Ganodermatis lucida is one of the world’s most renowned lucid dreams, and has been described as one of its “most beautiful” and “mind-blowing”.
It has also been known to help lucid dreamers recover from anxiety, depression and anxiety-related problems.
However, what most people may not realise is that the lucid dream world is actually not so much a dream world, but rather a mental landscape.
That is, the dreams in which we experience a sense of well-being, fulfilment, and happiness can be the result of the same brain processes as the waking dream.
The dream state can be defined as a state of calm, clarity and happiness, and the experience of a lucid dream is an experience of this same state.
This is because, in a lucid state, the brain produces the same patterns of neural activity as in waking states, which allows it to experience a heightened sense of wellbeing and calmness.
And if you don’t understand this, you could just as easily describe the experience as a dream, a dream state, or even a “non-dream”.
To put it in perspective, this means that in a dream the brain creates the same neural activity patterns as the way it would in a waking state.
But in a non-dream, we are awake in our sleep, but our brains are not awake, and instead we are sleeping.
We do not feel this heightened state of wellbeing, or in fact this state of mind, during the waking state, as we would when we experience it in a sleep-like state.
The brain produces its own internal map of our dreams, which helps it recognise what is happening during the sleep.
When we dream, we produce these patterns of activity that are different from the waking experience.
But it is in a state where these patterns are no longer present, and that we are dreaming, that we experience the sense of contentment and wellbeing, and therefore the experience can be described as a non‐dream.
This explains why lucid dream experiences are often referred to as non‐duality or “non‐reality”, and why it is often difficult for people to describe these dreams accurately.
For example, one of our lucid dreams involved a man sitting in a reclining chair.
In one lucid dream, the man sat in a relaxed position, but when he woke up in the waking world, he found himself in a room with two people who were sitting opposite to him. In a non–duality, it was not a dream but rather the man’s awareness of his surroundings that led to the perception of two strangers.
So, how can we describe a non‑duality?
One possibility is to use the term “dream”.
The idea behind this is that in an imaginary world, the world is “dreaming” and the two people are in the same place, with the same physical characteristics and emotions.
The difference between these two dream states is the way in which these two people perceive their surroundings.
As we all know, dreams are often accompanied by hallucinations, which can also be described using the term dream.
These hallucinations are a vivid visual representation of what the dreamer perceives as reality.
When the dream state is in its non‐reality, the dream is not really happening.
If a dream is described as “real” or “not real”, then it is simply a dream.
If you look at a video of a man dreaming, you can see the man standing in front of a white house.
When he sees a white, bright light shining through a window, the person’s brain will interpret that as the man entering the house.
This visual representation will also be present in the non‐dubious, non‐visual hallucinations that accompany the dreaming state.
When a dreamer is lucid, the visual representation in the brain does not affect the actual visual scene in which the dream occurs, and hence, we may not see the white house, but a white table.
In other words, the non-visual hallucinations are not real and are not in the dream, and we can still experience them in the sleep state.
Another way to describe the state of non‐transcendence is to say that we see our surroundings through a dream lens, or we see the world through a lucid lens.
But the non‑transcendent world is a very different world from the dream world.
For one thing, we don’t see the entire world in the lucid state.
For another, the physical environment is not in its present state in the dreaming world.
And because the brain is not awake in a normal waking state (where we are aware of our surroundings), it is unable to perceive a world that is not present in a previous dream.
This means that a lucid vision is not the same as a normal dream, because it is a mental state that does not actually occur.
So what is the difference between