The term lucid dreaming state (or simply lucid dreaming) encompasses a number of widely known dissociative phenomena, many of which are referred to by various terms, such as astral travel or out-of-body experience. This concept also includes the more pragmatic term lucid dreaming, but is not limited to the sense and form implied by that expression. Hence, the term lucid dreaming has been introduced to ease the study of phenomena that exist beyond habitual – and often inaccurate – associations and stereotypes. The term out-of-body experience is accurate to the extent that it describes the sensation felt by a person experiencing lucid dreaming phenomenon.
a lucid dream has two primary attributes: 1.) practitioners possess full, conscious awareness during the experience, and 2.) practitioners recognize a genuine separation from the physical body.
Simultaneously, the degree to which practitioners perceive lucid dreaming environment affects the level of sensory experiences therein, which often occur in a higher form than the sensory experiences of wakefulness. This concept is difficult to imagine without firsthand experience of lucid dreaming. And so, it is not without reason that this practice is considered to be a higher state of self-hypnosis or meditation, and is often referred to under different names as the highest possible human achievement in various religious and mystical movements (yoga, Buddhism, etc.).
In essence, lucid dreaming is an unexplored state of mind where one is unable to control or feel the physical body. Instead, space perception is filled with realistic phantom experiences.
Sensations in lucid dreaming state can be so realistic that practitioners who unintentionally enter it often believe they are still in the physical body, and that the experience is occurring in the waking state. These types of unintended excursions most often occur at night or early in the morning.
It is believed that one person in two on this planet will encounter this phenomenon at least once in his life. However, when the variability and differing levels of depth of the state are taken into consideration, practically everyone has encountered it in one way or another. Since lucid dreaming is a rare subject of study, many who inadvertently enter it do not realize what has taken place once they return to wakefulness. Many do not assign any significance to the occurrence of a lucid dream environment that is not fully formed because shallow lucid dreams don’t leave the same jolting impression as deep states. Elusive as lucid dreaming may seem, this is an extremely common phenomenon, accessible to anyone willing to consciously learn and apply the correct methods of achieving and maintaining it.
9 and 75 year-olds have studied at School of Out-of-Body Travel seminars. Meanwhile, even as many trouble themselves over the issue of how much age hinders or helps in the practice, these people demonstrated some of best results in their groups.
Even a scientific approach to the phenomenon states unequivocally that lucid dreaming is accessible to all, barring serious brain pathologies. This has been unambiguously confirmed by experimental research. Therefore, there’s no sense in reasoning that lucid dreaming is something difficult, accessible only to a small circle of people, or out of anyone’s reach. Difficulties in mastering it attest only to technique-related mistakes, and not to the inaccessibility of the phenomenon.