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Friday, 16 July 2021

10 Famous Lucid Dreamers

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You might have heard of lucid dreaming earlier through songs and movies, but have you ever thought that lucid dreams were the primary source of inspiration for such works of art and science by many painters, directors, and even inventors? How did conscious sleeping contribute to their success and our understanding of reality and time?

Here are 10 worldwide-known Lucid Dreamers.

1. Nikola Tesla

Serbian-American inventor, physic in his autobiography My inventions have several times described intentional and conscious dreams. 'Every night, when alone, I would start on my journeys – see new places, cities, and countries; live there, meet people and make friendships….it is a fact that they were just as dear to me as those in actual life.' Meeting new people and being ubiquitous is a transcendent depiction of what lucid dreaming can be.

Consequently, Nikola Tesla, as many other notable scientists took advantage of it and used it for his purposes: 'This I did constantly until I was seventeen when my thoughts turned seriously to invention. Then to my delight, I found I could visualize with the greatest facility. I needed no models, drawings, or experiments. I could picture them all in my mind'.

10 Famous Lucid Dreamers

2. Srinivasa Ramanujan

Known as the best mathematician in the world, he is said to be a lucid dreamer. Having proved over 3 thousand mathematical theorems throughout his life, Srinivasa claimed that some of his insights appeared while in the state of sleep.

While he was sleeping, Srinivasa Ramanujan would meet the Hindu goddess Namakkal, who would introduce him to an abundant amount of formulas, including the discovery of the number Pi. Normally in the state of sleep, we cannot consciously comprehend and solve mathematical equations. Hence, Srinivasa's experiences lead us to think that he was controlling his dreams.

Srinivasa Ramanujan

3. Salvador Dali

Spanish painter, Salvador Dali, is a prominent figure in the field of visual art, namely, surrealism (movement (translated from French) willing to illustrate the space beyond reality). So, it is no surprise that some of his works represent the world of unconsciousness and conscious dreams.

Salvador Dali used his dreams as material for his works of art. In his book 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship, he states: '…the one most appropriate to the exercise of the art of painting…is the slumber which I call "the slumber with a key … you must resolve the problem of "sleeping without sleeping, which is the essence of the dialectics of the dream...' Therefore, the artist aimed to attain the practice of lucid dreaming. He even came up with an unusual method of recalling his dreams instantly, which is handy and usually necessary for lucid dreamers.

Salvador Dali

4. Lewis Carroll

Author of a bestseller for children Alice from the Wonderland, nowadays highly disputed and controversial book, is known for his picturesque imagination and world of hallucinations. Even though many theories and myths surround this mysterious and eccentric writer, many critics tend to believe the theory of the book being nothing more than solely a brainchild of Charles Dodgson's lucid dreams.

The author himself admitted to having experienced unpleasant, bizarre, and frightening sleep. As Dali, Dodgson draws a thin parallel between unconsciousness (dreaming) and consciousness (introducing actuality to the dreams), explaining the paradox of reality and the wonders that Alice has been discovering in the story.

Lewis Carroll

5. Christopher Nolan

Among one of the most popular century directors as well

as famous lucid dreamers is Christopher Nolan. The director of the 13th highest ranked movie by IMDb Inception exemplifies the art of manipulating lucid dreams.

Christopher Nolan, also director of Interstellar and The Dark Knight, relied upon conscious sleeping since his adolescence. He, later on, told The Los Angeles Times that he consciously practiced lucid dreaming and was hoping to conceive Inception: 'I wanted to do this for a very long time, it's something I've thought about off and on since I was about 16.'

Christopher Nolan

6. Leonardo DiCaprio

Like Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio is inseparable from associations with lucid dreaming. Owing to his role in the movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio had the opportunity to dig into the world of controlled dreams.

In one of his interviews, Hollywood actor has stated that he is: 'not a big dreamer at all,' but especially during the filming, he remembers having had lucid dreams. In another interview, he said that he had entered the dreamscape and applied all the rules of Inception: 'I knew I was dreaming, but I also didn't know that I had done this film, or [that] I was in a movie about the dreamscape. And I got to manipulate it from being a horrific nightmare into something quite positive.'

Leonardo DiCaprio

7. Stephen King

Asked what inspires an author, there is a likelihood to receive plenty of different answers, and dreaming would not be the least common one. Stephen King does not disregard this aspect and experiences vivid dreams claiming that they are his source of creativity. The writer endorses what is

called 'creative sleep' and could be interpreted as conscious sleeping.

Nevertheless, some works of his, like Insomnia and Dreamcatcher, could be valid evidence to prove his knowledge about lucid dreaming or hallucinations, which may occur due to an unbalanced sense of the reality between the state of dreaming and being awake.

Stephen King

8. James Cameron

James Cameron is another notable director for legendary blockbusters – The Titanic, The Terminator, Avatar. He was likewise inspired by the process of delving into the depths of his dreams.

About his work in the most recent successful movie Avatar, the director said to Hollywood Today: 'I've kind of realized that what I was trying to do was create dream imagery, create a lucid dream state while you're watching the film.' The entire movie contemplates the state of sleeping and, in the case of the protagonist, control over dreams. Well, so is the director. He talked about practicing lucid dreaming particularly and has expressed strong interest in the topic.

James Cameron

9. The Wachowskis

Visualizing a simulated reality and virtual world in the early 2000s was not an easy task to do. The Wachowski sisters Lana and Lilly used lucid dreaming to portray a broader image of manipulated virtual reality in The Matrix.

Having such doubts about the function of the world is frequently a consequence of being conscious during the sleeping state. The movie is a visualization of what a lucid dreaming journey feels like throughout one's life, thereby taking the concept of conscious sleeping to a brand new level. Thus, we can assume that both directors had an inner view of it before designing the movie.

The Wachowskis

10. Juice Wrld

Last but not least, the songwriter, artist of Lucid Dreams has undoubtedly shared his own lucid dreaming experiences through his song about heartbreak.

In the interview with Genius, the rapper declares that the part where he sings about shadows in the room is based on sleep paralysis (a conscious sleeping state when one is disabled to move or control himself but can sense everything around him). In other interviews, Juice Wrld admits to experiencing lucid dreams.

Juice Wrld

Myths about famous lucid dreamers:

There are many rumors about whether or not Einstein was affected by lucid dreaming.

Up to this day, we are asking ourselves: was Einstein a lucid dreamer? The answer is yes and no. Albert Einstein was often prompting the reality and time, nonetheless doubting it. Unfortunately, there is no evidence if he indeed had the aptitude to experience conscious dreaming. Instead of it, he used the so-called 'thought experiments.'

Conversely, in the Tibetan Buddhist culture, lucid dreams have been practiced for almost 1,000 years.

So, is Dalai Lama a lucid dreamer too? Partially. In his interview with the performance artist Spalding Gray, he claimed that he could not control or manipulate his dreams to the fullest extent. However, he embraces the event of consciously understanding and observing his dreams while being asleep.

Briefly speaking, lucid dreams can determine our daily life even though we may not be dreamers ourselves. It is sufficient to utterly take a look at abstruse masterpieces our humanity and geniuses have created through the years. It could be movies like Inception, The Matrix, Avatar, paintings, inventions, formulas, and songs uncovered by the people who chose to dive into the profoundness of their dreams, lucid dreams.