Beginner’s Luck

Sometimes a dream discussion is itself enough fuel to launch one into the lucid-dream mindset.

Case in point: A few months ago I was sharing dreams with a friend when we decided that we would try to cultivate a lucid-dream scenario that night. We set our intention to meet at a landmark that we had both visited. She had never lucid dreamed–that she could recall–but that night became aware and decided to fly. Something prevented her from getting to our predesignated locale, but she had at least remembered to try for it.

She wrote me pages of details the next day. I, on the other hand, just had a paragraph of imagery to jot down.

Weeks later I’m talking to another friend about LDing, and days after our discussion he calls me up at work to rave about his first-ever flying, lucid dream. In fact, he claims he has never had a lucid dream before this.

So I was jealous of these two in a dream geek sort of way, but overjoyed to listen to their enthusiasm, the pleasure-possibilities of the awakened dream mind.

Being present with our dreaming is itself a kind of mindfulness. Just talking about this seems to cultivate the right mindset. I’m lucky to hear these stories from those I love. I’m reminded of a passage from Carl Jung’s autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections, in which he speaks with a patient who claimed to have never dreamed.

Jung’s response: Tonight you will.

(He did.)