Psychological Healing Through Lucid Dreaming
The potential for psychological healing in lucid dreams is seemingly infinite. Lucid dreaming has an immense potential to be used for relieving mental and emotional disorders such as phobias, night terrors, anxieties, and addictions. Research is currently being done on its use for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- The idea of lucid dreaming being used as a tool for treating psychological issues is not a new one. However, because of the nature of lucid dreams being seemingly sporadic, having to build the skill for having them, along with subjective experiences varying, little has been scientifically studied for its potential in psychological health.
Even though there are few studies on its use psychologically, it should be clear to anyone with a basic understanding of psychology the implications of being able to have a direct experience with the subconscious mind, as well as the potential to actually live out or re-experience life scenarios.
Imagine having a phobia or fear and actually being able to present that very fear in front you, giving you the opportunity to deal with it in a safe way, at your own pace. The same can be done for anxiety and past trauma. Imagine having the ability to relive memories or ask your subconscious direct questions about a situation or issue. This is the magnitude of which lucid dreams could be used for.
TIP: If you are having a nightmare, don't dismiss it. Use lucidity to engage in a conversation and discover the source of your fear. This will help you explain the cause, have a meaningful exchange, and prevent future nightmares.
With scientific innovation beginning to present opportunities for more reliable testing and inducing methods, psychological healing through lucid dreams could be popularized in the near future. If you do have any psychological issues, it literally couldn't hurt to try Livin' Lucid Dreams... :)