The Power of Dreams
– Lucid dreaming can also be very therapeutic. Some people have recurring nightmares, and they wake up in a state of shock night after night, which can lead to insomnia. Being able to lucid dream means you can stop the nightmare from happening; for example, if you keep dreaming of driving your car off a cliff, you will be able to steer your car to safety in a lucid dream.
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Dreams are an extremely fascinating human phenomenon, and it is one of the parts of the human psyche that science has not managed to crack yet. In fact, how we dream, or why we dream, are still largely unanswered questions in the scientific community. What is sure is that dreams are not simply a chaotic series of impulses within the human brain, but rather, they are powerful and very insightful experiences from which a lot can be gained.
It is believed that the subconscious mind is much, much more powerful than we realize and it can receive and process much more sensory inputs and signals than what is fed into our conscious. This may be a protective mechanism, to prevent a sensory overload, but it does prevent us from reaching our potential. On the other hand, during dreams, the subconscious unloads all the information that it restrains during our waking hours, and tapping into our dreams can be a revelation.
It has been known since ancient times that dreams carry meaning. Dreams that are recurring especially carry important meanings, and often they signal that there is some unfinished business from the past that should be dealt with. Another important type of dream is predictive dreams, which give an insight into the future. There is nothing magical or esoteric about this – it is simply a result of the subconscious picking up signals and information from our lives that we do not realize about, and with this information, the subconscious can make an accurate prediction of the near future. For example, your partner may have started to display altered body language recently, and although this is picked up by your subconscious, you do not become conscious of it. However, this will be revealed in your dreams, and you will be shown a glimpse of what this will probably lead to, such as a breakup. Or it may be the other way round, maybe there is someone who really likes you but you do not realize this; yet, you may have a dream in which you are together.
A less pleasing kind of dream is nightmares, and these are usually caused by minor anxiety which you may not even be aware of. Or they may be due to a traumatic event in the past. Recurrent nightmares can be very problematic, as they can lead to insomnia.
Unfortunately, most people do not recall their dreams or just remember short bits. This is a real pity because they miss out on a lot of detail which can provide extensive insight into their lives. If you don’t recall your dreams you will be forfeiting yourself from making use of your subconscious power. However, you can teach yourself to recall your dreams in detail and even to be aware that you are dreaming while the dream is happening, allowing you to note extensive detail. This is called lucid dreaming, and Lucid Dreaming Made Easy is an extremely effective guide to teaching yourself this ability. When you master lucid dreaming, you will also be able to control your dreams, without waking up, giving you the possibility to do things which are impossible in real life!