Many of you will come to this site wondering whether lucid dreaming is real, questioning its possibility and your potential to procure exactly what it is you want. We promise to try and make this a fruitful endeavor for you.
However, as with everything beneficial and worthwhile in life it may not come without work.
Lucid dreaming has become more popular as it has planted its foothold in the new age spirituality/medicine/ and psychological arena. As more and more science proves its validity the more it becomes prevalent. Schools have allocated research time, scientists have diverted attention to its applicability and replication, and books have been written increasing its popularity. Here are the pillars at the forefront carrying the validity of this cumbersome and sometimes esoteric subject:
First evidence of lucid dreaming came from Dr. Keith Hearne out of the Hull University in the UK in 1975. He set out to determine the pre-determined eye movement of the subjects lucid dreaming. He had established a way of signaling for one to record the usual body paralysis induced by REM sleep, where dreams typically occur. “I had devised the signaling method in an attempt to circumvent the profound bodily paralysis of REM (dreaming) sleep – which inhibits any physical signaling,”
His subject, Alen Worsley, was wired up to a sensitive multi-channel recorder and watched throughout the night. At 8 A.M. the EOG (Electro-oculograph) recorded its first large zigzag movements:
“On waking, the subject described how he suddenly realized he was dreaming, and consciously made the signals before continuing the lucid dream experience. They were the first ever signals communicated from within a lucid dream,” explained Dr Hearne.
Dr. Hearne continually expounded upon the situation, “It was an amazing, mind-boggling, situation. I was looking at a communication from a person in another room who was asleep, ‘unconscious’, dreaming, yet in his own vivid world in which he was perfectly conscious and interacting with others. It was his reality – I was in my reality. A channel of communication had been established between those two realities.”
As the first ever recorded proof of the existence of lucid dreaming, evidence of this experiment resides in the London Museum of Science.
CONTINUED SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION
With MRI machines more relevant scientists have turned to this highly specific specialized image source as a test for lucid dreaming. The hope was to better understand the brains process when undergoing lucid dreaming.
The results of the magnetic resonance imaging test elucidated that lucid dreamer’s could reach brainwaves in the 40 HZ range. A magnanimous difference in general trends of consciousness. To highlight this disparity, understand that regular dreaming generally typically takes place in the Theta range (4-7 HZ); and while awake our brains typically reside in the Beta (16-31 HZ) range. This means our brain was undergoing a significant increase in brain activity while in the lucid dreaming state; a result not only because of the cognitive control but also because of the vivaciousness, clarity and potency of the dreams.
Further research highlighted different regions of the brain showed more activity. Areas that control higher linguistic thought and other examples of higher awareness showed increased activity.
The study can be found here: Lucid Dreaming: A State of Consciousness with Features of Both Waking and Non-Lucid Dreaming
fMRI’s are giving us more advanced research in the dreaming world; it’s not exactly a finished and finite procedure, but nevertheless its highlighting more brain activity.
Essentially, the study took the original example of the signaling of being in a lucid dream, but then tied brain activity into actual physical movement. So, the subjects would wait to give the signal to the researchers to let them know they were in a lucid dream, and then the researchers asked them to move their right hand within the dream. The fMRI then recorded the movement and brain activity, and what do you know, they matched up. So, when researchers told them to move their hand in the dream the brain activity actually had them move their right hand physically in real life. Meaning they were absolutely displaying control of their dream world.
When this technology is developed, it promises to bring us a world where we will be able to live stream our dreams and record them visually.
Scientists at UC Berkely have been scanning their own brains while watching Hollywood movies. They then fed 18-million seconds of random YouTube clips in their “mind-reading” software to give it visualizations to work from. We will highlight this study and other scientific studies in other articles.
There is an enormous body of research regarding dreams, sleeping and lucid dreaming. Increasing cognitive awareness has allowed us to traverse the depths of our mind procuring ethereal images and experiences that can literally have an impact on our minds, and thus, our lifestyle and health. Cheap, natural, self-born remedies lie as an extension to this already efficient and wild alternate reality. The depths to which lucid dreaming could be applicable is enormous, and we here at Dreamplain plan to bring you every minute detail about this process.