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  1. Introduction
  2. Examining lucid dreaming
  3. The break between the religious significance of dreams and the scientific analysis of dreaming
  4. The scientific studies on lucid dreaming
  5. The study conducted by Kulikov, a Russian researcher
  6. Accounts of the emotional potency of lucid dreams
  7. Works cited

It's safe to say that practically everyone has experienced a dream at some point in their lives. Loads of dreams, it seems, are nothing but a blur of pictures floating through our minds while we rest. In fact, most people don't consider their dreams to be much besides recollections of previously experienced thoughts or imaginations/fantasies. Indeed, dreams can in fact be any and all of those things. However, the realm of dreams is infinitely deeper than any average person can imagine. What most perceive as enhanced imagination, some actually see as a whole separate reality. It is with lucid dreaming that this reality truly comes alive and can perhaps be utilized. With lucid dreaming, the mind can be expanded well past the boundaries of everyday ordinary comprehension, to a world where one's imagination is one's reality.

[...] Such seemingly strange practices have been used for centuries by this culture. Lucid dreaming has a great significance in Tibetan Buddhism as a pathway for meditation. It is not itself a form of meditation, but according to Tsongkhapa, the founder of a school of Buddhism called the Gelukpa School, meditation can be started by one inside a lucid dream. The interesting thing is that these practitioners use lucid dreaming to learn the doctrine of illusion and to create Buddhas to speak with. [...]

[...] She says he was dreaming of a barren icy landscape, and was shivering cold. He then thought that it would be nice if it were spring, and realized he was dreaming, and willed it to become spring. As he threw his gaze over the ice, everything turned to green and warmth spread around. This is an excellent example of what is possible in a real lucid dream (Faraday 308). Another dream she describes was one of her own. She says it was probably the result of a subconscious grudge she had formed against a particular female anthropologist who had made a rather rude comment. [...]

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