We've all had dreams. Some dreams stay in our memory for years as they are so wonderful and bizarre that we wish we could experience them again. Most of the time we are unaware that we are dreaming as we take part in a "little dream narrative" that often is so extraordinary. What if I told you that there is a way you can become aware you are dreaming and through this realisation you can take full control of your dreams and do extraordinary and fun things while you sleep? Lucid dreaming is not only fun but it is also a powerful tool for understanding oneself.
"Tonight in your dreams you must look at your hands" - Carlos Castaneda
What we are trying to achieve in lucid dreaming is awareness that we are dreaming, in doing so we bring our conscious will and thought process into our dreams thereby allowing us to mold and change the dream environment.
I remember this lucid dream I had where I was walking down a dark alleyway and it was looking very grim, but suddenly I looked at my hands and they looked slightly distorted which made me realise that I was dreaming. In this instant I took complete control of my dream just by willing there to be light the alleyway was lit up and made beautiful and golden. I told myself that when I turn around there will be a bus with its door open ready for me to drive, as I turned around this was indeed the case. I got into the empty bus and started driving it around my "dream city" and willed for some flamenco guitar music in the background and hey presto a beautiful melody began to play. Driving around was fun but nothing beats flying I thought to myself, "Ask and you shall receive", "Will and you shall have" the bus began to take off into the sky with me in it and as I enjoyed this flight I commenced looking for a relaxing beach which instantly manifested in my dream realm.
I want to mention everything I share in my articles are all experiences I have actually had and all the techniques are ones I have had great success with myself and have helped others too. One of my favourite books on Lucid dreaming is called "The art of dreaming by Carlos Castaneda" I would recommend this to anyone who wants to explore dreaming to a much deeper level than just to "have fun". Dream work is a powerful transformational tool often described in the Toltec tradition.