Motor City Hypnotist Podcast with David Wright – Episode 16 Lucid Dreaming

LUCID DREAMING SHOW NOTES In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast we are going to talk about Lucid Dreaming. What is is it, why it could help you and how to do it! And I’m also going to be giving listeners a FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE! Stay tuned! INTRODUCTION What is up people? The Motor City Hypnotist Podcast is here in the Podcast Detroit Northville Studios. Thank you for joining me on this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast. I am David Wright and with me is my producer Matt Fox. FIND ME: My Website: My social media links: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter: Instagram: motorcityhypno If you would like to contribute financially to the show, you can find me on Patreon: FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE Please also subscribe to the show and leave a review. Please also join me each week as I co-host the Psyched by MG podcast. (Stay with me as later in the podcast, I’ll be giving away a free gift to all listeners!) 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With everything they needed to go surfing and fishing, it was set to be a great trip. They were out in their small aluminum boat when, out of the corner of his eye, Matty saw the brown legs of an animal in a cave. It was too small to be a bear or a wolf. It was a starving, cold, terrified dog. “We were trying to beat an upcoming storm, but we made the decision to save the dog,” Matty Johnson tells GNN. The pair’s rescue mission was on. It involved a “wetsuit, a surfboard, a lasso, almost being bitten in the face, a reef, big waves, and awesome teamwork.” Once Stella was safely in their boat, they snuggled her in a bag to keep her warm. Then, once on dry land in Canada again, they began their search for the owner. Matty says there were great vibes all around ”when the owners—long since consigned to the death of their dog—got word she was safe.” The owners were amazed to see their pet again. They thought they’d lost their dog forever when they became separated on the wild Juan de Fuca Trail three months ago TOPIC INTRODUCTION Lucid Dreaming What is it? Dreams come from our subconscious mind which is really screwed up. Lucid dreaming is when you are aware you are in a dream. You become conscious in the dream itself! The movie Inception: Typically, when we dream, we do not know that the dream is not real. As a character from the movie Inception quite aptly puts it, “Well, dreams, they feel real while we’re in them, right? It’s only when we wake up that we realize that something was actually strange.” The very first record of lucid dreaming appears in the treatise On Dreams by the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. In it, he describes an instance of self-awareness during a dream state. When you sleep, your brain cycles through rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep. Non-REM sleep includes three separate stages. During non-REM, your brain waves, heartbeat, and eye movements gradually slow down. In REM sleep, your brain is extremely active. Your heart rate and eye movements also increase. Lucid dreaming, like most dreams, usually happens during REM sleep. In a lucid dream, you know that you’re dreaming. You’re aware of your awareness during the dream state. In a study done by, about 55 percent of people have experienced one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime. However, frequent lucid dreaming is rare. Only 23 percent of people have lucid dreams at least once a month. In another study done in the late 60’s, volunteers were observed in a sleep lab and were asked to “give a signal” when they were lucid dreaming. Hooked up to monitoring devices, they squinted really hard two times and the results showed up on the EEG (electroencephalogram) WHY? There are benefits to Lucid dreaming including decreasing nightmares, anxiety/stress including phobias such as fear of heights or spiders. Increase Motor Skills; Visualizing physical movements can increase the actual ability to do them. This may be done during a lucid dream, where the dreamer can mentally practice motor skills. Thinking about doing a physical action actually activates the muscles involved with doing the action. This could be used for sports performance, learning an instrument For therapeutic reasons, you can have a rehearsal for a tough conversation with someone or confront fears or people or past events without the real life risks. Lucid dreaming can also enhance creativity as you will be able to recall more of your dreams! HOW? 1. Get more REM Sleep 2. Keep a Dream Journal. Many people use a dream journal, or dream diary, to aid lucid dreaming. Writing down your dreams forces you to recall them. This is thought to help your brain become more aware of dreaming. To keep a dream journal, keep a notebook and pen beside your bed. Write down your dream as soon as you wake up. Read your journal regularly to familiarize your brain with your dreams. 3. Practice Reality Testing: Your level of consciousness is similar when you’re awake and dreaming. So, by increasing your awareness during your waking state, you can enhance your awareness during your dreaming state. Reality testing is a popular way to do this. It trains your mind to recognize your own awareness while you’re awake. The method involves doing reality checks throughout the day. As reality testing becomes a habit, you’ll be able to induce awareness while dreaming. Popular reality checks include: *Ask yourself numerous times during the day if you are dreaming *Focus on a clock or a book and if you are able to tell time or read without difficulty, you know you are awake DISCLAIMER: If you suffer from mental health issues including schizophrenia or delusional disorders, you should consult with a medical professional before attempting Lucid Dreaming. HYPNOSIS FOR INSOMNIA LINK NEXT EPISODE: Top 10 Movies That Make Men Cry! Change your thinking, change your life! Laugh hard, run fast, be kind. Listeners, I let you go! David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT The Motor City Hypnotist