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May 08, 2007

Why You Need To Learn Lucid Dreaming Part II

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In my first part of this series, I explored why you need to learn lucid dreaming to keep up with the incredible amount of information out there. In this segment, I’ll explore using dreaming as a way to get an advantage in life.

Let’s take this fictional example to demonstrate how dreaming can be used:

You walk into the office, it’s a Monday, and you’re looking at another long week in a cubicle without any natural light. You are surprised that your old cubicle neighbor now has their own office, and with windows no less. How did that happen? The other person was more efficient, worked longer, and had these killer ideas you couldn’t keep up with. There was nothing you could do, you were already at the breaking point, and you really needed to go get coffee twice a day to stay awake. Now your co-worker got the promotion, and you’re stuck in cubicle-land hoping they decide to put in skylights. At least, if you want to see the sky anytime soon.

Now let’s take that example, and see what happens if you had been a lucid dreamer:

Your motivation is high, and so is your productivity. You know what you’re going to do and when and how you’re going to go about it. That’s because you’ve already planned it out the night before, during your sleep. You are organized and well planned. Instead of letting your quality of work slip or getting behind, you actually do better work than your motivated colleague. You accomplished this level of motivation by using your subconscious, because While dreaming you have access to your subconscious, as I mentioned in part I. By telling your subconscious that it will keep you more on task, focused and efficient, you can effect a sort of self hypnosis. Your subconscious will act on these suggestions, and you’ll start to find yourself getting more done. If you would prefer a less abstract approach, you could physically plan out your day, and then give yourself the information to remember, so that you know what you should be doing and when.

Now instead of being tired and groggy in the morning, you’ve relegated your alarm to emergency duty, and you wake up with your internal clock. This leaves you feeling awake and alert, and less apt to go grab another cup of coffee later. This in turn also helps your productivity, and your stress levels. It might even save you a little time in the morning getting ready.

Instead of falling behind the other worker’s ideas, you’re keeping pace. You go home every night and while you dream, and use your subconscious for inspiration and ideas. Maybe that remote controlled stapler is a good idea, maybe it isn’t, but you have all kinds of creativity at your fingertips. Just keeping a watchful eye out in dreams yields all sorts of interesting ideas. Many artists use lucid dreaming for composing music, paintings, you name it. You’d be surprised with some of the ideas you had inside of yourself.

When you walk into work on Monday, you feel ready to tackle the day’s work, and finish off that project you’ve had going for the last few weeks. It’s all planned, and you’re brimming with ideas on how to finish it off. You’re about to sit down when your boss tells you that he’s got some good news for you: You’ve been promoted, and you now have a real office. Eager to check it out, you follow the boss to your new workstation, eagerly anticipating what kind of a view you’re going to have. You turn the corner, admire your new desk, and- your windows look right out into another building not 10 feet away. Better luck next time, but at least you’re got a new desk!

Dreaming isn’t some magical cure-all for life, as this example shows, but it certainly can push you ahead of your competition.

If you have any suggestions for this series, feel free to add them in the comments. In part III, I’ll explore how you can use dreaming for relationships.


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