Notes on Lucid Dreaming

I have noticed that there is an "odd" group of addicts (both in-&-out-of-recovery), prisoners (particularly those with long sentences), and schizophrenics (often not-in-recovery) who report an unusually high percentage of lucid dreams... At various times I have entertained the following thoughts about that fact:


  1. that some of them, some of the time, may be "faking" (UNconsciously, in some instances, more consciously in others) - confabulating the lucidity element "after-the-fact" as a reflection of their general desire to "master" and "control" the "unconscious" elements of their interior & exterior lives that they have most difficulty influencing…

  2. that some of them, some of the time, may have become too disillusioned with the seemingly limited creative possibilities of their waking lives that they have "turned their full attention" to the "autistic" world of interior experience, and thus have more of their true feelings and emotions available to them in the dream world than the waking world, (hence, an unusually high, and unusually consistent lucid dreaming experience)

  3. that some of them, some of the time, may actually have become so habitually anxious and alert-to-danger-&-threat that they have, in fact, carried this habitual alertness into the dream world, and thus ARE lucid a great deal more often than the population as a whole...

I'm sure there are all sorts of factors... These are just some of the ones I have speculated about...


©Jeremy Taylor 2004