You may have experienced one of those dreams where you can take full control of the things that happen to you in the dream. You are even aware that you are simply dreaming! The problem is that after a few seconds of realization, you wake up, effectively ending your dream. This is called "Lucid Dreaming."
It rarely happens to most people, but when it does, it is one of the most enjoyable things you can experience while dreaming. It usually does not last long; maybe even a few seconds is long enough. For most people, it simply is a better form of dreaming; to be able to control your actions, instead of watching helpless as you do things in your normal dream, or not do things in your dreams that will really give you pleasure.
Lucid dreaming happens when we become conscious during our dreaming state. It is already scientifically proven that it is possible, so the question is already answered. But just the same, there are people who still wonder whether it is really true to get a vast degree of control over their dreams. Are not dreams simply supposed to be inconsistent, irrelevant and illogical? Well, yes, those are qualities of dreams. But then, taking control of your surroundings is also illogical.
One of the great benefits of lucid dreaming, aside from the obvious enjoyment you get, is that it gives you a feeling of courage and confidence. It gives you the feeling that you are in control, and not just at the mercy of the uncontrollable forces of the universe, something which most people feel and are resigned to accept. It helps increase a person's comfort zone and as such he is more driven to try and possibly succeed in his endeavors, because he knows he is not "trapped."
There are three known ways to reach a lucid dreaming state. You can experience lucid dreaming while you are experiencing a non-lucid dreaming state. You might initially notice that something is strange or unreal about the situation in the dream, and then you realize that it is just a dream. Most people wake up at this stage, but if you get enough control of your thoughts, you can continue the dream and begin controlling it.
Another way is by making affirmations before you sleep. By putting in mind that you are going to have lucid dreams when you fall asleep, you will eventually reach that point and take control of your dreams while you are dreaming. You might even simply begin to have automatic lucid dreams almost right after you fall asleep.
The last one is you will go directly from a conscious, or even semi-conscious state, and then into the lucid dreaming state. This last technique also makes use of affirmation, but unlike the second technique, you don't need to fall asleep to reach the lucid dreaming state. Simply put, you try to be conscious as you fall asleep and maintain a "logical" mind as you begin to lose consciousness. This can be very difficult, but with persistence it is very achievable.
Lucid dreaming is one of the best things you can experience in your life. It can be a good way for you to improve your confidence in facing tough situations.