Difference b/w imagination and lucid dreaming

Difference b/w imagination and lucid dreaming 2018-02-27T08:14:05+00:00
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I guess I haven’t make it clear.

I’m wandering if ‘imagining in bed’ can be lucid dreaming.

If I go into bed and try to sleep, I start imagining sth.

In this moment, I’m not sure is it just imagination or dream.

The one thing that I know is ‘I feel half-real’. I can sence both reality and imagination(dream).

Although most of time I maintain that imagination to normal dream, I want to know which state of dreaming could be lucid.

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Hi,

Yes, for beginners it can seem hard to distinguish sometimes, ‘Am I dreaming?’ or ‘Am I having a vivid imaginary experience?’

In my first lucid dream (about age 10 or 11), I found myself in my public library, looking at books.  So at this point, I assumed that I really was at the public library.  Then I watched a small T. Rex walk through the book aisles!  And I suddenly thought, ‘Wait, dinosaurs are extinct.’  Then I thought, ‘How can I be having this experience?’  Then I thought and concluded, ‘Oh, this must be a dream!’  Then I became aware that I was dreaming.

I bring this up to make clear that 1) Dreams seem real, 2) When we question them or analyze them, we may (or may not) come to a new realization and 3) When we correctly realize, ‘This is a dream!’ then we have achieved lucidity.

So some people spend a lot of time in #2 — questioning their experience!  It looks real. It feels real.  But the context is dreamy.  So you may be getting stuck in the questioning — and failing to come to the conclusion, ‘This is a dream!’

My advice:  Whenever you find yourself wondering, ‘Wow, this seems dreamy….’ — train yourself to immediately perform a Reality Check.  Jump up and see if you float.  Or pull your left index finger and see if it gets longer.  By doing a Reality Check, you can confirm, ‘This is a dream’ (and stop the questioning state….).

Best wishes!

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