Most of us have many types of dreams… but few of us realize there’s far more to experience. Some dreams are wild adventures in mysterious lands; some are the frustrating type where we repeatedly try to do something that never seems to work; others are crazy nightmares that startle us awake in a cold sweat; and some are sex dreams that add a little spice to our lives (ooh la la!). But have you ever had a dream that you could control?
Commonly called Lucid Dreaming, this is a kind of dream state where you consciously discover you’re dreaming and decide take the reigns. I’ve been lucky enough to have a few lucid dreams in my time. I’ve had amazing flying dreams where I flew around buildings like some hybrid between Superman and Spiderman, soaring up to walls and then hanging off of them as I looked down on amazed people below. In one mind blowing experience I traveled the universe in a spaceship, blasting past hundreds of detailed galaxies as I marveled at their glowing beauty. Exciting right?[see_also]
While my lucid dreams have happened by accident, this fascinating infographic details the steps necessary to begin controlling your dreams more often. It details the stages of sleep that bring about the right conditions for lucid dreaming; ways to condition your mind to better recognize when you enter the dream state; a few of the wild things you can do while controlling your dreams; and even what foods can help boost your chances of going lucid. As Dr Steven LaBerge, a psychophysiologist and leader in the scientific study of lucid dreaming once said: “If you must sleep through a third of your life, why should your sleep through your dreams, too?” For more information on how to lucid dream see The Lucidity Institute or the always thought-provoking blog of Steve Pavlina.