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What is a lucid dream

I hope that you have already experienced a lucid dream. It's the feeling of freedom in its purest form.

A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware of his own state of dreaming. Knowing how to dream lucidly offers the dreamer the opportunity to exercise deliberate control not only over his actions but also over the content of his dreams and their unfolding. It can be used for many reasons such as helping you to cope with a situation happening in real life.

How does the lucid dream appear

Lucid dreams are classified into two groups depending on the appearance of lucidity. The acronyms DILD and WILD are used for distinction: DILD (dream-initiated lucid dreams) applies to the dreams in which someone becomes aware of his state within an ongoing dream; WILD (wake-initiated lucid dreams) to someone who consciously enters a dream in the waking state. More than 80% of lucid dreams are DILD. 

Although the theoretical limits of lucid dreams are those of one’s imagination, the individual experience and the degree of lucidity both influence the content and tone of the experience.

In some cases, lucid dreaming is characterised by the feeling of leaving the body and observing the environment from a position distinct from it (Out of Body Experiences or OBE).

How does a lucid dream end

The way in which lucid dreams end can be defined by the loss of the consciousness of dreaming. Either it is linked to the disappearance of the dream and the dreamer wakes up, most often involuntarily, sometimes because of too intense emotions; either the dreamer has a lack of attention and is distracted: lucidity then dissipates and he falls back into an ordinary and uncontrolled dream. In some cases, lucidity is lost in an ordinary dream because of the transition from one dream scene to another.


Lucid dreaming is something that can be learned. Motivation is a necessary precondition and there are many methods for lucid dream induction. If you want to know more about how to do so, check out this article about: “How to dream lucidly”.

About the Author

Laurent Bsalis

Laurent is passionate about biohacking and tries his best to be a better version himself. He also eats too much ice cream which is a problem.

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