First of all let me introduce myself: I am a German student running a website that tries to provide the opportunity for people interested in learning
how to lucid dream in my country, which is sort of lagging behind most of the rest of the world when it comes to said topic, to find all the
information they need to succeed in this endeavor.
While my thoughts danced [snip], I involuntarily developed a theory concerning the impact lucid dreaming may have had on our (conscious) evolution. I
wanted to create this thread on a forum, where I would be sure to find people with the open-mindedness needed to debate highly theoretical topics.
What I am proposing is the following Theory:
Since I was a little child I had a fascination with our ability to dream. I had naturally occurring lucid dreams almost every night of my childhood
without realizing what I was experiencing. Over the years, especially during puberty and the growing complexity of my day-to-day live, I had lost that
ability and it took me almost ten years to rediscover and begin to regain it.
This made me think about our ability to dream, both in general and in the form of lucid dreams.
It seems to me, both from personal experience and other people’s accounts, that we are losing the ability to both remember our dreams and being able
to experience them consciously as we grow older. This is most likely related to a growing complexity in our lives, as we grow up. We begin to focus on
our “real” lives as opposed to our dream world, as the circumstances of our lives grow more and more complex. If you wake up in the morning
instantly thinking about the troubles and challenges your day has to offer, starting to not remember your dreams as vivid as when you had no such
things to worry about as a child, seems only logical.
So let’s rewind to a time, where the everyday life was simple enough to not get caught in that trap of losing focus on our dreams. If people living
in that time, when the basic instincts ruled everyday live, had nothing but perfectly lucid dreams, enabling them to use some sort of a natural
trial-and-error simulation of life whilst asleep, which had no consequence to their physical world, could that have ultimately enabled us to
significantly increase the speed of both our psychological and physiological evolution?
Think about the implications of this theory. I do not doubt the science showing, that animals also dream during their sleep, however, the ability to
consciously dream in the form of a lucid dream (which you will agree is nothing “paranormal” and a scientific fact) might be unique to humans. We
will most likely not be able to prove this either way in the near future, but I think contemplating this theory is very exciting, as it is capable of
possibly accounting for a lot of unanswered questions.
While this train of thought is, in my opinion , intriguing enough, let’s take this a step further:
If you start with the assumption, that every complex living being has the ability to dream, you could theoretically account for our relatively unique
development in the capability of complex, logical thought and communication, by proposing that we someday achieved the ability to lucid dream, which
started to separate us from the other animals roaming this planet of ours due to the fact that we were given the opportunity to basically double the
speed of our progress?
This theoretical, evolutionary “supercharger” could have been started by numerous sources ranging from the first collective, conscious “original
thought” of the dream state by an individual, over multi-dimensional alien intervention up to divine intervention.
There’s a lot more to elaborate on within this theory. I am, however, first and foremost interested in what you make of this basic assumption
without further steering you in a particular direction.
So please feel free to take this anywhere you want or just bash me for this [idea].
Removed comments about illicit drug use
[edit on 9/4/10 by masqua]