Active vs. Passive Lucid Dreaming

There are two main types of lucid dreaming.  Active Lucid Dreaming is when the dreaming takes control of a dream and makes decisions that alters or guides the dream.  Passive Lucid Dreaming is when the dreamer realizes they are dreaming, but continues to remain at the whim of the dream.  In other words, the dream does not attempt to control the dream, but rather just witnesses the dream.

Some dreamers might perceive that they are dreaming but feel as though they cannot take control and are left only the ability to watch the dream.  I have had plenty of lucid dreams where I switched back and forth from active to passive throughout the dream.  This could be due to the content of the dream itself.

Dreams become somewhat fragile once the dreamer realizes they are dreaming.  The smallest of thoughts can cause various aspects of the dream to change.  You have direct influence of your dreams.  When lucid dreaming, this influence becomes stronger, but depending on the mental state of the dreamer, this could be a good or a bad thing.

My better lucid dream experiences are when I am able to stay calm and my mind is void of fears and doubts.  In these dreams, I find that I have amazing control over the dream world.  In the more chaotic lucid dreams I have had, it is when I am disturbed by something from my waking life or not in a clear sate of mind that my dreams become easily distorted and I find it difficult to stay in the dream.

In any case, whether actively or passively lucid dreaming, all lucid dreams are wonderful to experience.

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