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Mar 21, 2012

Has Everyone Experienced Lucidity ?

I believe that everyone at some point in their lives have experienced a type of lucidity. 
When I was a child I used to have incredibly vivid and elaborate dreams, some of them were pretty scary! 
As I matured I naturally built up a nightmare defence mechanism, whereby, if I ever was in one of those particular dreams, I would force myself to wake up.

More and more people today generally speak of similar experiences.
They may have had sleep paralysis, where they are in that in-between state of waking and sleep but don't fully know how to utilise it? Maybe they developed a subconscious technique in waking themselves up intentionally from a bad dream? Maybe the dreamer thought it would be a great idea to speak about Lucid dreaming 'within' the dream itself ? 

Believe it or not, these are all subtle variations towards Lucidity. There are many dream states which we can find ourselves in. When we discover the many types, we can expand our awareness even more towards our goals. 

You may think that you've never had a Lucid dream before, chances are you have already experienced some type of Lucidity...

What types of Lucidity are there?

There are many subtle layers of lucidity that can occur. Possibly existing infinite variations, all comprising of the same essence. The only difference is how much we are aware of this particular state and how we, as humans, 'label' it and express its subtle distinctions. 
Below are the most likely common occurrences. There's probably ten to the dozen more and these are the types I have personally experienced throughout my dream studies. Please share in the comments below if you have any other experiences...

Semi Lucid

Within the dream state you are able to consciously act out your present earthly character and personality at will, just as you would do here on Earth. Only you are not aware that you have another physical body sleeping at home in bed. You genuinely believe that your dream/earthly character is completely the ONLY  known existence that is available. This state is similar to FULL Lucidity, only you don't simultaneously believe you have a physical body sleeping in your bed.

Fully Lucid

This is the prime goal for all experienced lucid dreamers. Within this state, you are now a multidimensional being. You are fully integrated within your dream state and completely aware that you're dreaming. You realise you're asleep in bed at home and simultaneously realise you are conscious within your dream. You have all the characteristics and memories as your existing persona. At this point you may wish to recite within the dream some of your physical memories you had that previous day. This will strengthen the bond between the two subtle bodies, the dream and the physical. 
Like the blockbuster movie 'Inception' you can manipulate and modify the dreamscape at will!

Dream Objects/Characters

This particular dream state is pretty common. I find that I know I'm dreaming (almost 'Semi Lucid') and I find a particular object. At this point I'm convinced that I can bring this item back into the physical world and enjoy it the next day! Even though, as I'm sure you'll agree, this is completely impossible! This occurrence can also happen with 'Dream Characters'. You may realise you're in a dream and then speak to someone asking them to meet you tomorrow for a few bevies the next day! Upon awakening and realising it's 'physically' impossible, it can be quite humorous and make you feel rather silly!

Incoherent Lucidity

Within this state you are acting out a particular script. You go about your business and suddenly come across a dream character who tells you that you are dreaming! You hear them and acknowledge them, yet you don't do anything about it. You simply carry on and play along with your subconscious script. You may also find a book on Lucid Dreaming or speak about it and yet this STILL does not trigger your Lucidity. Although this is quite rare I still believe this is a small form of lucidity.

Nightmare Awakening

This is a very common form of Lucidity and in most cases has been entirely self created subconsciously. Within this state you are having a Nightmare. You may be running away from someone or something feeling terrified. As you're running, your pace may slow down, you come to realise that you've instantly been granted the power to pull yourself out of the dream at will. I developed this skill subconsciously at a young age and it has served me immensely  through the years! 
However there is another 'much stronger' variation of Lucidity in confronting a nightmare. For example, you may be running away from something, and you realise you're dreaming. This added confidence is then harnessed and put to good use by turning around and confronting the adversary head on. I rate this as a much stronger form of Lucidity compared to just simply pulling yourself out of the dream. This is because of the amount of confidence you have applied within yourself to see what's behind you. If we simply pull ourselves out of the nightmare, this would imply that our conscious minds may believe that the evil dream figure could be real. 

False Awakening

Within this state you tend to already be dreaming and then that dream ends. Now you 'awaken' and appear in a bedroom-like environment which may or may not look like your identical room. You get up and play out a script believing you have woken up, you go about your daily routine when actually you are still inside yet another dream! False Awakenings used to be my pet hate as they can be REALLY convincing. Sometimes you can wake up in exactly the same environment as your present bedroom and can really confuse you. This is why 'Reality Checks' are extremely important. If we train ourselves to mirror our actions in the day, by constantly checking our hands and questioning our reality, 'Am I Dreaming?', we will then perform this automatically every time we awaken in reality or in a dream. If a False Awakening occurs and we perform a reality check successfully, we can then be triggered into a Lucid dream.

Help From a Spirit Guide

I was surprised to have not seen this type of Lucidity anywhere online. I have experienced this divine help only a few times because I think it can be quite rare. Depending on how strong your relationship is with your guide, it can prove to be a wonderful help in triggering your lucidity. Throughout a particular day, I asked my guide to help me with a lucid experiment. I asked him out loud to trigger my lucidity by meeting face to face within that night's dream. I set my intention to recognise him if he was ever in my presence, and now I  fall asleep. 
That night I began to act out a regular dream and go about my subconscious business. Then this tall semi familiar face appeared right in front of me. 
It was him! He told me to wake up (in the dream) and realise I was dreaming! 
I suddenly became lucid and took a deep breath! It was truly a break though and I felt completely cared for. I had a fully lucid dream that night! Try it for yourself. Just ask...

Symptoms of Paralysis

There are many other symptoms that could happen externally before Lucidity occurs. Paralysis is one of them. Paralysis seems to be in my book the most common anomaly out there that is related to Lucid Dreaming. The Paralysis state can happen in many ways. For example; not moving after waking up from a dream, having sleep depravation, fasting and by taking supplements such as Galantamine
Please see my post on Galantamine for more information. 
This is when your body's muscle sensory system shuts down but your mind is still awake. Being in this 'in-between' state can confuse the logical mind and thus bring a state of frustration and have a weird like nature. In some cases similar to a nightmare. However, if we train ourselves into using the paralysis state as a tool for initiating Lucidity and educate ourselves on this natural phenomena, it manifests itself in becoming an incredible doorway into other dimensions. I have performed many Astral Projections/Lucid Dreams from the Paralysis state. I will post more on this shortly.

As mentioned before, there are many subtle road signs that tell us how lucid we are (Internally within the dream)  and how close we are to a lucid dream (Externally, outside of the dream). There is no right or wrong state of Lucidity, or even wether or not it's the most common type. What matters is that we can reach some degree of awareness within our dream work, how we move forward and progress to understanding its true divine nature is completely up to us all...


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