A recent study has revealed how professional musicians use lucid dreaming to boost their creativity and improve their skills. The study looked at five professional musicians who were also highly skilled lucid dreamers. They were asked a range of questions about how they used their lucid dreams in their musical careers.
All of the musicians in this study used lucid dreaming for both practising and writing music. They usually did this spontaneously when they became lucid, rather than planning it in advance. Four out of five musicians said that playing music in their lucid dreams helped them to become more skilful and musically creative while awake:
“I have much more a flow of sound when I’m dreaming than I do in real life. You can open your throat and just pour out music and it’s just, it’s so beautiful! My dream singing is one of the happiest, most cleansing, most powerful experiences yet.”
The musicians all described their lucid dreaming experiences as highly realistic and enjoyable. One of them said that they could play better in their lucid dreams than they could in waking life. Another said that they were able to play instruments in their dreams that they’d never even practised!
I've heard similar things from some of my lucid dreaming training clients. For example, one of my clients, who is an accomplished saxophone player, said that they could play with high levels of skill in their dreams. Interesting, they made less mistakes when they played instruments they were unfamiliar with. One explanation for this is that my client had a better unconscious sense of what it sounds like to play correct notes on saxophone compared to other instruments.
Some of the musicians in the study found it useful to use lucid dreaming for practicing playing in different locations. One said they’d visited a medieval castle in a lucid dream to practice a new style of chamber music. Another practiced playing in a “dream version” of a jazz club where they were due to play a gig, so that they’d feel more comfortable performing there in waking life.
Several musicians reported less performance anxiety when they practised in front of crowds in their lucid dreams, which helped them to feel more confident performing in front of real crowds after they woke up.
To summarise, this study confirms what many artists, inventors and musicians already know: lucid dreaming is a powerful creative tool that can help you generate new and innovative ideas and improve your waking life skills and abilities!
Dr. Denholm Aspy
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