Lucid Dreaming Dangers – Understanding the perspectives
One of the most common questions I run into related to lucid dreaming is, “Is lucid dreaming dangerous?”. The lucid dreaming dangers are mostly a matter of perspective. The first thing you need to consider, when determining whether lucid dreaming is dangerous, is how lucid dreaming is being used. Lucid dreaming is something that a person can do; most often by choice. This means that lucid dreaming is not unlike a tool.
A tool can be used the right way, the wrong way, or in a manner that is ineffectual or useless. Take a hammer for example. When used correctly, a hammer can be used to build useful structures. It can be used to repair things that are broken. Outside of the accidental smasing of the thumb while hammering a nail, a hammer is quite a useful and harmless tool. So in this perspective, a hammer is not dangerous.
Now, if a hammer is used the wrong way, it can be quite harmful. It could be used to destroy objects or even be used as a weapon. In this light, a hammer can be viewed as very dangerous.
You may be wondering how a hammer can be used in an ineffectual or useless way. If you were to carry a hammer around at the end of a chain on your neck (as if it were jewelry) then it would be quite useless. In this way, it would be thought of as not dangerous; unless you were jumping around on a trampoline.
Having explained that, you may be able to see now that almost anything can be used in a dangerous or non-dangerous manner. Lucid dreaming can be thought of in the very same way. Lucid dreaming is the realization that you are dreaming. When you realize that you are dreaming you can choose to just watch the dream or you can choose to interact and even control your dream. What you choose to do with your lucid dream dictates whether it will be dangerous or not.
So, in short, lucid dreaming as a thing that someone can choose to do in and of itself is not dangerous. The following are descriptions of ways that lucid dreaming can be dangerous if not respected and done appropriately.
Lucid Dreaming Dangers – Obsession (Addiction)
For those of you who have not had a lucid dream yet, once you do… even for a few seconds, you will know instantly how amazing they can be. We do not currently have a technology that can match the lucid dreaming experience. It is one of the finest virtual experiences that can be had by a human.
As such, it can be very easy for someone to become addicted to or obsessive about lucid dreaming. If you find that you are spending more than a normal night’s sleep on a regular basis, it could be a sign that you are addicted. Being addicted to lucid dreaming doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but if you are sleeping your life away, you are missing out on the real world.
Another thing to keep in mind is that toxins build up in the body while asleep. Prolonged sleeping could actually lead to physical harm. I’m not a doctor, so I am not going to try to go into the details of over sleeping. The old addage holds true though… all things in moderation. Too much of anything is not a good thing.
Lucid Dreaming Dangers – Loosing touch with reality
Lucid dreaming is a great way to solve problems or mentally prepare for things, however; it is the ultimate form of thinking outside of the box. This can become a problem if you begin to try to use the same type of problem solving mentality in your waking life as you do in the dream world.
If you are spending an excessive amount of time lucid dreaming, you may come to expect the real world to work the same way as the dream world as a result of habit. If you find that this is happening, it would probably be a good idea to take a break from lucid dreaming.
“What if I automatically lucid dream because it has become easier for me to do?”
It may become second nature to dream lucidly, but it is still your choice whether you watch the dream or guide the dream. If you become lucid unintentionally, just go with the flow or if you do anything, keep it low key. Don’t try to make anything happen or control things. Just be a bystander.
To give you an idea of how this could be bad, imagine that you have become really good at flying in your dreams. So much so, that it becomes second nature and takes no real effort while you are lucid dreaming. Your knee-jerk reaction while awake might be to float down the stairs rather than walk down. It only takes that first step to be a bad one and the result will be a pile of you at the bottom of the stairs.
It is unlikely that you would experiences something this extreme all of the sudden. Your initial thoughts in reaction to things will be your guide. If you notice that your first thoughts are not valid for when you are awake, it is a sign you should take a break from lucid dreaming.
The dangers of lucid dreaming are mostly a matter of perspective, but it also greatly a matter of how you use lucid dreaming. As with anything, make sure you use good judgement and try to apply moderation. If you would like to read more about lucid dreaming dangers as well as other related topics, consider getting the Beginner’s Guide To Lucid Dreaming Techniques.