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Lucid Dreams​

Are lucid dreams real?

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Lucid dreams are a fascinating topic. They are a form of dream, in which the dreamer is aware of being in a dream. It has been vastly popularised by the 2010 Inception movie by Christopher Nolan and is a very real phenomena.

What is a lucid dream?

In a lucid dream, the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming.

This means that they can control what happens in their dream, to an extent. In some cases, the dreamer is aware of being in a dream, but does not control the dream itself, this is still considered a lucid dream.

Lucid dreams can be very vivid and realistic, to the extend that some lucid dreamers describe those experiences as being more real than waking life.

Controversies around lucid dreams

There are some controversies around lucid dreaming. Some people claim that lucid dreaming is not real, and that it is just a form of dreaming. However, there is scientific evidence that lucid dreaming is a real phenomenon.

Other people claim that lucid dreaming is dangerous, and that it can lead to sleep paralysis. However, there is no evidence to support this claim. Lucid dreaming is generally considered to be safe.

How to have a lucid dream?

There are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of having a lucid dream.

First, you need to keep a dream journal. This will help you to become familiar with your dreams and will also help you to notice patterns in your dreaming.

Second, you need to practise reality testing. This means that you need to question your reality often, to see if you are actually dreaming. For example, you can look at your hands and count your fingers. In a dream, your fingers might change number or shape.

Third, you need to get into the habit of doing reality checks often. This means that you need to question your reality often, to see if you are actually dreaming. For example, you can look at your hands and count your fingers.


You can read more on all those different lucid dreaming techniques in our dedicated blog post.

So to summarise:

  1. Lucid dreams are real and many people have experienced them. You can read stories from experienced lucid dreamers here and here.
  2. Having lucid dreams does not require superpowers but dedication and practice (like everything). If you'd like some guidance, the Oniri Academy is a great place to start

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