As an example, one of the lucid dreamers who spoke to
Medical News Today ( MNT) said that she was able to manipulate the dream narrative. In order to create a pleasant experience for herself.
“Usually I can control the narrative in the dream, so for example, if I’m unhappy with the way things are going in the dream, I can change it,” she explained.
Are Lucid Dreams Beneficial?
Yes of course, to some if not all!
In the first place, if you’ve ever considered using
lucid dreaming as a way of harnessing the power of your sleeping brain, you’re not alone.
Secondly, the first step for aspiring oneironauts is to let your mind know that your dreams do matter.
With this in mind, have you ever started dreaming and suddenly realized that you were in a dream? Have you ever managed to gain control over your dream narrative?
If your answer to these is “yes,” you’ve experienced what is called
lucid dreaming. But, how are lucid dreams beneficial?
1. Enjoy the Excitement and Fun
So why bother with lucid dreaming? First and foremost, lucid dreaming is fun. Like,
really fun. If you’re willing to put in the legwork.
Your dreams can be a sanctum for personal reflection and deep meditation; a place to chat with your true self and mull over big decisions without the distractions of the waking world.
2. Brain and Mind Rehearsal
Dreams can also be a place to practice real-life activities.
Think of the dream world
as a mental rehearsal space, where you can go over your big presentation for work, concentrate on your athletic routines, or even further your studies before a big exam.
3. Source of Inspirations
At the same time, lucid dreaming is also attractive as an unusual means of entertainment — kind of like the immersive experience of virtual reality.
If you’re a creative type like
jmexclusives, lucid dreams can be an endless source of creative artistic inspiration.
In reality, the dream world is your canvas and you can create anything in it.
Furthermore, an experienced lucid dreamer might be able to “go on an adventure.” And equally, interact with people and things in a way that they may not be able to do in real life.
4. Overcoming Phobia or Anxiety
Lucid dreaming also has the potential to help people with
phobias, such as fear of flying or animal phobias including arachnophobia (the fear of spiders).
This is possible because dream environments can provide a realistic enough experience without it actually feeling unsafe.
In the end, during lucid dreaming, the individual knows that they are not in the real world, so they may safely explore their fears without actually feeling threatened.
Lastly, dreams are a safe place to experiment and overcome anxiety.
You can stand up to a bully, practice being social, find the courage to ask your boss for a raise or conquer your fear of public speaking.
Lucid dreaming: Controlling the stories of sleep – Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay
Is It Dangerous To Have Lucid Dreams?
lucid dreaming is generally very safe for those who are mentally stable, but it’s important to go over some of the potential risks associated with the practice.
. Trust me, I’ve died many times in my lucid dreams. you don’t die in real life if you die in a dream
Having said that, let’s consider some of the risks involved with lucid dreams. Shall we?
1. Sleep Paralysis
In my first example,
sleep paralysis occurs for almost everyone at night during the REM cycle. Especially, to keep you from physically acting out your dreams.
some people experience a state that’s in between dreaming and waking when they try lucid dreaming. This can be frightening since you can’t move, you’re aware that you’re awake, but still may be experiencing hallucinations from your dream.
This kind of sleep paralysis is uncommon, but it’s definitely a possibility while experimenting with lucid dreams. Fortunately, there are ways to either wake yourself up from this state, or induce a full sleep/dream state, but we’ll cover those later on.
2. Euphoric Feelings and Emotions
In my second example, one of the best perks of lucid dreams can also be one of the worst pitfalls (realistic feelings).
Whereby, the lucid dreams state can offer euphoric feelings of sight, motion, happiness, and even sex, but that means feelings on the other side of the spectrum can happen as well.
In fact, fear, sadness, and pain are all possible in a lucid dream too. That said, negative feelings like that are still more likely to occur in the waking state. Since, unlike the normal dream state, you have less control over the world.
3. Dream Claustrophobia
As of my third example, there’s also the possibility of “
dream claustrophobia,” which is when people become lucid in a dream scenario they are unable to manipulate or awaken from.
But, those aren’t
that different from normal dreams—they’re just more vivid.
dream of having claustrophobia represents your fear of commitment or limiting yourself to anything. You don’t like feeling chained to anything. You may be sensitive about not having your own space or the ability to change plans whenever you want.
Alternatively, dreaming of maybe a sign that you feel a problem in your life is impossible to escape from or becoming too limiting to bear. In that case, you may feel that your options keep shrinking.
Eventually, you may benefit from speaking to friends or family about your problems. It may also be a sign that you might need to tell someone to back off fo you may equally be feeling overprotected.
4. Lucid Dreams Escapade
As of my fourth example, some fear that
using lucid dreams as a form of escapism will force them out of touch with reality. After all, why would you want to spend time in the normal world when you can be in your own personal world where you have unimaginable power?
Well, lucid dreams only last as long as your
REM cycles occur while you sleep, and training to be lucid at any time you choose takes years and years of training.
In short, your dream escapism sessions won’t be any more harmful than watching a movie or playing a video game—except perhaps a bit more enlightening.
5. Disoriented Mentality
Finally, if any of these mild risks do scare you, however, lucid dreaming may not be right for you.
if you happen to suffer from a borderline personality disorder, or any other mental disorder that makes it difficult for you to know what’s real and what isn’t, you’re better off sleeping the old-fashioned way
Not forgetting, lucid dreams could cause you to suffer from dream-reality confusion and exacerbate your condition.
But again, while these scenarios are a very real possibility, they’re all still unlikely occurrences for those in relatively healthy mental states who work their way up to lucid dreams with gradual, deliberate practice.
Lucid dreams are a lot like a swimming pool; it’s a place where you
can struggle and drown. But if you learn how to swim, there’s nothing to fear and you’ll have a blast splashing around.
We sell ourselves short and convince ourselves deep down of yet another thing that we don’t have and yet another attribute that makes us feel like we’re “less than”.
Certainly, this attitude creeps in subtly and our beliefs about ourselves become changed on an unconscious level rather than in other obvious ways.
Make an effort to consciously embrace your creativity (because no matter who you are, you have it). And also, experience the powerful positive change (a diversity of solutions and possibilities) it brings with it in your life.
You don’t have to be an artist for your work to have an artistic element. Perhaps you arrange retail displays for maximum impact or shape the path of an enticing hiking trail.
Apart from lucid dreams, other artistically creative tasks might include;
writing advertising copy,
creating the packaging for a product, or even,
drafting a phone script for a fundraising drive.
Learn more about how you can
embrace your creative artistic ability and skills for a greater good.