

    AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ ALL BLOGGS ON ASTRAL PROJECTION, TIME TRAVEL
    AND THE BE A WINNER SECTIONS OF THIS WEBB SITE,
    AND ALSO GO TO JOHN TITOR.COM U TUBE ALSO HAS GOOD COVERAGE OF JOHN TITOR.

  38. LaiAndGirForever
    July 14, 2009 | 9:24 am

    In lucid dreams I usually love jumping really high.

    Never in my lucid dreams I was able to see whatever I wanted to see or go wherever I wanted to go. I once tried to imagine me at a castle and when I opened my eyes I still was at the same place. I wonder why I can’t go to places or see whatever I want to see.

  39. Nancy Conroy
    October 28, 2009 | 3:29 am

    I have always been a lucid dreamer, I have done this every single night for my entire life. I do not see the point in possessing this ability. Sure, it is fun, but one DOES become addicted and you end up sleeping too much and becoming lazy. The scenarios that I dream usually bear no relationship to reality, and I don’t see how the lucid dreams interact with reality at all. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I think the majority of these images are just data dumps from my brain, often I can trace the origin of the images to some innocuous event that occurred that day. Mostly, these images have no meaning and just need to be discarded. I feel like I am swimming in a huge mental garbage pile. I am not opposed to lucid dreaming, but I don’t think it has ever brought any benefit to my life. If anything, it has caused me to become lazy, and inhibited my success.
    Nancy
    P.S. The lucid sex isn’t as good as real sex.

  40. Jennifer Wolfe
    November 18, 2009 | 10:45 pm

    I have had lucid dreams all my life. I never knew there was a name for it till just recently. Ever since I was a kid I can fly in my dreams, change things constantly in my dreams and decide what I want to do and what I don’t want to do. It is fustrating though because I have so much fun while lucid dreaming that real life just can’t compare to it. When I actually get up its depressing to know that everything I experienced I can’t manifest in real life. Ex…flying. It has gotten to the point where I just want to stop lucid dreaming, it can be draining at times and while I’m lucid dreaming I know I have limited time while in that “state” that I get fustrated and say to myself while in lucid state that this is rediculious and I decide to end it and wake up. But if I go back to bed I go straight back into the lucid dreaming. I have read the reported benifiets of lucid dreaming but I don’t find it benefical but rather annoying. I just wish I could stop it.