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Lucid dreaming as a psychological tool

Lucid dreaming can be used for more than just trivial entertainment. In our lucid dreams, we have the potential to live out meaningful dream experiences that can actually improve our day-to-day psychological well-being.

Before going to sleep, lucid dreamers often devise a lucid dream plan and are able to execute this plan once they become lucid in their dreams.

Rehearse everyday life while asleep

Perhaps now in the lucid dream you dare to challenge that person you've been avoiding all your life. Or maybe you prefer rehearsing that romantic dinner that you've planned with him or her next week? You might revisit a deceased loved one that you've been wanting to talk to for a long time. You could meditate with Buddha and seek spiritual transformation or overcome a deeply rooted fear. Mentally rehearse your peak performances or sports movements in preparation of key competitions. Etc.

In this way, lucid dreaming can quickly become a tool to enhance our psychological development in preparation of life's everyday challenges and achieving our goals. While lucid dreaming is not yet formally employed in psychiatric practices, studies show the potential power of using lucid dreams to improve our psychological well-being.

Overcome bad dreams or nightmares

Scientists are exploring methods of lucid dream treatment for people who suffer from recurring nightmares. For example, former soldiers plagued with nightmares about their traumatic war time experiences may benefit from lucid dreaming as a powerful tool for self-help.

Doctors could potentially train these patients to become lucid in their nightmares and guide them on how to reshape and resolve their fears from within the nightmare, rather than merely discussing the nightmare after it happens the next day in conventional group therapy. Evidence has been collected that shows the potential power of using lucid dreams in this way.

Creatively come to new ideas

We can also use the creativity found in lucid dreams to come up with new ideas or solutions when challenged by complex problems or waking life circumstances. Examples include: coming up with a new business idea, experimenting with new and improved behaviors or developing that keynote presentation that you need to give soon.

Wake up and become a lucid dreamer yourself. Consider starting our complete and interactive home-study Online Course in Lucid Dreaming tonight. Your dreams are waiting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Flying. Followed by sex, and then exploring the dream landscape. What would yours be?


While having grand adventures and fantasies in dreams is popular, we generally see students develop more meaningful lucid dream goals during their practice as time goes on. Most lucid dreamers eventually seek lucid dream experiences that they can learn from and apply to help them with life's everyday challenges and achieving their goals.

Yes, to some extent.

While there is a lot you can learn from by reflecting on your lucid dream experiences, a lucid dream is not the ideal for learning a new skill that you have no waking life experience with. For example, if you cannot play the piano in waking life, you cannot learn to play the piano in your lucid dreams. You can, however, improve your skills by rehearsing a piano performance, practicing for next week's big football game, or for the driving test you're nervous about, if these are things you've already been practicing in your waking life.

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It's going to find me. Kill me. I look around to find any place for me to hide in but every space seems far too narrow for me to fit in. I'm done for if I don't hide.

Suddenly, I hear heavy footsteps coming up the stairway. The bedroom door opens and gives way for the hideous monster. I close my eyes and fear for the end of my life. When the monster reaches me, I suddenly realize that I am dreaming. I shout, "Stop!"

I slowly open my eyes and look into the eyes of the monster and feel my fear seep away. "This is a dream", I say quietly and amazed. I look around and notice my sister's bedroom being as it was from many years ago. The monster looks perplexed.

I compose myself and stand up. "You're part of my dream", I say and see the monster taking a step back while I start to walk towards it. "Don't be afraid", I say while I start to smile and feel empowered with every step I take, "I'm not going to hurt you."

Once I stand really close to it, I say, "You are part of me in a way, you know". I open my arms and give the monster a hug and genuinely try to embrace and accept the creature as part of myself. The creature transforms into bright light and an incredible feeling of love rushes in that takes over the entire experience. I wake up in bed and radiate a sense of oneness and compassion. I felt great.

Elizabeth M, United Kingdom. Former student of of our Online Course in Lucid Dreaming.

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