Ever since Stephen LaBerge shocked the world with scientific validation of lucid dreaming - as in, yes, we are not just making this all up, there's been a one to one relationship between the concept of controlling your dreams and the definition of lucid dreaming.
While this is an understandable starting point to defining the strange concept of being awake and aware within the dream, it's really a bit of a stretch. In fact, what I just said - being awake and aware within a dream - is much more of a realistic definition of lucid dreaming than the idea that it means you control your own dreams.
In other words, lucid dreaming and dream control - while closely related, are not synonymous. While lucid dreaming can lead to the ability to engage the dream and steer it, even create and control it to some extent, a dreamer is hard pressed to prove that they are ever really in fact, entirely controlling their dream.
Recently it's been stated that it's more like steering a boat on the waters than controlling the sea. I love this metaphor and it really sums up nicely the case between our much control and input we have into our dream environment versus what the dream landscape seems to do all on its own, outside of conscious or psychic dreams control.
If you disagree with this idea, then I have a challenge for you. The next time you are consciously awake in a dream, create the intention for a person to walk around the corner. When they do, ask yourself if you put any intention behind the details like their skin tone, eye color, smile, or the clothes he or she is wearing.
Even if you did for some of these, you did not set an intention for ALL the details. Who did? I'm inclined to say your unconscious mind did the work. And that's whose still doing most of the work in the dream state, even as you lucidly engage with the environment and its creation.
This has been a guest post by Annabelle:
Writing about dreams, lucid dreaming, dream herbs, and calea zacatechichi is one of Annabelle's favorite hobbies. You can nearly always find her blogging online or sharing her stories on dream forums.
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