Lucid dreaming was first discovered by Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik Van Eeden.
Eeden's research demonstrated that during lucid dreaming the dreamer was able to manipulate their experiences within the dream environment.
More recent scientific studies have closely analyzed the phenomenon and properly defined the measurable differences from being awake and typical REM sleep:
lucid dreaming constitutes a hybrid state of consciousness with definable and measurable differences from waking and from REM sleep, particularly in frontal areas.
Lucid dreaming is basically becoming self-aware during a dream.
Typically when we dream we have no control over the actions we make or those of others. It is like being a fly on the wall; we are watching ourselves play a role in the dream. But when we lucid dream we can take control of the actor, so to speak.
To lucid dream, we need to be in a sleep state but remain aware. It sounds complicated, but actually most of us will experience at least one accidental episode in a lifetime – so it is very possible to achieve.
If you have ever experienced sleep paralysis, you have probably lucid dreamed, or at least have been close.
How Our Lucid Dreaming Meditation Works
Sleep has a specific brainwave cycle blueprint. It isn't always exactly the same, but each night we cycle through the same frequency zones.
Delta waves are the slowest brainwaves and present in deep sleep, and Theta waves are present in stage one, when we're in light sleep.
Understanding this is key to understanding how lucid dreaming can occur, and indeed the best time to achieve it.
Our binaural beats Lucid Dreaming meditation almost mimics the sleep cycle process, but with an added advantage that will assist you in achieving lucid dreaming.
First, the music uses Theta frequencies to guide you into a calm, relaxed state. This is essential for lucid dreaming.
Theta is known as the meditation state; because Theta waves are abundant when meditators access deep meditation. Also consider that in deep meditation we stimulate the third eye, the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.
It is in this higher consciousness that we obtain an awareness beyond that of our everyday physical world experience.
Once the music has taken you down into a deeply relaxed Theta state, it then begins to drop slowly down into the Delta frequency zone, hovering just above the point where you might fall asleep.
This balance keeps you in limbo, in a cat-nap-like sleep state where you are almost asleep and able to dream lightly but would be woken if someone made a noise or called out your name.
If you've ever fallen asleep but woken a few minutes later because you stepped down a hole or off a ledge in your sleep (and you actually physically feel yourself taking the step), you'll know the limbo state I mean.
In this state, your subconscious remains awake but your conscious mind remains asleep. This is a mind trick of sorts.
In addition to the binaural beats frequencies that take you down into the Theta and Delta states, we have tuned the instrumentation in the music to 174 hertz.
This frequency is taken from the ancient Solfeggio scale. It is considered a natural anesthetic, which will add to the hypnotic effect of the binaural beats and help you enter the dream realm.
Towards the end of the track, the frequencies move out of Delta and up into the upper Theta zone to arouse you to wakeful awareness.
How to Lucid Dream
Dream studies have shown that the best time to try lucid dreaming is after waking up. This might sound a bit counterintuitive but it makes perfect sense.
The brain is already in a sleepy state, which makes it easier to fall back into a semi-like sleep state while maintaining the awareness required to control your dreams.
Consider this scenario:
Think about those times on a weekend, or when you're a little sick and have a day off in bed.
You may recall waking up in the morning at your normal time and then falling back into a light sleep where you're sort of aware of the fact that you have woken up and are in bed, but you're also having a vivid dream – so vivid it seems real.
In this state you are very close to lucid dreaming, because you are dreaming but part of your brain is aware of where you are and what you are doing. This is essentially the crossroads of lucid dreaming and where you will access this special state of consciousness.
We therefore recommend that you listen to the Lucid Dreaming meditation just after you wake up in the morning, or when you lay down for an afternoon nap. For a beginner, this is when you are most likely to experience a lucid dream.
Download Lucid Dreaming today and create your own dreamworld, with your own environment, characters and stories!
Note: Although perfectly safe, be aware that lucid dreams can be vivid and appear very real. This means that when you wake up, it may take a minute or two to adjust back to the circumstances of the physical world.