A new study carried out by the University of Lincoln has suggested that ‘lucid dreamers’ (people who are aware they are asleep when they are dreaming) are likely to show greater insight in waking life. The study examined 68 participants who had experienced different levels of lucid dreaming, and asked them to solve 30 word-associated problems designed to test insight. Results revealed that frequent lucid dreamers solved 25% more of the insight problems than non-lucid dreamers. Senior lecturer at the Lincoln School of Psychology, Dr Patrick Bourke, stated: ‘It is believed that for dreamers to become lucid while asleep, they must see past the overwhelming reality of their dream state, and recognise that they are dreaming.’ ‘The same cognitive ability was found to be demonstrated while awake by a person’s ability to think in a different way when it comes to solving problems.’ In other words, the strong quality of cognitive intelligence that lucid dreaming requires is often applied by dreamers in the real world when it comes to problem solving or finding hidden connections/inconsistencies. This is the first empirical study to demonstrate the relationship between lucid dreaming and insight, and the results suggest that the way we dream could have a real affect on our abilities when we’re awake. Lucid dreaming isn’t a regular occurrence for most of us, but studies have suggested it’s likely that we will experience at least one lucid dream in our lifetime. If you have ever experienced a lucid dream yourself, you will be aware of what a spiritual and insightful experience it can be. With practise and awareness, almost anyone can learn to lucid dream and the more energy you spend on lucid dreaming, the better you will become at mastering its secrets. Those who are spiritually inclined may even find that lucid dreaming unlocks some degree of psychic ability. Lucid dreaming gives you a chance to practise making things happen merely by using your mind. Once you realise you are dreaming you are able to gain control of your dream and you may find you are able to move things with your mind. If you’ve had a lucid dream that seems to be just a little too real for comfort then why not get in touch with a Psychic Light reader. Adam, Ellie, Gill, Hope, and Paula are all skilled in dream interpretation and may be able to guide you in what your dream is telling you.