Clear dreaming causes hallucinations

Above all, indigenous, shamanic cultures have ritually consumed psychoactive substances worldwide at all times in order to change consciousness and to be able to "dream". Whereby the "dreaming" of a shaman has a completely different quality than the normal dreaming of a spiritual layman during the night. The shaman is fully conscious in the "dream time" with a goal or mission that he wants to fulfill (e.g. to seek healing for a sick person).

There are obvious parallels between the state of consciousness of lucid dreaming and the mind altering effects of psychedelic drugs.

Similarities between lucid dreams / out-of-body experiences and psychedelic drugs:
  • Euphoria (always the first feeling in a lucid dream or LFS).
  • Colors are perceived more vividly.
  • Change in optical perception (you can look right into the atoms or perceive the stars and suns deep into the universe).
  • Change in acoustic perception ("heavenly" music, music from other spheres, etc.).
  • Optical hallucinations (grid, pattern, flow of structures, etc.).
  • Matter is perceived as "energy".
  • Change in physical perception or experience of an astral body or energy body. Perception of the nerves as energy channels.
  • Synesthesia: colors are heard; Sounds can be seen.
  • The feeling of floating and flying. To be able to slide through walls and doors with the dream body / astral body.
  • Religious feelings / feeling of being one with the whole.
  • The feeling of paranormal experiences such as ASW (extrasensory perception), precognition, clairvoyance, telepathy, psychokinesis, etc.
  • But also extremely strong emotional reinforcements. In the positive as well as the negative: peace, silence, happiness, sexual arousal. But also anger, sadness, depression, fears, panic etc. with corresponding hallucinations.
  • Dissolution of temporal perception.
  • Experience of an inner light.

In my opinion, there are differences in the effects of hallucinogenic substances, which can sometimes be physically felt to be very violent. In lucid dreams, one does not (usually) have such physical sensations. The body is asleep and you are with your consciousness completely in a purely spiritual "space". And then, objectively, in terms of time, the experiences are shorter with lucid dreaming. Subjectively, a 20-minute lucid dream can also take what feels like an eternity due to the dissolution of temporal perception. Furthermore, there are no negative after-effects of lucid dreaming. Consumers of hallucinogenic substances, on the other hand, repeatedly report "hangovers" a few days after taking a trip (applies to most hallucinogenic substances). In the worst case, mental disorders can even occur after a trip (days or weeks). Lucid dreamers, on the other hand, only ever report positive after-effects or strong positive feelings, mental liveliness / alertness and energization.

This page is by no means to be understood as an invitation to illegal drug use. With this page I just want to show that lucid dreams and altered states of consciousness through psychedelic substances, due to their phenomenology and historical-cultural significance, are closely linked.
Lucid dreaming is therefore a real alternative to psychedelic drugs.

Here is the same point of view from Prof. Allan J. Hobson, one of the world's leading sleep and dream researchers at Harvard Medical School:
"My introspection experiments convinced me that lucid dreaming is not an imagination, but a concrete and remarkable state of dissociated consciousness. We can arbitrarily and without drug use alter our consciousness in such a way that we achieve many DESIRED formal aspects that are characteristic of drug-induced psychedelic states" ( From: "The Optimized Brain - How We Repair, Manipulate, Ruin Our Consciousness").