Why Learn How to Lucid Dream?

Lucid Dreamingby William Eamon Workman

There seems to be a lot of discussion lately on lucid dreaming, especially amongst the YouTube-ing community.  In fact, I’ve made several of my own videos about lucid dreaming which you can find at the link below.  In case you don’t already know what a lucid dream is, it’s when you know that you are dreaming as you dream.  This gives you the potential to manipulate your dream world so that you can do whatever you want.

I first heard the concept of lucid dreaming in middle school when one of my friends told me he could control his dreams.  Of course, he was just using this ability to release sexual tension.  I tried for a while and had very little success (I could never convince my dream characters that it was a good idea to have sex with me) so I gave up… until recently.  I recently rediscovered lucid dreaming and found a whole new context for how it could be used; dream therapy.

Now, you may be thinking I’m crazy, saying to yourself, “You need real therapy!”  How can you have therapy without a therapist?  Well, it’s true, I’m not saying you should give your therapist a pink slip and start sleeping all the time.  However, dreaming can be a powerful tool, especially if you are going through something as difficult as transitioning your gender.  The reason it’s so great is that during your dreams you have access to your subconscious mind.  When you talk to a therapist most of what they are doing is trying to unlock your true feelings, your inner most fears and desires.  What if instead of spending countless hours in endless therapy sessions going around in circles you could ask your subconscious directly and have an answer in seconds?  In your dreams you can!

If you have a lucid dream you can close your eyes (your dream eyes) and tell yourself, “I want to speak to my subconscious.”  Then you can imagine your subconscious mind as a dream character standing in front of you.  When you open your eyes they should be there and then you will be able to have a conversation with them.  You can ask them questions that your conscious mind hasn’t been able to or hasn’t allowed you to answer yet.  Sometimes, your subconscious character will even give you information that you didn’t think to ask about or lead you to new questions you haven’t thought of yet.  By doing this you can access your true feelings and do away with a lot of confusion.

You can also use your dreams as a chance to meditate on positive intentions for your life and your goals.  Specifically, as a transgender person you can create a mantra like, “I am ready for transition.  I am happy about my transition.  I will love myself before, during, and after my transition.”  This can dramatically reshape your mood and give you more confidence.  Also, if you have a particular fear about transition your can choose to either face that fear head on or you can talk to your subconscious dream character about that fear in order to get advice.  This can be a powerful way to overcome hurdles that might otherwise stall or even prevent your transition!

I have already come up with my own lucid dream program to aid my transition.  I want to meditate on seeing myself as a masculine person and affirming to myself that I am already a man.  I am confident that this will carry over to my real life and make me more confident in my masculinity and my transition.  I am a big believer in the power of mind over body because I have seen and experienced first hand amazing results with meditation and thought channeling.  I also think it will make me excited about transition and make me feel more positive about my masculine body image.

At any rate, your overall goal with lucid dream therapy should be to learn more about yourself and learn how to accept and love yourself for who you really are.  Transition can be scary and it can take us years to realize that it’s what we need to be happy!  Sometimes, we start transition only to realize how difficult it is and we become too scared to continue.  If you can use your dreams to make this process easier to understand and easier to deal with I say, “Why not!”  It’s free, it’s fun, and you do it every night anyway!

Sweet dreams…

If you want to learn how to lucid dream or if you want to hear about my lucid dreams

Visit my YouTube channel at:

www.youtube.com/user/EamonWill/videos

William Eamon Workman headshotWilliam Eamon Workman is a LGBT advocate working primarily on expanding understanding and acceptance of the Trans* community.  He uses YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/EamonWill) to advance his ideas and experiences to the world at large and is excited to have his personal blog (keepingwithnature.blogspot.com/) now featured on Las Vegas Informer.  He writes not only for the LGBT community but also to build understanding in the straight community and dispel archaic stereotypes and prejudices.  He also feels strongly for the feminist movement, given his time spent as a woman.  He will bring a fresh perspective to current Trans* and LGB topics every Thursday and on Fridays he will post LGBT movie reviews.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter at: twitter.com/EamonWill

 

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