Lucid Dream Healing Experiences
by Soren Dreier
by Soren Dreier
In 1989 I reported on the dramatic improvement of a severely infected tonsil following my own lucid dream healing experience. Although others had reported using lucid dreaming as an effective psychotherapeutic tool, to my knowledge at that time no one had previously reported using it as a possible means of inducing physical healing directly.
Since then I have used lucid dream healing successfully on pain, infections, inflammation, and even to promote the reduction of scar tissue.
Others have also experienced positive outcomes following LDHEs as applied to a variety of conditions, ranging from the overnight disappearance of painful inflammation due to chronic bursitis, to the overnight elimination of a herpes sore, to the elimination of a chronic (over twenty years) case of bronchitis.
Although anecdotal evidence has only limited value within a scientific paradigm, it can point the way towards more rigorous investigations by bringing to light factors of potential importance. In order to augment the usefulness of such data and to reveal variables of possible significance, the author designed a questionnaire aimed at detecting and isolating the factors involved.
Some conditions seem to respond promptly and completely to lucid dream healing; others do not. A successful healing may depend upon such variables as the targeted condition, the technique used, the apparent success of the healing during the dream, or upon some personal idiosyncrasy of the individual involved.
Healing of Others
Far more astonishing than the healing of a lucid dreamer’s own physical body, which one can plausibly explain through a psychosomatic model, on a few occasions lucid dreamers have observed physical improvements in other individuals following the healing of that person’s counterpart in a lucid dream.
Such reports lend credence to the idea that dream reality can have a consensual and intersubjective basis, an idea that the phenomenon of mutual dreaming (where two or more individuals have similar dreams about each other at the same time) also supports.
Double-blind controlled studies demonstrating effects of other kinds of distant healing, such as prayer, also provide support for the possibility of a distant healing effect.
Potential for Healing
The limits of lucid dream healing remain undetermined, but the remarkable body changes documented in multiple personality cases and in deep hypnosis may apply, as in each instance mental changes can apparently lead to substantial physiological changes in a matter of minutes.
Although sharing the same body, different personalities often have different allergies, accelerated healing rates, and eyeglass prescriptions. Dr. Bennett Braun reported on the case of one woman who has diabetes in one personality but not in another.
Dramatic changes can take place within minutes, and point to the amazing and accelerated healing effects potentially available to all of us, through mental changes-of-state leading to physiological changes-of-state in other modalities.
In the future, controlled studies may eventually confirm the effects seen in these anecdotal reports, and lucid dream healing may become one of the more accepted and practical applications of lucid dream research. But for the present, we will just have to let the dreams speak for themselves.