Have you ever wondered how you dream? What are the things that you may have encountered come in your dreams? Can dreams come true? How about seeing dreams as motivation?
If you are fascinated by the dream world, here is the summary of a book that will open up the mysteries of this world.
Today we are going to talk about the book “Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming”, which is written by Stephen LaBerge & Howard Rheingold.
This book tells us about those fanciful dreams we see day or night. We make every impossible thing possible in our dreams; we can get everything that we imagine in our dreams. We will know how we should use our dreams properly, with the help of which we will be able to solve our problems and gain more self-confidence.
We will be able to improve our creativity and remove our fears and barriers from ourselves so that we will be able to create a new sense of empowerment and independence in our lives.
The author has scientifically explained to us the dream psychology that will help us to increase our understanding of ourselves, and we will realize that the possibilities of growth in our consciousness are more than we think.
We can use our dreams to make our lives better. And it is all in our control that we can change our bad and scary dreams into good and confident dreams. We can identify ourselves well by understanding our dreams in the right way. And we can use our dreams to make our day better.
To understand the book, we are going to discuss it separately in 6 important chapters. So let’s get started.
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Chapter 1: What is Lucid Dreaming?
First of all, we have to understand what Lucid Dreaming is. Lucid Dreaming occurs when you “wake up” in a dream and are aware of the events taking place inside the dream. People who have experienced nightmares say that it has made their lives much better.
Yes, it may sound strange or out of your control, but it is not. In reality, anyone can. You can learn to make your life better from your nightmares and can do so. Before you learn this, you must first explore your dream world in a trivial way, and for this, you need to separate your dream state from your waking state.
When you wake up, you experience the world through your senses: by tasting, hearing, touching, and seeing.
On the other hand, in dreams, it is different. The information your brain uses to create a dream comes from inside your body because when you dream, you have less knowledge outside your body.
In other words, when you dream, your brain works like a process of thinking and understanding while you are awake. It is a different matter that there are no external factors preventing your experience while sleeping. Therefore, dreams are formed from the information already in your mind simply because there are no limits to the possibilities of what can happen in your dreams.
Lucid Dreaming has the power to make healthy people’s lives happier. In fact, many Lucid Dreamers report that they have used Lucid Dreams to positively affect their life after awakening. This means that the more good and clear dreams you can have, the more creative you will be able to prepare yourself for every situation.
Because you can do everything that you can think of. Only after thinking you start working on getting your results. That’s why you should also understand the theory of Lucid Dreaming and adopt it.
Chapter 2: How to do Lucid Dreaming?
For this, first, you have to remember your dreams. The best way to remember what you dream and understand it better is to keep a dream journal. Keep it next to your bed, and when you wake up, write down your dreams. Don’t wait because waiting can make you forget half of your dream or your dream completely.
When you’re done writing, think about the signals in your dreams or the things in your dreams that tell you that you’re dreaming. Clear dreamers can also intentionally alter the results of their dreams.
They can create and change objects, people, situations, worlds, and even themselves. According to the standards that know about physical and social reality, Lucid Dreamers can do impossible things.
Your dreams don’t come from anywhere, but dreams are based on sensory data, and your memory power accumulated during the day. Remember, the mind with which you are dreaming is still in your mind, with which you are doing any of your works while awake.
This means that if you want to experience Lucid Dreaming, one important thing to keep in mind is that it is your brain that creates your dreams. Your dreams don’t come from anywhere else. This means your dreams are made up of everything gathered by your ability to remember, so by controlling what comes to your mind during the day; you can control what you dream at night.
Keeping this in mind, the authors talk about many types of exercises. The first thing you need to do is to start making a habit of asking yourself every day, “Am I dreaming?”
Ask yourself this thing at least five to ten times a day. By making it a habit, you will begin to increase the chances that you will ask yourself this during a dream, which is one of the first steps in getting you started on having a clear dream.
Now if you are not able to remember all the events of the dream, write in your dream journal what thoughts and feelings you remember and what you are thinking and feeling at that time.
The goal here is to start recognizing the common things and topics you see in your dreams. Once you start noticing things that happen again and again, they will be more easily recognizable after you fall asleep.
Then you’ll have a feeling that “Oh, that’s always what happens when I’m dreaming”, and doing so will let you know that you’re in a dream. Dream journaling will also make it easier to remember dreams after you wake up.
To promote Lucid Dreaming, you have to fall asleep with a big intention. This means just going to sleep with the intention of having a Lucid Dream.
When you are lying on the bed, tell the things of your dreams in your head that you have recognized by remembering while being awake.
To do Lucid Dreaming, you have to remember your dreams. After that, you have to try to see your dreams again by remembering them, keeping in mind the things that happened in your day. You can change your night dreams and have Lucid Dreams.
Chapter 3: Types of Lucid Dreams
There are two types of Lucid Dreams:
- Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILDs)
- Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILDs).
Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILDs)
Lucid Dreaming generally refers to what the authors call Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILDS), which means when you realize that you are in a dream while it is happening, and then your dream is a Lucid Dream.
In such dreams, you reach the clarity of your dreams after falling asleep and losing consciousness.
Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILDs)
Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILD) dreams are those where you fall asleep while maintaining your consciousness. It seems impossible, doesn’t it?
Since sleeping with your mood involves losing consciousness, in WILDs, you go crazy when you keep your mind on while sleeping, so you can’t lose your senses.
You can make yourself experience WILDs by using hypnagogic imagery and holding your attention to your breath or your heartbeat. From waking up to falling asleep, you see these dreams in your mind’s eye.
Start by dreaming without thinking that you have fallen asleep and are now dreaming. The authors describe a technique on how to accomplish this and is known as hypnotic imagery. Falling asleep isn’t like flipping a switch, it’s actually a strong chain of biological processes.
As we begin to fall asleep, most of our body systems become anabolic, our brains start to use less energy, our core temperature drops, and we go through a transitional period into a deeper sleep or slower sleep.
After this, our body is paralyzed (so we don’t fulfill our dreams), and we start going into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is a characteristic of increased levels of brain activity. This is when nightmares happen.
Hypnagogia, also known as “presomnal” or wake-sleep transition. As you go through hypnosis, you usually start looking at pictures in your mind’s eye.
These are known as hypnotic images or hypnotic misconceptions, which often take the shape of light and geometric patterns. Other times these images resemble the repetitive work you do throughout the day.
As soon as you fall asleep, you make yourself in that picture the topic of your dreams. That’s why the authors suggest that you meditate on these hypnosis pictures as you fall asleep.
Don’t try to control them; just notice them non-stop. Keep your attention on them and become aware of the physical sensations of your body that are sleeping at the time.
Try not to lose focus, but to protest or control the images of your dreams, you will fall asleep, but your mind will remain active as you go into REM sleep.
In the event that you are aware of REM sleep and enter into the dream that you are dreaming, you will “wake up” as soon as you go into that dream.
Chapter 4: Controlling your Lucid Dreams
You need to have a lot of control over your Lucid Dreams, as they have many drawbacks. One of the drawbacks of trying to clear the dream is that it often wakes itself up prematurely before the accident occurs.
That kills your Lucid Dream, and it can also cause problems with your sleeping schedule. A minor reason for waking up from a Lucid Dream is inaction.
If you are just hanging out, watching your dream, and not actively participating in it, then the result may be that you gradually wake up from your dream. Also, sometimes remind yourself that you are actually in a dream.
It’s easy to forget and to forget; you have to go from a Lucid Dream to a normal idle dream. Start saying “It’s a dream” out loud from time to time so you remember that you’re dreaming.
Also, try saying if you want to wake up from Lucid Dreams. Or just reverse these instructions, be inactive, and stop focusing on the things that you are in a dream, which will make you come out of your dream easier.
Waking up before one of Lucid Dreams’ fulfillment times is also a big obstacle for many people. But it is often possible to continue with your dreams by paying attention to the details of the dream. As long as you are engaged in the dream, you are less likely to wake up.
When you start seeing Lucid Dreams, then you start remembering them, and it becomes possible for you to control your dreams. You only see the things that you would think or do throughout the day. It’s important to control your Lucid Dreams so that they don’t overwhelm you. And you can use them in reality as well.
Candle concentration workout for concentration and visualization:
1. Look at the Candle Flame
Place a burning candle in front of you. Now sit about three or four feet away from the candle so that you can easily see the flame. Watch the flame carefully. Do this for as long as you can, but don’t do it for so long that your eyes get tired.
2. Rest When You Need to
When you start feeling the strain in your eyes, close your eyes and sit quietly for a while, thinking of the picture of the flame in front of you. Practice this daily, and you’ll soon be able to increase your ability to pay attention.
Chapter 5: Health Benefits of Lucid Dreams
So far, you may feel that watching Lucid Dreams is just a fun experience, but in reality, it can also prove to be very good for your mental health, which has happened to many people.
However, the accreditation of the Jungian psychology archetypes (which are a group of metaphors that help us explain all kinds of elements of the human brain) tells us that our dreams are deeply symbolic and are closely related to our psychology.
It can help us to understand aspects that we may not realize in our waking life or perhaps do not want to face them.
The dark aspects of our personality that we all possess are those aspects that lead us to self-sabotage or to behave self-destructively, or that cause us to unintentionally hurt others.
Viewing Lucid Dreams can help us to face these symbolic things inside us, and it helps to accept that instead of fighting them, we should feel that they are part of us, and in doing so, we are free from all those bad thoughts.
Watching Lucid Dreams can help improve our creativity. It may sound fanciful to you, but practicing something, you’re working on, like making a device or painting, works within your dreams to improve your real-world capabilities.
That’s why you should start adopting Lucid Dreams to achieve better health. You can get yourself out of your negative thoughts and your bad behavior by dreaming clearly. Lucid Dreams will make you create so that you will be able to achieve good results in the rest of your work.
Chapter 6: Dealing with Nightmares
You will often have nightmares that make you feel bad, and these nightmares can be triggered by many things, including stress in your waking life, having a very cold body while sleeping, or having a fever when you are sick.
Of course, watching Lucid Dreams may not help you deal with all those things, but Lucid Dreams can help deal with recurring nightmares caused by fear or concerns.
You see in Lucid Dreams only what you remember, and you can change them when you forget, and when you see a bad dream, you wake up before reaching its end. Due to this, you do not get your bad result, and you come out of your fear.
A common nightmare we all have had was dreaming of being late for school or work. Or, dreaming that you are not ready to face an exam or job for which you worked hard to be ready.
Maybe you’ve been robbed, or assaulted, on the street, and you keep having nightmares about it because of the injury.
One of the most disturbing elements of those nightmares is the situation when no one helps you. You cannot control what happens in your dreams, but with Lucid Dreams, you can control your dreams.
When having a bad dream, use the exercises described earlier to inspire yourself to have Lucid Dreams and then continue to dream instead of forcing yourself to wake up.
Whatever knowledge or thing you are dreaming of, Lucid Dreams will help remind you that your dream cannot harm you because it is just a dream, and you may face your aggressor or pain. And make them out of your dreams.
It will only take a while before you feel completely safe in your dream, just when that particular nightmare stops.
There are some workouts to deal with nightmares:
Workout: Recurring nightmares
1. Memorize recurring nightmares and record them
If you have had a nightmare more than once, remember it as carefully as possible and write it down. Inspect it for points where you can do something different to affect the mode of events.
2. Choose a Resume Point and New Method
To change, you choose a big part of the dream, and in a new way, you work on that point. Now change the topic of your dream. If it’s a long dream, you can start with the part that immediately precedes the events you hate.
3. Relax Completely
Find the time and place where you can be alone and uninterrupted for about ten or twenty minutes. Now in a comfortable posture, close your eyes and practice relaxing continuously.
By watching Lucid Dreams, you can face your nightmares and overcome your fears. In this way, you get away from your nightmares. Because you know that it is just a dream and you can beat anyone in that dream, then why should you be afraid?
You can make yourself strong by having good dreams because the fear will be over inside you.
The book “Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming” empowers you to transform and make the life of your dreams a reality. This book can help you understand yourself better.
By reading the summary of the book, you must have come to know how to understand and change your dreams, and you will also have come to know about coming out of your nightmares.
By using this, you will overcome fear, you will become confident in your waking life, and will be able to face every fear.
Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming Book Review
“Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming” is a fascinating guidebook that offers readers a comprehensive understanding of Lucid Dreaming and its benefits.
Written by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold, this book provides practical techniques and insights into how to achieve Lucid Dreaming and the potential benefits of such experiences.
The authors explain that Lucid Dreaming is the ability to become aware that you are dreaming while still in the dream state.
The book offers step-by-step instructions on how to increase your chances of having Lucid Dreams and how to control your dreams once you become aware of them. It also includes personal accounts from individuals who have successfully achieved Lucid Dreaming and how it has impacted their lives.
One of the strengths of this book is its comprehensive coverage of the topic. The authors explore the history of Lucid Dreaming, the science behind it, and its potential applications in various fields.
They also discuss the different types of Lucid Dreams, such as flying dreams and nightmare control, and offer tips on how to use lucid dreaming for personal growth and problem-solving.
Overall, “Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming” is an insightful and practical guidebook for anyone interested in Lucid Dreaming. It is well-written, easy to follow, and offers much information on this intriguing phenomenon.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Lucid Dreamer, this book is sure to provide valuable insights and techniques to help you explore the fascinating world of Lucid Dreaming.
2 thoughts on “Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge & Howard Rheingold”
Day 22 completed
Key insights i learnt-
1. Lucid Dreaming is the dream in which we are awake inside the dream and are fully in control of circumstances in our dream
2. Dream happens by using the daily recurring experiences within our mind ,by our thinking mind
3. To practice lucid dreaming,we need to remind in our dream that we are dreaming ,so we can then change our dream accordingly. We can make dream journal to note our dreams ,and then remind ourselves the signal for lucid dreaming. Daily practice -( Am I Dreaming) to make habit so to ask in dream too
4. Types of lucid dreams – Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILDs – clarity of dream after sleep) and Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILDs – dream while keeping conscious awake ).
5. We can use hyponatics to make us dream of things we want by repeating same image and thoughts just before sleep to make them come in dream
6. To control our lucid dream ,we need to be aware we are dreaming and then always change the result of dream before waking as we want it to be by focusing our attention
7. Watching lucid dreams can help us be healthy and creative and let us find solution to real life problems
8. We can stop nightmares by changing the dream by having a breakpoint and then change the outcome by simply being aware of fact that we are dreaming and we are protagonist and then repeat it until it stops
Thank you Amit Bhai ,will try it before sleep .And I’m continuing the reading challenge daily. Let’s go
✓ Lucid dreaming can helps to overcome the fear of nightmares.
✓ Note down your Dreams after waking up.
✓ Lucid dreaming can helps us to achieve fearless state and it can also helped us to be successful.
✓ Concentrate on candle. Practice this daily. it will improve our ability to pay more attention.
✓ If dealing with nightmares start to practice Lucid dreaming.