Just like everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to practicing Lucid Dreaming.
If you don’t know what Lucid Dreaming is, then the simple answer is it’s a dream where you’re aware that you’re dreaming and where you are in control, rather than letting your subconscious mind take over and dictate what’s going on.
But anyone new to Lucid Dreaming might question whether it’s worth pursuing, and wonder what the benefits and drawbacks actually are. This guide will teach you what you need to know:
You Can Learn more about yourself
Your normal dreams are a reflection of your subconscious, which is why it’s common for dreams to reflect things that are going on in your life, at least in part, or by communicating through metaphor.
Your mind has a way of communicating what you need in the present moment, and Lucid Dreaming gives you a direct way to talk with the hidden parts of your mind, understanding your deeper needs, and finding ways to integrate them into your existing personality.
The simplest way to do this is to actually talk to yourself, through creating scenarios or dreaming about people to who you need to speak to.
What questions would you ask your inner child, if you could know anything?
You can create your own dream plots
No matter what Lucid Dreaming technique you choose to use, you can set up elaborate dream plots and design your own adventures, before you go on them.
This is useful for so many reasons. You can go on adventures that strengthen your life and help you deal with your fears, meet people, even have sex. (We’ll go into more of this later.)
Remember, anything that you can imagine, you can dream, and anything that you can dream, through Lucid Dreaming, you can experience.
You can learn to fly
One of the most common fantasies people share is being able to fly. And by practicing Lucid Dreaming, flying is one of the simplest things you can do.
By flying while Lucid Dreaming, you actually experience the sensation of flying as if it’s your body doing it, and it will feel as if it is literally happening to you, including full sensory input.
Whether you use it to take yourself on adventures, defeat your own fears of flying, seek an adrenaline rush, or something else entirely, when you learn how to Lucid Dream, flying through the sky is something that you should definitely try.
You can meet and interact with your heroes
In your Lucid Dreams, you can meet anyone you can imagine, giving you the option to meet any historical figure, fictional character, or any other one of your heroes.
So when you lie down to have a Lucid Dream, ask yourself, who would you choose to meet, if you could meet anyway, and what would you ask them?
It’s not just the experience of meeting your heroes that’s impressive, either. Often, the heroes you meet in your dreams have exactly the right information you need to advance in your life, because they will combine the knowledge of that person, with your own subconscious awareness.
You can have lucid sex
Because Lucid Dreams give you the ability to meet anyone and do anything, a question that crosses a lot of people’s minds is can I have sex in my dreams?
We’re here to tell you that you absolutely can, and Lucid Dreams can be a great release for a lot of people. You can summon any partner, who will all be willing and happy, and it can feel absolutely amazing.
You can use Lucid Dreaming to learn things
Because Lucid Dreaming lets you do anything, you can actually use it to practice new skills while you sleep.
Your Lucid Dreamscape is a completely safe environment that’s under your control, which lets you practice techniques that might be difficult or worrying, which can be fantastic if you’ve got a public speaking or dance arrangement coming up, and you’re scared about doing it in front of people. Just imagine an audience and perform in front of them.
There’s also convincing research that simply imagining ourselves performing physical actions can help us actually perform them in the real world because the nerves in our bodies fire in the same way whether we’re just thinking about doing something, as well as when we actually do it.
Lucid Dreaming is completely safe
Inside your own dreams, there is absolutely nothing that can hurt you. So by using Lucid Dreaming, you can do anything, going on adventures that you might never do otherwise, with absolutely zero risks involved.
But because it’s so safe, some people even use Lucid Dreaming to overcome phobias or past trauma. Using their dreams to encounter the things that affect them, and dealing with them in ways that are healthy teaches your mind to react in the same way in reality. So whether you’re afraid of something like spiders, or you’re dealing with past traumas, Lucid Dreaming can help.
One of the biggest attractions to Lucid Dreaming is just how fun it is.
Just going through our list of benefits, it’s clear that you can use Lucid Dreaming to do almost anything. Meet people who are long dead and gone, experience things you never otherwise could fight your literal and metaphorical demons.
In fact, this is one of the biggest draws for anyone who can Lucid Dream. The ability to do everything that you’ve ever dreamed of, with no limitations or risks. It’s a heady feeling, and one a lot of people grow to love.
Lucid Dreaming can be uncomfortable
Because Lucid Dreaming uses a lot of metaphorical, dreamlike imagery, it can show you things about yourself you might not otherwise want to see.
By exploring Lucid Dreaming, you can dive into the depths of your mind, explore your own personality, find out who you really are and what you really want from life.
But this clarity and candor can be uncomfortable for some people, as it lays bare who you really are, with no illusions or misrepresentation. If there’s something you don’t like about yourself, Lucid Dreaming can force you to confront it.
Lucid Dreaming can be frightening
Just like with dreams, Lucid Dreaming can sometimes bring up frightening and nightmarish imagery. Especially when you consider that the things that are in your dreamscapes are normally dredged up from your deepest, subconscious fears.
But it’s always worth remembering that you are in control of your Lucid Dreams, so anything that frightens you can be spirited away, and also that dealing with your darker, subconscious fears can help you move forwards in life and get stronger. So, put that way, this is actually a benefit, as Lucid Dreaming is one of the single safest ways for you to confront and defeat your fears.
Lucid Dreams let you do almost anything you can imagine, and now that you’ve read our list you’ll have realized that there are almost no real downsides to starting to practice it.
If you’re interested in learning how to start Lucid Dreaming, we recommend starting tonight, because the sooner you practice, the quicker you’ll learn.