Tim Post: Lucid Dreaming
If you’re new to lucid dreaming or curious about what it is, this Ted Talk is a great place to start. Tim Post is a long-time lucid dreamer who uses this learnable skill to better his life. In this talk, Tim Post discusses what lucid dreaming is, what it feels like, and how you can use it to improve your life.
What is Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is a skill that anyone can learn. A lucid dream occurs when you to become conscious during your dream. You literally “wake up” inside your dream and can consciously explore the dream world. This is different from a regular dream, which you don’t recognize you were dreaming until after you wake up.
Tim Post identifies and discusses three features of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is:
This means that while you are lucid in a dream, you are fully a part of the dream world. In fact, your lucid dream may even feel more “real” than your waking life.
Flexible means that you can change the dream and can control certain (or even all) aspects of the dream. This is particularly useful when you are using lucid dreaming for practicing a skill (such as sports or music) or when want to overcome nightmares.
The best part is that lucid dreaming is learnable. That means when you use a few simple techniques, anyone can learn to have lucid dreams.
Tim Post on Having Adventures of a Lifetime
You might be wondering what you can do in a lucid dream. Well… that’s up to you… what do you want to do? You can:
- Have a romantic adventure
- Converse with famous people
- Get advice from your ancestors
- Explore other planets
- Spend time with your favorite celebrity
- Create art or music
- Practice a skill
In a lucid dream you are only limited by your own imagination.
One of the most popular (and my personal favorite) lucid dream activities is flying. It may take a bit of practice to get off the ground, but once you do the experience of soaring through the air is exhilarating.
There is literally no limit as to what you can experience in a lucid dream. If you can imagine it, you can do it – literally!
More than Fun and Games
I’m a huge fan of playing and having fun, and lucid dreaming is a great way to add more play into your life. But, as Tim Post will tell you, lucid dreaming can be used for more than fun and games. It’s also useful for:
- Stopping nightmares
- Mental rehearsal and preparation
- Creative problem solving
To learn how to have your first lucid dream, I highly recommend The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track by Rebecca Turner. This e-course is accessible and easy to follow. It takes you from complete beginner to enjoying lucid dreams with a few simple exercises that anyone can do. In fact, it’s the course I used to learn lucid dreaming.
It’s your turn, Dreamer
I’d love to hear your experiences with lucid dreaming. Have you ever had a lucid dream? If so, what do you do in your lucid dreams? Share your stories and experiences in the comments below.