Of course we would all love to be able to make sure we score with that beautiful or handsome significant other that keeps appearing in our dreams. But it just never seems to happen that way, the dreams always seem to end just as they’re getting good. But one particular psychologist by the name of Alan Worsley has discovered he can control his dreams by way of Lucid Dreaming. Let’s dig into that a little bit…
Who is Alan Worsley
Alan Worsley, a psychologist of St. Thomas Hospital in London, claims to be able to manipulate his dreams as easy as snapping his fingers. While dreaming, Worsley has created fantasies of soaring through the air and being able to pass a knife through his wrists without a single scratch.
He has become so good at the manipulation of his dreams that he can even outline specific tasks he would like to achieve during his dreams and they will happen. He has been tested on his claims by having electrodes attached, confirming he’s in a dream state, but is still able to perform actions such as counting things, moving of his arms and legs, or even speaking aloud while dreaming.
What is Lucid Dreaming
The tasks that Worsley is accomplishing are known as Lucid Dreaming. This is where the dreamer is fully aware that they are dreaming, and by knowing this, they have the ability to manipulate their dreamworld. Even though this is not the first known case of true lucid dreaming, scientists still try to dismiss it as a hoax or fantasy.
But scientists have been able to prove his ability to react to outside stimulus by sending a small electrical shock to his body while he remains in a dream state. After receiving this electrical shock Worsley was able to respond by giving them a small predetermined signal. In this case it was five rapid eye movements. This experiment confirmed that the world of lucid dreaming is in fact possible.
I know this is a little hard to understand, but basically Worsley and the scientists arranged that when Worsley felt this electrical shock while dreaming, he was to give them the signal showing that he felt it. Keep in mind that when the experiment took place, electrode monitoring of his brain showed him
I don’t know about you, but when I’m asleep and dreaming like a baby, I don’t normally know to react to outside stimulus as instructed. Sometimes this will happen in some ways but it’s very rarely controllable.
How Can Controlled Dreams be Applied
There are many different applications possible with controlled dreaming. For instance another dream researcher from Stanford University in Palo Alto trained himself to ensure he would not wake up while having nightmares. He actually wakes up in the dream rather than waking from it. This has allowed him to actually face his fears that are encountered while dreaming. That kind of goes against the theory that you will always wake up right before the terrible happens. This would also prevent the dreaded recurring nightmare syndrome.
He also pointed out that our dreams are a compilation of our complete knowledge and experiences gained in the waking life. Suggesting that when dreaming we may be able to give complete accurate descriptions of people we encounter, such as eye color, height, weight etc. But if we were asked to do this in the waking life, we rarely remember all these details.
So how is all this beneficial or does it have a practical purpose? Lucid dreaming, that we can control, would give us the ability to tap into hidden areas of the mind and discover great knowledge to gain insight for daily problem solving and emotional repair. Because lucid dreaming would give us complete insight to every aspect of the problem at hand, nothing would go unnoticed.
One great example of lucid dreaming and it’s benefits was when Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev used hidden knowledge to discover the periodic table of elements. But let’s keep in mind that there are many other scientists, inventors, authors, medical professionals and psychologists that have used information found in their dreams to complete major projects that have changed life for the common man as we know it.
How Do I Perfect Lucid Dreaming
So now you’re probably all thinking, “Hey, I want to dream like that too”, and I am included in that. But my research has shown that lucid dreaming at this level can be accomplished, but it takes years of dedication, discipline and meditation to perfect. But it is very achievable if you can dedicate yourself to the goal. There are many exercises and habits you can focus on to begin your path to lucid dreaming and the ability to manipulate your dreams. In fact there are so many that this post would be much longer than any of you would prefer if I tried to list them all.
I did mention a few things you can do to start your journey, in my post How to Program your Mind for Dream Recall, feel free to check that out to get you started. But don’t forget, there is a wealth of information in this digital age available to you if you’re interested in perfecting this process.
Are you a Lucid Dreamer? We’d love to learn from your experiences, please feel free to share in the comments below.