A lucid dream is a dream in which you know you are dreaming. Also known as conscious dreaming, lucid dreaming is a learnable skill that can be used for living out fantasies, practicing creative problem solving or role-playing important life situations, stopping nightmares, creative or artistic inspiration, and even personal or spiritual exploration. Lucid dreams can be anything you wish them to be. It is one of life's most beautiful free treasures.
Welcome to Dreamviews! If you're searching the Internet trying to find information on the still relatively-unknown topic of lucid dreaming (either for personal use or for research purposes), you've come to the right place! Perhaps you've been introduced to lucid dreams through a movie, an article or book, a psychology class, or even a friend who keeps mentioning all the fascinating things that can be done with them. Maybe this is the very first time you've heard of lucidity. If so, we invite you to discover what lucid dreams are — you've probably already had a few. Many great things can be done with lucid dreams, and they can be a lot of fun, too. Read on for a practical, comprehensible, and comprehensive walkthrough of lucid dreaming.
At dreamviews.com you will find information on lucid dreams, controlling dreams, the stages of sleep, dream recall, dream signs and more. The website is written to be easily understood by beginners but the information and techniques will also be beneficial for those who already have some ability. Techniques are suggested, and necessary background information (such as developing dream recall) is provided. The ideas and techniques are simple to understand but very powerful. The information and methods presented on the main site have been collaborated and validated by multiple sources. After reading the material on this site, the next step is simply self-study: determine what works best for you, and in the process, perhaps you'll come up with your own techniques to aid in having lucid dreams.
This guide is presented in chronological order: each section leads into the next and you're best off reading the site in that order.
In addition to the step-by-step guide presented here, you will find the largest and most active lucid dreaming community on the web. Among our forums are tutorials on specific lucid dreaming techniques and even web-based classes on lucid dreaming. If you have specific questions about lucid dreaming, in the forums you will be able to contact the Dream Guide Team members who will be able to help you with any of your dream-related needs. If you become a member of the forums, you will also have access to our very active IRC chat.
What Makes Us Different
We strive to differentiate our site from the other lucid dreaming resources. Our main goal is to explain lucid dreaming in a way that anyone can relate to. We at Dreamviews believe that no person or resource should tell a dreamer what to take away from their dreams. Even though we all dream, what we choose to do with our dreams is always a personal choice. So while some websites teach lucid dreaming within a spiritual or religious framework, and others may sell expensive products, books or tutorials which are not necessarily based on proven methods, Dreamviews welcomes those from all walks of life and encourages every dreamer to interpret and practice lucid dreaming in any way they wish.
Consider this: if the average person spends 8 hours a day sleeping, and lives an average life of about 75 years, then he or she has slept nearly 25 years of her life away. Can we get more out of all those years than just rest? With lucid dreaming that's a very real possibility, but before being able to control your dreams you have to be able to recognize that you are dreaming. Once you are aware you are dreaming you can alter your dreams and dictate what happens: you can do anything you've ever wanted, go anywhere you've ever desired!
Lucid dreaming can be a lot of fun, but there are also many practical reasons to experiment with lucidity:
- Since the beginning of time, dreams have been a source of inspiration for every avenue of art, music, storytelling, and even scientific discovery. Anyone can tap into this source of creativity with the use of lucid dreaming.
- Nightmares plague many of us every night, making it difficult to get restful sleep and sometimes even affecting our waking lives. Lucid dreaming allows you to confront your nightmares head-on, and often once confronted, nightmares never return.
- You can use components of lucid dreaming to aid in dream recall, to provide you an opportunity to deeply explore your dreams or even your own personality. Or you could go farther still, using lucid dreaming as a gateway to spiritual exploration.
- Do you have an important event or speech coming up? With lucid dreaming, you can boost your confidence by giving yourself a realistic role-play of the event. Have a really tough problem that you just can't seem to get a handle on? With lucid dreaming you can come up with creative solutions to these problems.