We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way downKurt Vonnegut
The term lucid, defined as ‘vivid’ or ‘clear’ does not actually only refer to the visual aspect of dreaming but also to the cognitive quality of the dream. In our typical dreams, our critical faculty (thinking and reasoning) is shut down along with our self-reflective awareness. Our behavior is heavily determined by our habits, conditioning, memories and past experiences and we react automatically to the dream’s events depending on our unresolved desires or fears.
Lucid dreamers agree that lucid dreaming is profoundly different from ordinary dreaming. It is almost like being intoxicated the whole life only to wake up sober for a few moments one day– you would be like a baby exploring the new world and noticing the most ordinary objects and feelings with both the utmost wonder and confusion. Once we become lucid in our dream, we can exercise having a choice and control over our behavior, and to some extent, control the dream itself. We can decide to fly, go through walls, mirrors, speak to other dream beings or look for new worlds in places under water. In fact, for me, going into masses of water often takes me on a journey through the stars and vortexes or abstract spaces of colors and lights.