Here are some FAQs that may help you to have a deeper understanding.
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Q. WHAT DO I DO IF I DON'T DREAM?
A: Actually everyone dreams. If we didn’t we’d be crazy or dead. Dreaming is a natural function of our bodies. The first step you’ll want to take is focusing your intention and expectation on remembering your dreams. Then in the morning you’ll need to notate ANY dreams or dream fragments you have. Even if it’s just a brief clip or vague memory. By doing this, you’re telling your subconscious that you’re interested in remembering your dreams. And each time after that it will be easier to recall your dreams.
Q: IS IT SAFE TO GO OUT-OF-BODY? WHAT ABOUT "NEGATIVE ENTITIES“? CAN'T I GET HURT?
A: It is actually perfectly safe, and natural, for you to go out of your body. You actually do it every night when you sleep. You’re just trying to remain conscious of the process. And no, you can’t get hurt by anyone or anything unless you agree to it. But it’s only an illusion you're agreeing to. You cannot be harmed, your silver cord cannot be cut, you cannot get stuck out there. In fact, it’s so easy to return to your body at any given moment. All you have to do is think of your body and you will return to it. The hard part is training yourself to be able to stay out of your body for any length of time.
The important part to remember is that your experiences will mirror your expectations and your intentions. So pay attention to what they are, and use them purposefully for your benefit.
Q: CAN ANYONE LUCID DREAM OR HAVE AN OBE? OR CAN ONLY SPECIAL PEOPLE DO SO?
A: The good news is that absolutely anyone can have a lucid dream or OBE. Just like the fact that everyone dreams, anyone can lucid dream or go out of their body. In fact, we go out of our bodies every night when we dream. We're just not aware of it. All you're doing is bringing your awareness to these moments.
Now even though everyone CAN do these things, it doesn't mean they're easy or can be done at will. It may take a lot of time and dedication to have these experiences. But with time, effort, and intention, anyone can have them.
The only thing that can prevent people from lucid dreaming or having OBEs is not having enough intention, and not following through with your inner self's communication with you.
Q: WHAT IS A LUCID DREAM, AND WHAT IS IT LIKE?
A. A lucid dream is a dream in which you become aware that you are dreaming. Then you can interact with the dream in full awareness.
You will still be in your dream experience, and things will look dream-like, that is, however things generally look while you are dreaming. But it will also now have a greater clarity. It may seem very real, like your waking life, yet you will be able to do things that you cannot do while awake.
Q: WHAT IS SLEEP PARALYSIS? AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH ANY OF THIS?
Sleep paralysis is a response by the body when it goes to sleep. The brain shuts off the body's movements so that you're not acting out the things you dream. Imagine that!
But it can certainly be frightening if you become aware that you cannot move your body. However, instead of getting scared, get hopeful! This is one of the BEST moments to have an OBE! Instead of trying to wake up and trying to move your body, surrender back into a state of relaxation, then try your techniques for exiting your body.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LUCID DREAMING AND OBES?
A: There are many people who disagree about the differences between lucid dreaming and OBEs. I myself like to simplify it. I find the difference to be 2 factors.
1. The point of origin: In lucid dreaming, you start from a dream state. In OBEs you tend to start from a waking state. Though it is possible to start from a dream state.
2. The levels of your state of consciousness make all the difference. I find lucid dreams to be a slightly lower level of consciousness, and OBE's to be a slightly higher level of consciousness... meaning, you're more aware and present during an OBE than a lucid dream. Though there are always times when the reverse can be true.
Think of lucidity as a spectrum. We are always somewhere in the spectrum between true lucidity and sleep, whether we are awake or dreaming. Learning to become more awake and aware during your waking state, will help you to do so during your dream state.
Q: IS LUCID DREAMING/OBES IMPORTANT? AND IF SO, WHY?
A: Dreaming in and of itself is wholly important for many reasons. For one, dreaming helps you recharge the mind and the body. It also is a direct link to your subconscious mind which can help you connect to your inner wisdom as well as the wisdom of the universe.
Through our dreams, we speak to ourselves about what is going on in our lives. We guide ourselves through difficult situations, and we point ourselves towards what we really, truly and deeply need to do in order to live the life we are meant to live.
Lucid dreaming and OBEs are particularly important because we can become aware of these aspects and use them to our advantage. We can go in to find and work with our inner healer, for example. Or talk to our Higher Self about our Life Purpose. Or meet guides and Shamans who can help us become our more whole and fuller selves.
You can also use lucid dreaming/OBEs for creative solutions to problems. Like how Elias Howe invented the needle in the sewing machine through a dream he was having, which solved his problem of how to get the needle to thread the fabric correctly. Or how Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz discovered the molecular structure of Benzene in his dream. Using dreams to solve problems is a great way to find solutions!
You can also use lucid dreams/OBEs for inducing creativity. Many artists, musicians, and writers will come up with ideas for their work through their dreams. You can ask to see your next painting, for example.
There really is no limit to the benefits and uses of lucid dreaming and OBEs. The only limit is your own imagination!