Self Improvement Through Lucid DreamingThe benefits of a good night’s sleep for physical and mental wellness are well known. But did you realize that your dreams, especially lucid dreams, can also contribute to your psychological wellness and help you achieve personal growth and insight? In a lucid dream, you are aware that you’re dreaming. And some people, either naturally or through practice, are able to become active participants in their lucid dreams, controlling their experiences and altering their dream environment at will.
One of the many benefits of lucid dreaming is it can improve your problem solving skills. Often when I have a lucid dream, I am faced with a problem or obstacle that I can’t overcome the first time. But because I am in control of the dream, I “rewind” the dream back to that problem point, and change my actions in hopes of achieving a different outcome. Sometimes it takes two or three “rewinds” before I am satisfied with the resolution. You can utilize the same sort of persistence and creativity towards solving problems in your waking life.
Lucid dreaming can also be a powerful tool for improving your creativity. Several famous artists and musicians, like Salvador Dali, Paul Klee, Mozart and Wagner, have been inspired by their dreams. In a lucid dream, you can unleash the full flow of your creativity energy with no limits and no consequences. I often dream of fantastical houses, and in my dream, I expand the houses to make them even bigger and more opulent. And hopefully the creativity your dreams have produced will inspire and infuse your waking life.
It is also easy to face your fears in a lucid dream because it is a controlled and safe environment. Are you afraid of heights or afraid of flying? You can purposefully try and face these fears in a lucid dream. Once you have faced a fear in a dream, it just may be a little easier to face that fear in reality.
Lucid dreams are also a great way to release your inhibitions and improve your confidence. You can experiment in your dreams, fulfilling fantasies or life-long dreams. Once you achieve success at something in your dream, it becomes easier for you to visualize being successful in your waking life.
You can also use lucid dreams to practice new skills. If you have a job, skill or hobby that could be refined, practice it in your dreams and maybe you’ll find that you are better or faster at it in the morning.
Lucid dreaming is a lot of fun and have benefits that spill over to your waking life. But how do you become a lucid dreamer? There are several resources on the web and through Tools for Wellness that can help you practice and hone your lucid dreaming skills.