Since lucid dreaming is still a relatively unknown subject, there have been many misconceptions and false rumors about it. Most of these have come from people that know nothing about lucid dreaming and are just afraid of the unknown. Here are a few opinions and beliefs that have developed over the past few decades that need to be set straight.
Lucid Dreaming is Fake
The first misconception about lucid dreaming is that it is fake. When people first hear about the concept, a lot of times their first reaction is to be skeptical and think that it is not real. This cannot be further from the truth. This is due to the fact that it has only been well known by the general public for a few decades. Lucid dreaming has been around since humans have been dreaming but the earliest records that we have of people actually practicing it was in the eighth century by the Tibetan Buddhists.
Lucid dreaming has been researched and scientifically proven during the last century. It also continues to be studied at many universities and institutions around the world. Using a polysomnograph, scientists and researchers are able to test patients and see when they become consciously aware in their dreams. It is not something that is way out there or hard to believe. The concept of lucid dreaming may seem strange at first but once you learn more about it, you will understand that it is not really that strange at all.
Lucid Dreaming Is A New Age Concept
Because of the nature of lucid dreaming it is easy to think that it is some new age, pagan, or occult concept. The truth is that it really isn’t that much different from having a regular dream except that you are aware and have control over what happens. This belief and judgment spawns from fear and ignorance. Lucid dreaming has nothing to do with any of that and anyone that is educated about them will tell you the same.
Lucid Dreaming Interferes With The Hidden Messages That Dreams Are Showing Us
Dreams do contain signs and hidden messages that are important for us to pay attention to, but lucid dreaming does not interfere with them but actually helps reveal them to us. Lucid dreaming requires a great deal of dream recall, so the avid lucid dreamer will practice and master remembering all of their dreams. Since the most advanced lucid dreamers only have a few lucid dreams a week and the average person trying to lucid dream will only have them a few times a month, they will remember much more of their dreams and a lot more details about them. You can also have lucid dreams and allow the dream to take its course and not interfere with what happens but be consciously aware while its happening.
Only Gifted People Can Have Lucid Dreams
Every person that dreams can have a lucid dream and every person in this world dreams whether they remember them or not. It is easy to think this when you have tried to have one for awhile and have had no success. If you follow all of the techniques and induction strategies, never giving up, you will eventually have your first lucid dream – and it will only get easier after that.
Lucid Dreaming Interferes With Normal Sleep
Lucid dreams have no effect on your normal sleeping pattern. It is no different than normal dreaming. The only thing that it might do is wake you up the first few times you have one due to excitement.
Lucid Dreaming Promotes Escapism
Some people believe that lucid dreaming is not good because it makes people want to escape from reality. Even if this was true, most people use all sorts of ways to escape from reality like watching a movie, reading a book, taking drugs, drinking alcohol ect… Lucid dreaming would be the safest and most beneficial way of doing it. As long as you still only get the recommended hours of sleep pure night and your not sleeping 14 hours a day, you have nothing to worry about.