3 Lucid Dreaming Experiences That Helped Me to Grow Spiritually

I want to discuss some mind boggling lucid dreaming experiences here with you that gave me a glimpse of the true nature of the reality as I have known about it from various spiritual teachings.

One can come up with thousands of rational explanations for these dreams, but I really don’t want to discuss why I had these dreams because the messages they contained is what matters to me more than how I received it.

I have had many uncanny lucid dreams (especially, one in which I dreamed of meeting a departed friend of mine), if I will start talking about all of them, then someone might send me to the loony bin for sure, but here I am going to share the experiences that really taught me some profound life lessons.

1 – Who AM I?

Go to any school of spirituality, this is what you will be introduced to first. A question that appears to be straight, but when one meditates over this question he starts realizing that all his identities are illusions.

Ramana Maharshi used to tell his pupils to contemplate over this question in order to awaken them.

For some people this question doesn’t make any sense, whereas those who try to understand it also fail because it cannot be understood but only realized.

They say that the answer comes as an insight and awakens people.

I have sometimes reached to the states during meditation where I have been able to see how my perception of “the world” and my sense of existence both are highly manipulated by my mind. However, that really didn’t help me as much this dream did: –

I don’t know if this has happened to you or not, but many people sometimes experience this half dream state before they are fully awake where they forget the time of the day or the place where they are sleeping.

There is a small time gap between the phase when we get from sleep state to waking state where we gain all the memories of our actual life, and when you are conscious while it happens, you can actually observe this.

Since I am interested in lucid dreaming, my mind is more conscious while sleeping, so this one day I was having a lucid dream and when that dream was about to collapse I kept trying to stay conscious. After that, I was still conscious to know that I have lost my identity for a while and I saw my mother walking out of my room without being able to recognize who she is or where I am.

Crazy right? It happened for a few seconds, but for weeks I kept thinking that without my memories I have no Identity at all. During that very short period I was just “somebody” who is conscious of “everything else”.

2 – A Different Identity and Life

This is similar to the last one because it is also about the identity, but it is a far more interesting story.

What happened is that I dreamt of being someone else. Now, with a little awareness you can know that often in our dreams the environment and people feel familiar to us as if we have known them for years, whereas in the waking life we may have never been to those places or met those people.

It is some sort of dream mechanism that makes us totally fit into the dreams of different places, times and situations. Unless you are a lucid dreamer you will never doubt such unreal dreams till you wake up.

So I was some other person in this dream and I was with my wife (dream character, I am not married yet), suddenly a thug appeared out of nowhere with a gun and shot her in the head.

I cried and screamed, but suddenly I became lucid. Even though I realized that it was a dream, I was still able to feel that agony that the dream character I played felt.

After waking up I was so obsessed with the thought that this could be the truth of my real life as well, maybe I am just playing a particular role in this lifetime and all the philosophies that talk about such concepts started to sound very true to me.

3 – Meeting Gautama Buddha

Yes, I have met him and I am his only disciple alive..ha ha. Jokes apart, a lot of books on lucid dreaming have talked about this and I have also mentioned this in many of my posts that lucid dreaming allows you to meet anyone who inspires you so that you could learn something from them or get solutions to your life problems.

I got very much interested and excited about this idea from the lucid dreaming problem solving methods that Andrew Holecek teaches in his dream sculpting program.

This does not mean that you are actually meeting those figures; our subconscious mind is so powerful that it has all the answers to our questions, but meeting such figures is a technique that allows us to receive information from our subconscious mind. However, I don’t deny the possibility of communicating with the higher power in dreams either.

At that time I always used to set an intention to meet Gautama Buddha in my dreams since I was exploring his works at that time, hence I knew that my subconscious mind will answer my questions if I asked it to a dream figure that represents Buddha.

Usually, I always fly or try to fly first whenever I become lucid (I don’t know why I do that), but in this dream I was already flying which in turn made me aware that I was dreaming and luckily I also remembered my intention, so I just decreed that I want to meet Buddha.

I don’t remember how I exactly reached to a place where a saint was sitting under a tree that looked like the Bodhi tree, so I assumed that this might be Buddha (I think I was not able to see his face or maybe I would have forgotten it after waking up.

Here’s the interesting conversation that I had with this dream figure: – (I wrote this in my dream journal in as much detail I was able to recall, I have modified it a little here to make it simple)

Saint spoke in a low mesmerizing voice “I suppose you are here to ask some questions.”

I remember very well how much nervous I was as I replied “Yes, Master!”

“But you don’t remember any, do you?”

“Aye, I don’t remember any.”

Saint – Ask what comes to your mind right now.

I just thought for a while and this question came to mind out of nowhere “What is the purpose of my life?”

“Hmm.. I will tell you that, but answer my simple question first!”

“Alright, I will try.”

Saint – What is the purpose of a tree seed?

Since I was standing in front of a spiritual master I came up with an answer of higher nature “To grow up as another tree which will provide shelter and fruits to other beings.”

“Does every tree provides shelter?”

“No, master!”

“And fruits?”

“No, master!”

“Does every plant grow up to become a tree?”

“No master!”

“And does every seed sprout?”

“No master!”

I realized that even what I thought as a very deep spiritual question was not that much significant when he asked again “So, what is the purpose of the seed then?”

I remember that when he asked that final question I had some kind of insight that answered my question, but I was never able to derive a proper conclusion after waking up other than that probably it implied that we don’t have any specific purpose.

And that was the dream that gave me an uncertain answer for a question that I never planned to ask.

 

So these were the three most outlandish yet intriguing dreams I ever had that somehow helped me to advance on my personal development journey that I eagerly wanted to share with you, I hope you enjoyed it.

Though I have been good at lucid dreaming for a long time, Andrew Holecek’s Dream Sculpting has taught me a lot more than what I knew before and I believe my journey as a lucid dreamer has just started because the possibility is limitless.

What are your views about this post? Do you have any interesting dream or spiritual experience to share? I would love to hear from you, so please do leave your comments below before leaving. (Your email id will be safe and hidden, you can even prefer your secondary email id for commenting)

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20 thoughts on “3 Lucid Dreaming Experiences That Helped Me to Grow Spiritually

  1. lilywong

    i always wondered what lucid dreaming is about. what you have shared was really eye-opening and interesting. it’s great that you share these unusual experiences. no.2 was bewildering. i can’t imagine what it must felt like to feel like you are someone else. was it scary? does it feel like you have forgotten who you are in this life? do share more of these 🙂

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    1. HARI

      No it was not scary, but very startling. I have spent a lot of days thinking about that, being someones else and having deep emotional attachment to something unreal and yes for a while I was not aware of my true identity. I have had many such mind boggling experiences and I will surely write about them very soon.

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  2. Alan

    Hari,

    First off, I have heard about lucid dreaming but never really paid much attention to it. It is quite interesting.
    I have been in that half dream state before I was fully awake. I have forgotten the time and place I was sleeping. Wow…. Great overall post and it definitely left me thinking.

    Alan

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  3. Gary

    This is a fascinating article and reminds me of some experiences I have had while dreaming or meditating.

    I was first introduced to Lucid Dreaming in the early 1970s when I read novels by Carlos Castaneda. In one of his books, Castaneda revealed how the simple act of looking down at your hands while dreaming can remind you that you are dreaming lucidly and in control.

    Lucid dreaming taught me that I’m more than my body and mind.

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    1. HARI

      I also feel the same after having some very insightful dreams as well as meditation experiences. Looking at your hands is a primary reality check that many people have used for becoming aware inside dreams, but I have never used it after the initial days since I found out that some other reality checks work better for me.

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  4. Kevin Bulmer

    Hari, thank you for sharing. I, too, have had some profound lessons delivered to me in this manner. I try to pay attention to them and respect them. The mind and spirit are fascinating entities and deliver us messages in an incredible variety of ways.

    The way you’ve described your lucid dreams and what you took from them is both empowering and comforting to observe. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. James W D

    Hari, when I was younger I used to dream I was flying very often and it was always my favorite thing. As I have aged however, I have not had that type of dream in a long time.

    In reading your dreams here I am reminded from some things I have seen while researching about Past Life Regressions. One thing that we can do while dreaming is to visit previous lives and that might explain your one dream. It doesn’t mean it was, but it could definitely be an option.

    I love your dream where you met Buddha! I think that you definitely tapped into a higher plane here whether it was Buddha or just your Higher self doesn’t matter as you say, it is about the message.

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    1. HARI

      Yes, I too believe it was my higher self or something beyond my logical thinking that brought up that dialogue between me and the Buddha because I don’t think such insightful answers can come from surface level thinking.

      Flying, I love flying in my dreams and that’s how most of my lucid dreams go, even when I want to do something meaningful xD

      There are lucid dreamers who claim that we can visit past lives and also travel time in our dreams, a person commented about traveling time in one my posts long ago. I don’t know what that particular dream was all about, but the pain of “loss of love” I felt in that dream seems to be having some sort of connection with my spirit.

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  6. Netta

    Hey Hari:

    I have always been fascinated by other people’s stories about lucid dreaming and have never been able to do any lucid dreaming myself. I am wondering if there are preliminary or preparatory exercises that might help me be more open to it.

    A question: Is lucid dreaming similar to an out-of-body experience?

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Hi Netta,

      I have written a lot of posts for people who are new to lucid dreaming that you can find here on my site, I would suggest you to begin with this post – “7 Very Important Lucid Dreaming Tips for Beginners“.

      It is not yet pretty much certain if lucid dreams and out of body experiences are the same or two different experiences. There are people who claim and believe strongly that astral projections (out of body experiences) is not a dream state, but the spirit temporarily leaving the body to visit various places (mostly in new dimensions).

      I have had an experience similar to that in which I woke up in my current environment and walked around for a while (knowing that my body is asleep), I tried to check whether things were happening actually according to what I saw after waking up, but did not find any trace of it. Altogether, I will say, no they are not same!

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  7. Michael

    3 Lucid Dreaming Experiences
    This is heavy stuff – I don’t think there is a single person alive that has not experienced some strange dreams!
    Those dreams from which we can wake up crying or scared or laughing – I believe there is a connection between those dreams and our own individual lives. That connection is not always easy to find and, if it can’t be found, you then ask yourself where did the dream come from?
    Then what about scary, screaming dreams that the dreamer does not remember at all but have been witnessed by others?
    There is so much we don’t know about “spirits” and “spirituality” – I think we will be in the dark for some time yet!
    Michael

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    1. HARI

      Well, there are ways to understand them Michael and that’s why I shared this post, I want people to know how beneficial lucid dreaming is.

      I am not saying we will be able to interpret all our dreams, but lucid dreaming is a skill that can go a long way. I believe as we progress and with so many people becoming aware of their spiritual world, that darkness will cease to exist.

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  8. Deena C

    I’ve had many lucid dreaming experiences but none with a specific purpose. I think the most eye opening take away of your dreams was your meeting with Buddha and the conversation that was had.

    It really struck me, that last question about What is the purpose of the seed. That really got me thinking and I liked your honesty in that you said that you didn’t lknow you were going to ask that. Often times when I’m left alone with my thoughts some of the most profound questions I never meant to ask myself come up and it really makes me think and ponder on that question for a long time after.

    I wonder though, do you plan to get clear and ponder on the question in the future? I’m going to think about that question myself, to really found out what the purpose of the seed is. Have you found that lucid dreaming allows you to grow personally and push yourself to a better state of being?

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    1. HARI

      Deena, I have pondered over that question many times and I totally agree such thoughts are often random, but they keep us thinking for a long time.

      My intention to meet someone like Buddha was to ask “What’s enlightenment like?, “What should be the next step in my spiritual journey?” and most importantly “What is birth and death?”…and I didn’t remember any of them!!

      Yes of course, lucid dreaming has been very helpful in my personal development, I have done things like “facing my fears”, “turning a nightmare into a pleasant dream”, “interpreting dream messages”..however, I have a lot more things to learn.

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  9. Bhoopali

    this purpose of life is what reminds me of the online Q & A sessions that i am reading from awakened “Shri nisarg datta Maharaj” . Similar question was asked to him where is the world going or suppose to go and he answered, world is not suppose to go anywhere or does not have purpose of its own. If you want to give it a read, i will email you. else you can even Google for “I am That” pdf Nisargadatta maharaj

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