posted on Jul, 16 2006 @ 12:02 AM
#1 - no
#2 - Some people just do it, some people have to work at it. I taught myself to do it using a quite common technique. First I identified certain
images that were common in my dreams. I often dreamed of large bodies of water, smoking cigarettes, flying objects, and odd jewelry. Once I realized
that these were common images for me, I began to keep them in mind when I was awake. Every time I drove by a lake, I asked myself if I was dreaming.
Everytime I lit a cigarette or saw someone smoking, I asked myself if I was dreaming. Same thing if I saw a plane go over head or saw someone wearing
unusual jewelry. After a couple of weeks of consistent effort it became automatic for me to check and see if I was dreaming. Finally it happened
that I was wading in a lake, checked to see if I was dreaming, and realized that I was actually dreaming.
#3 - You know that you are having a lucid dream because you realize that you are dreaming. When you fully realize that you are dreaming, you can
control the dream completely if you wish. You would still be playing the role of you, unless you didn't want to, then you could change it. Anything
that you can imagine, you can make happen once you realize that you are dreaming.
I manage to become lucid quite often, but sometimes I just forget that I dreaming and lose the lucid state. I manage to maintain it for an extended
time maybe once a month.