Resilience Pathway #111: Lucid Dreaming

If the average person lives a life of about 75 years and sleeps an average of 7 hours a night, they’ll have spent about 22 years asleep. It is possible to get more out of the 1/3 of our lives we spend sleeping though the practice of lucid dreaming and dream control.

Regardless of how well you remember your dreams, everyone dreams. Studies show that we experience our most vivid dreams during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep when the brain is highly active. Large body muscles are relaxed, our eyes move back and forth rapidly under the eyelids, and our brain is very active during REM sleep. The REM sleep stage occurs every 90-100 minutes, 3 to 4 times a night, and lasts longer as the night progresses. 

Often during a night’s sleep, I am very aware of my dreams and easily recall my dreams in the morning. Lucid dreaming is simply dreaming while being conscious and aware that you are dreaming. Have you ever experienced this? While you’re asleep, has it ever suddenly dawned on you that you are dreaming? If so, then you have experienced a lucid dream, regardless of whether you have been able to attain control of or remember your dream.

During our dreams we sometimes experience a cue that we are in fact experiencing a dream and not reality. Lucid dreaming picks up on that cue, with patience and strength of mind, to experience dreaming in a whole new way. 

So how is lucid dreaming helpful? Becoming aware that you are dreaming gives you an opportunity to play with your dreams and put them to work for you. Anything is possible in your dreams and you’re not bound by any physical or imposed restraints. The confines of your own imagination are the only limitations to the possibilities of your dreams. Lucid dreaming is also a valuable tool for inspiring creativity, problem solving, and uncovering your hopes and sense of purpose in life.

To put your brain’s creative power to work for you during the average 22 years of your life that you’re asleep, first consider what you’ll dream about as you close your eyes. Think about that topic as you drift off to sleep. Then, as soon as you wake and before your feet hit the floor, keep your eyes closed as you try to recall a dream. Record all that you remember in a dream journal. Also, if you encounter lucid dreaming, relax and enjoy it as if you’re watching a good movie and remind yourself that you can remember all that you wish about your dream. 

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Christina Lombardo, PCC, CPCC (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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