For those interested in lucid dreaming—the act of being aware you’re dreaming, while you’re dreaming—the first steps are usually the hardest. For Fringe-ology, I stuck almost exclusively to the writings of Stephen LaBerge for my how-to research, and of course it worked for me. These days I seem to have a lucid dream every two or three weeks. And I confess: I usually feel so exhilarated at “coming to” while I’m dreaming that I often immediately take off and fly. This is common, too. LaBerge says people often have to go through an acclimation process of sorts, in which they initially use lucid dreams to have a good time.
If you’d like a quick primer on the practice of lucid dreaming, I recommend checking out lucidipedia. I explored this site, early in my research, and found it valuable in building up a good foundation for me. But also check out Harry Hunt’s talk on “The Multiplicity of Dreams,” which I think will provide a good sense—right out of the gate—of how deep this particular rabbit hole goes.
The “point” of lucid dreaming, ultimately, can be anything you’d like: the reduction or elimination of nightmares; spiritual experiences; a testing state for actions you’d like to take in waking life; creativity; greater awareness, and the list goes on. Hunt’s lecture is spot on because he addresses and disassembles one of the great boondoggles of dream research—that there is a reason, a singular one, for the phenomenon of dreaming. In my own research, I found that dreams are perhaps most profitably understood as a tool to be used in a variety of ways.