Lucid dreaming is something that has become pretty popular on social media within the last couple of years. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s the definition. “Lucid dream is a type of dream in which the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming while dreaming.”
Now, what does this have to do with the subconscious mind? Your subconscious mind is very powerful and has the ability to direct the course of your life. This is where all of our emotional information and memories are stored. It contains what we learn and believe.
You may not consciously recognize your subconscious thoughts on a daily basis. The thoughts could be as harmless as “the sky is blue” or “I need water to survive”. But negative thought patterns such as “I’m not smart” or “I don’t deserve to be successful” can be detrimental to our well-being and affect how we show up in the world.
As children, while we are learning, growing, and developing we take things from our conscious mind straight to our subconscious mind. We pretty much believe everything we are told without thinking too much about it.
Once we gain a better understanding of how the world works we develop a critical mind. This helps us analyze if we should believe something or not. Now things flow from the conscious mind, to the critical mind, and then to the subconscious.
Our critical mind helps us stay grounded in our subconscious beliefs. This is actually a double edged sword. It can reinforce positive beliefs, but also keep us from changing negative ones.
For example if you believe you aren’t beautiful, no matter how many people tell you you’re gorgeous you would still struggle to see your beauty. This is because your critical mind sees these thoughts as false and doesn’t let it reach your subconscious.
Now, if you’ve been following here’s where lucid dreams come into play.
Lucid dreaming allows you to talk directly to your subconscious, bypassing your critical mind. This is how you start changing those negative thoughts and limiting beliefs.
There are a lot of ways to develop this skill of lucid dreaming which will be talked about in a future blog post. But you can start by getting more REM sleep. If you’re unfamiliar with the sleep cycle check out this blog post.