Disclaimer #1: By the time you finish reading this lucid dreaming infographic, you’ll have developed a healthy obsession with your subconscious, your dream states, and controlling your dreams.
Disclaimer #2: Lucid Dreaming is way more exciting than the other side of the pillow.
Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.
A line from director Christopher Nolan’s 2010 critically acclaimed sci-fi movie, Inception.
Dealing with the themes of dream-awareness and challenging the impossible, it provided an equally impossible plethora of iconic dream imagery, stemming directly from the human subconscious.
But did you know, that it is actually possible to consciously control your dreams?
This is what we call “lucid dreaming.”
Lucid dreaming is when a dreamer becomes aware that he or she is in a dream, and is able to manipulate the dream’s elements and surroundings, bending them to his or her will.
Lucid dreaming is more than a state of mind; it’s a gateway to mental, physical and spiritual healing. Everything experienced is perceived by the mind to be the real thing.
Your only limitation is your infinite imagination.
Why Everyone Should Lucid Dream
Lucid dreaming can be a highly beneficial process for everyone. No matter what your culture or profession, no matter what beliefs you have or philosophies you live by, lucid dreaming allows us to explore parts of ourselves that we usually don’t have access to in the “real world.”
In fact, accessing your subconscious is one of the main benefits of lucid dreaming.
By becoming conscious in a state where you’re usually unconscious, you’re able to explore a lot of your beliefs, fears, and traumas with more freedom, more control, and less reactivity. Once you become aware of the fact you’re dreaming, you can choose your emotions and responses.
How lucid dreaming empowers you to heal & learn
Many people say that the experience of lucid dreaming has helped them heal psychologically. Some even claim that it can help them heal physically.
And because this all happens in the dream world, the limitations all but disappear and the stakes are so much lower. If you fall down in the dream world, no problem — you won’t see those scrapes and bruises on your knees when you wake up.
You can even practice skills that you’d like to learn, like mastering golf swings or painting a canvas. Studies show that when you do something in a lucid dream, your brain actually thinks you are doing it. Your brain is actually more able to recognize the difference between simply imagining something and experiencing it in a lucid dream.
That means these benefits are transferrable to the real world.
Explore the infographic below as we go over the benefits of lucid dreaming, and decide for yourself. (Or jump to our lucid dreaming guide).
So if you think you’re ready to start lucid dreaming, make a dream plan and a dream journal. This will help you become more aware of what actually happens in your dream state — and eventually, this helps you become more and more conscious of your dreams.
Which benefit of lucid dreaming would you enjoy the most? Share in the comments below.