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Lucid dreams can give us a passport to new worlds

By Joseph Pond

Today, I want to talk about one of the most difficult types of mindfulness, but also one of the most interesting and fun to explore: mindful dreaming. Also known as Tibetan dream yoga, in the west we tend to call it lucid dreaming.

Basically, it's the ability to become conscious within the dream state and to control the action. We all know that dreams seem real when you're in the middle of one, and lucid dreams are no different. Once you master this skill you'll possess an extraordinary passport to exciting new worlds.

Do you want a no-strings-attached steamy experience with a partner of your choice? Are you grieving for someone and need to say a proper goodbye? Or do you simply wish to have more awareness? Lucid dreaming can offer all that and more.

I've had clients who were plagued by nightmares and who've used it to transform their fear. Use it if you want to become unconsciously competent at a new skill such as guitar playing or golf. Since it offers access to your subconscious, it stands to reason that-in addition to putting in the necessary real world practice-practising unconsciously will speed up the acquisition of new skills.

Hypnosis is a good way to learn lucid dreaming since hypnosis is just basically a way to communicate with the dreaming mind anyway.

However, it's not the only way. Although it requires persistence, the easiest way to become a lucid dreamer is by getting in the habit of doing frequent reality checks.

Look around and ask yourself, "Am I dreaming right now?" Count from 1 to 10, and then from 10 to 1. Since the logical part of the brain which is able to do maths is less active while you're dreaming, this is almost impossible while you're asleep.

We tend to dream about things we do during the day, so if you frequently do a reality check while awake, you'll soon find yourself doing it one day in a dream. And presto! With persistence you'll find yourself in the middle of a playground you never knew existed.

  • Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and conducts workshops in hypnosis with PowerTrance. Reach him at or at Hypnosis/ ?ref=hl/?ref=hl

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