Mapύa Institute of Technology
Batch 2011/ English 11
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Thesis on Lucid dreaming.
We are to prove that EVERYONE is capable of experiencing Lucid Dreaming.
Rhena: Good morning sir. Our team is adapting a research about lucid dreaming and we will ask some questions for you. Uhm so, how can you tell that you have an ability of lucid dreaming?
Psychologist: How can you—Uhm, Normally, when you talk about lucid dreaming it doesn't mean something intermediate activity well. So to say "how would you know if you have an ability, that's something that very few people could like to define. Uhm, globally, so far, based on scientific research, only around 20-30 percent of population actually realizes that they could lucid dream that they could engage to lucid dreaming. So Normally, if you're the type of person who remembers his or her dreams well, like after you wake up, the common tendency is to forget the dream or as you try to remember your dream, you slowly forget the details with the time so like an hour after you wake up. You don't remember your dream anymore. But right after you wake up, you still remember details of it then after it might just disappears. But there are some people who could remember the details of their dreams very well. Even long after they dream. So normal people like that, these are the people who are good candidates for you know, being able to lucid/ dream lucid. So, that's one way to find if you have an "ability". But it doesn't mean you have a super power. An ability lets say's just, if you have an ability to lucid dream or to dream lucid, it just means that you know how to control your environment while you're in the dream. So that's something which takes some time and effort to do.
Rhena: So sir, having the ability, is everyone capable of mastering lucid dreaming?
Psychologist: everyone is capable.. YES. Uhm, Because dreaming or lucid dreams are something like a new language, you need to learn it and it takes practice and effort. But some people are naturals, they are able to realize what a lucid dream is and you know, it wasn't asked but if you think about lucid dreaming, it really, you're able to realize while you're dreaming that it's a dream and while you realize that, you don't wake up. That's a lucid dream. So you're in a dream state, you know you're dreaming but you're not waking up. See? And you can actively control what is happening there. There are usually two states: a high state lucid dreaming and a low state. A high complex or low. Usually, if you're one of those high complex people, you can actively control what's happening in the environment. So you could fly, do whatever, swim. If you're low, it's more of, you just realize you're in a dream but you do not have control in the environment. So it's like you know it's a dream it's like a nightmare, you know, nothing can harm you but you can't do anything to stop it. Something like that. So, you can realize it but it really depends sometimes on how well versed you are, how well you practice.
Rhena: thank you sir.
Sarah: Sir, what are the methods to learn Lucid dreaming? And what's the best method to use?
Psychologist: well, there are a lot of methods nowadays. Lucid dreaming actually started, it was actually mentioned as far back as in the past. And even Tibetan monks, Buddhist monks they actually keep up lucid dreaming yoga, which is somewhat similar to lucid dreaming. This was back, way back then. Nowadays, there's a whole bunch of techniques already and there are natural ways to do them such that you fall asleep and you basically try to imagine a dream environment, where you try to project yourself to it. And there are also what you call lucid induction machines. Where you use technology to basically put you or null you to a dream state which can put you into that state of mind. So it really depends on the type and the person in which technique works best. It's not safe to say that there's a universal best approach for lucid dreaming, some people are just really better than others. So there are techniques that use technology or machines and there are just naturally.
Sarah: sir, how long would it take to learn lucid dreaming for an average person?
Psychologist: the leading lucid dreaming researcher if I'm not mistaken its Dr. Stephen LaBerge of Stanford and he learned lucid dreaming around 3-4 years. And he was doing it every almost every day. (so he learned it.) So normally, a person who is as dedicated to lucid dreaming as that would take a number of years