So, you’ve all probably noticed the new header on my blog. I found this image when surfing the web for inspiration for my newest WIP. I was looking for something romantic, dreamy, and beautiful. I imagine my MC’s love interest pining for his love and the woman in this image is her. She’s dreaming and quite unaware of his affection toward her. He must wake her and convince her to love him or his soul will be lost forever.
As an aside, I’ve been discussing dream analysis with the super talented, super knowledgeable psychologist on my team and she identified me as a lucid dreamer. Basically, it means I am aware when I’m dreaming and can alter dreams when I want. Now, this doesn’t happen every time I dream, but if something’s going in a way that I don’t like, I can either “rewind” the reel and “fix” things or I can alter the dream structure so it works out better. (Kind of like Inception, eh?)
This inspired me to change the title of my blog too. Now, everything “matches” within a theme, LOL!
For Mental Health Monday, I’d thought I’d share some information about lucid dreaming.
The term was coined by Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden (1860-1932). Lucid dreams can occur in one of two ways. 1) the dream starts out as a normal dream would, then the dreamer realizes it’s a dream and manipulates what happens, and 2) the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into the dream state and controls what happens, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.
This concept has been used in helping people overcome nightmares, particularly associated with trauma. The nightmare suffer practices purposefully altering the scary qualities of the dreams. The idea is that when they actually fall in to the dream state, those consciously changed scenarios will carry over in the dream and the nightmare will lose its impact.
So, are you a lucid dreamer? If so, what aspects of dreams do you like to change or do you just like to sit back and observe things as they unfold on their own?