Levels of Lucidity

One thing that I find really interesting about lucid dreaming is that there are actually levels of lucidity. It’s not really a surprise to people, since there are levels of lucidity when you’re awake, too. For instance, when I just wake up, I’m not fully lucid, and I probably won’t really register what’s going on with my surroundings. In fact, I’m lucky if I can find my glasses first thing in the morning. After my first cup of coffee, though, I’m lucid enough to think about my day and maybe, on a really good day, even do some math in my head!

Many beginning lucid dreamers are concerned about just how lucid they are in their dreams. If you know that you’re dreaming or can control your dreams at all, you’re at least lucid, and that’s a huge step forward! Not being able to control every dream character and always change the scenery at will doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not fully lucid in your dream, either.

So, levels of lucidity aren’t something to worry about too much, but they are an interesting phenomenon, and it can be intriguing to look at them and know something about them. Here is a loose  classification of levels of lucidity, though there’s no real scientific classification for levels of lucidity just yet.

The Non-Lucid Dream

The first in our classification of levels of lucidity is the non-lucid dream. This is what people have most of the time. You’re in a dream, and you might remember it when you wake up, but you don’t realize at the time that you’re dreaming. Non-lucid dreams are completely sub-conscious, and they can be totally illogical and weird or real and vivid-seeming.

When you start out learning about lucid dreaming and how to dream consciously, you might get frustrated that this is the only one of the levels of lucidity you seem to be able to achieve. Don’t fret, though! It takes some people a while to learn to become lucid at all, and once you do, the other levels of lucidity will be much easier to establish on a regular basis.

The Semi-Lucid Dream

Many times, people will experience semi-lucid dreams without practicing any lucid dreaming techniques at all. They’re more likely to occur when you’re napping or have had interrupted sleep, but they also seem to be more common for people who are ill. This is one of the levels of lucidity where you start to realize that you’re actually in a dream. Often, you become semi-lucid because something weird or illogical occurs in your dream, and the logical part of your brain wakes up to realize that it couldn’t happen that way in real life.

As you start out learning to have lucid dreams, this will be one of the most common levels of lucidity for you. You probably won’t have any dream control, but you’ll eventually get there. Keep at it, and you’ll start experiencing the higher levels of lucidity: the fully lucid dream.

The Completely Lucid Dream

You probably need to actually do a reality check and be intentional about lucid dreaming to become fully lucid in a dream. Very few people have the natural ability to become lucid and control their dreams without actually trying. In this type of dream, you can start to control your surroundings and the course of your dream, and you might even be able to control certain dream characters. This is the goal, of course, of lucid dreaming, and once you learn to use some of the lucid dreaming techniques in this blog, you’ll be able to have fully lucid, controllable dreams on a regular basis.

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