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What is a Lucid Dream?

Have you had a dream that you could control like a video game? Lucid dreaming, when you become aware that you are inside a dream and can control your reality, is a skill you can develop. 💤🌀

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Lucid dreaming is when you suddenly become aware of the fact that you're dreaming —allowing you to control aspects of your dream reality. Jared Chiang-Zeizel is a published author, award-winning writer, filmmaker, and avid lucid dreamer. He opted out of a typical high school life and spent the better part of his senior year in China. Upon his return to the States, Jared attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While attending NYU, he won the David Chase Honorary Scholarship Award for Screenwriting. He graduated 2009 with a BFA in Film & Television Production. In that time, Jared interned at Sony Pictures and Rabbit Content.

Known as the brain's own virtual reality, Lucid dreaming is still an understudied subject but descriptions of it have been found in ancient Egypt and Hindu culture. A person will go to sleep for about five or six hours and then you wake up for about 20 minutes, and the idea is people waking up right before the REM stage of sleep, which is where dreams occur, and you stay awake for about those 20 to 30 minutes, trying to almost wake up the mind but keep the body at rest. When people go back to sleep, a person goes right into the REM stage, right into the dream world, where they still have some of that waking consciousness, “So that you can be like "Wait a second, this isn't my bedroom, it's you know a mountain in the middle of the country." Chiang-Zeizel articulates.

Lucidity techniques also include keeping a dream journal and performing “reality checks”. Could lucid dreams be harmful to your mental health? Studies show that intense lucid dreamers had, on average, lower levels of psychological distress. Like most skills, lucid dreaming takes practice, but according to Jared Chiang-Zeizel, it can be be used for guidance and self-growth.

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06/23/2019 6:00 PMupdated: 06/24/2019 1:08 PM
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24 comments

  • Chrí W.
    07/03/2019 05:53

    Yes

  • Jay A.
    07/01/2019 03:30

    Finally. I knew I wasn’t the only one that could do it

  • Eric M.
    07/01/2019 02:33

    I thought I was the only one who mastered this. Didn't know there was a community of us.

  • Vikesh L.
    06/28/2019 09:03

    After lucid dream comes sleep paralysis

  • Calvin G.
    06/28/2019 03:44

    pag nagawa mo to talagang maadik ka

  • MJ B.
    06/28/2019 00:57

    Im good at this specially tha flying part..

  • Hind K.
    06/27/2019 23:10

    haw jawwek

  • Melly S.
    06/27/2019 10:00

    Let's do it

  • Isoa D.
    06/27/2019 09:38

    🤔

  • Vavy R.
    06/26/2019 07:35

    Ive been experiencing this so many times. Sometimes i wanna go back to sleep and don't want to wake up.

  • Usama Z.
    06/26/2019 05:24

    good old lucid time's

  • Julian V.
    06/26/2019 03:38

    astral projection is good also..

  • Aerkenn S.
    06/26/2019 01:04

    What about astral projection?

  • Cleverin S.
    06/25/2019 07:51

    the first time I remember I could control and aware of dream is when I was little, and I go to the toilet, then I was like "no way, this is dream, I need to wake up soon or I'm gonna wet the bed aaaaaaa" and after since, I'm always aware of it

  • Karan S.
    06/25/2019 05:01

    i have known better idea to get into lucid dreaming than this guy.

  • Joe M.
    06/25/2019 04:48

    I just starting taping into this ability, and I’m actually becoming quite good at it..

  • Saif A.
    06/24/2019 15:18

    Spoiler alert it actually causes your mind to reduce your physical and actual efforts to achieve your goals in real life because you achieve these goals In your dreams.....for example you want to buy a car.A lucid dreamer will get a car in their dream hence your wish is fulfilled.but when it comes to reality you'd fail because your mind has already achieved it.

  • Siam A.
    06/24/2019 14:40

    I’ve done that soo many times Quite regularly

  • علاء ع.
    06/24/2019 13:43

    reality checks are important to know if you're in ReALITY LIkE NoW

  • Brut
    06/24/2019 13:19

    Dark red walls dripping black ooze. A man bursting from a hotel closet that grabs you with a tentacle. These aren't scenes from a horror movie — they're vivid hallucinations people had during sleep paralysis. 😴�20