“The act of lucid dreaming takes you to another space, another reality, where there is freedom to create what you want – and in a dream state it is much easier to accomplish than when facing a keyboard and screen.”
– Marlene King, interview excerpt in ‘The Role of Lucid Dreaming in the Creative Writing Process,’ by Dr Clare Johnson
You can star in your own story in a lucid dream, or invent a fairy tale as I did in this dream:
“In a building I become lucid and remember that I want to explore plot development… It might be fun to invent a fairy tale in which I’m a princess. As soon as the thought is formed, the scene morphs and I am flying through the skies in a long dragging silk dress; an airborne princess. I realise that I am not only producing and directing this play, but also starring in it, even though I have no idea of how it’s going to develop. This must be what they call ‘improvised theatre’, I think…” Dr Clare Johnson
Recent research has shown that physical skills can be improved by practising them in a lucid dream. Athletes can practise anything from swim strokes and kickboxing moves to snowboarding in lucid dreams and see an improvement in their actual physical skills when they wake up. Time can be speeded up or slowed down in lucid dreams so that movements can be practised at different speeds, and the lucid dreamer can have fun playing with different environments in which to practise – one swimmer created a pool full of sweets to swim through in a lucid dream, and also tried swimming through honey to experience the effect of a glutinous liquid on the movements involved with swim strokes.
There are no limits to what can be done in lucid dreams! This is a big part of their creative power.
We can learn to harness this creativity by becoming lucid and facing our fears, as described in this video where I share my experiences: