This is where Lucid Dreaming comes in.
Since I was a child, I have always dreamt very vividly, remembering most of my dreams. I kept a dream journal since I was a young teenager and have had many dream adventures and nightmares. I was recently introduced to an amazing guy called Charlie Morley, who is a Lucid Dreaming Expert and Hay House author of the book Dreams Of Awakening and I discovered there was a way to allow my dreams to bring me healing, inspiration and much more.
Reading Charlie's Book and after watching a documentary he is in here, and his Ted talk here, I was enthralled by the possibilities and wanted to know more. And after watching the videos, I had my first taste of lucid dreaming which was incredibly healing for me.
So a big welcome from Kelly Martin Speaks to Charlie Morley, who is going to answer some questions so that we can find out more about Lucid Dreaming and the potential uses of this less well known awakening tool.
1. What Are The Potential Possible Uses Of Lucid Dreaming?
OK, so firstly let’s make sure that all your readers know exactly what lucid dreaming is. It’s the art of becoming conscious within your dreams. A lucid dream is a dream in which you realise “Aha! I’m dreaming!” while you are still inside the dream and then consciously engaging it.
If you are at all interested in psychology, mind training, imagination or the power of the mind, you will love lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming allows you conscious access to the deepest depths of your mind.
In a lucid dream we have not woken up. In fact we are still sound asleep, but part of the brain has reactivated allowing the dreamer to experience the dream state with self-reflective awareness. Once you know that you are dreaming as you are dreaming, you gain access to the most powerful virtual reality generator in existence - your mind.
Lucid dreaming is an inherently psychedelic experience, and for those readers who are interested in psychedelic exploration, I can assure you that the experiences of lucid dreaming make many psychedelic drug experiences seem like a drop in the ocean. Lucid dreaming is the ultimate mind-expanding experience and one that is totally safe, totally uncut and totally free.
It can be used for healing, spiritual practice, exploration of past trauma, treatment of nightmares and so much more!
2. What is a simple way that someone can begin to lucidly dream?
There is no simple way. Lucid dreaming is a mind training method that requires sustained practice to reap rewards. However, the simplest way to begin is by starting to remember and recall your dreams. By getting to know the territory of your dreams you will eventually start to know that territory while you are in it! But for all the actual techniques to learn how to lucid dream, check out my book Dreams of Awakening.
3. What was your biggest challenge when you first began to lucidly dream?
Initially my biggest challenge when I started in my teens was to use the lucid dream state for something other than sex! So, I’m 17 years old and I've worked out how to gain access to an illusory world of incredible realism in which social norms do not apply. You can imagine what I used to get up to. Not yet aware of the Tibetan Buddhist lucid dream practices which I now teach, and at the peak of my wild teenage years, I did not see the lucid dream state as the potential training ground for enlightened action that I now know it is. I saw it purely as a place to get laid.
Luckily, when I was 19, I got really into Tibetan Buddhism and I met my teacher Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, who opened up my eyes to the spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming. He told me how dream yoga is used to practice meditation within the dream, to train for the death and dying process and even to gain insight into the very nature of waking reality. He spoke of meditating yogis entering the dream consciously and Lama’s using the lucid dream state to eject their consciousness out into the astral planes. I was transfixed.
4. If you are able to consciously and regularly become lucid in a dream, is this similar to someone who is a regular meditator realising that they are both the watcher and the person being watched, where they realise that they are more than this body, that they are limitless?
Yes exactly. Lucid dreaming is not analogous to meditation, it is meditation. “Knowing what is happening as it is happening without judgment” is a definition of mindfulness meditation. “Knowing what is happening as it is happening without judgment” within the dream state is a definition of spiritual practice lucid dreaming.
5. I am interested in the mind/body connection and how our unconscious minds in some cases can create physical pain to protect us from certain emotions which it feels are more painful. Have you known of anyone who has healed physical challenges through lucid dreaming?
Personally, I have healed everything from addictions, to torn ligaments, to ear infections through visualized healing in lucid dreams, and have heard of people healing their eyes after laser eye surgery and chronic muscle pain through similar means. Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition it is believed that the power of mind within the lucid dream is heightened, making visualized healing “far more powerful than simply visualising in the waking state’1 so it seems that both East and West agree on the healing power of the imagination.
One man I know, whose case I feature in my second book, used lucid dreaming to help cure himself of kidney disease. At present we are barely scratching the surface of the full potential of lucid dream healing, but with future research and the growing popularity of the subject, I believe that within a few years we may be able to apply the healing potential of lucid dreaming to a much wider range of ailments and perhaps help with the treatment of some of the most serious conditions.
Hay House author Charlie Morley received the traditional “authorisation to teach” from Tibetan meditation master Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008 after being asked to teach by Buddhist mindfulness instructor Rob Nairn, who described him as “the most authentic practitioner of lucid dreaming teaching in Europe”. Since then Charlie has run retreats and workshops around the world, written the bestselling book Dreams of Awakening, taught courses for the Mindfulness Association and given the first ever talk on lucid dreaming at the well-known TED conferences.
Watch Charlie’s TED talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1i6A7t6L2g
1Michael Katz, Tibeten Dream Yoga, Bodhi Tree, 2011, p31
Thank you Charlie. This was very informative and extremely interesting. I am sure my readers will want to learn more about Lucid Dreaming now. I know I do.
Charlie appeared at 'I Can Do It Ignite!' (March 8-9) along with Gabrielle Bernstein, Robert Holden, Kyle Gray, Pam Grout and Mastin Kipp.
For more information go to www.i-can-do-it-ignite.co.uk
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