In today’s society, everyone is trying to either make more money, lose a few pounds around the waist, or simply just get ahead of the pack. It seems we’re always striving for some sort of new goal. But in many cases, what is lacking is one vital element…the inner confidence to do it.
In the real world, we face numerous obstacles that can set us back from reaching our goals, our dreams, and our most cherished desires in life. There is never a shortage of mental or physical hurdles that tend to stand in our way.
But what if you could change your level of confidence from the inside out, through your dreams?
In lucid dreaming, you become not only aware of your dreams, but you’re also the sole creator and painter of your vivid reality. Life in your dreams is a mere canvas in which you can create the scenarios you fear the most in your waking life. And the best part, it makes it easier for you to face them and gain inner confidence.
Sure, I know this may sound crazy initially, but I can tell you from personal experience that lucid dreaming is very real. I’ve not only been a lucid dreamer for nearly half my life, but there are thousands of people all across the world that have harnessed this ability as well. In fact, there have been famous people throughout time who have harnessed the power of lucid dreaming to not only change their life, but to become more creative as well. A few of the people that have used the power of lucid dreaming are: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, James Cameron, Salvador Dali, Chris Nolan, and Stephen King, just to name a few.
One of the ways I’ve personally used the power of lucid dreaming as a catalyst for personal change, early on in my life, was facing my issue of social anxiety. From an early age, I had always been a creative, yet shy and introverted, type of personality. But when it came to making friends or having to face social situations, not only did it bring great stress, it brought great fear.
As I developed into my late teens, I had a discovered an old ragged book on lucid dreaming called Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D and Howard Rheingold. At first glance, I thought it was some sort of “new age” BS, but as I thumbed through it, the idea of being able to control my dreams seemed very fascinating. Eventually, after several weeks of practice, I was able to have one of my first lucid dreams and my life has never been the same since.
In many of my dreams, I have faced huge crowds of people and given speeches, I’ve played sports in huge stadiums, and I’ve even talked to groups of beautiful girls (yes, lucid dreaming has it’s advantages). Because I’m highly lucid during these dreams, and I know that I’m dreaming, facing these real-world fears (social anxiety) becomes much easier.
The real beauty of this lucid dreaming process is the confidence I’ve gained from these dreams has spilled over into my waking life.
Now I’d like to say I’m some sort of mingling extrovert now, but I’m not. But what I am, is not so afraid, and social anxiety doesn’t affect me like it once did. But social anxiety is only one of the many areas that can be improved through lucid dreaming.
Here are three more ways that lucid dreaming can transform your life…
1. It Can Help You Unlock Your Subconscious Fears
When you lucid dream, you are diving into your own subconscious world. In this world, you may discover fears or feelings that have been pushed down into the subconscious for years, but you didn’t realize it. These feelings or fears, may be ruling your life in an unconscious way. In lucid dreaming, you can unlock these fears and set them free by facing them, and accepting them. Virginia Wolf once said, “Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.” I couldn’t agree more.
2. It Can Help You Harvest Creative Ideas
All creativity and flashes of brilliance come from your subconscious, and using the creative landscape of lucid dreaming can be your greatest resource for creative ideas. Famous creative thinkers like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison knew this, and used it to their advantage. You can too! The seeds of creativity are planted in your subconscious, now you have a way to tap into them.
3. It Can Allow You To Practice New Skills
In your dream world, there are no rules or limits. In this lucid space, you can practice new skills that you’ve always wanted to try. This could be doing things such as, giving a speech, learning kung fu, or even playing a sport that you love, but were never very good at in reality. The only limit is your mind.
Adding lucid dreaming to your repertoire for change can give you the great mental boost you need to move forward in life. When you combine your waking life with your sleeping life, your potential for positive change will greatly increase. I think Carl Jung summed it up best…
“In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.” – Carl Jung
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16 thoughts on “How to Use Lucid Dreaming As a Catalyst For Personal Change”
Is it anything like waking dreams?
Do you mean daydreaming Carmelo? If that is what you are talking about, lucid dreaming is much different.
There’s nothing like waking up inside your head lol
Is there any particular areas you’re exploring at the moment?
If you’d like to write a guest post for my site you’re more than welcome http://lucidability.com/share-your-lucid-dreaming-stories/
Hey Jamie, nice site you have going. I’ve just shot you a message about possibly doing a guest post for you if you’d like. Thanks for visiting here as well!
Your post are helpful. thanx
the idea of controlling dreams is amazing
i want to try that as soon as possible
thanks for the tips :)
Great post! I’ve always been fascinated by lucid dreaming but have yet to experience it.
How about an in dept post on how to achieve lucid dreaming as well? Like the kind of difficulties you faced or steps taken (like keeping a dream journal?). That would be beneficial to many! :)
Thank you! :)
Hey Karen, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I actually cover all of your questions with my free lucid dreaming e-course. There is a link to it at the bottom of the post in the bio. I hope that helps you. Cheers!
I have what you call lucid dreaming experiences. I get subjects and titles and I then write an article about it on my website or I make a product. People, who think of me, no matter where they are, I get their message. Friends, who pass and wish to say good bye, are there with me.
I would not call it subconscious world, but inner world. Most people are too focused on matter, on problems they have in their outer world, on pursueing the next desire and when they go to bed, they sleep heavily. You have to take some time each day for your inner world. It then opens more and more and it is vast and beautiful. Absolutely worth to give it some time.
I have very intense and vivd dreams and a few are recurring. if only i could harness them and understand the message. i have never heard of lucid dreaming before but i will check it out :)
Hey, I actually realised that I lucid dream everyday. You know, I’m a great enthusiast of the guitar and I’ve started learning it about a month ago. I imagine myself playing in huge stadia, being the frontman and all and all the world’s just looking at me and it sort of propels me to work harder on my guitar practice.
Just like you, I too was a tad bit sociophobic but lucid dreaming helped me come a long way in tackling that. Feel great about myself now and things have always been better ever since.
There is no question that dreams can help you heal. When I was about 12 I had a dream that completely fixed a huge problem I had in my life…….I love dreams now to master lucid dreaming yes please!
I fancy having a ‘winning an oscar’ dream
hey Alex how can i contact you to talk deep about this subject because it happen to me ?
You can contact me through my site at: HowToLucidDream.com Ahmad. Thank you.
You know, I don’t know how I stumbled across this article. But I was amazed to read about Lucid Dreams. Actually, I have experienced it unknowingly and I did control my dreams. I still do. But when I talk about it to anyone, they think I’m outta my mind.
So it is something real and all these years I’ve been thinking I was some psycho. Actually, people made me believe a little of that when I knew I was alright.
The only problem I’m facing is what to dream about and how much of that will affect me in my day-life. I have been smoking cigarettes since 8 years and I want to quit this bad habit. I can and I have quit the habit many times, sometimes I was able to stay away from it for 2 years. But the thing keeps coming back to me or say it the other way around, I keep getting back to this bad habit. Its not that I can’t leave it, but it has psychologically got so much into me that I do not wish to kick it.
Apart from this bad habit, I do not have any bad habits, so it feels so strong on me. If I can quit it once in for all, I can work on exploring a lot of knowledge hidden inside us. I can’t be positive unless I quit this habit. A part of me wishes to quit it so much but then something does not allow me to.
Do you think I would have even little chance of quitting my bad habits with the help of Lucid Dreams? I’m just putting my heart out without worrying what anyone would say.
Hello, I “accidently” came across this post. The funny thing is I am currently working on a dream study on my website with ” Exploring the world of lucid dreaming”. I’m happy to see others feel the same about dreaming and putting it out there. Thank you :)