By Eike Swoboda © 2015
I‘m a musician and filmmaker from Hamburg, Germany.
When I first heard about lucid dreaming, I had been suffering from a writer‘s block for about a year. I was immediately fascinated by the idea of gaining consciousness of dreaming whilst being in a dream, so I started reading all the information I could find on the internet and in books.
I am one of the lucky people who hear it can be done – and then they do it. I became lucid right on the first night of trying. After that, there followed a period of practicing – I would become lucid about once or twice a month, frequency increasing. But most important: With that first night of becoming lucid, my writer‘s block disappeared and has not returned since then!
All of this happened a few years ago and by now I have recorded lots and lots of dreams, lucid and non-lucid. I would still call myself a beginner, but I‘ve been able to gain much creativity out of interacting with my dream world. So much in fact that I‘ve now turned it into a music album which is going to be released later this year. You can listen to the first few songs here:
The inspiration I‘m getting from my (lucid) dreams differs a lot.
I remember one dream of playing my piano: I realize that I‘m dreaming and become lucid. I remember what I want to do: find my piano and try to play a song. I‘m at home so I go to my studio room and find it. I sit down and start to play. Something‘s weird. I realize: the keys don‘t match the sounds they should make. They‘re all mixed up!
I then remember another task I want to try. I say, ‘Show me something beautiful!’ At first, nothing happens. But suddenly the piano starts playing itself! A very beautiful and complicated song. I‘m amazed and fascinated! After that I got distracted and upon waking, I was unable to remember the song but still felt amazed and very inspired. In the following days, I recorded several new ideas for songs which all turned out great.
Other songs simply tell about my experiences in the dream world. I had a period when every time I became lucid, I would end up in a black void not knowing what to do. Later I learned how I could spin myself out of that state – one of the songs tells about that process.
Lucid dreaming also raised a lot of questions about ‘who‘ I really am and what it is we call ‘reality.’
I became more and more interested in spiritual teachings which greatly influenced the way I perceive the world and myself today. This also had, and still has, an impact on my way of creating music. The act of actually doing it became much more important than the result, which leads to higher quality and much more fun in writing and producing.
At the moment I‘m working on a song I listened to in a lucid dream. This time I was able to wake myself up and remember every detail. It‘s gonna be released soon, too! I still feel like my journey of lucidity has only just begun. Every night and day is a new adventure!
[Note: You can listen to more of his music by going to YouTube and entering, “Ein Astronaut”. The film work and songs create a wonderful musical experience. Some mornings, I wake with one of his tunes going through my head. They’re great! — Robert W.]