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How did experiments with lucid dreaming pan out?

well, curious not a lot of replies, though I suppose with the nature of the site, most here wouldn't spend much time on something that is largely unprovable. Dreams being only as good as what you believe the dreamer is actually telling you about the dream.

Personally my dreams have always been an integral part of my life. I can remember my dreams from as early as I can remember anything. 3-4 yrs old. I cannot imagine living a life without dreaming and it seems so odd to me that almost everyone does.

When I have not had dreams for a time, I tend to freak out. I start wondering what I'm doing wrong in my life and how to correct the problem of missing out on my dreams. I use them to find answers, I use them to determine where I might need to go and what I should be looking for, and just so much. For me it's simply common sense to use your dreams, and I cannot imagine my life otherwise.

From the "rational" perspective I do wonder about those that discard their dreaming. For me it is a simple tool, one that I have used since I was a baby. Yet I know so many people that when I talk to them about dreams, their reply is, "I don't dream, haven't since I don't know how long". What I wonder is, when did they throw away their dreaming and why?

In talking to folks, most seem to remember dreams never made sense and seemed to be random and frivolous things, such as , "an man in old clothing staring at me", but it makes no sense, no context to them is apparent. Many of my dreams are just that as well, I wake up more with a "huh? what was that about" than an answer or any particular insight. I don't worry about it, I just move on, sometimes I'll see the same dream again and again, and it might start to make sense, or it might just be a fun dream, like watching a TV show and I go back to it again and again.

None the less, I have made some major life decisions based on my dreaming and I do not regret those decisions. I believe those decisions were good ones and I reflect back with a "whew" thank goodness I followed my dream. At the same time I have ignored some dreams, they simple seemed to be impractical and so I dismissed them as such.

One thing for sure, there is nothing practical, rational, measurable about dreaming, at least in my view. I could tell you my dreams but would you believe them, and what would you think of them? For one they don't apply to you, they apply to me, I am the one that understands them, and can put them into context. I suspect someone could give me guidance to some degree, but in the end, the interpretation is on me. I'm not a baby any more, I'm a retired old dude, and yes I will look forward to and hope I can I have good dream tonight.

Ah, but one point of dreams is gathering a question? It's not as simple as saying "I want to remember my dreams/have a lucid dream". My most successful dreaming has always been based on "a question". Should I continue to live here? Should I look for a new job? How might I best communicate with a person? If I can properly frame a question, I can also usually find the answer in a dream. I have met and known others that similarly apply their dreams to their lives, but I can count those folks on one hand.

This is not as easy as it sounds. I've tried this with "lotto" numbers and always come up blank. Damn, maybe tonight will be the night ;o).

One thing I do feel good about is, I am on track with my dreams. This is at least true within the context of how I have used my dreams in my life. Perhaps my life is going down a frivolous folly of time waisting fantasy, but that's okay, because I'm somewhat successful, retired, and having the time of my life. So you'd hard pressed to get me to change my mind on what I've practiced and applied with some degree of success.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (8th thread, July 2015)

I live on a Nantucket Island 38. Just big enough to be roomy, and just small enough to sail about by myself. I'm just getting into the living on it part. Had the boat 4+yrs but only moved in full time this past July. Hope to start traveling on it more in 2017, targeting the Pacific Northwest for my first trips, but we'll see, I don't actually have a hard schedule, just rolling along at my own pace.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (8th thread, July 2015)


Browsing the web I found this site. I think it will be fun to indulge a bit and read more.

I'm retired, living on a sailboat and enjoying life. At this time I can't think of any topic of interest in the context of discussions, but I like the reading and I'm sure I'll jump in somewhere to contribute more down the road.