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Monday Nov 12, 2007

Lucid Dreaming

Last night another dream sequence of the rare kind appeared.

I was with another student in a college classroom when we realized that we hadn’t done our assignment—a major essay on the book used for that course. which was due the next day. How could we have forgotten? There was angst and confusion.

Then, at this point, a dynamic shift in perception occurred. I turned to my schoolmate, and told him that none of this matters. This is a dream, and I had graduated from college many years ago. All was now well.

This type of experience is known as lucid dreaming—not only knowing that you are dreaming but making a conscious action to alter its outcome. This dynamic in the waking world is also the firsthand source of great art—seeing things for what they are in the present moment.