Many of our students often ask us…
What’s the link between spirituality and lucid dreaming?
What are the spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming?
How can lucid dreaming be a spiritual practice?
If you’ve ever wondered any of these questions, this article was written for you.
The Art of Developing Awareness In Your Dreams
Simply put, lucid dreaming is the art of developing awareness in your dream. When you realize you’re dreaming, your dream reality becomes much clearer. Colors come to life. It’s like you switch from 360px video quality to 2048px HD video quality.
The term “lucid” in itself, means clarity. With greater clarity, and the awareness of the fact that you’re dreaming, you realize that this is YOUR platform for creation.
There are no rules here. You make the rules. Anything is possible. And naturally, like a child that steps into his or her favorite playground, you’re ecstatic! That’s when the dream control adventures begin.
Dream Control Is Fun – But There’s A Lot More To Lucid Dreaming
Dream control is fun, but for a lot of dream hackers around the world, lucid dreaming is a spiritual practice.
The original form of lucid dreaming is known as Tibetan Dream Yoga. This is a spiritual practice that was developed at least 1,000 years ago.
Most of us want to lucid dream to control anything and everything, and to experience things we’re unable to experience in our waking life – like flying.
However, Buddhist monks have intentions that go beyond that. For Tibetan Buddhists, lucid dreaming is just a stepping stone to enlightenment.
“If we translate the Sanskrit word yoga as meaning ‘union’, we get a clue as to what dream yoga is about: the union of consciousness within the dream state. It is a yoga of the mind that uses advanced lucid dreaming methods to utilize sleep on the path to spiritual awakening.” – Unknown
Spirituality & Lucid Dreaming – A Brief Explanation of the Connection
The practice of spirituality and lucid dreaming involve raising your awareness. Becoming present. Hence, why meditation is often seen as a spiritual practice, yet it is also a fundamental practice to aid in lucid dreaming.
In a ‘regular’ dream, you’re merely dreaming by default. You’re not aware. You don’t understand that who you really are, is the dreamer, not the ‘you’ in the dream, or the dream itself.
However, once you become lucid, you become aware of the dreamer of the dream. You know that who you really are, is asleep in your bed. You recognize that the dreamworld you’re in, is nothing but an illusion and everything and everyone you’re interacting with in the dream, is in fact, just a representation of yourself and characters created by your mind.
In spirituality, it is believed that we, in our ‘real’ physical world, are in fact ‘asleep’ as well. We too, live our lives ‘by default’, on autopilot most of the time. For those who practice spirituality, it is believed that we too, must become ‘lucid’ in our physical world. We must become ‘present’ and more aware by recognizing who we really are – the dreamer, not the dream, because our physical world is also an illusion. One that we interpret through our senses.
Furthermore, those on the spiritual journey believe that we are all connected, we are all one. That’s a key point – we are all one and the same, like individual droplets in an ocean. Thus, just like in a dream, where all our dream characters are representations of ourselves, in our real life, this applies as well for spiritual seekers.
Lucid dreaming is often used as a spiritual practice with the intention that when an individual is aware enough to recognize these simple truths in a dream-state, then he/she will gain a broader understanding and awakening in his/her real life experience. It is believed that by ‘waking up’ to the illusion of the dream, you are training yourself to wake up to the illusion of this physical reality.
In fact, regardless of whether or not you practice spirituality, once you begin lucid dreaming, you’ll likely experience a greater awareness in your waking reality. You’ll become sharper, calmer, more perceptive, and more present.
A Master Lucid Dreamer Explains The Spiritual Impact Of Lucid Dreaming
Recently, we came across an interview with dream expert Beverly D’Urso, Ph.D. in Psychology Today about lucid dreaming and self-realization.
But first, who is Dr. Beverly D’Urso?
- A lucid dreamer since she was 7 years old
- Has been called the world's most prolific lucid dreamer
- In her twenties, the world renowned pioneer of lucid dreaming, Dr. Stephen Laberge, chose Beverly as his primary subject for decades of research at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory
- Has been published in numerous major magazines on the topic of lucid dreaming
Below are three of our favourite quotes by her which explains the link between spirituality and lucid dreaming, better than we ever could explain it.
When asked about the spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming, here’s what she said:
“[Lucid Dreaming] certainly makes you a more enlightened person. You learn to be in the present moment and to notice your surroundings and take in things without being sidetracked by random thoughts or the past or the future.
That’s what all big spiritual teachers teach you now: The importance of being in the present moment. That’s what lucid dreamers have been doing all along. They are aware of the present moment with more than just their physical body, because their agency is expanded to include a higher self.”
And here are other quotes by her as well:
“If I believe that I am not dreaming, I may feel limited. When I know I am dreaming, my fear decreases, my mind clears, and I respond in more appropriate and creative ways. I often experience expanded potential. Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now, calls this state ‘Presence.’ With even partial lucidity, small frustrations disappear quickly, and I experience more fulfillment.
When I know I am dreaming, I focus more on the present moment, usually realizing that I will wake up soon. Concerns, such as ambition or regrets, don’t come up, and I can co-create interesting dramas, which sometimes seem to enhance my waking state as well. When I have increased lucidity, I easily surrender to, and fully face seemingly painful or scary situations, a process that both Tolle and Katie recommend.”
“The more lucid I become, the more I notice that my view of how others act towards me may reflect how I act or have acted toward them, others, or myself. I listen carefully to what others have to say to me and sometimes change my actions instead of defending myself.
My response comes from an expanded self. In my extreme levels of lucidity, I experience no separation, but rather a connection, with everything. Eventually, I no longer have a body nor an environment. Tolle calls this expansion into ‘Being.’ Others use the word ‘Source’ or ‘God.’ I like the term ‘Dreamer.’”
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Our true mission at Dream Hacking is not to just give rise to lucid dreamers all over the world, but to give rise to individuals with a higher, expanded level of consciousness through teaching them the art of lucid dreaming.
Lucid dreaming is one of the most fun skills that anyone, at any age, with any amount of experience is able to start developing today.
It’s actually a FUN tool to foster greater spiritual awareness and growth in one’s life.
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