Readers of this blog know the famous ‘For Dummies’ reference book series which have covered various subjects since the very first book ‘DOS For Dummies’ was released back in November 1991.
Now anything from Acne to Zoho is available, covering over 1,800 book titles since March 2013.
Well there is a ‘Dreams For Dummies’ book by the Author Penney Pierce (ISBN-13: 978-0764552977) which was first published back in December 2000.
There is even a ‘Dream Dictionary For Dummies’ written by the same Author.
What about lucid dreaming?
You’ve seen the film (usually Inception,) got the t-shirt, but now all you need is the book!
You have heard of EWOLD because the abbreviated title reminds you of a cross between a furry Star Wars character and being AWOL, plus you are fed up of seeing new 4-letter acronyms for so-called lucid dreaming techniques being invented since.
If a For Dummies book were to exist then we would hope that it would bust some of the myths and fears that have built up around the subject that is lucid dreaming.
For example some people view the subject as something mystical; even occult, yet dreaming is a natural process. *Everybody does it whatever your race, colour or creed.
Dreaming is even mentioned in The Bible.
The term ‘sleep paralysis’ is probably still one of the biggest controversies amongst the lucid dreaming community in general.
A lot of myths still surround this subject especially. The student often has fears that attempting to lucid dream might bring it on, or that sleep paralysis and hallucinations are necessary to have a WILD (a Wake Induced Lucid Dream) for example.
Also various Hollywood films like The Matrix trilogy, the media and the growth of social networking on the Internet have catapulted lucid dreaming into the mainstream. It is seen as more pop culture than New Age nowadays. Even science accepts it.
The agreed definition of lucid dreaming is being aware that you are in a dream whilst asleep. The vast majority of people tend to only realise they are dreaming when they wake up, often disappointed. That person for example finds they haven’t got the winning lottery ticket, nor are they in a passionate embrace with George Clooney or Jessica Alba after all!
Then there are the people who don’t remember their dreams for whatever reason. It maybe that people are simply not interested or because they live a busy lifestyle.
Having some form of a bedside dream journal in the form of a written notebook or some form of dictation device or recorder can prove invaluable.
You will be able to recall more dreams with practice. It helps to notice your personal dream signs and themes which is where your journal comes in handy again. Recalling your dreams accurately should be your goal initially.
Daily awareness in your routine and reality checks can be useful too providing you carry them out with proper conviction rather than half-heartedly.
Do not believe the people that say lucid dreaming is easy. It takes dedication. Sure there are the naturals who used the skill to control their nightmares as a kid but lost the idea how to do it maybe when they grew up.
It takes hard work and practice; however it is worth it when you achieve your first realization.
Finally do not give up. Never give up. The adventure is about to begin!
*(Unless there are medical reasons.)
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