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Annie Loyd Professor LoMascolo English 1106 3:30 TR 7 April 2011 Lucid Dreaming: Control over the Uncontrollable Dreams, one of the most mysterious aspects of the human subconscious, have been studied and interpreted for ages. From nightmares to thrilling experiences, those who remember their dreams are often left with puzzling thoughts in their waking hours after bits and pieces linger. From questions like “why did I do that?” to “could this mean something?”, people struggle with the idea that their mind has actively taken over their thoughts while asleep. It is common for people to think their dreams are uncontrollable and a mere aspect of their subconscious. Little to do they know, the superhuman experiences within their dreams can be controlled and accessed at their own choosing. This phenomenon, coined “lucid dreaming” by Frederick Willems van Eeden in 1913, has shaped the concept of dreaming for hundreds of years and has given people a way to efficiently use their sleep to benefit their waking hours (Holzinger 216). No longer must people be susceptible to their subconscious, for now they have gained control. Within a lucid dream, one is able Loyd 1
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to recognize they are dreaming with complete consciousness and influence or change the course of the dream. Lucid dreamers have reported being in possession of all their cognitive faculties, such as reasoning clearly and remembering the conditions of waking life (Holzinger 216). Thanks to these aspects, lucid dreaming is a rewarding skill that can be beneficial to the waking life if utilized properly. In most dreams, we are convinced that we are awake. But sometimes, dream events are so incredible as to make us wonder wonder what? . As these oddities arise, some start to question reality, and the realization occurs that one is dreaming. Lucid dreaming is not the same as dream control. What differs is that within lucid dreaming one has the ability to make a choice to control oneself, one’s actions, and one’s reactions. The span of possibilities within lucid dreaming extends from feelings and perceptions to fantastic and bizarre adventures. Because of their vast potential, lucid dreams are also described as “high dreams” (Holzinger 217) what does this mean? . Other titles include conscious dreaming, and dreams of clarity, also known as “Klartraum”, which scientist Paul Tholey named after van Eeden’s description of lucid dreaming (Holzinger 216). These dreams of clarity can not be induced, and therefore require extensive training and techniques one must learn in order to obtain a state of consciousness within a dream like what . Loyd 2
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One of the first descriptions of lucid dreaming can be found during the time of Aristotle, well before the phenomenon was defined. In Aristotle’s On Dreams he wrote, “[If] the sleeper perceives that he is asleep, and is conscious of the sleeping state during which the perception comes before his mind, it presents itself still, but something within him speaks to this effect” (Holzinger 217). Not only had Aristotle defined
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