The Power of the Dream World
Within the mind of every human lies a hidden universe waiting to be explored. Though many people are familiar with lucid dreaming, most don’t know that anyone has the capacity to learn how to lucid dream. However, learning how to lucid dream isn’t a walk in the park, there’s the terrifyingly real possibility of sleep paralysis episodes to watch out for.
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night or dozing off after a long day, and all of a sudden you can’t move any part of your body. A lot of people who experience sleep paralysis also report scary hallucinations due to the body being in a half-dreaming and half-awake state, causing the dream to bleed into reality. Though sleep paralysis episodes can happen to anyone, those learning lucid dreaming are at a greater risk because there are many lucid dreaming techniques that could accidentally induce sleep paralysis. Though learning to master your own dreamscape has its drawbacks, the master of dreams has access to realms of experience unknowable to the average man.
Many different cultures take their quest into the dream world to the next level with the help of various dream-altering plants. For centuries, the head spiritual leaders of some African tribes have utilized the Entada Rheedii beans to induce lucid dreaming and bring themselves into contact with the souls of the afterlife. Another South African culture called the Xhosa people used the Silene Capensis root in their shamanic practice for increasing the intensity and lucidity of their dreams, and as a divination technique decoding prophecies from their ancestors given to them during the dream state.
The one culture that’s the most serious about integrating dream control into their lives isn’t even a culture that uses the help of plants to achieve lucid states; The Senoi people, before being taken over by Malaysia, had a dream centered society that gave its children a set of rules to conquer the dreamscape. The teachings of the Senoi people on controlling dreams, now called Senoi Dream Theory, consists of doing anything you can within a dream to get pleasure and see that all the negative aspects of the dream world can be defeated and overcome. Due to all the Senoi kids being taught this system for dreaming, they claimed to have no teenagers with nightmares and a society free of mental illnesses. Because the Senoi people were conquered by the Malaysians, the true societal effects of their dream practices are left to written accounts and speculations.
Dreams can not only be manipulated to experience anything the dreamer wants, but there have also been people who experience dream-related parapsychology phenomena. There have been many reports and studies of people who’ve had precognition dreams, or dreams predicting the future that actually come true. Others report the experience of mutual dreams where two people share a dreamscape, which could mean that the dreamscape is not a reality bound to the confines of personal psyche. Maybe dreaming has a lot more significance to the real world than our society gives it credit for. Could the dream world act as a medium for mystical or divine experiences? The truth is (at least in this place in time) that humans haven’t grasped the full significance of dreaming and lucid dreaming, let alone, understanding how to manipulate the dreaming experience to its full potential. Would we live fundamentally different everyday lives if we had complete mastery over our dreams?