The Magic of Lucid Dreaming
By Neil Greenwood
Did you know that ‘Lucid Dreaming’ is a higher sensory power of ours? We are typically aware of our 5 senses, and occasionally delve into the mystical by opening up to what we like to call a ‘sixth sense’. But there are so many more sensory perceptions available to us when we choose to train our minds and bodies.
Lucid dreaming occurs in a sleeping state, when your awareness effectively wakes and you realise that you are in fact dreaming. From this point on you can play an interactive role in the dreamscape, taking control of the environments and people around you, even choosing the exact adventures that you wish to journey upon.
For some people these experiences come quite naturally, but I wasn’t one of those fortunate few, I had to learn how to do it the hard way. These are some of the tools and techniques that I have learnt to harness so that I can forever play in my dreams.
Techniques to induce the lucid dream state:
Start writing a dream journal. By committing to the practise of recording your dream experiences, you signify with intent that you wish to enhance your dream skills. Our minds are incredibly powerful, when we set goals and follow through with a devoted practise we can achieve anything.
Whatever time of the night you wake up, whatever little experience you can remember from your dreams, write it down. Even if it was just one word; one thought about someone you know; even just a sense or feeling, write it down. If you begin to think of this practise as a both a mental and spiritual workout, you will accept that you start somewhere and must build up to higher levels of attainment. Even if you think something makes no sense and isn’t worth writing, remember that you are likely still half asleep, and this message will take on a deeper meaning when you reflect on it at a later time.
Take a few moments in the day to look at your hands and ask yourself: Am I dreaming? Through this you will begin to segregate the sensations that you can recognise that differ in a waking and dream state.
Before you go to sleep, close your eyes in a seated position and begin a meditation. Just a simple one, focus on your breathing, allow the thoughts of the day to leave your mind. Then say a little prayer to yourself, be thankful for taking the time to be at peace. Then set the intention to lucid dream. Say to yourself that you are ready for this experience, that you want to learn more about activating your higher sensory perceptions. This may take time to develop, be careful of setting too high expectations at the beginning. Be patient, if you are truly ready, and if you commit to the practice, it will come to you.
The benefits of Lucid Dreaming:
The dream world will slowly open to you over time, if you respect the process, and devote time to training your mind and body to enhance your experiences. All of which will eventually guide you to a state of peace within, including health benefits such as:
Improved wellbeing, reduction in hostility, increased psychic activity, inner calm, increased respect for life, increased intelligence and memory retention, increased wisdom and an understanding of the circle of life.
about the author
Neil Greenwood is a meditation expert and spiritual healer, currently teaching mindfulness and healing practises worldwide. Deeply fascinated by universal knowledge and human potential, he lives the life of a spiritual scientist. Forever learning and advancing his own creative and intellectual acumen.
Along this path he opened to divine instruction, activating his highest potential within, enhancing his psychic abilities and communication with the world of spirit. He is the leader of Echochamber, a community of ‘light’ minded individuals, who are awake and involved with the positive transformation taking place in this world here and now. He welcome’s you to join this group