Lucid Dreaming Research

Following my inspiration from the film ‘Matilda’, I wanted to look into lucid dreaming, which as of yet, I don’t know much about.

Lucid Dreaming – the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming, and should have some degree of control of their dream (characters, narrative, environment).

  • The philosopher Aristotle wrote: ‘often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream’ (essentially, Aristotle is saying that part of our consciousness is aware we are dreaming, which is nearly lucid dreaming but without the degree of control).

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  • A letter written by St. Augustine of Hippo in 415 AD tells the story of a dreamer, Doctor Gennadius, and refers to lucid dreaming. (The story) – very uninspiring story.
  • Much evidence of people lucid dreaming throughout history, shows it is something we are actually capable of.
  • ‘Dream consciously’
  • Had been used to help people who suffer with nightmares – if they are aware that they are dreaming, and possess some level of control over the dream, it is less scary and nightmarish.

How to lucid dream

  • Record every dream – encourages the mind to remember dreams more vividly.
  • Reality checks through the waking day – become self-aware.
  • Practice meditation – incubate desire to recognise when dreaming
  • I take from these tips the essential need to identify the waking world, and the dreaming, subconscious world.
  • From reading this, I feel motivated to train myself to lucid dream and document on this blog my progress.

Lucid dreaming in art:-

Johnson Tsang – Lucid Dream Series
Link to artist’s work