Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Featurette: Practice Makes Perfect

Dreaming provides an endless landscape available to be shaped and sculpted into any form or for any function. The experienced lucid dreamer can choose to exercise a lot of control over the setting of their dream, and use it to help them with waking-life crises.

Public Speaking
Many people have fears about public speaking, standing in front of a large crowd of people and either reading off a written script, a memorized one, or ad-libbing in any of many different capacities.

For many of this people, even practicing in front of friends and relatives is terrifying, but in a strictly controlled dream environment, that fear can be circumvented.

There is likely someone out there in the world that you feel very comfortable with, comfortable enough to let down all your masks and show your true self. Now go into the dream and picture a group of clones of that person, and give the speech to them. Start small and slowly increase their number. Soon enough, you'll be speaking to a theatre-full of them.

This sort of method can work for many types of fears, from agoraphobia to claustrophobia: using the people and settings the dreamer are most comfortable with, and slowly but steadily pushing yourself closer to the fear itself.

Plenty of Time to Practice
Feel pressed for time? For all the time that passes in the dream-world, far less happens in the waking-world. This is something Inception somewhat got right, except that the time distortion is always fluctuating, not set by mathematical ratios. It may not seem like it but you're also multitasking when you do work in your dreams, because you are also sleeping. There’s nothing like working long hours and then waking up still as refreshed as ever!