I love when people argue that engaging in sorcerous endeavors is somehow illogical. Nope, just solid science actually. Lucid dreaming has already been demonstrated to be 100% legit, this research indicates it’s easier to replicate than we thought. Which doesn’t really surprise me because pretty much right after I started playing around with Robert Monroe’s techniques for astral projection I started lucid dreaming regularly. This happened instantly.
So, your mind can create exquisite virtual reality worlds for free, and you don’t spend your time playing around with this stuff because you’re too logical, and or rational. It has nothing to do with conformity at all. Got it. (from Science Daily):
“New research at the University of Adelaide has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people’s chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming while it’s still happening and can control the experience.
Although many techniques exist for inducing lucid dreams, previous studies have reported low success rates, preventing researchers from being able to study the potential benefits and applications of lucid dreaming.
Dr Denholm Aspy’s research in the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology is aimed at addressing this problem and developing more effective lucid dream induction techniques.
The results from his studies, now published in the journal Dreaming, have confirmed that people can increase their chances of having a lucid dream.
The study involved three groups of participants, and investigated the effectiveness of three different lucid dream induction techniques:
1. reality testing — which involves checking your environment several times a day to see whether or not you’re dreaming.
2. wake back to bed — waking up after five hours, staying awake for a short period, then going back to sleep in order to enter a REM sleep period, in which dreams are more likely to occur.
3. MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) — which involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then developing the intention to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.” You also imagine yourself in a lucid dream.
Among the group of 47 people who combined all three techniques, participants achieved a 17% success rate in having lucid dreams over the period of just one week — significantly higher compared to a baseline week where they didn’t practise any techniques.”