by Arjun Walia
Lucid dreaming is one category of dreams that many people
It occurs when the
individual is dreaming and during that dream the individual is
completely aware that they are dreaming. Some people report a
low-level lucidity state where one is aware they are dreaming but
not able to alter the content of the dream.
Other people have
experienced high-level lucidity where one is aware they are dreaming
but are also able to alter the dream, and have the freedom to do
whatever they desire within the dream.
Dreams are a fascinating phenomenon as they provide us with insights
into a world full of experiences we cannot perceive or create in a
completely conscious state.
Or can we...?
Lucid dreaming is a well-documented phenomenon. Researchers continue
to explore it as it shows some very significant brain patterns and
biological happenings within the body.
A fairly recent example
is a study conducted in 2009 at the Neurological Laboratory in
Frankfurt. Research shows how lucid dreamers produce the fastest
brainwave frequencies ever recorded - gamma brainwaves - that
operate at 40Hz+. (1)
This suggests that lucid
dreamers are more self-aware, and are more conscious in this state
than compared to a normal state of wakefulness.
We don't operate
anywhere near that frequency (in regard to brainwaves) when in our
normal wakeful state, and we operate at even lower frequencies
during other sleep states.
Research suggests that
the existence of gamma brainwaves indicates a totally conscious
experience, (4) so the experience of being awake within a
dream is a very real phenomenon.
This begs the question:
Which state is
Could what we
perceive as being fully aware and awake be the real dream?
Or are these just
different aspects of reality that we are jumping to and
Is our ability to
create our own reality easier in a state of lucid dreaming
because our brain is functioning at a higher frequency?
What would we be
capable of if we were able to attain that frequency without
Would we be able
to have instant manifestations like we do in our lucid
Gamma brainwaves are
involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information.
Operating from this
frequency allows our brain to link and process information from
multiple parts of the brain. (2) We use more of our brain when we
are experiencing lucid dreaming than we do when we are fully awake.
Below is a list of brainwaves and the different frequencies at which
These are the most
pronounced brainwaves in premature babies. They are of a very
low frequency and range from 0.5 to 2Hz.
These are at a higher
frequency, typically around 4 to 7 Hz. These brainwaves are
characterized by light sleep, rapid eye movement sleep (REM),
dreams and hallucinations.
Alpha brainwaves are
even higher in frequency.
Their frequency range is approximately
8-12 Hz. These brainwaves are most prominent during relaxation,
contemplation, and a lack of visual stimuli.
So when you are not
distracted or focused on the external world, but rather, in your
own zone of contemplation, relaxation and awareness, your brain
vibrates within this frequency range
Gamma brainwaves are
of the highest frequency. They range from 40 to 100 Hz, the
fasted documented brainwave frequencies known to man.
It has been documented
that Electroencephalography (EEG) dimensions in humans increase with
age and time, and also throughout human evolution.
EEG is the recording of
electrical activity along the scalp. It measures voltage
fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the neurons
of the brain. This is how they are able to measure the different
brainwaves and the different frequencies they dish out. (5)
Not long ago, researchers led by Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist
The W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and
Behavior teamed up with a number of monks and volunteers.
Lama even dispatched eight of his most accomplished practitioners to
Davidson's lab to have them hooked up for EEG testing and brain
These monks come from traditions of meditation for an
estimated 10,000 to 50,000 hours, over time periods of 15 to 40
The monks were fitted with a net of 256 electrical sensors and asked
to meditate for short periods, and Davidson was particularly
interested in measuring gamma waves, the highest frequency and most
important known electrical brain impulses.
The results showed that
the electrodes picked up much greater activation of fast moving and
usually powerful gamma waves in the monks. (3)
The movement of the waves
through the brain were far better organized and coordinated.
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Researchers suggest that the very existence of this synchronized
gamma indicates that a consciousness experience is occurring. The
gamma wave state is the most sensitive compared to any other state
of consciousness measurable. Gamma brainwaves are associated with
intelligence, compassion, self control and feelings of natural joy.
So what can we take away from these discoveries?
The fact that
brain activity during the lucid dreaming experience radiates a gamma
frequency is extremely significant. It shows us that our brain is
vibrating at a higher frequency, and functioning at a more clear,
coherent and higher state of consciousness than it is when we are
Although the size of the
human brain has remained unchanged for 200,000 years, brainwave
frequency and states of consciousness have changed over time.
Humans seem to increase
the brainwave frequency, and operate at different brainwave states
as we continue our journey forward. Imagine a race vibrating at the
same frequency as one does in a meditative state, constantly
illustrating the gamma brainwave state.
The presence of gamma
brainwaves illustrates that the people who experience high level
lucid dreaming are having a totally conscious experience, within the
Who is to say that when we are lucid dreaming we are not
experiencing an alternate reality that operates at a higher
frequency? Maybe higher frequency states allow us to access
alternative timelines, other dimensions or aspects of reality.
There are many questions
that dreaming, and more specifically lucid dreaming, bring to the
forefront of our time. Very little is understood about the
phenomenon, but what we do understand is that our dreams allow us to
create our reality at a specific frequency.
As quantum physics
continues to elaborate on how consciousness directly shapes our
physical/material world, imagine what possibilities exist in a
reality resonating in the gamma frequency or higher.
race's potential is limitless.
6 Steps to
Other suggested techniques for remembering your dreams and being
conscious throughout your dreams include:
above, throughout the day, remember to look at your hands
for about 10 seconds. This will help you notice any changes
in your hands in the dream.
Before you go to
sleep at night say to yourself:
"I am going
to remember my dream tonight and I am going to dream
Repeat this over
and over again and it will increase your ability to remember
repeatedly throughout the day, "Am I dreaming?" Then (like
the hands method) while you are dreaming you will ask
yourself and hopefully become consciously aware that you are
The good old
fashioned "pinch test." If you are unsure if you are
dreaming, give yourself a pinch. If you are dreaming you
won't be able to feel this, so then you will know that you
Keep a dream
journal. This is very important. Keep a notepad beside your
bed and whenever you wake up, whether its 3, 6 or 9 a.m.,
write down whatever you remember about your dream and if you
did become conscious, write down exactly how that happened,
and then what happened after that point.
Set your alarm
clock to wake you up about 5 ½ hours after you have fallen
asleep. Studies show that if you are woken up during a dream
you are more likely to remember them.
Lucid dreaming does take
some practice so be patient.
Sometimes the very shock
of realizing that you are dreaming within a dream will wake you up,
so just keep practicing. It is pretty incredible to be able to
control your dreams, and when you learn this technique you can take
control of your dreams and use them to your advantage.
You can use them to help
you try out new ideas and methods before implementing them into your
You can virtually put
yourself anywhere you want to be in any circumstance. You can even
face some of your greatest fears all while getting a good night's
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O'Nuallain, Sean. "Zero Power and Selflessness: What
Meditation and Conscious Perception Have in Common".
Journal: Cognitive Sciences 4(2).
The Ever Present Origin. Ohio University Press,
Athens, Ohio. (1985) pg 120-121