What’s the Point of Lucid Dreaming?

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I have been exclusively lucid dreaming for a decade, and I almost never seek to control or change my dreams, even if they are boring or nightmares.

The point of lucid dreaming is not to control your dreams. Lucidity is the point of lucid dreaming.

People who are not enlightened can certainly teach themselves to be lucid sometimes in dreams. Then they can control their dreams for entertainment or pleasure. 

This is foreign to me.

I am curious in my dreams. I suffer, and I’m curious about my suffering. I dream of tumbleweeds, and I’m curious about that. I can’t even fathom pleasure seeking or avoiding boredom in dreams.

But it’s really telling, that combo. Pleasure seeking and avoiding boredom. What does that mean to you?

The two situations in which I do alter my dreams are if I’m being assaulted by actual other entities (rare, but it happens), and other times I will let a particularly rich dream play to the end, and then I will rework the ending in several different ways to see what that yields, in terms of insight, not enjoyment.

What’s really amusing is that, after enlightenment, you don’t like any part of the dream, neither do you dislike any part of the dream. Liking and disliking just don’t happen. Then after a while, if you’re not just a silly spiritual nutter, you get really bored of that, and so you choose to like or dislike parts of the dream…because it’s amusing, and yet…you know it really doesn’t matter, and you are at liberty…it’s a choice, not a reaction.

Unless, of course, you’re being tortured. Even silly spiritual people will eventually admit to disliking that part of the dream.

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