Lucid Dream FAQs

Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon of the mind that has been practiced and studied for centuries. It’s also one of the most powerful tools available to anyone wishing to improve their life.

Lucid dreaming allows you to experience your dreams as if they were real, assuming control over them and exploring them with complete clarity. Really, lucid dreaming is like having an out-of-body experience without ever leaving your bed!

What are some common questions about lucid dreaming?

We’ll be answering those in this article!

What Does Lucid Dreaming Mean?

The first time the term ‘Lucid’ was used to describe dreams was by Dutch psychiatrist and author Frederik Van Eeden in his 1913 article “A Study of Dreams.”

In it, he writes about lucid dreams as being those characterized by complete awareness of the surroundings, self-reflective ability, volitional mental activity, and clarity of consciousness. In other words, you remember you are dreaming while you’re doing it.

Is Lucid Dreaming Real?

The short answer is yes – lucid dreaming is a real phenomenon that has been scientifically proven.

Although the practice has been used for centuries in some Eastern cultures, there was much skepticism in the west until it was proven beyond doubt by Dr. Stephen La Berge in 1980.

One of Dr. La Berge’s experiments[1] at Stanford University for his Ph.D. was to have subjects signal with agreed-upon eye movements whilst the electrical activity in their brains was being monitored.

Although there have now been many studies and there is conclusive evidence that lucid dreaming is real, there are still those that do not believe that it is possible.

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Is Lucid Dreaming Like Real Life?

Not exactly, lucid dreaming isn’t like real life but it’s as close as you can get to an actual reality without leaving your bed.

The lucid dream world is obviously not the real world that you are waking up to each morning – it is a new environment that exists somewhere inside your mind.

With training, it can be whatever you would like it to be, whether that’s something bizarre and strange or cool and exciting.

Is Lucid Dreaming Rare?

The research into the prevalence of lucid dreaming on a large scale is extremely sparse and almost impossible to complete so it is unknown how rare lucid dreaming truly is.

A study conducted in 1988 by Thomas J. Snyder & Jayne Gackenbach[2] concluded that almost everyone will have at least 1 lucid dream in their lifetime and 20% of people have them with regular frequency.

Although many websites will publish these figures as fact, they cannot be taken and presumed across a whole population as the test group that was used consisted of university students and people with a pre-existing interest in dreaming.

Another issue that would arise on completing a large-scale study around the prevalence of lucid dreaming is the understanding and definition of what can be considered lucidity. Cited in the same study by Snyder and Gackenbach, some 48.7% of those that claimed to have lucid dreams were disqualified as they had misunderstood the nature of lucidity.

In my experience, I feel the number of people that misunderstand lucidity or have only had a passive experience to be much higher.

Is Lucid Dreaming Common?

Lucid dreaming is becoming increasingly common in the west, largely due to the availability of resources that teach people how lucid dreaming works.

For many years, it would be hard for most westerners to get their hands on books and resources about lucid dreaming, but nowadays there are countless websites, YouTube tutorials, courses online, and apps on your phone designed to enhance your dream life.

Lucid dreaming is also very exciting for those that are interested in experiencing their dreams firsthand and, as the process is becoming more generally accepted, it’s unsurprising to see how many people are taking up the hobby.

Is Lucid Dreaming Scary?

In truth, whether lucid dreaming is scary or not is entirely subjective and down to the individual. Lucid dreams vary from person to person and there are definitely some aspects that can be more alarming than others.

For some people, one of the major fears that I have come across is that people are worried about not waking up and being stuck in the dream world – particularly if they have a longer-than-usual experience.

For other people though, it can be a cathartic and empowering experience to take control of their dream and explore it; or in the case of a nightmare, face it and take away its power.

Is Lucid Dreaming Haram?

Lucid dreaming itself is not haram (forbidden by Islamic law), what could be considered haram is what you choose to do once you have gained lucid awareness.

As opposed to normal dreams that are a passive experience, once lucid, you would be considered conscious of your actions and can choose to do whatever you want.

This could be things like if one were to try to have sex with someone who isn’t their spouse, kill someone or something precious to them, etc…

Lucid dreaming is not haram as it is just an ability that exists within our subconscious but what we do in the dream world may be haram especially if it involves people who are living[3].

Is Lucid Dreaming a Sin?

In Christianity, lucid dreaming is not sinful or forbidden but, in much the same way as in other faiths, what you choose to do with your lucidity may be considered sinful.

There are many Christians that use lucid dreaming to strengthen their faith, and this is why the idea of lucid dreaming cannot be sinful but what you do with your lucidity must remain in line with your religious teachings.

Is Lucid Dreaming Dangerous?

There is nothing dangerous about experiencing a lucid dream per se, but you must take precautions if you are interested in lucid dreaming because it will allow your mind to become conscious while you are still asleep and this can lead to confusion, especially if the person doesn’t understand how or what is happening to them.

A surprising number of people considering lucid dreaming don’t know whether it’s safe or not – I believe that’s due to how little information about the process they have prior to having their first lucid dream.

It is worth noting that lucid dreaming is not recommended for those with certain mental health conditions as they may have difficulty recognizing the difference between their dreams and reality[4].

Is Lucid Dreaming Fun?

Lucid dreams can be fun because of the limitless possibilities they offer but also because there are often odd situations that you don’t get to experience in real life, such as flying or walking through walls, which may just seem normal once you’re lucid.

With experience, lucid dreaming is exhilarating because it gives you the opportunity to do or experience anything you want without limits or rules – it’s like living out your wildest fantasies.

Conclusion

Lucid dreaming can be fun because it offers limitless possibilities and you are able to experience things that may not happen in the real world, like flying or walking through walls.

Lucid dreaming is also exhilarating because it gives you the opportunity to live out your wildest fantasies without any limits or rules. However, for those with certain mental health conditions, lucid dreaming could prove dangerous as they may have difficulty recognizing their dreams from reality.

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Sources

[1] http://www.lucidity.com/SleepAndCognition.html (Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D)

[2] Individual Differences Associated with Lucid Dreaming. (Snyder T.J., Gackenbach J. 1988)

[3] https://www.islamweb.net/en/fatwa/308950/accountability-for-sins-committed-in-a-lucid-dream

[4] Lucid Dreams (Minesh Khatri, MD on June 27, 2020)