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Reading Blog Post – Alicia Atherton

QUESTION: Is lucid dreaming connected to/influenced by either reality or other possible life forms we cannot see with the human eye (ex. ghosts)?

Component A: My question has to do with the paranormal, as I believe we cannot simply be the once kind of life form ever to exist. Lucid dreaming involves both knowing you’re dreaming, but also being able to control the environment in the dream while staying in the dream, so if there are other types of life forms out in the world that we cannot see when we’re awake, there could be a possibility of seeing them in another part of our mindset. Some people have nightmares in their lucid dreams, in which they cannot control, so maybe the paranormal have control over both somebody’s subconscious and conscious part of their brain while they are dreaming, since the paranormal cannot control them in that sort of way when somebody is awake.

Component B:Lucid Dreaming: Dreams of Clarity; Nightmares in the Context of PTSD Treated with Psycheducation Regarding Lucid Dreaming

Component C: in “Lucid Dreaming: Dreams of Clarity”, the main aspects that address/shed light upon my question were:

  • “One of the possible applications of lucid dreaming is in the field of psychotherapy where it is usually used in treating nightmares. However, other possible therapeutic potentials of lucid dreaming are still in the process of being discovered and therefore constitute a fertile area for future researchers.” – this abstract explains that lucid dreaming could be used in treating nightmares, but there is no evidential proof that it is actually working. There could be another force in the other part of somebody’s brain that could be causing the nightmares and/or helping get rid of them, but researchers cannot get to that point in research and experiments – yet.
  • “From this we could conclude that awareness and understanding of the dream state that is characteristic of lucid dreaming is based on semantic interpretation of certain words or actions that appear” – this quote means that there was some sort of evidence proven from an experiment that there are certain words or actions that appear in somebody’s brain when lucid dreaming. These certain words/actions may not appear or happen in a conscious environment, so maybe they only happen in another state of mind.

In “Nightmares in the Context of PTSD Treated with Psycheducation Regarding Lucid Dreaming, the main aspects that address/shed light upon my question were:

  • “In his reimagining, he was to alter the events so that in the dream he realised that he was dreaming and to then change the dream so that it was not as alarming and unpleasant.” – when somebody was lucid dreaming, it was shown in tests that he was changing around the images and scenarios in order to have a more pleasant experience. Apparently, in order to control nightmares you have to control your dreams, so if we can control a different part of your brain, why could we not do so when awake?
  • “The nightmares did not bother him as much, his sleep improved, and he was able to sleep 6 hours without awakening as a result of nightmares, with no medication.” – relevant to the quote above, curing nightmares could potentially be controlled with lucid dreaming, a part of your brain that control the potential lifeforms that cannot be seen with the human eye

Component D: New Questions–

  • What is the difference between lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis? Do both relate to the main question shown above?
  • How does lucid dreaming cure nightmares when, in some cases, the lucid dream involves scary creatures?
  • What part of the brain are we activating when in a lucid dream? Is there any other way besides lucid dreaming in which we can access that part of the brain?
  • What makes a conclusion to this so difficult to find? How has so much research not led to a potential conclusion in this day of age?

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