Those who’ve tried lucid dreaming reportedly say that it’s one of the greatest experiences they’ve ever had. While it seems to tread the line of exhilaration and perhaps going to scary places your brain invents on its own, it’s been more than a little elusive to some. I’ve personally never tried it, though I’ve been thinking about it just to see how untamed my subconscious really is when at rest rather than while writing. Based on new scientific experiments overseas, the elusiveness of lucid dreaming may not be all that far away now thanks to something as simple as electric current.
Recent reports from the U.K. say that JW Goethe University in Germany tried an experiment with 27 people who had weak alternating currents applied to their brains during REM sleep. When awakened, all of them went into a lucid dream state brought on by the electric current stimulating gamma brainwaves associated with lucid dreaming.
Adherents swear that when they go into a lucid dream state, they have complete control over the direction of their dream so they can do things like fly or decide the outcome of events. They say you can even flash back to your past and interact with people that you already know or perhaps have passed away. In that regard, people with post-traumatic stress disorder may be better helped by using lucid dreaming to come to terms with something they experienced in the throes of battle or other traumatic event.
With so many possibilities, are we on the cusp of lucid dreaming becoming a household activity that borders on the world of new entertainment? It may sound far-fetched until you hear the stories of what people experience in their lucid dreams that rival anything you see in a video game or movie. The fact that you can experience much of the action from your own point of view, it may put the next video game wave of virtual reality off to the side in favor of nurturing our own subconscious.
Yes, you can see a movie being made about that, even if “Inception” already touched on lucid dreaming. While that showed the darker side to lucid dreaming and dreams within a dream within a dream, the concept of using it as entertainment is now as real as ever if the electric current concept comes to every home within the next couple of years. Would people use lucid dreaming to create their own forms of entertainment, or would people be too scared to travel into the unknowns of their minds?
Would Lucid Dreaming Really Be Entertaining?
When I wrote a while back about a filmmaker who experimented with an artificial intelligence program to write the script for an online film, it showed a possible future where AI could work as a screenwriter’s second brain. Even if the results were a bit illogical, there was still a clever sense of logic that we could find in our own subconscious if we dug deep enough. Would lucid dreaming take the place of this so writers could use it to tap plot ideas as well as just for entertainment?
With so many saying they can create vast stories in their lucid dreams the dreamer controls at will, you have to wonder just how creative they are for regular entertainment. Would they truly make sense where you could enjoy them on a level going beyond nonsensical dream logic? On the aspect of visiting your past, it could also pose as a real time machine. It may even confuse the dreamer once they get there whether the people from their past they’re interacting with are some form of real or mere manifestations.
This all gets into complicated territory that “Inception” only touched on. The only dangerous situation is if we take the “Inception” path and stay a little too long in our lucid dreams because it’s too enticing to leave. We’ll have to be sure to come back and take care of ourselves, even if we’ll eventually find out that there seems to be an entire reality in our minds that bests the reality we actually inhabit.