There are many reasons people learn how to lucid dream. For some it is to have adventures and fun, and for others it is to specifically address something that is or has been bothering them. Sometimes lucid dreaming can help practice for something that will happen in their waking life, and other times it can help re-do something to see how things would have turned out.
The following is a list of some of the more common lucid dream experiences people pursue, with examples written from the perspective of the lucid dreamer:
Flying is a very common pursuit in lucid dreams, and in fact many spontaneous dream control experiences involve flying. One example: “In my lucid dream I was standing at the bus stop, and suddenly I reached for the sky and took off. I passed all the normal sights of my trip, but I was flying through the air!”
For some reason another common occurence in lucid dreams in the ability to jump very high or bounce. Again this seems to happen in cases of spontaneous dream control, such as: “I was not aware that I was dreaming until I took a step. Suddenly I bounced sky-high, over the treetops, before coming down gently, ready to take another step. Excitedly I realized I was dreaming!”
Meeting new people:
Often people want to meet a famous person in their dream, or maybe just a new person who might be a friend but who they’d never know in real life. For example: “I’ve been looking for guidance in my life so I learned how to lucid dream so I could meet with Ghandi who gave me great advice and inspiration in my dream.”
Meeting “old” people:
Traveling back in history is a common dream control pursuit. This can be fun, exciting, and informative – though likely not historically accurate. One possibility: “I wanted an adventure where I could meet Socrates. I don’t know why, but I always wanted to talk to that man. So I learned how to lucid dream and I did so!”
A common way to relieve anxiety is to face the problem that is causing it. IN many cases this is not possible or feasible, so dream control can provide a means, such as: “I’ve always been afraid of flying on a plane, but I managed to get over it by practicing in my lucid dreams…I even simulated turbulence and a lot of take offs and landings.”
Practicing for events:
Another common source of anxiety is an upcoming event that contains pressure or requires practice. Dream control can allow for some practice, and thus anxiety reduction, ahead of time, such as: “I had a big public speaking appearance and was nervous about how it would go. I actually practiced my memorized speech in my dream…in front of a stadium of people!”
There are many things we don;t dare try in our waking life, or perhaps things that are expensive or difficult to get to. Lucid dreaming can provide a key. For example: “I don’t think I’d even take up mountain climbing in my “real” life, but I loved climbing a huge mountain in a beautiful mountain range in my lucid dream. And when I got to the top, I jumped off and flew back down!”
Having fun part 2:
There are also activities we choose not to do in our waking life for a variety of reasons but would do if no one was watching. For example: “I don’t like dancing in real life. I’m a bad dancer and I feel like everyone is watching me. But after I learned how to lucid dream I can now dance like I never have before, and people are impressed and smiling.”
Sometimes we can get a glimpse into our subconscious by doing nothing but sitting back to see what the lucid dream presents. This can lead to some interesting insights, such as: “I was able use a “passive” lucid dream technique and it was wonderful. I was walking down a path and I just stayed open to wherever the dream took me. I passed some beautiful surroundings, met interesting people (and animals!), and saw amazing sights. Then I was able to pull meanings from these experiences.”
These adventures, powerful personal reflections, and ways to overcome fears and anxieties are just a very few examples of what you can do if you learn how to lucid dream. And once again it must be stated that lucid dream techniques are not difficult to learn and master. Our How to Lucid Dream page can get you started.
We invite you to use our comments section to add other categories to this list – other ways you have used dream control to have fun or accomplish something. As we hear from you we will update this listing.