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Lions Roar : November 2018
ILLUSTRATIONSBYCAROLEHÉNAFF YOU KNOW THAT MAGICAL moment when you wake up within a dream and know you’re dreaming? That’s lucid dreaming. It’s a skill you can develop and a beneficial meditation practice you can do. A nonlucid dream is a distracted dream, a mindless dream, a forgotten dream—you forget that you’re dream- ing. A lucid dream is a nondistracted dream, a mindful dream, a remembered dream—you realize you’re dreaming and can control much of the experience. Studies have shown that meditators have more lucid dreams, and for a true meditation master, all their dreams are ANDREW HOLECEK is the author of Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep. HOW TO PRACTICE Lucid Dreaming ANDREW HOLECEK teaches us how to be awake when we’re asleep. lucid. We’re nonlucid to the contents of our mind at night to the extent we’re non- lucid to the contents of our mind during the day. Become lucid to your thoughts during the day by practicing mindfulness meditation and you’ll naturally become lucid to your dreams at night. Dream yoga, which some scholars trace back to the Buddha, is when lucid dreaming is engaged for spiritual pur- poses. Some meditation masters proclaim that practicing in a lucid dream can be up to nine times more transformative than practicing in waking life. This is because lucid dreaming is a unique hybrid state of consciousness in which the con- scious mind faces the unconscious mind directly. When you transform the uncon- scious ground of your experience, you can transform everything above. In general, lucid dreaming is used for purposes of self-fulfillment, while dream yoga is used for self-transcendence. Dream yoga transcends but includes lucid dreaming. Both practices create a fruitful “night shift” that can add years of awareness to your life. We spend about six years of our lives in the dream state. Dream yoga allow us to enter an exclusive “night school,” offering an opportunity to practice in our dreams. Think about how much you could learn if you had an additional six years! Here are some instructions to get you started with lucid dreaming. 1. Setting Your Intention Setting a strong intention during the day to wake up in your dreams is like setting an internal alarm clock. Say throughout LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2018 21 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE