I ran and ran and could not escape them, those undead creatures. Surely they wanted to do horrible things to me when they caught me like eat my brains, tear me to shreds, or tie me up and make me listen to “Call Me Maybe” on repeat over and over again. You know, the things of nightmares. But my dream self would not let that happen. Then again, it wouldn’t let me win either. I was stuck in some hellish circle of running.
I hate dreaming because when you want to sleep, you want to sleep. Dreaming is work. Next thing you know, I have to build a go-cart with my ex-landlord.
Then, all of the sudden, it happened. If you’ve ever had a lucid dream you know the moment.
It’s the moment you become self aware. You realize you are dreaming. It’s a very cool feeling. The dream suddenly becomes your own. You can begin to bend and shape the dreamworld. You have complete control.
In my own case, I calmly turned around, outstretched my hand, and all the creatures exploded. I kid you not, it was that cool.
Training To Lucid Dream
There is a large and growing community online that attempts to train themselves to produce these kinds of dreams naturally. It’s no surprise why. Dreams can seem even more real than reality. The ability to control this new reality means unlimited possibilities, like a video game where you control everything that happens.
But pulling this off can be tough. You have to learn the tricks of the trade. Like the characters in Inception, you need to have some way of awaring yourself whenever you are dreaming. There is a delicate process to follow for this to work.
In my undead dream, shortly after dispatching my enemies, I fell right back into the dream mode, forgetting that I was dreaming. Just as quickly as I had gained unlimited power, I lost it all again.
While dreams usually follow their own rules, there are parallels between lucid dreaming and thinking in waking hours.
Auto-Thought Is The Real Dream
As of right now, I am 24. Relatively young in the scheme of things, but even I have begun to think Where in the hell is the time going? I think this is a natural tendency for a lot of people when they reach a new time in life and realize that things never stay the same. You wonder why you were worried about such asinine things when there were much better things to think about.
This phenomenon occurs largely because of the way we conduct ourselves through daily life. We stare at the ground, so to speak, when we live, and forget to look up every once in a while. We get into such deep habits (ruts, to put it bluntly) our path becomes more like a train track than a hiking trail. One is rigid while the other allows for flexibility.
Just like in a dream, we float with whatever is currently happening, unable to become self-aware and realize our true potential.
Habits Create The Dream
The reason these reality dream states occur is because of the habits we have cultivated, in action and in thought.
You have a plan to save up money and live somewhere exotic, so you get a job and begin the daily grind. After some time though, you get comfortable. You get into such a habit of living a certain way you just keep doing it.
As for moving away? Maybe some other day.
Sure enough, however, some day 30 years down the road you “wake up” and think what the hell was I thinking? I’ve wasted all this time just working?
This auto-pilot applies to short-term thinking as well. When you have cultivated such strong habits of doing things a certain way, you become more rigid in your thought process and become unable to handle new problems as you encounter them.
Waking up from the dream is tough work. You expend more energy and results don’t come quickly.
Train For Self-Awareness
Like the lucid dreamer, your goal should be not to lose that ability to stand back from a situation and evaluate it. You want to train yourself to be meta-cognitive, to think about thinking.
Having the ability to think Stop, does this action connect with my larger goal? is necessary in order to lead a virtuous and wholesome life.
Like Socrates has said and many have repeated millions of times, “The un-lucid dream is not worth dreaming.”
Or something like that.