For anyone who doesn’t already know, lucid dreaming is the process in which a person maintains conscious awareness during the dream state.
In other words, rather than waking up in the morning and thinking, "Wow, that was an interesting dream that happened," you actually awaken during the dream while it’s happening.
Lucid dreams are more vivid than ordinary dreams, and you can actually control the direction of the dream when you enter this state.
This book by LaBerge is perhaps the best resource available on the subject of lucid dreaming.
The book inspired me to begin recording my dreams every morning, and sometimes several times throughout the night, in a spiral notebook that I keep at my bedside. I have successfully recorded over one hundred pages of notes throughout the past two months based on the practice I have conducted through the practical techniques listed in this book.
Last week, I had my very first lucid dream. It was AMAZING. I was walking around my neighborhood and I thought to myself, "Wait a minute, I don't have my keys -- or my cell phone, or my wallet! I never leave my house without my keys, cell phone, and wallet. Something must be wrong here! Wait, this isn't real. I'm dreaming!" And in that instant, I awakened in my dream, and I bent down and touched the ground -- and it felt real, even though I knew it was a dream.
LaBerge’s book proposes many reasons for the benefits of lucid dreaming.
He outlines the ways in which dreams can improve creativity. All the best surrealist art of Salvador Dali was inspired by his dreams, for instance.
He explains that the process of interpreting your dreams can lead to a greater understanding of your overall self, of your desires and fears.
In general, I believe that the practice of awakening during you dreams can help you become a more enlightened individual.