When Inception first came out, it left the audience puzzled and in a state of utter confusion. Not many could accurately relate with arguably one of the best movies ever directed. But for those who successfully deciphered the plotline, they became fond of a new concept called Lucid Dreaming.
While lucid dreaming may appear as a relatively new phenomenon, historical anecdotes trace the practice back to centuries old. At that time, it was widely performed by an individual to overcome a certain phobia.
Gradually, people familiarized themselves with the interesting intricacies of the concept. It seemed a reality within a dream except it never felt like a dream! Given the unusual nature of the activity, the study finds more people are practicing lucid dreaming than ever before. One of the foremost reason being to use the activity as a therapeutic medium.
In a wider scheme of things, that raises the question of whether it is safe for people to do so? Additionally, are the historical applications of the practice still relevant in the modern world?
The “Unusual” Nature of Lucid Dreaming
Have you ever been in a position where you fell asleep and started dreaming but the dream was not your normal dream? Except, you had the power to control what was happening in front of you and do as you pleased. If that has been the case, then it is likely that you were lucid dreaming.
To some extent, it must be clear to you what the concept is all about. It is the ability of the individual to control a dream and orient the narrative according to their pleasing. In simple words, being aware of yourself while actually in a dream is basically lucid dreaming.
The main difference between a normal dream and a lucid dream is that the former allows no room for self-consciousness. Meaning by, you have no will power or the capacity to control whatever you are dreaming about. Unlike the latter which is all about self-awareness!
For medical scientists, it is difficult to accurately come up with a holistic explanation for lucid dreaming. A lot of people still think that it is the subsequent result of rapid eye movement (or REM). In the state of REM, the brain’s neurons start to behave in a similar manner as if the person was awake.
But the problem with REM based explanation is it falls short of the manual way of lucid dreaming. Now just by following certain steps, you are able to control your dream the way you want to.
The Hidden Benefit
You might think lucid dreaming is interesting because it allows you to do anything with your dream. While that being true, there is another hidden benefit which this article briefly described towards the start. It can be a source of therapeutic medium helping people deal with phobias.
As this type of dream allows for a comprehensive inner exploration, it is a viable way to trace down the causes of your phobias. Moreover, there is also another chance to interact with that particular cause (e.g. an animal) and eventually put yourself out of that fear.
Lucid dreaming has become so popular in the field of psychotherapy that several doctors would recommend the practice as a means of overcoming their phobia conditions