I want to do some research on lucid dreaming. I have had several experiences with it and I would like to know how a person can use this phenomenon to empower themselves in their waking life. The experiences are so remarkable that I have a hard time believing they are not some link or portal between dimensions. It definitely feels that way.
My most recent lucid dream was during an afternoon nap a couple of days ago. I dreamed about my ex-boyfriend. It felt like he was actually there. In the dream we were outside and I was wearing his coat. And it was quite specifically his coat, the one he wore the entire time we were together. Having worn this coat before, I am familiar with how it feels, the fabric, the lining, the exact weight of it, how big it was, and how small I felt wearing it.
So in this dream we were walking outside and when we reached his destination, I was preparing to give his coat back. Suddenly I could feel the coat. All the things I described about it, I could feel them in my dream. I could also feel the cool Fall air. Then I had this insight, in the dream, about how amazing it was I could feel these sensations while I was dreaming. I had full awareness that I was dreaming while it was happening! It was really enjoyable for those moments before I woke up. The dream itself was happy and pleasant and the moment of realization was gentle and comforting. When I felt myself wearing the coat in the dream, I remembered how safe I always felt with this person. I think the coat symbolizes feeling protected by him. It was a lovely experience.
The last time I had a lucid dream was several months ago. I can’t remember the dream other than I remember being outside, but I remember questioning my lucidity.
Someone told me that sleep paralysis and false awakening, which in my experience are very frightening, are related to lucid dreaming. If that is so, it makes sense. I’ve experienced both repeatedly and they feel similar to the lucid dream, only scary. I feel like I have been developing this ability for years. And it is sort of seems like a natural by-product of my spiritual practices, which is so great.
The thing I discovered a couple of days ago is that lucid dreams have the power to heal. It seems to be an opportunity to revisit things that bother us. For me, any time I can have a happy memory of my ex-boyfriend, it’s a good thing. Because aside from his lack of skill in ending relationships, he was one of the most lovely people I have ever known. Smart, kind, loyal, protective, and affectionate. Those are the memories I want to take forward with me, not the painful stuff. It felt like the dream helped me move in that direction.
This presents me with a most interesting opportunity. If we can manage our thoughts and emotions during our dreams and then feel a tangible difference in our perspective during full wakefulness, the consequences could be huge.
I’m very interested in learning more and knowing others’ experience with this phenomenon.