Lucid Dreaming is a result of heightened consciousness, not only being aware you’re dreaming but taking control of those dreams. It’s kind of the difference between simply signing-up to Netflix (paying for and streaming a movie), or instead choosing to take control and make your own darn picture. In this way, instead of remaining passive, merely observing what’s presented before your unconscious mind, you can, through the adoption of certain techniques and practices, influence events in the dream world; indeed you may soon find yourself the architect of your own dreams, shaping the narrative presented to your unconscious and creating one hell of a dream movie in the process.
With that in mind, it perhaps won’t be too much of a surprise to hear that some of the most talented artists of the past century have all been advocates of Lucid Dreaming. From talented film directors like the Wachowski brothers and Chris Nolan, to actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves, a vast array of artists draw direct influence from Lucid Dreaming, incorporating their dreams into their work.
Certainly, James Cameron, when interviewed forHollywood Today, claimed lucid dreaming to be one of his key inspirations: “I’ve kind of realized that what I was trying to do was create dream imagery, create a lucid dream state while you’re watching the film. I think that most people dream of flying at some point, and when we’re kids we dream of flying. I certainly did, and still have a lot of flying dreams and I thought that if I can connect to an audience, to a kind of collective unconscious in almost the Jungian sense, then it bypasses all the politics and all the bullshit, and all the culturally specific stuff and all the language specific stuff around the world and connects us all to that kind of childhood, dreamlike state when the world was magical and infinite and scary and cool and you could soar. So that was the concept behind these scenes. And for me, personally, this was the part of the movie that I like the best, that I can watch over and over again.”
Of course it’s not just film directors who Lucid Dream, the surrealist painter Salvador Dali did too; the Spanish painter was heavily inspired by his dreams, his eccentric and colourful works, or“hand painted dream photographs” as he called them. In fact his works only have to be viewed at a glance for a viewer to appreciate how the dream world is present, with perhaps the artwork expressing this idea most eloquently aptly titled, “Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening.” This masterpiece illustrates what Freud called manifest symbols representing more ambiguous and latent meanings. It furthermore expresses both the idea of the external and conscious world influencing the unconscious, and how we can best access and take control of our dreams in those moments just before we wake up. After all, REM sleep occurs most frequently just before you rise, which means Dali was essentially and beautifully expressing rather interesting thoughts well before such ideas were the talk of tinsel town.
And so whether you’re an actor, artist or film director, no doubt Lucid Dreaming can help you tap into some previously unexplored ideas and creative imagery.