Lucid dreaming is as old as time itself so it’s no wonder many people are asking themselves whether lucid dreaming is a sin.
Lucid dreams have generally been used, at least in Western monotheistic religions, as a means to communicate with God and strengthen one’s bond with Him.
In Eastern religions, lucid dreams are more seen as a path to self-discovery and spiritual growth, a means to fight your fears and reach the next level of consciousness.
Let’s take a deeper look into how religions interpret lucid dreaming and in the end, we’ll answer the main question of this article.
Christianity and Lucid Dreaming
Saint Augustine, one of the most important Church Fathers, mentions lucid dreams in a letter to a friend who doubted the existence of an eternal soul.
He vividly explains the dream and concludes that lucid dreams are a pathway to God, proof that the afterlife exists.
The most important lucid dream experienced in the Bible must have been Joseph’s dream of the impending killing of newborn babies, including baby Jesus at that time.
His dream was so vivid and lucid that he immediately woke Mary, gathered his stuff and went to Egypt.
We can already see a pattern emerging, lucid dreams are not only approved by Christianity but are seen as a quintessential tool in communicating and strengthening your bond with God.
However, delving into New Age movements and practicing lucid dreaming as a means to self-gratification is seen as a sin.
Islam And Lucid Dreaming
In Islam, lucid dreams are seen as divine messages from Allah that are in need of interpretation.
Ibn El-Arabi, one of the most influential Islamic philosophers to date, stated to have had lucid dreams.
He divided dreams into categories and also claimed that lucid dreams are very important for a practicing Muslim, as the control of dreams incurs many benefits and brings a lot of value to a person’s life.
Very important to mention is that Prophet Muhammad once said: ‘’The Pen has been lifted from three: from the sleeping person until he wakes up…’’
This sentence is interpreted as; actions that are not recorded for the sleeping man.
However, delving into lucid dreams to intentionally commit Zina (adultery) is not permissible and is considered a sin.
Buddhism And Lucid Dreaming
Buddhists readily accept lucid dreams and see them as a way to further exert control over yourself and your surroundings.
That is especially seen by Tibetan Buddhists, who practiced something called Dream Yoga or control over your dreams.
It was also noted that those practicing yoga in their daily life had a bigger occurrence of lucid dreams, which is seen as a positive correlation by Buddhists.
The fourteenth Dalai Lama called lucid dreaming a ‘special dream state’.
This state is allegedly created from the mind and prana (energy).
The Dalai Lama then proceeds to tell us that, with enough practice, one is able to completely dissociate his dream body from his physical body (enter Astral Projection).
Essentially, Buddhists see lucid dreaming as just another realm of consciousness humans are able to explore.
Hinduism And Lucid Dreaming
Hindus believe that dreaming and sleep are more important than your waking life. It is also stated that only through dreams, one can be completely free from thought.
Hindus perform lucid dreaming as a part of spiritual sleep called Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra translates to ‘blissful relaxation’ and is considered an essential part of self-realization.
Multiple studies have been performed on practicing Hindus and it was found that delta brainwave activity was very high and that outside stimuli could affect us, even in a lucid dream.
Delta waves are usually associated with deep sleep.
All in all, Hindus see lucid dreaming as a path to expanded consciousness.
Is Lucid Dreaming A Sin
Now that we’ve introduced lucid dreaming through the prism of multiple religions, we can draw some conclusions.
The most important thing determining whether or not a lucid dream is a sin is intent.
Your intentions mean everything during a lucid dream.
If the only reason why you’re lucid dreaming is to have sex and live out your deepest desires then you can be sure that you’re actually sinning.
However, if you use lucid dreams to get closer to God and communicate with him, or if you’re using lucid dreams on a path to self-realization, then there is no sin committed.
Also important to note that even if you sometimes see sins being committed in a lucid dream, you’re not at fault.
Still, it’s your duty to change the landscape of your dream.
As we’ve seen from this article, lucid dreams are an essential part of almost every religion out there.
It’s your intent that determines whether you’re sinning or not.
Lucid dreams by themselves are NOT a sin and you’re not doing anything bad if you’re practicing them.