Lucid Dreaming a personal development perspective

Oct 20 09:04 2011 George Larson Print This Article

This article explores the link between personal development and lucid dreaming. First it looks at the need for personal developmental and then it discusses the power of the subconscious mind. From there it shows how lucid dreaming could be used to assist personal development.

Personal growth or development and self help as terms do not seem to hold the ‘spirit’ of what is truly involved close to heart. Maybe self improvement as phrase is a bit softer on the tongue but still does not capture the true essence required. Self help and self improvement is many things to many people but in essence looks to “quality of life” as an assessable yardstick by which to develop,Guest Posting measure and improve personal performance and awareness.

Happiness & Purpose

Now quality of life, again, can be many things to many people. But lets just say for those of us sitting in front of a screen reading this commentary probably looks more to the elements around happiness and the meaning of life rather than the quality or quantity of the food, clothes or shelter in our lives. Now you may ask what has this got to do with Lucid Dreaming, well the answer is not quite yet forthcoming, but please bear with me a bit longer.

Wikipedia reflects on happiness as follows:

Happiness is a mental state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.  A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.”

I personally would replace the word religious with spiritual to mean inclusive of religious. Not everyone adheres to a specific spiritual religious traditions but everyone certainly has spiritual needs and a soul that needs to be fed whether they know that or not. This is true in the same way a healthy body and mind is required if interested in longevity. Regardless, looking at any of these areas of happiness and its development its clear that the mind is a key element in each.

If the gurus are correct and self improvement looks to increased self-awareness and self-knowledge to developing strengths and talents, the mind’s role needs to be emphasized more than stated above. Then of course the scientist and experts on the brain suggests we are only using 0.0001% or is it 0.1% or is it 10% of our brains (sorry, details is not my biggest strength; I’ve always wondered how they calculated that figure anyway). The point being, also considering the unused potential of our ‘pips’ it is staggering to consider to what level of happiness or contentment we could possibly rise using the mind only if we knew how.

Looking at meaning its easy to get totally lost in the significance of it when trying to understand the purpose of one’s existence. Mankind has made this a central theme for thousand of years. Lets just say most would agree that a person who struggles to understand the meaning of life or lacks purpose at times in their lives is akin to a yacht traveling out in the oceans without a rudder.  If the yacht was placed in the middle of the Indian ocean it probably will be fine for awhile but it certainly is not a sustainable approach.

Most personal development gurus or anyone who is unsure of their purpose but actually makes the effort to find answers will surely reach a stage where they realize they have to exercise mental effort, thought and reflection to guide them through this process. Again the mind features very prominently. You may ask again what does this have to do with Lucid Dreaming. Well we are getting closer to this answer but we are not quite there yet.

As obvious as it sound, if we all agree that the mind is central to personal growth we need to try and understand, even at the most simplistic level, how our minds work and how it can be used to progress our lives. Lets face it, if you have an amazing tool but you do not know how it works, you are not going to go far.

Power of the Subconscious Mind

(I would highly recommend learning more about this in detailed)

In a nutshell  we use our conscious mind to program our subconscious mind. Once consciously programmed in our subconscious we act out those programs automatically without “thinking” about it. Regardless if they are good or bad. Lets say you are influenced as young teenager by your environment to think consciously that smoking is cool. You start smoking and become subconsciously programed to “think” it is acceptable for you to smoke and continue for years without “thinking” about it. While you keep on smoking, driven by your subconscious program that “believes” it is fine to smoke, although we consciously know its not good for you.

So how is it possible for us to keep on doing something we know is bad for us? Why do our minds work in such a manner? The answer lies in the design of our minds. To think consciously about something takes a lot more time, energy and effort than to think about something unconsciously. Our subconscious mind is not designed to think stuff through properly or to judge, it just acts out based on its already consciously approved programme. This feature is crucial for survival, lots of programs like the “keep the heart pumping program” and millions others will overload our conscious mind because they are required to run constantly. Also this feature serves to feed the learning process. Once you learn something you do not need to think about it consciously anymore.

Another very important design feature of our subconscious mind to be aware about is the fact that our subconscious mind knows everything! Everything you have ever read, seen heard, experienced etc. is stored somewhere deep within. Yes all that knowledge is in there and is available for you to access. Many gurus who write books about the power of the subconscious mind talk about this infinite intelligence of the subconscious. The more spiritually inclined gurus also believe the subconscious mind is the gateway to the collective consciousness as well as to our Devine Creator.

Now the question becomes, how does one reprogramed your subconscious mind to effect personal growth and how does one access this incredible wisdom within. The answers to these question can kick off a whole new life’s journey and in my view can shed some light on one’s purpose and is the foundation for personal growth.

So why is it so important to try and understand this? Firstly if you want to grow personally regardless at what area in your life spiritually, physically (such as in the quality at which you practice a sports discipline), emotionally, psychologically, changing habit, learning new skills or cultivating a talent and many more, you need to realize that if you want to change behaviour or improve you need to figure out how you reprogram your subconscious mind through conscious effort.

Secondly, although it is crucial to learn from our society and that you need to go out there and search for answer from experienced people, know that you have many answers available yourself, you just need to learn how to access it. This involves a longer life’s journey and the practice of consciousness where you become aware of how you feel and what you think all the time and the realization that you actually have full control over this because this is how you are motivated and that you are ultimately responsible for your thoughts and feelings. You are what you think!

If you realize and accept that you are one hundred percent responsible for your own thoughts and feelings (programed in your subconscious) and that these thoughts and feelings effectively shape your reality because you believe them to be true, you are able to change your reality if you reprogram your subconscious mind with “new” thought and feelings aligned with the reality you want to create or new position you want to grow into.

Now how do I go about using this new realization.

Lucid Dreaming

There are many methods or ‘tools’ one can use for personal growth  and creating awareness (conditioning your subconscious mind) such as:

  • meditation
  • personal reflection
  • self study
  • lucid dreaming
  • religious guidance
  • studying expert opinions (self help books)
  • therapy
  • coaching
  • experience
  • spiritual growth

all of which are worth exploring. The rest of this writing will look at lucid dreaming (yes! at last, good on you for making it to here)

The link between the subconscious mind and dreaming has been explored only recently. Sigmund Freud probably was the first to look at the role of the subconscious mind in dreams and explored the unconscious elements that drives our motivation. Now imagine being able to get a clear view of our subconscious mind and understand beter how and what motivates each of us in our unique ways. You might find that there are unknown , to your consciousness, elements that are actually motivating you counter to what you are trying to achieve consciously. I also like to refer to them as mental blocks.

A very frustrated smoker trying to stop does not necessary realize that he subconsciously believes that it is fine to smoke and that its the reason why he can not actually get himself to stop consciously. Not just because of the physical addiction. If he does realize this he then has discovered a mental block and if he also realizes how powerful the subconscious mind is he may be beter prepared mentally to change this habit by working on releasing the block.

Not sure if you know what lucid dreaming is and or how to lucid dream but the ability to be dream aware while dreaming with the ability to control your dreams is a magnificent gift than could be used to access your subconscious mind. Lucid Dreaming can also be used to help recondition yourself as required.

It may sound like a brave new way to ago about it, but as Einstein said ”You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew” How is that for a powerful problem solving ethic.

Lets say you have a personal development goal to become a motivational speaker but have a fear of speaking in front of people. Imagine you can create a save place where you can motivate yourself and practice role-playing as much as you need to to overcome this challenge. In a similar way lucid dreaming can give you the ability to deal with any such fears.

What if you need to change your feelings and thoughts around how you few humanity and need to cultivate a more positive view, because you may have realized it is keeping you back in other areas in your life. You could create a new dream character, Nelson Mandela and then have an insightful discussion with him about how he was motivated and driven to be so forgiving and the ultimate humanitarian after everything that was done to him.

What if you could create a dream character that represent your subconscious mind and ask him or her:

  • why do I get so frustrated with my wife or children or,
  • is there something specifically you think I should know about what is keeping me back in achieving my goals or,
  • why do I get so unhappy or frustrated when I am in certain situation

Remember after all your dreams are created by yourself so all these techniques is an attempt to learn more about yourself to help you figure out what you need to change.

This gift can be use in so many different ways. Your creative imagination is the only thing that will keep you back, but then lucid dreaming could be used to help you be more creative………….

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