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Sunday August 29, 2004: Personal: The Thrill of Lucid Dreaming

             One of my sons had his first major lucid dream experience. Wow!!  I've tried so hard not to push the kids in this direction, but to provide emotional stability so they could handle whatever came into their lives.  Perhaps it seems strange that their father, who studied Vedanta Yoga and encouraged the three boys to participate in his meditation groups, has been the primary source of encouragement for higher realities.  It must be my own background that makes me focus on keeping them centered, rather than pushing them into higher dimensions.

             R. was excited to have figured out he was in a dream; he consciously decided -- if this was a dream -- he would make a major alteration.  He ended up blowing the dream-world apart. It's easy to share in his enthusiasm, easy to remembering the wonder and the satisfaction of my own lucid dreams.

             To dream lucidly means you're taking an awakened state of consciousness into the dream state. Lucid dreams can be used to find answers blocked in the awakened state by social conditioning and personal defense systems, or one can hook up with inner teachers to receive specialized training. That side of lucid dreaming will always be valuable, but it's only the beginning. How luscious to be able to step back from the action and rethink the significance of various symbolic representations, to stop dreams, back them up, shift the props until you've altered the outcome. Even more wondrous are the memories of sitting down within the lucid dream and meditating, actually shifting out of the dream worlds into higher dimensions.     

             I'm not sure if my son will explore these possibilities; I hope he will.  I am just beginning to realize how little concrete instruction I've given my children concerning higher realities. Perhaps, someday, when they're ready, they can come back to these journals and find answers.   

Posted on Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 08:53AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

How common, do you think, are lucid dreams? I've had them since quite young. They started when I was about 5, and was plagued by a recurring nightmare. Somehow I decided to remember this was a dream (while dreaming), managed to do it, changed the outcome, and never had that nightmare again. I retained the ability to "step into" my dreams. I always "know" that I am dreaming, and when I am dreaming, I remember other dreams --as if there was a separate "dreamworld". It seems to me this is so natural, most everyone does this. Do you think they do?
September 6, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterFrances
I'd also be curious to find out how many people dream lucidly. I think once you've had a lucid dream, it's easier to get back into that state of awareness. So, Frances, have you met someone yet who was not part of the dream? There is a different type of awareness if someone else steps into your dreamstate.
September 6, 2004 | Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic

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