How do lucid dreams differ from non-lucid dreams in other ways than the definitional criterion of whether or not the dreamer knows it is a dream at the time? For example, do lucid dreams tend to be more visually bright and vivid (another meaning of 'lucid')? You may have noticed that the foregoing sentence is missing something: 'more bright and lucid' compared to what? The comparison is, of course, to non-lucid dreams. But which non-lucid dreams? Whose?
Both dreams and dreamers differ in many ways. A direct and effective way of dealing with this issue is to let each dreamer provide samples of each kind of dream. Thus, we are asking you to fill out a web questionnaire and report form four times; Two of these reports should be lucid dreams, and two should be non-lucid dreams.
First, we would like you to report on your most recent lucid and non-lucid dreams. They might be from this morning, a week ago, or a month ago. Include the date and approximate time (estimated, if necessary) of the dream. These two dream reports must be done today.
Fill out your most recent non-lucid dream report in a text editor or email editor, then paste into the appropriate field on the dream content report form.
Click here for the DREAM CONTENT FORM.
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Repeat the same procedure with your most recent lucid dream.
Secondly, please record your very next lucid and non-lucid dreams. Record these two dreams as soon after awakening from them as possible.
IN SUMMARY, THE FOUR DREAMS REPORTED SHOULD BE:
1. MOST RECENT NON-LUCID DREAM
2. MOST RECENT LUCID DREAM
3. NEXT NON-LUCID DREAM
4. NEXT LUCID DREAM
FOR ALL FOUR DREAMS: Please describe the dream exactly and as fully as you can remember it. Your report should contain, whenever possible, a description of the setting of the dream, whether it was familiar to you or not; your intentions or goals within the dreams and if you accomplished them. If possible, describe your feelings during the dream and whether it was pleasant or unpleasant. Be sure to tell exactly what happened during the dream to you and the other characters. If the dream was lucid be sure to indicate when you became lucid, and if possible how you knew you were dreaming. Reports should be between 50-500 words each.
We understand that details may be scant from "most recent" dreams if they weren't too recent, but we are adhering to this method for comparison purposes with other studies. Please resist the tendency to select a more interesting example than your most recent or next lucid or non-lucid dream. In another later phase of the study, we will ask for several other types of sample of lucid and non-lucid dreams, for example, "most interesting" or "meaningful", but in this study, we are attempting to obtain a random, unselected sample of dreams.
Participants who complete the study by submitting the four requested dream reports will receive a link allowing them to download a free copy of A TRANCE INDUCTION OF LUCID DREAMING in mp3 format, so be sure to give a valid email address on the questionnaire. Please fill out questionnaires and reports for each of the four dreams as soon as possible, but no later than the End of the World, or the end of this study, whichever comes sooner.
We would be happy to receive additional sets of reports beyond the minimum 2-4 that we have asked for above. Please label them as "Other Non-Lucid Dreams" or "Other Lucid Dreams". Thanks for your contribution to phenomenological oneirology!
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Last modified 23Feb2016