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The Science of Lucid Dreaming

The Science of Lucid Dreaming

How To Take A Compliment Psychophysiology of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. Lucid Dreaming Physiologically Verified Although we are not usually explicitly aware of the fact that we are dreaming while we are dreaming, at times a remarkable exception occurs, and we become conscious enough to realize that we are dreaming. "Lucid" dreamers (the term derives from van Eeden, 1913) report being able to freely remember the circumstances of waking life, to think clearly, and to act deliberately upon reflection, all while experiencing a dream world that seems vividly real (Green, 1968; LaBerge, 1985; Gackenbach & LaBerge, 1988). This is all in contrast to the usual past characterization of dreams as typically lacking any reflective awareness or true volition (Rechtschaffen, 1978). Figure 1. Physiological data (EM, RR, HR, and SP) were also collected for sixty-one control non-lucid REM periods, derived from the same 13 subjects, in order to allow comparison with SVLDs. Figure 2. Figure 3.

Hyper Lucid Dreaming Truly mastering lucid dreaming - Blog | The last few days I have been focussing on recalibrating my sleep schedule: prioritizing healthy sleep. I have also attempted to implement the first stepping stones towards proper dream recall. I aimed at noting down dreams throughout the night and to journal them in full length the same evening. The first day of training, I had an unintended WILD, demonstrating the power of auto-suggestion of even starting (and thinking about) inducing lucid dreams. A truly skilled lucid dreamer is able to have lucid dreams on command. I have now set my eyes on reclaiming that same skill level, but this time in context of an everyday life, including work, meeting friends and family. Something that I still need to perfect in the upcoming days before progressing to new exercises, is the principle of noting down dreams throughout the night. I find it just tiring to wake myself up in the middle of the night, turn on the light, get my iPad, and write down a dream (fragment). Okay, now adding a new one:

What Are Affirmations and How to Use Them By Remez Sasson What Are Affirmations Affirmations are sentences aimed to affect the conscious and the subconscious mind. The words composing the affirmation, automatically and involuntarily, bring up related mental images into the mind, which could inspire, energize and motivate. What Affirmations Do? They motivate. When and How to Repeat Affirmations 1) Devote some special times during the day for repeating them. 2) Repeat them wherever you are, and whenever you want and have the time. Before starting, ask yourself whether you really want to get what you want to affirm for. Affirm with love, faith, feeling and interest, and feel and believe that your desire has already been fulfilled. It is natural for the mind to bring up doubts and negative thoughts, especially if your current environment and situation are very different from what you want to achieve. Examples Affirmations for success: It is easy and simple to achieve success. About the Author

Lucid dreaming: a state of consciousness with features... [Sleep. 2009 Lucid Dreaming Techniques: A Guide To Lucid Dream Induction Here are my top lucid dreaming techniques for beginners. They range from simple memory exercises (like Reality Checks and Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) to specialized meditation (like Wake Induced Lucid Dreams). Lucid Dreaming Tutorials For step-by-step tutorials and audio tools for lucid dream induction and exploration, check out my Lucid Dreaming Fast Track study program for beginners and beyond. 52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams A complete list of 52 ways to have lucid dreams - based on visualization, memory, supplements, sleep cycles and more methods than you can shake a stick at. How to Have Lucid Dreams A summary of my favorite lucid dreaming techniques, from improving dream recall, to programming your dreams, to meditation and self-hypnosis. How to Remember Your Dreams To lucid dream, you must first remember your dreams. Keeping a Dream Journal How to Perform Reality Checks How to Improve Your Self Awareness Lucid Dreams and Prospective Memory Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs)

How To Stay Lucid in Dreams and Increase Dream Intensity This article will teach you exactly how to stay lucid in dreams - transforming a few brief seconds of lucidity to many long, memorable lucid experiences. I have included a number of dream stabilizing techniques below, based on Dr Stephen LaBerge's lucid dreaming experiments and my own personal experiences. My first lucid dreams were very short - we're talking seconds. I would realize I was dreaming and run around telling everyone about it. This is a common pattern for newbie lucid dreamers. So next time you become lucid, immediately perform these simple dream stabilizing techniques to increase your self awareness in an instant. How To Prolong Lucid Dreams 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. If you notice the dream is slipping away (losing color and detail): 6. 7. My Longest Lucid Dream As soon as I learnt how to stay lucid, my dream world exploded. My lucid dreams can last up to one hour, sometimes as part of an even longer dream scenario. How To Stay Lucid: FAQ Can you have lucid dreams that guide themselves?

Sleeping and Memory Memory is an aspect of cognitive functioning that involves the encoding, storage, consolidation and recall of experiences, learning and recognition. The process of memory formation is afforded by the ability of the brain to make basic structural changes within the synapses (the junction between neurons). These changes create biochemical associations with the events being recorded. This process is called synaptic plasticity. Although memories are encoded very quickly in the brain (in milliseconds), they are also being changed during consolidation. Beyond instantaneous encoding of memories, the other processes of memory formation require sleep. Memory stabilization proceeds faster during sleep whether daytime nap or nocturnal sleep. The Different Stages of Sleep Cycle Although sleep appears to be a linear progression of rest and dreams, it is really a cycle of 5 stages. The 5 stages of sleep are divided into REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. In Conclusion

Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain Studies of lucid dreamers show which centers of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves in dreams. Which areas of the brain help us to perceive our world in a self-reflective manner is difficult to measure. During wakefulness, we are always conscious of ourselves. In sleep, however, we are not. But there are people, known as lucid dreamers, who can become aware of dreaming during sleep. Studies employing magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) have now been able to demonstrate that a specific cortical network consisting of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the frontopolar regions and the precuneus is activated when this lucid consciousness is attained. The human capacity of self-perception, self-reflection and consciousness development are among the unsolved mysteries of neuroscience. “The general basic activity of the brain is similar in a normal dream and in a lucid dream,” says Michael Czisch, head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry.

★ Lucid Dream ★ Binaural Beats + Isochronic Tones (ASMR) What’s On Your Gratitude List Today? We all know how focusing on the things that we’re grateful for can turn around a negative mood but have you made this a daily practice? I started my own version of this years ago in the form of The 10/10 Exercise. Each day I write at least ten things for which I’m grateful. I try to write about ten different things each day so the practice doesn’t become a rote exercise and to ensure that I notice more of the wonderful people and things in my life. After putting myself into a great mood writing about things I’m grateful for, I follow it by writing at least ten things that I want to attract into my life. Today I thought I would share with you some of the many things that have appeared in my gratitude list. Be grateful if you have eyes to see these things, a nose to smell them, ears to hear them, a mouth to taste them, hands to touch them and a heart to feel them. The petals of a flower The eyelashes of a baby The smell of a puppy The rainbow of colors in a sunrise and sunset Big hugs Love