Beyond being something really fun to try, lucid dreaming has real benefits for your actual, physical waking life.
Lucid dreaming is something that most people become interested in for the sole reason that it sounds interesting. If you're unfamiliar with it, it's the practice of becoming aware that you're in a dream while it happens. Essentially, you awaken while in the dream and become fully conscious and connected to all that's happening.
When you dream, you are tapping into a part of your consciousness that is not based in the physical world. It's as if one part of you, the you that's reading this, looks one way into a world based around dense, physical matter. The other half of you, the you that operates in the dream world, looks another way, into a world based around energy and pure potential. Neither of you can see what the other sees, and so you are constantly sending information back and forth about the nature of your respective realities.
You send this information through your subconscious. Your subconscious is like a dark tunnel that connects these two equally valid and vital aspects of your soul.
Your dreaming self never learns to perceive of itself as being limited, as we do here.
That is why you do things in your dreams that often seem completely free of any Universal laws of physics. Flying, bending time, existing in multiple places at once and other things we think of as impossible are entirely possible in the dreamscape.
This in itself helps to keep you open to your full potential, beyond what you're seeing and experiencing right now. You and your dream self are having constant and open communication, even if you aren't aware of it. Lucid dreaming, or awakening in your dreams, has the profound and powerful effect of sending you information about how to awaken and expand your awareness.
If you feel as if you're sleepwalking through life, lucid dreaming could be the key to getting you out of that funk and excited about life again. Or, if you feel as if you have so much potential, so many more gifts to share, but you just can't quiet access them, lucid dreaming can help you to intuitively understand how to pull them up and use them.
In other words, if you can come awake in your dreams, you can come awake here.
When you awaken in a dream you become aware that you are creating the dream. You can then manipulate it and interact with it in entirely new ways. It's almost like a crash course in playing with energy and opening up to yourself as a creator. This will help you to believe in yourself and your abilities to create in this life.
If you can create elaborate and richly complex dream worlds just imagine what you can create here, with what's around you. It may seem like two different things, but the fact is energy is energy. This world is made of energy. You manipulate energy and bend it to your will in your dreams. You do the same here. You just need to awaken to how powerful and creative you are.
If you can awaken and realize you're creating your dreams, you can just as surely awaken here and realize you are creating your life.
You aren't a passenger to life, you're the driver (which might give new meaning to all those driving dreams). What you learn from lucid dreaming can be taken as far as you can imagine. Everything you do in the dream world you can do in this world. It's never an exact translation but usually a more metaphorical one. So if you were flying in a dream, try not to disregard that as some fanciful thing without meaning. Because it has big meaning.
What would it mean for you to feel as if you're flying in this life? Would you feel elated? High above petty dramas? Perhaps free of obstacles. Supported by things felt but not seen. Do you ever think of someone like Tony Robbins soaring through life? Reaching ever greater heights as he reaches for ever more ambitious goals?
Now imagine you can access that feeling of flying each time you go to sleep. It won't be some foggy dream memory, but something you were acutely aware of and creating. And now imagine you bring that feeling into the here and now. How would that inspire you? How could you use that to empower yourself?
For many of us, we think of coming awake in this life as something connected with spirituality, in the sense of having a spiritual awakening.
Spiritual awakening has become synonymous with finding inner peace, gratitude and becoming more zen.
The deeper I explore awakening though, even under the guise of being a spiritual awakening, the more I realize it's about discovering our true potential. It's about engaging with life full on, without hesitation or fear. It's about starting each day excited because we know we are the powerful creators of our own lives. We are all master builders and energy is our source material.
Now we're at the end of the post, and you're probably wondering, how do I become a lucid dreamer? There are many books on it out there, but the first step is to simply want to try to it. By setting the intention you want to try this you will open up to receiving the books, podcasts, etc. that will help you to open up your inner world. Set the intention that it be easy and effortless, so easy that you already know how to do it. You simply forgot you could.
We all deserve to fly and live this life fully awake and inspired!
Most people have an awareness and base understanding of the concept of past lives these days.
For those more deeply interested in the metaphysical nature of themselves and life, this interest usually expands into exploring and contemplating the concept of future lives.
What we hardly ever talk about, and what has fascinated me ever since I read about it, is the concept of parallel lives. These are versions of yourself that exist now, in this time frame, but in a multitudinous variety of parallel dimensions. Essentially, an infinite number of Melissa Fields (that's me) exist in an infinite number of parallel universes along with infinite variations of you, everyone you know and are engaging with every circumstance you can imagine.
When I read this I finally began to grasp why spiritual teachers throughout the ages have always preached that we are all far more dynamic, complex and capable than we know.
Right now I'm sitting at my desk writing this. If you can imagine, in another dimension, I'm giving a talk on a stage. In another, I'm a single mother, raising a child conceived from a one night stand. In another, I'm still living in Holland and struggling to find myself there. And in another still, I never went to Holland but took my life on a completely different trajectory and took a job at a spa in Sedona.
Now, imagine that all of these variations of myself can communicate with each other. My parallel self speaking on stage, it's constantly sending me messages about how to be more confident and open. My parallel self with a child, she's telling me there are no mistakes because this child has changed my life in ways I couldn't have fathomed. Myself in Sedona, she's telling me she wishes she'd gone to Holland because she's not being challenged enough and she's kind of bored. And so on and so on.
The basis of this theory is that for every choice you face in life, whichever one you do not choose, it unfolds in one of your parallel lives. Everything in this Universe, including our thoughts and desires, are organic and constantly seeking a path to fruition and fulfillment.
So in a sense, you never miss out. Somewhere, in some dimension, you are living everything you have ever dreamed of. And now imagine each of those lives is itself an autonomous being and choosing its own path from the circumstances around it.
Something you chose to do today could be something you were looking at in a parallel life but decided not to act upon. Your other selves aren't just sending you information. They're sending you opportunities.
Beyond being a fascinating point of discussion, parallel lives are something that can enhance and assist every area of your life.
If you were to fully dive into this and fully open up your communication to your other selves imagine the wealth of information that would be at your fingertips. You could send and receive constant feedback on all things you do and receive endless waves of inspiration, motivation and input.
Did your parallel self take that job you were thinking of and hate it? Good to know! Then I won't take it! Did your parallel self learn to overcome stuttering? Great! Tell me how because you're me, and you can tell me exactly what worked! Did your parallel self make a million dollars by following their gut on a business opportunity? Praise the Lord! I almost turned that down because it scared me and seemed risky!
When I read about parallel lives the book talked about accessing them through deep states of meditation. It involves going into a deep meditative state, and then moving out and sideways to explore the various possibilities. If that sounds impossible and way beyond your abilities, don't worry!
We are constantly communicating with our parallel selves through dreams.
If you've ever dreamed of something totally random and wondered where it came from and why, there's a possibility it was an exchange of information between dimensions. If that information shook you so much that you acted upon it, then you can surely bet that was you sending you a message.
The best way to open up this type of communication is to believe you can. So often we hear something like this, that we have parallel lives in other dimensions, and we feel that's something only super mystical people can work with after years of study. This lack of belief in all of our own mystical nature is simply that - a belief.
You aren't just a multi-dimensional being. You are one born with all the gifts and talents necessary to work with these aspects of yourself. You just have to believe it.
"The human race is a stage though which various forms of consciousness travel. Before you can be allowed into systems of reality that are more extensive and open, you must first learn to handle energy; and see, through physical materialization, the concrete result of thought and emotion.
In more advanced systems, thoughts and emotions are automatically and immediately translated into action... Therefore, the lessons must be taught and learned well. The responsibility for creation must be clearly understood.”
- Seth, From “The Early Sessions”