Check out more on dreaming in this month’s retreat, “A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming.”

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For centuries, people around the world have reported experiences of lucid dreams, in which they know that they are dreaming while they are in the dream state. But as recently as thirty years ago—a hundred years after the scientific study of the mind began—no scientific evidence existed that anyone could be conscious while dreaming, and most psychologists were still convinced that lucid dreams were impossible. There were philosophical reasons for such skepticism as well: after all, how could anyone be awake and asleep at the same time?

It just didn’t make any sense, especially to those who never had a lucid dream and couldn’t imagine anyone else having one.

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