Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be a person who is fully paralyzed. Somebody that presently uses a wheelchair every single day, and will continue to do so for the rest of their natural life. Imagine what it would be like to be without the use of your limbs -- both your arms and legs, and imagine that it would always be that way. Now, imagine what it would be like to go to sleep at night and be able to control your dreams. What would that be worth to you?
You spend about one third of your life sleeping. That means that for one third of your time in this world you can not only use your arms and legs, you can do anything; even fly! Now, what would THAT be worth to you?
Lucid dreaming is the power to control your dreams. If you were a profoundly disabled person, you bet you would want to be able to control your dreams. To be able to walk again. To be able to run, to swim, to dance, to climb mountains, to jump off them, and even to fly wherever you want to go. To control your dream life is to have real power.
With a little practice you can change your dreams to how you want them to be. Lucid dreams usually occur while a person is in the middle of a regular dream and suddenly they realize that they are asleep and must be dreaming. How does this happen? Most often they notice something that cannot be. Something that does not make sense to them. Something in the waking world that is not right. If this happens to you while you are dreaming then you might be at the initial stages of a lucid dream and by all means you want to encourage yourself to find out. You do this by "testing" the scenario to see if you can learn if you are in a dream or not. I am going to show you how to do this very simply.
Commonly when you are dreaming you find yourself inside some room somewhere. It may or may not be familiar to you. If you start having the sensation that you might be in a dream but are not sure, do this: Put your arms in the air, and bend your knees ever so slightly and push off the floor exactly like you would push off the sides of a swimming pool. If you are not having a dream, no harm will come to you. You will not even leave the floor. If you are dreaming then the little push should be enough to propel you upward to the ceiling and maybe even through it. If you can float up through the ceiling then you know that you are dreaming because you know that you cannot do that in the waking world. Moreover; you have just kicked off an amazing adventure that will last as long as you stay asleep. As you float through the ceiling of the room you are in, you can continue upward through each floor of the building until you go out through the roof and are now outside floating in mid air. Stick out your arms and soar like a bird as high as you want. Above the trees or just below the clouds. Do this a couple of times and you will be able to fly to any destination you want, as fast as you want. Day or night. Near or far. When you decide where you want to go, just touch down gently and go on about your adventure knowing that you have the power to do or accomplish anything you want. Practice this every time you think you might be in a dream, and try to keep the lucid dream going for as long as you can.
The benefits of lucid dreaming go far beyond having fun controlling your dreams. Lucid dreaming is the precursor to astral projection and experiencing out of body travel. It is something that you want to get good at.