Besides looking into future information, have you ever had lucid dreams that brought ‘past information’ or past life information to you?
The symbols of Ancient Egypt often seem to appear in my lucid dreams, so I suspect I spent many past lives there. Just before my first book was published, I had a LD where I passed by a London underground sign saying ‘Old Road’ and then entered a garden where I saw a golden sphere fly out of the side of a pyramid which was grounded under a layer of grass. I got a download that the pyramid depicted where I was on the scale of liberation, and the golden spherical orb was the imperishable soul that can dip in and out of physical reality once you reach a certain level of consciousness; i.e., halfway up the pyramid (to be at the peak would mean a permanent exit from physical human or earth plane existence).
Do you think lucid dreaming can help us heal from past traumas? Tell us about that.
In terms of the healing potential of LDs, I had a podium speaker take me off for a healing session in an LD, which seemed to cure my fear of public speaking in front of strangers! I also became lucid in the assembly hall of my old school and saw my six-year-old self sitting in an assembly.
The sadness coming off me was palpable, sadness from my parents’ recent divorce, so I sent myself love and peace in that moment. The sadness I felt, which had in a way dictated many of the negative choices and actions I made in my life regarding relationships in particular, was then lifted and I felt a pain barrier had been broken through which allowed me to love more deeply and sincerely.
Any advice for our readers about increasing their awareness, and the likelihood of lucid dreams?
If I have one bit of advice for the readers of this article on how to increase your waking and dream life lucidity it would be this: spend at least twenty minutes a day looking at the world around you as if you were a child again; i.e., with fresh, innocent, inquiring eyes that look with perpetual awe and wonder.
During those twenty minutes, occasionally ask yourself, “Am I dreaming?” It’s like cultivating that same mentality we have in a lucid dream, or when viewing a piece of art. I would never ask a white rose in a garden what it represents in waking reality because it’s something so familiar to my adult eyes; when I asked this in a lucid dream, I was told it represented “February” which, incidentally, was the date I handed the finished manuscript of my first book to my publisher, a time in my life that a lucidly-aware friend called my blossoming!
This technique works best for me in unfamiliar environments, so try and take a walk on the wilder, unfrequented side of where you live with this technique, and, of course, don’t forget to read all signs along the way, slowly, and two or three words at a time.
The last piece of advice I would have — and this one’s for the ladies — is to try becoming a man in a lucid dream; you won’t believe what it feels like! I now have greater compassion and understanding for all the men out there who think with their c**ks, which in a roundabout way could also be construed as a form of healing, by putting yourself in others’ shoes!
Do you have any creative goals that you would like to achieve in a lucid dream? And if people want to learn more about your work, where should they go?
My future creative goals in my lucid dreaming practice are to retranslate the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs to create greater understanding of lucid dreaming and astral projection or out-of-body experience practices. If anyone wants to help, or learn more about my work, please go to www.emmatoynbee.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have fun! Sending you all lots of love and lucidity!