Lucidity And Telepathy
A large minority of 43 out of 104 respondents mentioned lucid dreaming. I did not mention lucid dreaming in the questions anywhere, so when so many bring the topic up, it must be important.
I've always been somewhat amazed about the number of dream websites dedicated to lucid dreaming. That popularity is somewhat puzzling to me because I know so very few people to whom the skill of lucid dreaming came easy. Why do the respondents find lucid dreaming so important?
Definition and groups
The Lucidity Institute offers the following definition of lucid dreaming: Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. This is a fairly general definition. I assume that longtime dreamers will either use this same definition or prefer a stronger and more detailed definition including for example control over the dream. In both cases, the definition from the Lucidity Institute will do quite well as the smallest common denominator. On rare occasions I've seen certain dream authors define lucid dreams simply as being vivid dreams, but I doubt that any of the respondents subscribe to that definition. Afterall, dreams can be vivid without being lucid.
Reading all the interviews that mention lucid dreaming, there seem to be four groups of lucid dreamers. The first group tells they have had spontaneously lucid dreams. The majority however had to work at it, with some commenting that they were somewhat successful at getting lucid dreams and other stating with more confidence that they are or have been successful. A fourth group mentions the topic, but does not volunteer anything about personal experiences.
The number of 14 with spontaneous lucid dreams is perhaps a bit low, especially taking into consideration that the survey was among longtime dreamers. Clearly, lucid dreaming is a tough skill to master. I remember having read statistics that suggest that lucid dreams are quite common, but if longtime dreamers have to work and even work hard to get lucid dreams, then I doubt that non-dreamers have better luck.
Benefits of lucid dreaming
The kind of question relevant for this survey is why lucid dreaming is important to dreamers. The comments of respondents provide some answers. Not in any particular order of importance, here are a few of the mentioned benefits:
Without any additional comments, I'll now list some quotes on lucid dreaming. First a few quotes from respondents who see various benefits of dreaming.
I think my initial goal was to active cultivate lucid dreams, with two sub-goals: to use them as a springboard to mystical experience or higher consciousness, and to use them as a tool to eliminate my frequent nightmares, which were troubling me at the time. [..] I suppose my focus has shifted more to the psychological insights to be gleaned from dream study, since the nightmare issue was resolved long ago and I put a lot less emphasis on lucidity now than I used to.
Most of my ordinary dreams seemed rather mundane or entertainly bizarre; but I thought lucid dreaming would allow me to explore the hidden realms of my consciousness and perhaps get a glimpse into a deeper reality. I was particularly inspired by the book "The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep" because it mirrored how my approach to dreams and dreaming and how to harness that power.
As for the benefits of lucid dreaming... They are well... as far as I know... (Which ain't much considering y age and the fact that my research is relatively new) are limitless!!! (For the true believers that is)
Respondents who use lucid dreaming for enhanced self-development.
Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge. I thought that if I worked with my dreams then I can not only find an interesting way of looking at life but solve some problems I'm having in my life.
Strictly harmless entertainment at first. But when I discovered Lucid Dreams I thought that they could perhaps be a tool for personal growth.
My mother took great interest in the subject of dreams. She taught me how be aware that I was dreaming so that I could end a nightmare.
A gateway to grander possibilities.
I am more interactive with my dreams since I started practicing lucid dreaming 7 years ago. My definition has changed to a more spiritual one as I have learned about things such as dream sharing and remote viewing from dreams.
My second lucid dream, in which I was TOTALLY aware that I was dreaming from the dream's onset, took me to a workshop where people were working with multicolored crystals. I met some demi-god-like beings, among them a girl who had blue skin and a beautiful smile. I told her that she looked like Krishna. I was "high" (not in the old way) for 2-3 days after waking up from this dream.
I have had a few lucid dream experiences but would love to become much better at it. I'm trying to learn telepathy and OBE's (which I realize some people do not consider them dreams).
Lucid dreaming as an escape.
I have experienced dreams in many different ways...as the epic motion picture that entertains me at night; as the unrestricted & fulfilling dream-life I would love to have; as a trouble-shooting contemplative guide; as a thrilling lucid adventure; and as a warning when I get too far away from my main goals which then show up as disturbing dreams.
After using Lucid dreaming to help me escape my boring real life, where I was a fat, insecure kid who stuttered ...
Training for lucid dreaming
There are almost as many websites dedicated to lucid dreaming than to dreams in general. All these websites tell that lucid dreaming is something that can be learned. That may or may not be true, but apparently it not easy to learn. From the respondents, only a few say that lucid dreaming came easy to them. Actually, not counting the few "Life's a dream" dreamers who were practically born as lucid dreamers, only Dreambat and Pam are left.
In early adolescence I learned how to have lucid dreams by doubting the dream context.
In childhood, i was a powerful lucid dreamer, able to linger between planes for a LONG time.
During childhood, my dreams always seemed more real than consensus reality. I day-dreamed a lot and often had lucid dreams.
But this comes in waves, and it alternates with vivid lucid, with none at all for weeks.
Many others become interested in lucid dreams after reading about it. But many must still be struggling to become a lucid dreamer, as only few reported good success. Visitor is the only expressing some irritation.
Lot of good that did me (writing dreams down) considering I almost always failed to pick up on the crucial dream signs in my subsequent dreams.
Dream telepathy is communication with others while dreaming. There are enough respondents interested in dream telepathy to give this topic its own place. There isn't enough material to draw any particular conclusions, so I'll just present various views among respondents.
In general, dream telepathy comes in various forms. The popular view is that of cheap alternative for full color 3D teleconferencing, as depicted by Hollywood and literature on astral traveling. Probably a much more common form is dream telepathy where different dreamers have dreams that share similar dream elements. In other words, dreamers have elements in their dreams that also occur in the dreams of others.
A specific form of dream telepathy is mutual dreaming as described by Linda Lane Magellon. Magellon stresses the need for lucidity and the use of certain ethical protocols. Some respondents use the term mutual dreaming, but I can't tell whether they hold the same definition as Magellon.
The following quotes are the most straightforward examples of dream telepathy. Josephine and Bhakti seem to be more on the Hollywood side of the scale, whereas Lauri Jean Crowe and Ophelia5 may be more on the shared elements side of the scale.
Dreams to me are an alternate reality - but one intimately related to my own psyche. However, I do not, because of experience, discount the possibility that an individual can impact themselves on the dream of another.
I have experienced precognitive dreams, shared dreams and there seems to be some evidence of something like "alternate realities".
I have a husband and a daughter and we regularly discuss our dreams. Often we will mutually dream. They help me with decisions, ideas, emotional troubles, spiritual growth and on and on. I also am involved in an on-line mutual dreaming group.
Sometimes dreams take us to astral meetings with important people in our lives.
Dreams can not only be shared over distance. According to Charles Natareth dream sharing works across time. To Crysaxed even death is not a border.
I've heard songs which I've remembered but mostly forgotten, tried playing music in dreaming and made contact with other persons over distance and time.
I dream about my late relatives or other spirits, they are able to communicate with me.
Just to be complete, here are three quotes that perhaps hint at mutual dreaming, or perhaps not.
I have found that I would tell my friend about my dreams then she would tell me something that would connect the dreams to her life events.
However, my sister and myself had a slightly larger interest in dreams or, more specifically, nightmares because one particular recurring nightmare would occur to both of us on the same nights.
I use them as a problem solving tool and as a predictor that I either need to slow down because stress is messing with my inner peace or I need to call that particular person because they have been on my mind a lot lately.
Lucid dreaming is considered an important aspect of dreaming. Unfortunately, while lucid dreaming came easy for a very few lucky ones, for most it is a skill that is hard to develop.
There are a few who mentioned experiences with dream telepathy. Overall, experiences with dream telepathy are very limited among the respondents. Judging by how often dream telepathy and lucid dreaming were mentioned in the responses, there is far less interest in dream telepathy. Perhaps Linda Lane Magellon is right in that lucid dreaming helps to work with dream telepathy. Or perhaps people do have a lot of (subtle) telepathic dreams, but just don't know it.