Lucid Dreams: the First Virtual Reality
where all things are possible and seem to occur. In our dreams we perform superhuman
women of our dreams, depending on our sexual orientation. While we dream, these
horrifying events imaginable, called nightmares. Everyone has their own version of
control of by
television shows over and over. For years, men have thought that there should be a
preventing or controlling these nightly events.
only know that if we are deprived of sleep long enough that we will most certainly die.
is true for dreams and dreaming(1). If we sleep long enough we will reach an advanced
period that we experience most of our dreams. Many scientists try to speculate the
interpretations and meanings for specific dream references. For psychics, astrologists, or
psychologists who attempt to interpret dreams, there are numerous factors that must be
contribute to the condition of dreaming, many different paths have been created for
interpretation abounds. However, there is a way to dream and not be at the mercy of
training people to
control their dreams. His subjects are learning to become aware of their dream
experience as it is
experience at least one of these dreams in our lifetime.
There are a variety of stimuli that he uses to induce this state of mind. One
playing a tape recording of the phrase “This is a dream” during the sleeper s REM.
He may also
providing an external cue to the sleeper that they are dreaming. This is because
light seems to be easily incorporated into dreams and, when properly conditioned,
55% of 44
subjects had at least one lucid dream during one study(5). The possibilities for human
progression that this concept creates seem to have no bounds.
For years psychologists and others have sought to find a perfect semi-conscious
mind where a subject will have a strong link with their subconscious and may even
Although the .lucid x state of mind that Dr. Laberge s patients experience is not
conscious or subconscious, they are still asleep, and the world that they are in is very
and just as realistic as our waking world. That is what puzzles most people who look
research. Although not mentioned by Dr. Laberge in his studies, I think that there is a
nightmare therapy, self-confidence enhancing, and general mental health improvements,
can walk, dance, fly, or do as they wish sexually whenever they choose. The
creative problem solving seem to be obviously enhanced. There even seems to be a
of possible sensorimotor practice that could possibly be used by stroke or other nerve
patients. And finally to quote Dr. Laberge(1),
.lucid dreaming can function as a “world simulator.” Just as a flight
simulator allows people to learn to fly in a safe environment, lucid dreaming could
allow people to learn to live in any imaginable world; to experience and better choose
What makes humans extraordinary in the animal kingdom is our awareness of
being. It is
an awareness of our life and existence coupled with our advanced capacity to reason
thought, but the exact capability of being aware somehow of our subconscious
strong sense of our subconscious can be obtained in a state of sleep where the sleeper
aware not only that he or she is dreaming, but that he or she is actually sleeping.
now do this regularly without any type of influencing hypnotic suggestion given by a
This state of mind seems to be more powerful than any kind of hypnosis, even
believe that somewhere locked inside our minds is an empirical understanding of our
not just an awareness.
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