4 thoughts on “Lucid Dreaming for Creative Problem Solving

  • August 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I was fascinated by the prospect of lucid dreaming for a long time, and finally had some success with it on two occassions over this last year. It’s hard to look at the world – and reality in general – in quite the same way once you’ve been as conscious and aware inside a dream as you’ve ever been in waking life.

    As for problem solving…dreams always strive to accomplish this, and our dreams can be seen as a kind of creative dialog between our conscious minds and the deeper portions of ourselves. What’s tricky here is that, when lucid within a dream, we’re still contrained by the same belief systems that structure our experience in waking life. So, using this state productively can involve a fine balance between asserting our own agenda and submitting to the deeper wisdom of the dream and what it is wanting to tell us.

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  • August 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Great article Douglas and very good points you made Seth. I wanted to express the same thoughts but you did it better than me. Yes, I have had may experiences of waking up inside of a dream, Most often this has happened unexpectedly but not untimely and on a couple of rare occasions I deliberately prompted it. It can be very disconcerting if you are not an expert or have no training. While I did not have a conscious specific agenda for my dream, I did have some semi control but I was curious enough to let the dream (deeper portions of myself), unfold its message for me its self and what I got back was far more than what I could of thought ask for but it was just the kind of wisdom I needed. I am excited to know there is research going on and using lucid dreaming that will be helpful to creativity and technical innovation, (it has bought me wisdom and deepened my spirituality and inspired my paintings- in my latest blog post), I think I would love to learn to use this more and sure it will be helpful but like Zeth said to use this skill to get answers to questions is only as useful if you know what questions to ask. It’s not fully utilized if it’s just a one way street. Your deeper parts may have their own agenda for you. I really think it work more like a two way exchange and not like a slot machine.

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  • October 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Not necessary to be lucid to incubate a dream or resolve a question.

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  • November 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hi,

    I must say, I have used this technique for many years. As a college student, I learned to quiet myself down (mentally) usually before sleep, and focus on the issue I want to figure out. This is the ultimate in listening to the little voice inside and trusting it. I have had many answers to my problems answered through “dream answers”. It works. But, I found…you must be in a very good place…mentally, physically and mentally. You need to be able to focus beyond any distractions. But, once you do… Wow. I am always amazed at what was really inside of me all along!

    GMan130

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