From Ancient India to Classic Greece, lucid dreaming has been practiced since the beginning of time. Lucid dreaming is the ability to be consciously aware that one is dreaming while they are still asleep. Recordings from Aristotle's "On Dreams" and Upanishads teachings date back to 350 BCE and 1000 BCE. Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic priest from the 13th century, preached some dreams have derived from demons which shunned lucid dreaming causing it to become less publicized and practiced. Later, theologians discovered this act of dreaming sought to comprehend higher truths about one's self. Neuroscientist studied the subject and came to the conclusion when in a REM sleeping cycle, lucid dreamers are proven to be able to control dreams due to strong cognitive thinking skills. I intend to thoroughly understand, practice, and pass on the knowledge of the continuously cultivating culture of lucid dreaming.
To practice the act of lucid dreaming, I must first fully understand it. To do so, I will investigate the origins and lifestyle of lucid dreaming. Secondly, I will undergo a series of brain activities that strengthen cognitive functions such as intricate puzzles, reading, art projects, and musical training. Practice CogAT tests will be taken throughout the course to track progress. I will also take journal entries that will discuss occurrences, monitor changes, and demonstrate abilities to lucid dream. Once I have achieved the act of lucid dreaming myself, I will then share the procedure with others and continue spreading the art.
Dreams are combinations of our thoughts and memories drawn from our subconscious mind. The frontal lobe of the brain, which controls consciousness, draws 40 frames of data every second. In the same second, 1.2 million frames of information is gained from the cerebellum, or subconscious mind. This means our day to day actions are performed by our subconscious mind. We fluently hold conversations and do not depict every word. We walk to destinations and do not focus on every step we take. Every action or thought is orchestrated from repressed information. The brain works as a computer, while dreams try to file all of the information. Relatively speaking, those files are yet to be discovered. That is why I want to take a step into my subconscious psyche. It is important to understand ourselves to better evaluate society. With this being said, I am taking up the challenge for an unpredictable venture.
I've expanded my music horizons. Pop, classical, and indie plunge through my speakers as they beat on my eardrums. Never have I imagined to have an obsession over Hans Zimmer's compositions. Somehow, this subtle change in music has caused me to appreciate different cultures. Diversity is beautiful, and so is my newly opened mind.
I've been using a cognitive development app called Peak. Everyday a personalized workout out is created from a selection of arranged games. I started off with an overall score of 216. Now I have an overall score of 254. My memory, language, and mental agility skills have improved greatly within a matter of a few weeks.
I've created a dream journal. Every morning I record memories from the previous night. Doing so helps me recall my suppressed emotions from my dream. Although I can vaguely reminisce upon the actual figurative message my subconscious mind was trying to convey, I can vouch that this conversational dance has led me to new beginnings.